Emoti-Con 2018

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Emoti-Con is NYC's biggest showcase for young designers, makers, technologists, and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them. 2018 will be Emoti-Con's 10th Anniversary!

  • WHEN: Saturday, June 16th, 2018, 12PM - 4:30PM
  • WHERE: Celeste Bartos Forum
    The New York Public Library,
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building,
    42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues (Entrance on 42nd Street)
    New York, NY 10018

Thinking about Presenting? Read the Emoti-Con Planning Guide for Project Teams for answers to all of your questions!

What's Emoti-Con like? Watch this video and click the "past events" above to learn about the winners, keynotes and judges for each previous event:


Competing projects are reviewed by judges and peers. Winners could earn one or more of the following digital badges:

  • Emoti-Con Presenter
  • Most Social Impact
  • Most Innovative
  • Crowd Favorite
  • Most Entertaining
  • Best Pitch
  • Point of View


  • Dr. Amon Millner

    Dr. Amon Millner

    Dr. Amon Millner is an Assistant Professor of Computing and Innovation directing the Extending Access to STEM Empowerment (EASE) Lab. His research and teaching is informed by his work in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) domain, drawing heavily from his specialization: developing tangible interactive systems for making and learning. He develops technology and community platforms to facilitate learners becoming empowered to make and make a difference in their neighborhoods.

    Millner creates engaging environments and tools that support learners of all ages increasing their capacity to innovate - leveraging a hands-on approach. Dr. Millner especially enjoys designing, developing, and deploying technological systems that allow novices to invent their own interactions between the physical world and the digital world. An example hardware interface is the PicoBoard (selling at sparkfun.com), a sensor board that Dr. Millner co-created while helping to invent the Scratch programming language. An example software interface comes from a startup that Millner co-founded, Modkit - producer of the graphical programming interface to the VexIQ robotics system.

    Dr. Millner has established local and international hubs for learning, making, and digital fabrication, shaping the ways in which networks such as Computer Clubhouses and Fab Labs have evolved. His international recognition includes a designation as a Fulbright Specialist/Grantee. Millner, a champion in the Maker Movement, has authored computing curricula for K-12 classrooms.

    Millner contributes to multiple research communities, particularly conferences that focus on: tangible user interface design, interaction design and children, and digital media and learning. Dr. Millner, a patent holder, earned a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT; a M.S. in Human Computer Interactions from Georgia Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

  • Nafiza Akter

    Nafiza Akter

    Nafiza Akter is an Educational Technology Specialist working in the Provost's Office at Teachers College, Columbia University. Nafiza partners closely with faculty to design or redesign programming for online learners. Prior to joining Columbia, she served as an Instructional Designer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Nafiza also worked for Adelphi University's Faculty Center for Professional Excellence and Global Kids' Digital Media Initiatives. She holds a Master’s in Educational Technology from Adelphi, with a background in psychology. Read more about Nafiza on the Huffington Post.


  • Ashley Miller

    Ashley Miller

    Ashley is Director of Engineering at Datadog where she runs the web platform and dashboard/data viz teams. Before that she focused on building fast, scalable data infrastructure at BuzzFeed. Ashley has help build (and rebuild) core systems at many startups in NYC. Prior to working as a software engineer she worked in policy and politics and continues to follow campaigns the way other people follow basketball.

  • Barrie Grinberg

    Barrie Grinberg

    Barrie Grinberg is the Senior Director of Community Partnerships at Venture for America, a fellowship program that aims to create economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs. In her role, Barrie leads the team responsible for VFA’s startup partnerships, community engagement, regional fundraising, and in-city programming. Prior to joining VFA, Barrie was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Through her work, Barrie has learned that a team of determined, kind people with a thoughtful plan can accomplish almost anything. She has also learned the importance of knowing the names of local sports teams when working across several U.S. cities. Originally from the Boston area, Barrie is a graduate of New York University.

  • Christal Pickett

    Christal Pickett

    Christal is currently a teacher and a part time Children's Library Information Assistant. She enjoys creating and developing programs at the library. She leads most of the science and technology programs held at the branch. She loves reading, learning, and growing!

  • Corrie Davidson

    Corrie Davidson

    Corrie Davidson is a user engagement and retention specialist. Through designing and fostering meaningful experiences for people both inside and outside of a product and facilitating connections between a products' creators and users, Corrie works to improve overall product success and user satisfaction. At Google she helped create and grow the Local Guides program, improving the Google Maps experience for over a billion people, and is currently working on creating user-centric products and experiences in Google Search - specifically Bulletin, From Google.

  • Daniel Doubrovkine

    Daniel Doubrovkine

    Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur, technologist, CTO at Artsy.net in New York, the largest online fine art marketplace and publication. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s with a degree in Computer Science. Daniel is the creator and maintainer of many popular open-source projects and a lifetime artist.

  • Dawn Collins

    Dawn Collins

    Dawn Collins is a Senior Librarian specializing in teen services for the New York Public Library. She received her undergraduate degree in theater from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and her Masters Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Her passion is working with teens especially on STEAM programming. She's a life long nerd and a major Doctor Who fan. On any given day you can find her hanging out with her wife and three dogs (and one cat who pretends to like them on occasion). You can find her on IG and Twitter @tattedlibrarian.

