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MTF Labs is a global community platform for creative innovators from all disciplines and domains. The MTF community counts around 8000 members representing all areas of expertise, ages and social backgrounds. At the heart of the MTF ecosystem are the MTF Labs events. These week-long invitation-only residential innovation events bring together a carefully curated and diverse group of experts selected from the global MTF community. 

Since 2014, MTF has included workshops, kids hacks and labs for “bright young sparks”. Working with professional educators, authors of the UK Computer Science curriculum for high schools, and pioneering workshop leaders like Helen Leigh, author of The Crafty Kids Guide to DIY Electronics, UK design technology educator Tom Fox, and Design Play Education expert and lecturer Dr Alexandra Antonopolou, MTF Kids (6-11 years) and MTF Sparks (12-16 years) provide fun and educational activities during the public weekend festival events or in parallel with the curated expert innovation labs. 

MTF Sparks formed the basis for the Erasmus+ STEAM education project Mind Over Matter (MOM), which was reviewed upon completion and scored 100/100 and is now being adopted by the European Commission as an educational Best Practice. MTF Labs designed the educational methodology, ran pilots and hosted the International Makeathon for MOM. The core ideation methodology developed by MTF for MOM has been adapted and evolved for the Open Minds project. MTF Labs is the coordinator and lead partner of the Open Minds Erasmus+ project.

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ACCAC Finland (Accessible Arts and Culture) has implemented accessibility improvement projects, festivals, seminars, artists’ visiting programs and accessibility training and mentoring since 2011 in Finland and internationally, promoting equality and inclusion. They have participated in numerous Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programs, where new creative tools are developed for European cooperation, community building and radical inclusion. They are also a partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative. The ACCAC Global community includes 14 operators in Europe, Asia and Africa, and the network is growing rapidly.

ACCAC sees art and culture as a major force in changing people’s attitudes and promoting inclusion in our society concerning everyday encounters and decision-making. Shared art experiences create a basis for communication in the face of various challenges and give new perspectives. 

ACCAC believe an accessible mind is the first step, and art and culture is the tool!

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POLIS University is a leading higher education institution in Albania in the fields of architecture, planning and design, civil engineering, environmental science, computer science, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation, adopting an interdisciplinary approach while preparing students for a rapidly changing labour market through the incorporation of practice-based learning in various curricula. 

As a young and emerging institution, POLIS has strengthened its capacities over the years through numerous exchanges with international expertise in the field of higher education. Cooperating with European and international institutions through programmes ranging from Erasmus+ and Creative Europe to Horizon Europe, POLIS has built long-term relationships with its collaboration partners, simultaneously enabling support and exchange of knowledge and capacities, thus spurring institutional growth. In collaboration with EU4Innovation in Albania, POLIS has established Innovation Factory (IF), a design and technology lab operating both as a physical space (Makerspace where new designs can be prototyped and fabricated through 3D printing and scanning technologies) and an interdisciplinary unit linking the various study programmes not only among one another but also in the broader innovation ecosystem in Albania. 

Together with four other universities in Tirana, POLIS University initiated Tirana Inc., an incubation and acceleration program for startups, which to date has completed one incubation cycle and has supported about ten early-stage startups, leading two of them to enter the market. POLIS University has grown into a leading ecosystem player in Albania, with an extensive network in both academia and entrepreneurship and know-how in design, digital fabrication and early-stage incubation on one hand and project management and coordination on the other.

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INESC TEC is a private, non-profit association dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and pre-incubation of new technology-based companies.

The University of Porto, INESC, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, the University of Minho, and the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro are INESC TEC’s associates. Currently, INESC TEC’s main sites are Porto, Braga, and Vila Real. At the end of 2020, INESC TEC’s 13 R&D Centres hosted 732 integrated researchers (354 PhDs), including staff researchers, researchers from Higher Education Institutions, grant holders, and affiliated researchers. INESC TEC’s team also includes trainees and technical and administrative support staff.

INESC TEC’s vision is to be a relevant international player in Science and Technology in Computer Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Networked Intelligent Systems, and Power and Energy. As an institution operating at the interface between the academic and business worlds, bringing academia, companies, public administration, and society closer together through its “managed science” model, INESC TEC leverages the knowledge and results generated as part of its research in technology transfer projects, seeking impact both through value creation and social relevance.

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FabLab is a Croatian association that promotes digital fabrication and STEAM education. Based in Zagreb, it operates on a local, regional, and European scale and is part of the international FabLab network modelled after MIT. FabLab democratises access to skills, materials, equipment, and advanced technology, empowering people and communities to create and innovate. Since 2013, it has undertaken various projects and organised workshops and public events for children, youth, educators, and the general public, such as 3D Printing open days, STEAM Week, and Maker Faire Zagreb. 

FabLab is implementing the Horizon project Centrinno, which aims to establish a Fab City Hub as part of the urban regeneration of post-industrial heritage, as well as projects such as SCOPE and STEMerica, funded by the European Social Fund. These initiatives aim to improve STEM education and capacity building for civil society organisations. It is also participating in the Adriatic GreenLab Initiative, and in 2022, it became a New European Bauhaus Lab partner. In June 2022, it participated in the first NEB festival in Brussels.

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