Sónar+D is the international congress organized by Sónar Festival that explores how creativity is changing our present and imagining new futures, in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders. Since 2013, this anti-disciplinary meeting gathers leading artists, creative technologists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs, makers and hackers in Barcelona to participate in a carefully commissioned program for inspiration and networking.

Adam Katz (Imprint Projects)

Andreea Magdalina (shesaid.so) 

Andrew Melchior (CTO, Massive Attack)  

Annie Lin (Twitch) 

Christian Mio Loclair (Waltz Binaire)

Dominika Dronska (Abbey Road Studios)

Eva Winkeler (Gropius Bau)

Evgeni Kouris (Humix.org)

Katia Isakoff (Women Produce Music)

Lewamm Ghebremariam (Change.org)

Lucas Knoflach (Sound Diplomacy)

Lukas Drevenstedt (Berlin Club Commission)

Marie Albert (S+T+ARTS) 

Ronny Krieger (Patreon)

Sandira Calviac (Nistana Ventures)

Shauna Alexander (The FADER)

Sky Deep

Stephan Baier (MHP - A Porsche Company)

Stephanie Pereira (NEW INC)

Whitney Wei (Electronic Beats)

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Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) is a leading audio brand founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Through its family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers, Beats has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment. The brand’s continued success helps bring the energy, emotion, and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience for music lovers worldwide. Beats was acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014.

Community changes the way we workThis residency supports artists exploring new lines of inquiry intersecting technology & society. The aim of the program is to facilitate dialog, partnership, and collaboration at the intersection of technology and exploratory arts. By focusing on this synthesis, the program empowers artists to create work which inspires shifts in perspective and cross-collaboration.

Together with our creative partner, Sónar+D, and support from Beats by Dr. Dre, we aim to discover, explore and showcase how creativity impacts innovation, problem-solving, work culture, how we collaborate, co-create, and how we come together as a community.

Factory Berlin is an ecosystem of over 3,500 members from more than 70 nations located on two campuses. Gathering the most ambitious creators from the tech, creative and corporate industries, we curate our diverse community to connect, collaborate and thrive together. As a platform for active networking, our digital products, spaces, startup labs, events, and programs encourage new connections to impact our surroundings and world. Supported by partners like Riverside Studios Berlin, Sonar+D, Google for Startups, CODE University, Beats by Dr. Dre and World Frontiers Forum.

The Creators Lab

Located at Factory Berlin Gorlitzer Park, the Creators Lab is a space dedicated for cross-industry collaboration. Designed as a multi-purpose environment to be used by the Factory Berlin community and extended network, the Creators Lab hosts a music studio, artist residency studio, meditation room, and 360 XR Room (extension).  Installations from Protopixel light up an inspirational environment for our creative community.

Location: Creators Lab at Factory Gorlitzer Park, Lohmühlenstrße 65, 12435 Berlin


Sandira Blas
Senior Curator & Researcher, Factory Berlin

Andrea Faroppa
Brand Relations, Sonar+D


Help develop skills, competencies, and know-how, including how to adapt to 
digital technologies and the future of work.

Explore innovative approaches to audience and networks.

Enable international collaborations & enhance your artistic exploration.

Access and be part of a powerful ecosystem and network of 3,500+ in science, tech, arts, music and politics.


1-year free Native Membership. 

Private Artist Atelier, Music Lab, Health perks.

Mentorship from selected Jury Board panel.

Press & Media features. Content features & exclusives in our magazine & social media.

Network growth & paid project opportunities.

Selected work to be presented at Sonar+D 2021.

6 artists are invited to spend 4-months inside our Creators Lab, at Factory Görlitzer Park. During their stay, artists receive a free 1-year Native Membership to both Factory Berlin campuses, project production support, press & media leads, and mentorship from a global network of experts and industry names. The selection process will be determined by a panel of local & global leaders in various industries from music, business, art, science, technology or social impact. In addition artists will be introduced to new and diverse communities in which they can explore new ideas with. At the end of the residency, a few artists will be selected into the official Sónar+D 2021 program in Barcelona.

We bring together some of the brightest minds from different cultures and work processes. We encourage established creatives from different genres in Creative-Tech or business with aim to challenge tradition through unconventional environments. We welcome artists, scientists, researchers, professors, musicians, developers, and startups. Art creates a bridge between people and society and offers critical thinking. Together we will meet, learn, exchange, brainstorm and cross-collaborate. 





- Devices, applications & instruments
- Spatial & 3D sound
- Sound Installations
- Non-stage live music experiences
- Live AV



- Building businesses around creative projects 
- Innovative business models to sustain creative practice



- AR/VR experiences
- AV experiences
- Installations
- Immersive content

2020 Jury & Mentors


Willingness to commit, and be open to collaborate with others in the program.

Humans who find value in exploring cross-sectional genres.

Humans who don't follow tradition.

Humans who are willing to break out of their comfort zone, or traditional work environments.

- Machine learning for visual art & sound
- Creative voice experience design
- AI experiments 
- Create bots & automation
- Art, Robotics & DIY


25th May
Applications Open

1st July
Applications Close (deadline extended)

20th July
Communication with the selected

27th July
Program begins

30th Nov
Program Ends

This August Factory Berlin, Sónar+D, and Beats by Dr. Dre are launching the 2nd edition Artist in Residence program inside the Creators Lab at Factory Gorlitzer Park.

Applications for the residency are now closed. We're currently reviewing with our Jury Board and program partners. We will communicate with successful applicants in the coming weeks. Due to the high volume of applications, we request that you do not contact us to enquire into the status of your application.