Céline is in charge of innovation and entrepreneurship at Télécom Saint-Etienne. She has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales. She is the Referent of the Use’In incubator, which belongs to the Jean-Monnet University and is run by Télécom Saint-Etienne, supporting innovative projects in the digital or technological field. She is in charge of the operational aspects of the incubator, in particular the setting up of calls for applications for the selection of start-ups, the support and monitoring of start-ups, communication, the organisation of events and the management of relations with partners. It is also responsible for finding projects in Télécom Saint-Etienne’s areas of expertise, within the framework of the Research and Innovation Projects and the Engineering Projects.
Valentina Vezzani has got a PhD in Design, and a MSc in Service Design. She is Assistant Professor in Design at University of Madeira. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of strategic design, service design, sustainable development, social innovation and collaborative processes and tools. She is co-founder of Paco Design Collaborative and co-founder of Atlantic Wonder research project.
Ph.D. in Design. Her research focuses on investigating the new opportunities for creative empowerment opened by digital technologies, developing methods to empower the human factors of creativity within the design process. Since 2016, she investigates how digital technologies are influencing and augmenting the cognitive, motivational, and social dimensions of the creative design process, identifying new stimuli and technological tools that support designers and non-designers in expressing their creative potential. In her work, she merges a human-centred perspective, design thinking and co-design methodologies to facilitate radical innovation. She took part in EU and national projects, working with relevant companies.
Part of her activity is dedicated as a Design Thinking and Creativity coach at the School of Design and Poli.Design of Politecnico di Milano.
Laura Anselmi, Architect and PhD, is Associate Professor at the Design Depart¬ment of the Politecnico di Milano. She is the Scientific Director of the Product Usability Lab, research center in the field of Usability and User Experience, and she collaborates with IDEActivity Center. Her principals interests are oriented to promote an approach Humanity-Centered Design to develop innovative products and services that support the psycho-physical well-being.
Daniela Amandolese is member of Materially’s EU Project team, developed her expertise during her former activity as Innovation Research and Library Manager in Material ConneXion Italia.
Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano (course of Industrial Design) member of the Development Team of the Master TemporaryCircular Architecture IUAV of Venice for which she is visiting professor (courses Eco Materials and Trend Research).
She attended the higher education course in Jewellery Design at Poli.design in Milan and then she attended a Master Degree Course in Industrial Design at Polytechnic School (with a thesis focused on co-design tools).
Then she collaborated for a couple of years with the Politecnico di Milano as a researcher in the field of innovative materials and technology transfer, in the same years she co-founded the Visibilio Design studio based in Milan collaborating with companies such as Luxottica, Somfy Group, Vismaravetro.
Francesco is Phd in industrial design and Full Professor of Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano. He’s Deputy Dean of the Design School and Head of the Course in Product Design (BA+MAs). He’s Coordinator of the European Horizon 2020 Project, called “Crea”, Network of summer academies for the improvement of entrepreneurship in innovative sectors. He is Director of the International Master in Design Strategy and System Innovation. He is also Co-director of both the International Master in Strategic Design and the master in Furniture Design of Politecnico di Milano. Founder and Director of CI.Lab (a Politecnico’s research lab focused in Creative Industries), he is in the board of ADI Index, the most important organization for assessing the best design in Italy. Chairman of POLI.Design Consortium, no profit organization operating in the applied research and specialized education in the design fields. He is author of numerous international publications about strategic design.
PhD candidate with a background in product service system design and management engineering. He is focusing his research on how design, and in particular strategic and service design, can supports companies in creating innovation. At the same time, he is working in projects that deal with entrepreneurship, supporting start-ups in combining the design and the business binomial. Actually, he is collaborating with the Department of Design of Politenico di Milano where he is working as designer and researcher involved in European research projects, but also in the School of Design courses.
Mattia Italia was born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (in Syracuse in ’94). From there he began his journey to discover design, studying first in Como and then in Milan. Here he explored many different aspects, getting fascinated by issues related to sustainability – both social and environmental. For this reason, his focus has shifted to this topic, linking it to the world of materials. In particular, together with a company in the packaging sector, he is developing new methods, systems and processes to select sustainable and competitive materials. Other topics that interest him are sustainable footwear, strategic design and CCI.
