On June 14, 2014 at The New York Public Library/Bartos Forum, over 150 New York City youth from across the five boroughs will gather at the 6th annual Emoti-Con! to showcase their digital media and technology projects, be inspired by their peers, and meet with professionals in the field.
At Emoti-Con!, youth will: Network with peers and learn about other exciting informal learning opportunities across the city; present their projects, get inspired by others, and network with industry professionals; take part in fun design challenges; hear from amazing Emoti-Con! Keynotes - professional game designers, makers and social entrepreneurs from all corners of the media and technology industry; participate in the Emoti-Con! Challenge, which awards prizes in multiple categories including Most Innovative, Most Potential for Social Impact, Most Entertaining and Best Pitch; and have a chance to earn digital badges, and valuable feedback on their work!
Badges for Emoti-Con! reflect peer-issued awards to competing projects and are issued by participating institutions (that's you!) through Emoti-Con.org. If your institution is registered to participate, and were signed in at registration on the day of the event, chaperones will be emailed a single login for your group. Once logged in, you can award and manage badges for your presenters. We hope it makes you... :)
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A former teacher and lifelong maker, Momo is the founder of Gigabryte. Akade created GigaBryte to help close the racial and ethnic divide in the field of computing. GigaBryte is a learning platform that introduces elementary school children to programming through wearable electronics. GigaBryte originated as Akade’s thesis while she was a graduate student in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford University. Akade has since introduced hundreds of kids (and kids at heart) to programming in the Bay Area through workshops at partner schools and science and technology museums. She is an alumna of the Imagine K12 and StartX accelerator programs in Silicon Valley, and earned her BA at Yale University. Currently, she is an Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellow powered by Echoing Green.
Dave is one of the founders of Hacker School, a three month long writers retreat for computer programmers of all skill levels in New York City. Hacker School has no grades, degrees, classes or fixed curriculum and is built on the idea that people learn best when they are given the freedom to explore their interests and are able to take responsibility for their own education. Dave is an alumni of Y Combinator and has a degree in Computer Engineering from Columbia University. He absolutely loves programming.
Erin is a City Hall reporter at the New York Daily News, covering the mayoral election and city government. Before moving to City Hall, she worked in the paper's Brooklyn bureau, covering urban development and neighborhood issues. She graduated from Columbia University, where she studied political science and was an editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator.
Dana Edell, PhD is an activist-scholar-artist and serves as Executive Director of SPARK Movement, an international, intergenerational girls’ activist movement working to end the sexualization of girls. She is also the co-chair of the Girls Participation Task Force of the Working Group on Girls at the United Nations. From 2002-2012, she was co-founder/executive director of viBe Theater Experience where she produced and co-directed more than 60 productions all written/performed by girls. Dana teaches arts, education and activism at CUNY and NYU and has 15+ years of experience as an educator and leader in arts, activism and advocacy programs with girls.
While at NASA Steven Hodas built the U.S. government's first public website, connecting teachers and students with rich scientific resources, and launching his career as an edtech entrepreneur. He went on to create the web's most popular sites for high school and college students, the first online test preparation, and the first large-scale formative assessment platform for school districts. For the past five years he has worked closely with early-stage entrepreneurs, launched two companies of his own and recently joined the NYC DOE to head its Markets Initiative, which seeks to foster smart demand for innovative solutions to the most pressing problems in the nation's largest school district.
A digital veteran of 20 years, Mike Knowlton has always pushed the boundaries of storytelling and technology. As a Creative Technologist he founded and led numerous technology companies including user-interface design firm Nascent State, digital agency BASIK, and open-source Flash technology Frontal. Mike has led large multi-disciplinary teams in developing complex software applications for brands including Bath & Body Works, Epoch Films, Gucci, MoMA, New York Magazine, Philosophy, Theory, Tiffany & Co., and Victoria's Secret. At his most recent venture Murmur he produces social films and consults with leading brands, studios, and networks on using social films to extend existing properties. Mike's background spans design, programming, advertising, and filmmaking. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.
Hank Williams is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who recently founded Platform, a non-profit organization with the mission to increase the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy. Hank also currently serves as CEO of Kloudco, a startup developing a new cloud information management platform for organizing and managing online communications. Earlier in his career Hank was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ClickRadio, one of the Internet’s first interactive radio services. As lead architect, he conceived many of the concepts and technologies that underpin the current interactive music space. Before that, Hank served as President and CEO of Pastel Development Corporation, where he developed DayMaker, a best selling and award winning personal information management program.
Manoush is the host and managing editor of WNYC’s New Tech City, recently ranked the #1 weekly tech podcast. New Tech City is also a featured segment on Morning Edition, and explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy. A graduate of Georgetown University , Manoush has been a producer, correspondent and presenter for the BBC, a reporter and anchor for Thomson Reuters Television, and a media consultant to non-profits including the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Gates Foundation. She is also the author of Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online, one of the top-selling journalism ebooks on Amazon.