About

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WE LOVE TECHNOLOGY started life as an annual makers and modders conference in Yorkshire and is now the name I use whenever I work on creative technology projects.

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Lisa Roberts started her professional career curating screen-based media exhibitions and organising short film screenings in TEST Gallery and the Digital Research Unit in Huddersfield. She helped manage guest artists in residence and produce digital artworks which included one of first ever participatory mobile phone projects Static with Unlimited Theatre Company and the interactive public space platform, Speakers’ Corner by Jaap De Jonge.

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Since 1999 as the co-founder and creative director of interaction design company Blink, Lisa devised and managed the NESTA-funded, made-for-mobile short film commissioning scheme in England and Scotland, Pocket Shorts, which showcased its films at the Rotterdam and Edinburgh International Film Festival.  With Andrew Wilson, Lisa promoted the making of films for hand held screens through specialist workshops and debate. In 2005 I developed a brand new device call Bluevend, a unique Bluetooth-enabled touch screen ‘kiosk’ which shared mobile phone content in public places. It was later leased to other organisations such as Film and Video Umbrella to tour Single Shot across the UK from Tate Britain.

In 2008 Lisa participated in Intel and Microsoft’s workshop at Chi2008, the international conference in computer science. In 2009 she took part of Nokias’ Maemo CoCreation session in Amsterdam.

She worked with Creative Partnerships and developed a participatory project called Podcamp and Family Tree with Cumbria-based digital arts organisation Folly, Grizedale Forest and the Forestry Commission. This involved a young people’s residential workshop combined working outdoors, building reading room for one and writing site specific text poems. In Leeds in 2010 with Find Your Talent Lisa created Mobile Museum an initiative which used text messages to connect with objects in collections with visitors across Leeds museums and libraries service.mmlogo1postcardweb

Lisa continues to work with technical collaborator Daniel Blackburn on a wide variety of hardware such as a Spokepovs bicycle display team for BLAZE during the Blackpool Illuminations.

We Love Technology, a conference coordinated with Abby Dix brought together some of the most interesting makers of the day partnered with Lovebytes in 2010.

Lisa has since provided remote mentoring for University of Bradford’s Digital Media Working Academy, renovated a cave house in Spain and moved to Finland where she is currently the director of UPLOAD, curator of propeller.gallery and with Leader funding is developing an AIR programme for Kemiönsaari.

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