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Edwina Portocarrero is a researcher, inventor, producer and designer working at the intersection of art, culture, technology, and society. She recently co-founded Super Market, a design and creative technology production and consulting agency working at the intersection of artistic practice, cultural production, and social good.

Edwina obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab where she specialized in the design of tools for creative apperception that harness diversity in levels and vehicles of thought by leveraging ubiquitous computing, network technologies, and sensor networks, with the social, aesthetic and symbolic qualities of the built environment.

Her dissertation, Networked Playscapes, explored how telepresence, calm technology, and ubiquitous computing can inform the design of idiosyncratic networked play in cities-to-be. Invited as designer-in-residence by Mexico City’s Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Networked Playscapes focused on designing endogenous systems, situations, and tools that used play’s interactive and aesthetic qualities as a way to create a bridge between marginalized communities and allow us to communicate on equal terms. Networked Playscapes received the generous support of Museo Tamayo and Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura and was awarded the Bill Mitchel ++ Grant and MIT/Conacyt’s (Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology) Seed Fund.

Before joining MIT, Edwina studied lighting and set design at Calarts, and ethnology and communication at her native Mexico City. Edwina is the author of several peer-reviewed academic publications and has led workshops and given talks on her work extensively. Edwina is a FONCA’s Jóvenes Creadores and Conacyt grantee, honors in arts and culture, sciences and technology, awarded by the government of her native Mexico.

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