TED Speaker, Forbes U30, Visiting Professor at CalArts
Matan lives in the nexus of art, technology and positive impact.
His award-winning inventions translate physical signals (such as brainwaves, heartbeats and movements) into music, turn everyday objects into instruments and have been displayed at museums, galleries, events and stages worldwide.
Matan regularly speaks and performs for the likes of TED, Google, Microsoft, and Forbes. His presentations often combine live musical demos of his inventions.
In 2020, Matan was invited to create and teach 3 advanced courses, based on his work and methods, at the California Institute of the Arts university in Los Angeles as an Israel Institute Visiting Artist.
As the co-founder and CEO of Tongo, Matan is currently building the world's first tongue-computer interface: "Smart Braces" which wirelessly control digital devices (smartphone, computer, wheelchair, etc.) using the tongue instead of the hands. Tongo was funded by the Israeli Innovation Authority, and recently unveiled its beta device and applications at Google's HQ in California.
As the former founder and CEO of Shift, an innovation lab which focuses on impact-driven technologies, Matan co-developed solutions for people with disabilities: enabling paralyzed, amputee, blind and autistic people to express themselves in new ways.
Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of most promising young Israelis in science & technology, Matan is an alumni of The Generational Ambassadors Program (MIT & Harvard), U-Penn’s Social Global Impact House & an ROI Community member.