David is a full professor in materials science and engineering and was appointed Vice President for Research and Innovation of Mines Saint-Etienne in 2015. In 2009, he launched the Industrial Design project of Mines Saint-Etienne. He initiated teaching collaborations with graduate and postgraduate Design degrees at Brunel University, London, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Auburn University, Alabama, and a joint research program on “Materials for the creative industries” with the department CMIC “Giulio Natta” of Politecnico di Milano, which has been hosting him as visiting professor between 2013 and 2018. He co-created the multidisciplinary “Prospective Design” Master degree program with Université Jean-Monnet and Saint-Etienne School of Arts and Design. He develops research and teaching methods to stimulate the social and human factor awareness of engineering students on the one hand, and to foster the appropriation of technology by arts and design students on the other.
Educated in Romania as a computer scientist and in the UK as a design and innovation strategist, Andra has 14+ experience in the design industry, having worked across a number of design disciplines – from graphic to brand to innovation, and most recently as a digital portfolio strategist. Some of her pas work includes helping rebrand Youtube (2015-16), being part of Sodexo’s global repositioning (2014-16), assisting Wally Olins in writing his last book Brand New (2012-2014), helping set up an innovation lab in Madrid (2017-18), and teaching design innovation with LaunchBox at Mines Saint-Etienne for the past 10 years. Her work footprint spans 15 countries or so. Between 2018 and 2021 she’s been part of a small ninja team tasked with exploring what design can do for an oil & gas mammoth going through an ambitious transformation to a multi-energy company, and managing a portfolio of 50+ design-driven digital projects.
After a Master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2002, Jenny joined the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg MD) for two years and studied the ageing of polymer based composites. Back to France in 2005, she defended a PhD in materials science at the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA, Lyon) in 2008 on nanocomposite materials. In 2009, she was appointed as assistant professor at Mines Saint-Etienne, and associate professor in 2019. Her research focus lies at the interface between materials science and user-centered product design, covering development of new materials for the creative industries, materials perception and smart materials. She is currently in charge of the multidisciplinary “Prospective Design” Master degree program, co-operated across Mines Saint-Etienne, Jean-Monnet University and Saint-Etienne School of Arts and Design
Elisa Bertolotti works with storytelling, moving image and communication design. With a Ph.D and postdoc from Politecnico di Milano, Elisa is currently teaching design at the University of Madeira, Portugal. She is also co-curator of the Atlantic Wonder research program, focusing on alternative methods for learning outdoors and developing new ways to foster innovation between design and the natural sciences.
Graduated as Land Surveyor and Geometrician at Professional School for Geographic Sciences in 2005, and certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) in 2014. From 2005 to 2007 worked at Santa Cruz City Hall as a Land Surveyor with responsibilities in all public constructions under that Public Institution. Since 2007 André Sotero A. Nóbrega works at Startup Madeira as a Project Assistant providing support in the operationalization of entrepreneurship, technology, Digital Transformation and innovation projects and events. During this time André has developed skills on social media and basic Graphic Design to support all ongoing projects at Startup Madeira.
Shujoy Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Madeira (UMa), Department of Art and Design. Shujoy’s pedagogy and research intersects classical design and computational design.
His current work spans academia-industry applied research / product innovation / product experience / virtual reality (VR) / parametric design / design process models and creativity theory.
Shujoy is a faculty member of the ITI-LARSyS (Laboratory of Robotics and Engineering Systems) Research Unit from Técnico Lisboa.
His international lecturing experience includes National Institute of Design (India), IIT-Delhi(India), IIT-Guwahati(India), School of Planning and Architecture SPA-New Delhi(India), Poli.Design-Milan(Italy), Domus Academy-Milan(Italy), Industrial Design Centre HOWEST-Kortrijk(Belgium), University of the Aegean-Spyros(Greece), and ESAD-Matosinhos(Portugal).
Shujoy holds a Ph.D in Design from the Politecnico di Milano, a Master in Design from Domus Academy Milano, and a Bachelor in Architecture from The M.S. University of Baroda India.
