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Matan Berkowitz    

Interdisciplinary Artist, Social Impact Entrepreneur & CEO of Shift; Expert on the Intersection of Music & AI

Matan (Ma Tan) Berkowitz lives in the nexus of technology, art, and positive social impact. His award-winning inventions translate physical signals such as brainwaves, heartbeats, and movements into music, and turn everyday objects into instruments. His innovative work has been displayed at museums, galleries, events, and stages worldwide.

As the founder of Shift, an impact-driven innovation lab, Berkowitz has co-developed solutions for people with disabilities, helping paralyzed, amputee, blind, and autistic musicians to express themselves in new ways. He is also the creator of the Airstrument, an intuitive, wearable musical instrument, and the co-founder of Tongo, the world’s first tongue-computer interface, enabling users to control digital devices using their tongue instead of their hands.

Berkowitz regularly speaks and performs for the likes of TED, Google, Microsoft, and Forbes, where his presentations often combine live demos of his inventions. In 2020, he taught 3 advanced courses based on his work and methods at CalArts University and served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Joy Ventures.

Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of most promising young Israelis in science & technology, Berkowitz is an alumnus of The Generational Ambassadors Program (MIT & Harvard), U-Penn’s Social Global Impact House, and an ROI Community member.

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