UrbanIxD Summer School

Mara Balestrini

Mara Balestrini is a creative technologist. She believes that ubiquitous technologies can empower citizens to create in a collaborative way, rethink society, culture and the media. She has worked in many projects across Latin America and Europe such as Taller de celumetrajes, an itinerant film school using mobile devices; MobilePOEMES3gp, an urban installation for digital citizen-generated poetry; or CrowdMemo.org, a smart-education prototype to augment the physical space with the crowdsourced memories of the community, among others.

Mara holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications, a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts and a Msc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain). She is a PhD candidate at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL).

Mara is a strategic planner at Ideas for change where she consults on Smart cities, citizen driven innovation and open business models. Since 2010, she is an advisor at Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, where she consults on how to enhance expositions and participation using new technologies.

She has worked as a video journalist, has been a university lecturer and an assistant researcher at the Group of Interactive Technologies (GTI), at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).