The story of Lilo zone is closely linked to the story of a person. Lina Lopes. Behind the curtain, be prepared to meet a woman, coming from another galaxy, who transforms technology into art. This multifaceted woman has forged her unique vision of her environment through multiple lives (actress, stage director, programmer, biohacker, visual installation creator, …) to become the heart of a space, attracting varied talented people like a magnet.
Created in 2015 with a friend, Luis Leão, Lilo Zone started as an “atelier” to impulse the creative use of technology through workshops, lectures and projects for clients. 2 years later, tired of training people with no passion or long term projects, she found 4 new partners to give to Lilo Zone a new boost. In 2018, after 2 months of research and 3 months of renovation, they opened the new Lilo Zone to gather professionals with a long-term project, using technology in a creative way, and willing to work in synergy with a serious, talented and friendly community.
Built in an organic way, the space evolved progressively according to the needs: it started with the kitchen and a “saloon”, key to build the community, then with opened but private space for each professional to end up with a makerspace, closed to the saloon, 6 months ago. “I cannot tell you how it will be tomorrow”. 1 year later, the team succeeded to make a living space, every day full with people linked by values such as respect and collaboration, who are shaping it and giving it a soul.
Their plan for the next years? They have no idea and don’t want to think about it. Their objective is rather to fully embraced the present, being opened to people with new projects mixing art and technology as a hub for a growing community. For them, innovation is about creating the problem of the future. They will create it and then find the solution. Be prepared.