Matt Johnson is passionate about the potential for smart materials, smart surfaces, and IoT to transform the built environment. Before founding LAIIER, Matt co-founded Bare Conductive, where he drove the creation of the largest printed electronics prototyping community on the planet, driving to the top of the $3BN industry as a technology enabler to engineers and designers and thought-leader to blue-chip companies. Matt earned a dual master’s at Imperial College London, and the Royal College of Art in Industrial Design Engineering, and an undergraduate in Economics at Colorado College. In addition to his role at LAIIER, Matt is also a visiting design engineering tutor at multiple universities. Originally from Colorado, USA, Matt has extensive experience in the outdoors, and the positive impact that access to wild spaces has on our wellbeing.
Building bridges or building boats? Moving beyond technology with a community and unknown possibility
With a simple material proposition Bare Conductive built a global community of designers, engineers, educators, artists, and makers. The goal was to empower new creations with a unique set of tools that challenged the way that people looked at electronics. What we didn’t expect was all the directions it would take us. We didn’t expect the transformative potential of an approach that took a risk to look beyond simple problem-solution thinking. We didn’t expect that from thousands of small ideas, a big new one would be born, transforming Bare Conductive into LAIIER, taking us beyond all of our previous expectations.