Eduardo Leite, Ph.D. in Management at University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. Professor of Management, Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Madeira. Author of several scientific papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and columnist for the economic journal. Co-inventor of the patent Seaweed extracts, methods and uses thereof. Coordinator of National and European projects, such as “Blue Iodine” Call INNOV-ID, Portugal Ventures, in partnership with ANI National Innovation Agency, PME Investments, and StartUp Portugal. H2020 SME Instrument, Project Boost BLUE economy through market uptake an innovative seaweed bio extract for IODINE fortification II, And INTERREG MAC2/4.6c/365 INTERREG V A Spain-Portugal SABOREA, Canary Islands co-promotion, Senegal, Azores, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Madeira.
Luís Ferreira, graduated in Interactive Media Design (University of Madeira) and has a Master in Entertainment Technologies (Carnegie Mellon University). In 2021, he completed his PhD in Digital Media at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT – UNL), where he developed a platform that makes use of music and reminiscence for cognitive stimulation purposes called Musiquence. Currently, Prof. Luís is a professor at the University of Madeira teaching interaction design, 2D animation and programing to design and engineering students. Also, Prof. Luis actively collaborates in research projects at the Neuro Rehab Lab. His role consists, above all, in designing and developing serious games while studying their impact on clinical populations (e.g., Neurological and Psychiatric).
Professor Christophe Gravier is the Director of Development and Innovation at Telecom Saint-Etienne. His research interests lies in Computer Science and especially natural language processing. He has been working with Télécom Saint-Etienne since 2004.
Anne-Claire Legrand is assistant professor at Telecom Saint Etienne, University Jean Monnet. Her research interests are focused on Image Processing and Computer Science at Hubert Curien Lab. She has working with Telecom Saint Etienne since 2004. She is currently teaching Computer science, Image processing and Machine Vision. Her teaching is based on innovative pedagogical methods, it aims to train future scientific engineers to learn to question themselves, to find solutions, to be curious and creative, to be the driving force behind their own learning and to give themselves the necessary skills to make informed choices in a complex and evolving world. She manages student projects on research and innovation that combine creativity, ideation, team building and scientific work for industrial purposes.
Fabien Labarthe is assistant Professor in information and communication sciences at the Jean Monnet University (UJM) of Saint-Etienne. He is responsible for the Master’s degree “Communication design: innovation and digital mediation” at the UJM/Télecom-Saint-Etienne. His work focuses on public policies on culture and innovation, as well as on the use and learning of digital technology in a popular environment. He is a member of the ELICO EA 4147 laboratory.
Carlos Soares Lopes Graduated in Economics by the Universidade da Madeira (2005) and a Masters Degree in Business Science, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, by the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão – Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (2009). Carlos Soares Lopes works at Startup Madeira since 2005 where he started as Project Manager, currently he is the CEO.
Liliana Barbosa Pimenta is the Chief Financial Officer. She has a degree in Business Management and 20 years of experience in financial department, as well as the development of European and Regional projects linked mainly with entrepreneurship and innovation. She has been working at Startup Madeira since 1999.
Diva has a degree in Communication Culture and Organizations from the University of Madeira (2007) and an Executive MBA in International Business Management, from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (2014). Since she finished her degree, she had been working in Project Management. She has more than 12 years of experience developing and managing projects, most of them in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and digital impact. In addition to these, she collaborates in the operationalization and promotion of other regional and international projects.
Marita holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Design. She is Associate Professor at the Department and School of Design at Politecnico di Milano, where she is also Scientific Director of the IDEActivity Center. IDEActivity aims to give value to all aspects of creativity, promote innovation through design, and activate and re-enforce all phases of the “creative process” within any given context. Since 2015, IDEActivity is investigating the impact of the digital transition on the factors that enable or inhibit creativity at different stages of the design process, experimenting with new approaches based on design thinking and co-design. She was the Scientific Coordinator of the BioDesign Laboratory, incorporated in 2017 by IDEActivity. The Lab deals with R&D activities in bio-medical fields through a Human-Centered Design approach, considering the human being a starting point for the projects and using new technologies to provide psycho-physical well-being. Her current research interests are equally oriented towards developing activities that combine research in design, studies on creativity, and a people-centred approach to creating tools and methods able to enhance the creative design process and biodesign problem-solving research projects in the fields of bio-robotics, rehabilitation devices, wearable devices and pro-active lifestyle systems.