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The 7th Annual Emoti-Con Challenge Is May 30!

Join youth from all over NYC for Emoti-Con on May 30!

logo w new colors_0.png On Saturday, May 30, 2015, over 150 New York City-area youth will gather at the Bartos Forum at the Fifth Avenue Library for the seventh annual Emoti-Con NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Challenge! The day will include:

  • a science fair-style competition for technology & digital media projects created by by youth
  • awards across several categories for exceptional projects
  • great professional speakers
  • catered lunch and cool giveaways for all, and
  • a raffle at the end of the day!

This is your chance to show off awesome projects that you've worked on this year in MOUSE Squad! Projects that are a good fit for Emoti-Con! include digital media projects (like podcasts, videos, graphic design projects), web-based projects (like websites, video games, and apps), physical computing projects (things with moving parts or blinking lights), and remixes/hacks/mashups (projects that use content that already existed in a new & exciting way).

This event is open to youth from different programs all over NYC (and particularly from Hive NYC programs), so we need your Squad to represent MOUSE!

What You Need to Know:

  • WHEN: Saturday, May 30. Students presenting projects arrive at 10am to set up, and audience members arrive at 10:30am.
  • WHERE: The Bartos Forum at the 5th Avenue Library in Manhattan, entrance on W. 42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues - see a map.
  • WHO: Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to present projects at Emoti-Con! Each group of presenters may have an adult chaperone, and additional chaperones and youth who want to attend but don't have a project to present should register as "Audience Group." Please note that if you register as audience members your space is not guaranteed, as priority goes to presenters. More details available on the registration page.
  • SIGN UP: Register at Please register as a group--talk to your MOUSE Squad Coordinator about getting signed up, and be sure to answer the questions about your project together!
  • YOUR REGISTRATION FORM MATTERS: The registration form includes important questions about your project(s) that the panel of judges will review as a part of the judging process to gain a better understanding of your work, so you should plan to answer these questions as a team. (If you need to update your answers after you register, you can!)
  • WHAT ELSE: The day includes lunch for everyone, swag bags with fun giveaways, and roundtrip MetroCards for MOUSE Squad students!
  • COORDINATORS: Please make sure all youth AND adult chaperones fill out this media release/waiver and bring it with them to Emoti-Con.

Get Ready:

If you're planning to present a project at Emoti-Con, you'll need to bring your project, bring anything you need to display it, and be ready to talk about it! If you're entering your project in the competition, you should also prepare a short pitch--if you're selected as a finalist, you will be presenting your project to everyone at Emoti-Con! Either way, make sure you read the notes on the registration page.

If you want to learn more about Emoti-Con before signing up, join us for PREmoti-Con Online (a short webinar) on April 21 at 12pm to ask questions and hear more. You can also ready about last year's Emoti-Con here.

Prizes & Glory!

Five finalists will be selected from the projects in the competition, and each finalist will be awarded one of these prizes: Most Potential for Social Impact, Most Entertaining, Best Pitch, Most Innovative, and the Point of View Award. One of the finalists will also walk away with the trophy for Crowd Favorite!

So register today--we hope to see you there!

Learn more and stay in touch with Emoti-Con:
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PlayTech Saturday For the Win!

Thank you New York City for another fantastic PlayTech Saturday!


On Saturday, April 11th, a group of eager MOUSE Squad members and coordinators gathered at Parsons The New School for Design to have fun at PlayTech Saturday!

PlayTech gives MOUSE Squad members the chance to test out the latest games and projects designed by graduate students at Parsons. Some games are almost finished and some are just the seeds of an idea. The feedback from MOUSE Squad members helps determine the shape of these games in the future. Oh yeah...there's free pizza too!

MOUSE Squads came from:

  • The Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
  • J.H.S. 157 Halsey
  • Baruch College Campus High School


PlayTech attendees played computer games, board games, card games, console games, oculus rift games, and some games that don't fit into any category! We played a crazy mod of Battleship, tested our knowledge of geography, kept secrets from each other, tested our stress levels and moved around inside a virtual reality cube. We can't wait to see what the next version of these games will be like!


Everyone at PlayTech Saturday also got a chance to play MOUSE's very own "PlayTech: The Game" in order to win a PlayTech Saturday wrist band that also doubled as a flash drive! How cool is that?!


To win a prize players had to get to know the PlayTech presenters, review their projects, and come up with an idea for their own game! Some of our favorites were:

  • Strudel Dash- A game where you play as a beta fish solving logic puzzles, jumping from tank to tank trying to get to the ocean.
  • Five Nights at Dr. Who- a game like Five Nights at Freddy's but Dr. Who themed, and the doctors have a virus that makes them think you are a Dalek!
  • The Vs, Vs!- Historical events based on the book series I Survived. The game would put you in different historical situations where you have to save people!


Thank you so much to everyone who presented and to everyone who attended! We had so much fun and can't wait to see you at PlayTech Saturday next fall!

Tell us about your year in MOUSE & win awesome prizes!


Share your feedback on the MOUSE Squad End-of-Year Survey!

MOUSE Squad Coordinators and students, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to fill out the MOUSE Squad End-of-Year Survey. Your opinions mean a lot to us, and when you answer these questions you tell the MOUSE team what's awesome, what you love, and what we need to change to make next year even better.

So before the school year ends, tell us what you think--and you could win awesome prizes! Ten lucky winners (5 coordinators and 5 student members) will be randomly selected from everyone who responds to the survey. Student winners will get a Nintendo DSi XL and game pack, and Coordinator winners will get a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy!

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 29. Go ahead and tell us what you think!

PLEASE NOTE: You should only fill out this survey if you have participated in MOUSE Squad in the 2014-15 school year. You can only fill it out once. If you're participating in TechCrew in Chicago, you may fill out the survey!

If your MOUSE Squad site is in California and you're reading this, please disregard the above. California MOUSE Squad Coordinators should fill out the survey here, and California MOUSE Squad students should fill out the survey here.