Registration is OPEN for the 2021 Emoti-Con Virtual Project Fair!
We have officially opened registration for the 13th annual Emoti-Con NYC Digital Media & Technology Challenge (and our 2nd-ever Virtual Project Fair). Submit your middle and high school projects by May 19 to be included in this city-wide competition.
This year's Keynote will be the amazing Ari Melenciano. Ari is a Creative Technologist at Google's Creative Lab and the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution "imagining, researching, and building at the nexus of new media art, design, science, and technology through a Black and Afrocentric lens."
Ari's Keynote talk will be shared at the start of the Project Fair on 5/24.
Last year, in spite of the pandemic suddenly closing schools and ending many after school programs, over 300 teens presented 87 innovative projects – more than any year previously. Let's show off what we've been able to accomplish in our first full year of living and learning virtually!
- Emoti-Con is a chance for us to celebrate and showcase the innovations & ideas of teens across NYC.
- Judges from CS, STEM and design professions will review and share feedback on each project. Judges will share advice on how your project connects to college and career pathways.
- Each project will be published and have its own webpage. Students can share their project page with parents, friends and mentors who can leave 👏 Emojis 👏 of encouragement and kudos on their work.
Need Help? We’ve got you!
- Emoti-Con 2021 Competition Guide & Design Challenge: Introduce the Emoti-Con project fair to your students with this presentation. It includes all of the details and resources you will need to create and submit an excellent digital media & technology project.
- Emoti-Con Project Application Worksheet: This worksheet has every question from the application so you and your students can prepare your responses before filling out the live form. Here's an example Project Page too!
- Project Fair Slides Template: How can your students best show off their project idea to the judges? Feel free to copy and remix this Google Slides presentation template and upload it with your application.
- Mouse Open Projects: Not sure how your students will turn their idea into a prototype? Mouse has released several free, DIY design & digital making how-tos activities for making apps, 3D models, easy game prototypes, and more.
- Get Live Support: Emoti-Con has a few volunteer educators who can work with you and your students to get a project ready for the Project Fair. Email us (Emoticon@mouse.org) and we will schedule a time to meet online.
Project Fair Schedule
- 5/19: Submit projects online on the Virtual Emoti-Con site
- 5/24: Virtual Project Fair Begins!
- (New!) 5/26: Emoti-Con Meet and Make: A live Zoom-event for students to do a creative coding challenge in teams with pro web developers and Emoti-Con judges. More details to come!
- 6/4: Last day of Project Fair
- 6/11: Winners announced at an Award Ceremony published via social media
Over 45 tech & media professionals and college representatives have signed up to judge student projects! This year's judges come from:
The Emoti-Con Steering Committee, Supporters & Sponsors
Emoti-Con is the largest event of its kind amongst informal learning programs in New York City. Emoti-Con addresses the need for cross-institutional collaboration and provides the much needed venue for youth to get to connect through their common identity as youth media producers and technologists.
The event has been developed through a unique collaboration between youth designers, an alumni committee and NYC youth-serving organizations from the Hive NYC Learning Network who form the Emoti-Con Steering Committee: Code Nation, Global Kids, Mouse, the New York Public Library, and Parsons School of Design.
2021 Collaborators & Sponsors
In addition, we'd like to thank our sponsors at Best Buy and the NYC DOE's Department of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT) whose support demonstrates a commitment to growing design-thinking and innovation skills among youth and educators citywide.