Silvana Bahia

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024.

Experimenter, activist, and researcher. Co-executive director at Olabi – an organization dedicated to diversifying the technology and innovation scene in Brazil. At Olabi, she coordinates projects such as PretaLab – an initiative to empower Black women in the field of technology – and Black Codes: Art and Technologies – which explores languages for anti-racist daily life. She holds a Master’s degree in Culture and Territorialities from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) and is an associated researcher of the Art and Artificial Intelligence group at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Silvana was recognized as one of the 100 most important innovators in the world by The Future Laboratory in England. In 2023, she received the Internet Governance Highlights award from the Internet Management Committee – CGI. In 2021, she was honored with the Protagonista Brasil award for her pivotal role in the digital and inclusive transformation of the country. She is a columnist for Fast Company Brazil, sharing her insights on technology and innovation. She holds positions on the boards of significant organizations such as the Museum of Tomorrow, InternetLab, Artigo 19, NUPEF, Toriba Institute, Update Institute, Mulheres Negras Decidem, Itamar Assumpção Museum Institute, LAVITS, and Énois – Journalism Laboratory. Additionally, she serves as the editor of the book “Pode um robô ser racista?” [Can a robot be racist?], the inaugural publication of the “Pensando Amanhãs” collection launched in 2023 by the Museum of Tomorrow. Her work encompasses international collaborations and the co-director of the documentary “Quadro Negro,” which addresses the experiences of Black students in Brazilian universities. She participated in the Lauttasaari Manor Residency program in Finland, where she collaborated for three months on the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA) project. In 2017, she received the Highlights of Digital Culture award for Social Innovation and Technology, bestowed by the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the Advanced Program of Contemporary Culture at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She has been invited as a speaker at prominent events both within and outside Brazil, contributing to the development of the technological landscape.

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