At the heart of the MTF ecosystem are the #MTFLabs - a 5-day invitation-only innovation prototyping event that brings together a carefully curated group of experts selected from the global MTF community together with regional ecosystems of creators, researchers and entrepreneurs. Working Monday to Friday with a wide range of cutting-edge technologies provided by industry and academic partners, these innovators create new hybrid technologies that bring together ideas and tools from different verticals, respond to grand challenges and create new projects and collaborations. The activities culminate with a première performance of newly created works and a live experience for invited audiences.

The #MTFLabs begin with a series of inspirational talks by invited guests who are at the  absolute cutting edge of their respective fields. These ideas are then put into action during the hands-on labs. #MTFLabs have focused on topics ranging from robotics and performance AI, Blockchain innovation, vocal tech, transhumanism and extensions of the human body, accessibility and neurofeedback, new formats for music and new forms of artistic expression.

Through a unique process of innovation management and creative direction, the results of the #MTFLabs are developed and showcased in a stunning live performance at the public-facing festival event. Placing music and performance at the centre of the innovation communicates groundbreaking new ideas to an audience much more directly, with both emotional and intellectual impact. During the #MTFLabs, the innovators work closely with engineers, researchers and representatives of the organisations providing the core technologies so that there is rapid knowledge transfer that enables a fast learning curve, and supplies a valuable feedback mechanism for those organisations. In this way, technologies provided by industry and academic partners are included in new hybrid innovations that create entirely new markets and market niches.



16th July 2020 to 11th September 2020: Applications period.

12th September 2020 to 18th September 2020: Extended application period, if necessary.

25th September 2020: Selection Announcement (up to 30 participants).

12th October to 16th October: MTF Labs Aveiro Edition

17th October: MTF Labs Aveiro Edition Showcase


Recommendation of participant profile / target groups

MTF Labs are fully inclusive and combine expertise from the widest range of occupations, cultural, social and educational backgrounds.

Common qualities of MTF Labs include:

  • An affinity towards music, creativity and the arts;
  • An open mind;
  • An ambition to solve societal challenges.


We strongly recommend a careful reading of the supporting documents, including Participtation Rules, prior to any submission.