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NYC Youth Innovators To Present And Compete At Emoti-Con! 2014

Companies mentioned in this article: Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network (Hive NYC)

NEW YORK, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the HIVE NYC Learning Network:

WHAT: More than 150 of New York City's brightest, most tech-savvy youth from across the five boroughs will gather at the 6th annual Emoti-Con! to present their digital media and technology projects.

These innovative projects have been designed to address pressing issues in their global, local and learning environments, and will be presented in a science-fair style competition to compete for awards in multiple categories including: Most Innovative, Most Potential for Social Impact, Most Entertaining and Best Pitch. Youth will have a chance to earn digital badges and receive valuable feedback on their work.

Examples of projects that will be showcased include:

    --  Physical computing devices designed for individuals with cerebral palsy
        to assist them with painting, gaming, wheelchair navigation, and home
        care
    --  Mobile games that address social issues such as ending gun violence and
        racial bullying
    --  Multimedia stories that reflect on real teen experiences
    --  Interactive game controllers that combine fashion, wearable technology
        and game design

Judges will include leading technology entrepreneurs, members of the media, and educators. Once the top five projects are selected by the judges, the final awards will be chosen by the youth attendees.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2013, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

WHERE: New York Public Library Bartos Forum
(entrance on West 42(nd) Street between 5(th) and 6(th) Avenues)

WHO:

    --  Youth participants in grades 6-12 from across New York City,
        representing various non-profit organizations that offer informal
        learning opportunities involving digital media and technology and are
        members of Hive NYC Learning Network
    --  Keynote speakers including:
        --  Anil Dash, ThinkUp
        --  Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez, Maker's Row
        --  Jessy Jo Gomez, Win to Learn

Photos will be available following the event.

Learn more at http://emoti-con.org and follow our updates on:

    --  Twitter: @EmotiCon_NYC or #emoticon2014
    --  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EmotiConNYC

Organizations serving on the Emoti-Con! 2014 Steering Committee:
Global Kids
Hive NYC Learning Network
MOUSE
New York Public Library
Parsons The New School for Design

About Hive NYC:
Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network (Hive NYC) is a city-wide lab where educators, technologists and youth-development experts build and share innovative, connected educational experiences for young people. There are 55 member organizations, including museums, libraries, afterschool programs, code clubs and informal learning spaces. Together, these institutions create an ecosystem of opportunities for young people to explore their interests and develop key 21st-century skills. Network members have access to funding to support this work through The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust. For more information, please visit http://www.hivenyc.org.

SOURCE Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network (Hive NYC)