Stromatolite (stromatolite.com) is an award-winning London-based design research and innovation lab with clients which include Apple, Nike, Nokia and the Financial Times. For over 14 years Stromatolite has focused on RTD development of innovative digital interfaces and product futures for over 30 commercial clients, actively contributed to new directions in design education for some of the top design schools, as well as launched innovative SMEs. As a result of Scientific Direction of the EU FP7 MIReS Roadmap, Stromatolite launched Music Tech Fest - "the festival of music ideas" - with the intention of uniting the entire music technology ecosystem under one roof. The incentivising activities resulted in a full-blown three day festival from the outset, grew to attract major record labels in the second year, turned into a global event in its third year, and has recently expanded to include the whole music technology value chain. Stromatolite has been successful in galvanising artists (both visual artists and musicians) together with creative developers, through the ICT&ART (FET-ART FP7) initiative, and helping new work originate from the junction of creative thinking and technological innovation. While the MIReS Roadmap and the Music Tech Fest featured on Neelie Kroes’s website, she also rewarded ICT&ART with "Laureate of the Vilnius ICT2014 Exhibition". Stromatolite was selected for the “Make It in Great Britain” exhibition at the Science Museum, showcasing the best of British manufacturing and innovation during the 2012 London Olympics. Stromatolite practices and agile working environment, with a small core team, 22 regular contributors, and an extended network of global contributors.
Stromatolite is contributing to the establishment of the Creative Ring with its expertise in galvanising creative and scientific communities, bridging academia and industry, creative testbeds for innovative products, designing of product identities and routes to market.