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The Research Institute for Technology and Innovation (IPTI) is a non-profit art, science, and technology institution that seeks to generate innovations capable of promoting human development through the creation of social technologies in the areas of basic education, entrepreneurial education, and basic health.

IPTI began its first steps in October 2003 in the city of São Paulo. In 2009, the organization decided to transfer its headquarters to Santa Luzia do Itanhy, in the south of Sergipe, – one of the municipalities with the lowest Human Development Indexes (HDI) in Brazil – to work with the local community to generate solutions that are effective in extremely vulnerable contexts and have potential to scale. That is, everything happens starting in Santa Luzia do Itanhy. Once created, generated, and systematized, the Social Technologies developed in that region are ready for re-application anywhere on the planet.


To reveal the creative and transforming role of people, so that they can make a difference in their communities, in Brazil, and in the world.


To be a world reference in social technologies of transformation.


  • Local grounding / global articulation;
  • Commitment to innovation;
  • Poetics of difference;
  • Visible and invisible dynamic;
  • Empathy;
  • Confidence, perseverance, and overcoming.


Recognized and awarded projects for their innovation and importance to society.

• Social Responsibility Award - 2022
• UBS Visionaris Award - 2020
• Von Martius Sustainability Award - 2016
• Banco do Brasil Social Technology Foundation Award - 2013
• FINEP Innovation Award - 2013
• 3º Brazilian Object Award
• Creative Brazil Award - 2012
• Banco do Brasil Social Technology Foundation Award - 2019
• Banco do Brasil Technology Foundation Award - 2021
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