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Mat Laibowitz is an inventor, artist, and product designer. He holds a PhD degree from MIT Media Lab's Program in Media Arts and Sciences from the Responsive Environments Group under Prof. Joseph A. Paradiso. He founded in 1996 an urban experience named Midnight Madness after the 1980 film of the same name, Midnight Madness (film). Midnight Madness was regarded as igniting the large scale urban game scene in NYC, including elements of the Come Out and Play festival. Midnight Madness ran for its final time in 2007, at which time over 1000 people have participated throughout its 11 year history. Midnight Madness and Mat Laibowitz were the subjects of a chapter in David Rakoff's book, Don't Get Too Comfortable.

As a product designer, Mat Laibowitz has brought over 30 products to market including toys, home automation devices, and lighting.

As an inventor and a researcher, his most known work includes Parasitic Mobility– a distributed sensor networks employing mobile sensing nodes that are carried to desired locations by attaching themselves to moving hosts, and Spinner (MIT Media Lab),a research platform designed to investigate the use of a distributed video camera network and wearable sensors to create cohesive narrative videos from our physical and social behavior. He recently held the position of Principal Researcher at Nokia Research Center Hollywood, where he investigated new forms of entertainment using activated physical environments.


As a mixed-media artist he has shown work at many international venues including Exit Art, Fellisimo House of Design, Ars Electronica, Jack Lenor Larsen's Longhouse, and at the MIT Museum.[10] He formerly composed and performed music as part of the band Brasilian Pizza Mafia, who performed at the South By Southwest music festival in 1998, and as a solo artist under the name hazmat and performed at NYC's The Limelight in 2000.


As of September 2011, Mat Laibowitz has left Nokia Research and is now an independent innovator of art, entertainment, and physically interactive new media.


In January of 2012, Mat Laibowitz founded Futuruption Research and Development (website), a small company specializing in the design, development, and deployment of first-of-a-kind products, systems, activated environments, and events to create new forms of human experience for entertainment, education, awareness, health, and productivity.

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