2022 STARTS Prize Jury

All nominations are judged by a jury to decide on the two prize-winning projects and up to ten honorary mentions.

PortraitFrancesca Bria (IT) is the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund, and Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London. She is a Senior Adviser to the United Nation (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights. Francesca Bria is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe, and is a member of the European Commission high level expert group Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations on technology and innovation policy, and its socio-economic and environmental impact.
PortraitAndres Colmenares (CO/ES) is the co-founder of IAM, the creative research lab that helps responsible citizens and organisations make better decisions by using futures as tools to anticipate challenges and opportunities, while exploring the socio-ecological impacts of digital technologies and infrastructures. In his role as a strategist, curatorial designer and creative foresight consultant he has led and developed partnerships with organisations as NESTA, Tate, Red Bull, University of Arts London and BBC. He is also co-director of The Billion Seconds Institute, a lifelong learning initiative to reimagine the digital economy and organiser of IAM Weekend, the annual community-driven gathering in Barcelona for creative professionals looking to collectively rethink the futures of the internet(s). He is faculty of the Masters in Design for Emerging Futures as the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and has been invited as guest lecturer at institutions such as Merz Akademie, Berghs School of Communication and ELISAVA School of Design & Engineering of Barcelona, where he is now leading a new master’s program on the impact of Arts, Design & AI in society. He also has contributed opinion articles and writes short fiction for publications such as CRACK Magazine, Branch Magazine, The Site Magazine and LS:N Global.
PortraitLucía García (ES): Law graduate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with postgraduate studies in European Affairs and Cultural Institutions Management, Lucía García started her career training as a broker and as a risk analyst in Paris and London. After these, she returned to Madrid to work as Coordinator of the International Fashion Week, later taking up the position, for six and a half years as Commercial Director of ARCO, the International Contemporary Art Fair of Madrid, Spain. In August 2006, a year prior to its official opening, she arrived at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial to work closely with the founding director in launching the project as its General Coordinator and Head of Public Programs. In September 2011 she was appointed Managing Director and Secretary General of LABoral, a position that she has held for 15 years, until June 2021. In August 2021, after a public merit-based competition, she was elected and appointed General Director of iMAL (Interactive Media Art Laboratory), Brussels.
PortraitAlexander Mankowsky (DE), born 1957 in Berlin, studied Social Science, Philosophy and Psychology at the ‘Freie Universität Berlin’. In 1989 he started working in the research institute of Mercedes-Benz AG in Berlin. The multidisciplinary approach in the institute integrated a wide array of disciplines, from social sciences to artificial intelligence. His current working topics are Futures Studies, focused on the ever-changing culture of mobility, the interdependency of social and technological innovation and other aspects of envisioning paths into the future.
PortraitAsako Tomura (JP) is the General Manager of the Corporate Technology Strategy Division at the Sony Group Corporation. She also serves as Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo and an Adviser for the Project to Support Emerging Media Arts Creators, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, 2017–2019. TOMURA has 25 years’ experience as a content-plus-sustainability professional, with a particular focus on the integration of advanced technology into new experiences, entertainment and social issues. After completing her master’s degree in Chemistry and Media Arts at Keio University, she started her career at Shiseido in advertising. She then joined Sony Corporation in 2001, and while employed at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) and at Aniplex, Inc., oversaw the launch of the digital content distribution business for film and animation. Afterward, as Head of CSR Innovation in Sony HQ, she engaged with NGOs, the United Nations and other organizations on projects that utilized technology to tackle social issues from 2010 to 2014. She also acted as community manager of creators for Sony’s new concept Life Space UX in 2015. Currently, she oversees content development, Sci&Tech communication and sustainability. As a visiting researcher at the KAKEHI Yasuaki Laboratory, the University of Tokyo Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, she is researching the collective creations of artists and engineers. Award: Sound installation Acoustic Vessel Odyssey, the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Entertainment Division Jury Selections, 2018

STARTS Prize Advisors

The advisors are renowned international consultants with expertise in this field. They recommend projects and encourage a wide range of potential participants to submit proposals. In addition, they ensure a balance in terms of gender and geographical origin of the participants.

