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Catarina Mota

Open-source advocate + researcher

Fellows Class:
Catarina Mota

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Activist, Hacker, Researcher

Current Organizations:

Everywhere Tech, Open Materials, Open Source Hardware Association, NYC Resistor


What we can learn from hackerspaces: Catarina Mota at TEDxStockholm

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Open Materials
05/01/2009 – present
OpenMaterials is a research group dedicated to open investigation and experimentation with DIY production methods and uses of materials.
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Everywhere Tech
01/01/2013 – present
Everywhere Tech is a coalition of individuals and organizations intent on bringing open source solutions to those who need them the most. Our mission is to facilitate open source technology transfer to help create resilient communities around the world. We do this by connecting universal open source hardware solutions with real-world needs.
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Portuguese open source advocate, maker, and research scholar. Catarina co-founded Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials), Everywhere Tech (open source technology transfer), and AltLab (Lisbon's hackerspace). She has taught numerous hands-on workshops on hi-tech materials and simple circuitry with the goal of encouraging people with little to no science background to take a proactive interest in science, technology and knowledge-sharing. Previously, she co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit 2012, served on the board of directors of the Open Source Hardware Association, taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITP-NYU, and was a fellow of the National Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal. Catarina is wrapping up her PhD dissertation on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of physical goods and technologies. She is currently a visiting scholar at ITP-NYU, Research Chair at the Open Source Hardware Association, TED Fellow, and member of NYC Resistor.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2012
Portuguese (Portugal)
Living in
New York, United States
Working in
New York, United States
Born in
Luanda, Angola


everywheretech.org openmaterials.org www.oshwa.org/research

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