More than half of the world’s population is currently living in urban centers, in face of this ever-increasing growth urban spaces need to become more inclusive and human-centric, how could technology help that? Red Bull Basement was born from this quest for change, to create more friendly, efficient and accessible cities and the desire to create a space that is a catalyst for debate and solutions around the creative use of technology into the urban fabric. The the program, since its origins in 2015, is build around a hacker residency, a makerspace with free workshops, monthly lectures, and an annual festival, all this happening in the heart of São Paulo at Red Bull Station a mixed use cultural space.
It happens annually, early in the third quarter with installations, prototype presentations, debates and lectures around cities and technology. This year’s maker and hacker’s panels will be announced in june.
The program’s home, offers regular workshops in fields like arduino, IoT, videomapping and wearables. As an innovation lab, free for everyone, the space is open to host new projects and activities that are connected to its goal, you can submit your proposal to, firstname.lastname@example.org or to take part in one of our events, check the schedule.
The project’s main pillar, the residency annually gathers students and professionals from a diverse range of technical and non-technical backgrounds, selected through an edital, with projects that offer solutions to a better urban space development. Combining the free access to a state-of-the-art makerspace with classes and mentorship through a 2 month long residency that aims to help early stage projects to impact cities and its residents.
The residency aims to stimulate a knowledge exchange that could generate solutions that could be shared with everyone. We believe that more inclusive and accessible cities are the key for a better society. That’s why we search for projects with the potential to improve the life in big urban centers, that’s the point that guides the selection process.
We’re searching for projects that are already in early production stage, with some sort blueprint draft, pictures, 3D models, pieces of code and even a working prototype. Throughout the few years we’ve been around we’ve seen more technical projects like a portable pluviometer that updates the data it gathers into an online database or portable living rooms and even projects more related to the reflexion around cities like a collaborative map connected to an app and a bench sensitive to the human touch. Check the proposals from 2015 and 2016.
Amongst others below you can find some some examples of topics that the projects could cover:
Urban sustainable agriculture: Better use of empty, underutilized and common spaces, for sustainable crops and community gardens
Basic Sanitation and water: Possible alternatives to bring clean water to regions that do not have access to it. How to re-use and clean water as well as solutions to clean rivers and other water sources.
Clean Energy productions: Simple options to generate electricity and how to give the population access to the tools to produce it. Scalable alternatives that match populational growth needs regarding energy consumption.
Circular economy and sustainable production
Health and urban well-being: Ways to reduce diseases and urban epidemics such as dengue, zyca and others. Floods and other urban problems preventions
Urban mobility: Public transportation improvements, alternative commute tools and vehicles, traffic optimization and traffic jam reduction.
Political and economic consciousness: Tools to engage the population to oversee political proposals, reforms and campaign promises
Resident’s profile range from engineers, architects, coders, designers developers and others, usually, but not limited to, students and young professionals. As long as its project contemplates an urban solution that involves technology, anyone from any agen, field of study or country can participate in the project
To be eligible to participate on the event, one must be willing, if selected, to experiment, create and register the entire idea development process, sharing the stages and being available to dedicate at least 20h/week to the residency throughout its 9 weeks and adapting to its schedule when needed. In order to generate a real and impactful solution to the cities each project must be published under an open source license.
-> Support allowance to develop your project on the right time.
-> Access to a state-of-the-art makerspace, equipped with all the tools needed for prototyping and testing. (3D Printer, Milling machine, laser and vinyl cutters, CNC, electronic workbench and joinery tools) ajuda de custo para desenvolver sua ideia com tranquilidade;
-> Mentorship from subject-matter experts, crafted for each of the projects and proposals.
-> Big exposure with the public and event partners enabling residents to expand its contact network.
In charge of following up with the projects, giving support and guidance to each project, our mentors are highly respected professionals with different roles around innovation. This year we are proud to have Andrei Speridião (design and technology), Gabriela Augustini (entrepreneurship), Mauricio Jabur (hardware), Thiago Avancini (creativity and technology), Wesley Lee (design), and also a day-to-day operations mentor helping the residents at the makerspace