PortraitGhislaine Boddington (UK) is an award-winning artist, curator, director and presenter, specialising in the future human, body responsive technologies and immersive experiences. She is co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, a pioneering interactive creative design collective who have advocated for the living body to be at the heart of the digital debate since the early 1990s. With a background in dance and performing arts and a long-term focus on the blending of our virtual and physical bodies, she engages in highly topical and future digital issues for our living bodies, including personal data usage, identity and representation of the self, connected body enhancements, digital itimcacy and collective embodiment of the future.
PortraitAmanda Masha Caminals (ES) is co-director and curator of the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives (IMNA), the laboratory of Matadero Madrid that fosters artistic practices in connection with journalism, science and technology as a response to the challenges of the climate crisis. Previous to that, she directed the CITY STATION of the Environmental Health Clinic by artist Natalie Jeremijenko at the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). She is founder of the organization Translocalia, a network of artists, curators and designers to plan for the future through art. She holds a BA in Humanities, a Degree in History of Art and an MA Hons in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.
PortraitMichela Magas (GB/HR) is a designer who bridges science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry. She is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation, innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7 leaders, Member of President von der Leyen’s High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, and member of the Advisory Board of CERN IdeaSquare (ISAB-G). Michela is the Founder of Stockholm-based MTF Labs and has over the past 10 years been feeding policy directly from grassroots experimentation with its global community of 8000 contributors from the arts and sciences. In 2017 she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year and in 2016 she was presented with an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe.
PortraitAreti Markopoulou (GR) is an architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built spaces, the way we live and interact. Her research and practice focus on redefining the architecture of cities through an ecological and technological spectrum combining design with biotechnologies, new materials, digital fabrication and big data. Areti is co-founder of the art/tech gallery StudioP52 and co-editor of Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu. She is the project coordinator of a number of European Research funded Projects on topics including urban regeneration, circular design and construction and multidisciplinary educational models in the digital age. Areti is the founder and is currently chairing the Responsive Cities International Symposium in Barcelona while she has served as Head Curator of international exhibitions such as Future Arena and On Site Robotics (Building Barcelona Construmat 2017-19), Print Matter (In3dustry 2016), HyperCity (Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale, 2015) and MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank, BR Barcelona, 2011). Her work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide and together with Lydia Kallipoliti she has been appointed the Head Curator for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022.
PortraitLisa Przioda (DE) studied Communication Science (B.A.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich/Germany and Communication Management at the University of Hohenheim (M.Sc.) in Stuttgart/Germany. Since 2015 she is part of the Innovation Management Global team at the corporate sector Research and Advance Engineering of Robert Bosch GmbH in Renningen near Stuttgart/Germany. Within the department she is responsible for the research campus’ innovative and creative space “Platform 12” as well as the company’s very own corporate coworking space “X-Change Lab”. From 2015-2020 she was responsible in organizing the “Wimmel Research Fellowship” for the company, a stipend offered to artists with the aim to foster the dialogue between research, art and business for all parties involved.
PortraitNana Radenković (RS) is one of the co-founders of Nova Iskra, where she is focused on creating mentoring programs, trainings and workshops for individuals, organizations and companies interested in taking an active role in the processes of transformation – not only of their projects and businesses, but also through creation of new ways in which we could learn, live and work in the future. She holds MA in Management in Culture, Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans from the University of the Arts Belgrade, and has extensive experience in working in the private, public and civil sectors. She was a professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, and a mentor within the Nelt Educational Program and Creative Mentorship.
PortraitKei Shimada (JP) is a Japanese American entrepreneur, award winning innovation leader and currently Managing Director of R/GA Tokyo since April 2021 where he helps his clients prototype the future. He focuses on world first, region first and industry first projects, having led teams to develop Japan’s de facto national database of evacuation shelters, produced the world’s first AI classic concert at Ars Electronica that won a Silver Lion at the Cannes Festival and created the world’s first smart speaker that won a CES Innovation Award. Previously, he was leader of the Digital Makers Lab at IBM Japan, and before that the Global Innovation Director at Dentsu. Kei is one of Japan’s most active global keynote speakers having spoken in approximately 40 countries, and also contributes as pitch mentor for the Japan chapter of the world’s largest accelerator PlugandPlay. He is also one of three official evangelists assisting the Prime Minister’s Office in their promotion and business development around the national QZSS satellite. He is a graduate of Waseda University and with an Executive MBA degree from Quantic School of Business and Technology.
PortraitKei Takeuchi (JP) is the deputy general manager of the brand and innovation design division at the Japanese advertising agency HAKUHODO. He works with clients on brand building and innovation, through “the integration of logic and sensibility” and “co-creation process”. He is also leading the HAKUHODO side of a collaborative project with ARS ELECTRONICA.
PortraitLining Yao (CN) is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, directing the Morphing Matter Lab (https://morphingmatter.cs.cmu.edu/). Morphing Matter Lab develops materials, tools, and applications of adaptive, dynamic and intelligent morphing matter from nano to macro scales. Research often combines material science, computational fabrication, creative art and design practices. Lining and her lab work anti-disciplinarily, publishing and exhibiting across science, engineering, design and art. Lining gained her Ph.D. at MIT Media Lab in 2017.