  • Greg Climer

    Greg Climer

    Greg is an assistant professor of fashion design as well as associate director of first year education at Parson School of Design. He splits his time between the BFA in Fashion Design and the MFA in Design + Technology. Greg Climer’s work is interested in the union between seemingly disparate parts of our everyday lives. Textiles and technology are often assumed to only merge in very sci-fi, high concept ways. Climer is interested in how they can converge while maintaining the warmth and comfort we often associate with well-worn garments and beloved blankets. His work merges traditional textile crafts with technology. His work has shown in the Mint Museum of Art, Christopher Stout Gallery NY, Hive Gallery Los Angeles, The Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, and others. As Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, he quilted an animated film. In 2015, Hyper Allergic Magazine listed him as an “artist to watch” when he debuted the knitted film at Fred Frelinghuysen Presents.

  • Jeffrey Lambert

    Jeffrey Lambert

    Jeff Lambert is a librarian and technology integrator interested in how libraries serve as community hubs for both formal and informal learning. He is the Digital Literacy Coordinator at Queens Library, where he works with staff to offer technology classes for patrons of all ages on topics ranging from basic keyboard to coding in Python. Jeff has led workshops for young people on 3D printing, block coding, audio and video editing, and physical computing in library makerspaces in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York.



    Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ph.D., is an award winning researcher, artist, and writer. He is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Networked Culture at Lehman College / CUNY in the Bronx. He received his Ph.D. in the Disruptive Design Team of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of Trinity College Dublin. His work and thesis entitled “Deconstructing Networks” includes hundreds of creative projects that critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. His work has been exhibited and showcased at venues such as SFMOMA, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art (Artport), Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and more. His project, “Bumplist”, is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His writing has appeared in publications such as WIRED, Make, Gizmodo, Neural and more. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 15 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003.

  • Karl Alomar

    Karl Alomar

    Karl Alomar is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in developing high growth businesses. He is responsible for driving the day-to-day business and people operations, and manages DigitalOcean’s international footprint—along with all procurement and global operations activities—as the company continues to build out its hardware and datacenter infrastructure internationally. Prior to DigitalOcean, he was the co-founder and senior partner of China Export Finance, Ltd, where he helped the business to grow from inception to more than $125M of annual revenue within four years. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.

  •  Katie Jergens

    Katie Jergens

    Katie wrote a software for over a decade then decided instead of making things someone else designed, she could design them herself. She switched to UX design, eventually leading a design team for an educational-tech company. These days Katie combines her love of software engineering, design and inspiring others in her role as a computer science teacher and Girls Who Code mentor, both at The Dalton School. Lately Katie has also been studying machine learning and mentors an ML course on Coursera.

  •  Kimiya Hojjat

    Kimiya Hojjat

    Kimiya is a design thinker and entrepreneur from Northern California with a background in cognitive science and education technology. She recently earned her MA in Learning, Design, and Technology at Stanford and is now working in User Experience Research at Google for Education. She enjoys solving interesting problems through creative and thoughtful human-centered approaches. Today, she is new grantee of the 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellowship, as co-founder of Candid, a mobile tool that helps families have better conversations about important topics in comprehensive sex education. Past adventures include teaching Art & Science at UC Berkeley and hosting The Creative Consciousness. She loves learning new things, cooking colorful meals, and exploring new cities. Website: kimiyahojjat.com

  •  Mona Patel

    Mona Patel

    Mona Patel is an entrepreneur and bestselling Author who has been designing better human centered interactions for the past 20 years. Beginning her career with organizations like NASA, BMW and Microsoft, she has helped some of the world's largest brands understand what customers need and design systems to meet those needs. Mona's UX agency, Motivate Design, was started in 2009 and has been on the Inc 5000 list three years in a row. Based in New York City, Motivate (an MWBE certified company) supports companies like First Republic Bank, BlackRock, Jet.com, Tumblr, Coca-Cola, Chick- Fil-A, and PayPal with U/UX Research, Design, Strategy, Workshops and Staffing services. Mona is a sought after speaker and leads design thinking talks, workshops and interactive sessions for companies around the world. She also dedicates time grooming our next generation of design thinkers by running YOUTHx, a design camp for kids, writing a children's book about an elephant that redesigns a swing, and teaching at Parsons The New School and lecturing at Columbia University and General Assembly.

  • Rolando Brown

    Rolando Brown

    Rolando Brown is a freelance Product and Engineering Manager. He blends management consulting rigor with design thinking and agile development. An award winning Community Developer, Artist, and Entrepreneur, Rolando leverages a lifetime of practice towards helping teams discover customers, build capacity and strengthen infrastructure. Rolando majored in Leadership and Management Studies at New York University, is a lifelong learner, and continues to explore human aspiration, technology, cooperation, and conflict. Rolando also serves on the following Boards: The Advocacy Institute, ParentsTogetherAction, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), iCouldBe.org, and the Hip-Hop Education Center at NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.