Emoti-Con is an annual “Con”-ference supporting youth to “Emote” or express themselves through digital media and technology. They share projects across a range of interest areas, and address pressing issues in their global, local, and learning environments. Emoti-Con is the largest event of its kind amongst informal learning programs in New York City. The event has been developed through a unique collaboration among NYC youth-serving organizations and Hive NYC Learning Network members, including Mouse, the New York Public Library, the Hive Research Lab and Parsons The New School for Design. Emoti-Con addresses the need for cross-institutional collaboration and provides the much needed venue for youth to get offline and connect through their common identity as youth media producers and technologists.


The Emoti-Con! Design Fellows are the youth who make Emoti-Con happen! Design Fellows work on graphic design projects (signs, t-shirts, flyers), post on social media to spread the word and get people excited, and help teens get prepared to participate. They also help plan the day, coming up with ideas for everything from swag and giveaways to what speakers should be on the stage. On the day of Emoti-Con, the Design Fellows are the greeters, MCs, and show-runners, and create a brand-new game or design challenge every year that every single person who comes to Emoti-Con participates in!

Bios Coming Soon!


Dixie Ching, PhD, is a post-doc at New York University and leads the Youth Trajectories & Pathways Study for the Hive Research Lab, a research-practice partnership between Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, Indiana University, and New York University. A former cell biologist, Dixie is interested in helping people see the relevance of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) to their lives and in developing a better-informed public through STEAM education. You can follow Dixie at @dixie_nyu.

Caitlyn Colman-McGaw, New York Public Library (Bio coming soon)

Alex Fleming is currently serving as a Learning Design Coordinator at Mouse. A member of the second graduating class of the original High Tech High school in San Diego, Alex is a DIY media maker and game designer who loves tech of all kinds. Alex previously worked for Boston non-profit HOME Inc. as a Media Lab Coordinator and holds a B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts with high honors from Brandeis University. A former magician, Alex retired from magic in 2013.

Rudy Garcia, New York Public Library (Bio coming soon)

Sarah Hubschman (Bio coming soon)

Marc Lesser is a specialist in the field of educational technology and digital media for learning with broad experience designing programming and learning spaces in local and national learning contexts. Since March of 2008, Marc directs the design and development of web-based and live learning environments for Mouse’s national program network. His experience is shaped by previous roles as an educator, trainer, and specialist in the area of arts, media, and technology education. Marc holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Digital Media Design for Learning program, is the co-founder of Emoti-Con! NYC’s Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival, and in 2012 was named a National School Boards Association “20-to-Watch” among national leaders in education and technology. You can follow Marc at @malesser.

Gigi Polo, Parsons The New School for Design (Bio coming soon)

Chrystian Rodriguez, Hive NYC / Mozilla Foundation (Bio coming soon)

Meredith Summs is a learning technology specialist, a curriculum developer, a maker, and currently works as the Associate Director, Learning Design at Mouse. In this role, she oversees the Learning Design team to develop content, web platforms and tools, and live programming. Over her 10+ years as an informal educator, she has taught digital and analog circuitry, web literacy, human-centered design, assistive & adaptive tech, IT and game design. She has also been active in the Mozilla network as a Hive NYC member and #teachtheweb Super Mentor. You can follow Meredith at @meredithsumms.

Jessica Walker directs the Summer and Pre-College Programs at Parsons The New School for Design. In this role she collaborates with faculty and community partners to develop workshops, classes and other opportunities for students to engage with art and design, portfolio development and college readiness. Jessica also teaches drawing and digital media within the undergraduate program at Parsons and is a practicing artist and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the overlap between creative practice and social science. Jessica’s latest project, “366” is a documentary film in which she meets with New Yorkers on their birthday to document how this day is spent across different age groups and cultures.