We want to see YOU and your project at this year's Emoti-Con!
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, over 150 New York City-area youth will gather at the Bartos Forum at the Fifth Avenue Library for the fifth annual Emoti-Con! NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Challenge. The day will include:
- a youth project fair
- a science fair-style competition for technology & digital media projects created by by youth
- awards across several categories for exceptional projects
- great professional speakers, and
- catered lunch and cool giveaways for all!
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!
The Essential Details:
- WHEN: Saturday, June 1. Students presenting projects arrive at 11am to set up, and audience members arrive at 11:30am.
- 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 up to 2 adult chaperones. If you don't have a project to present but would like to attend, please register as "Youth Audience." If your group has more than 2 adult chaperones, additional chaperones should register as "Adult Audience." Please note that if you register as an audience member your space is not guaranteed, as priority goes to presenters. More details available on the registration page.
- SIGN UP: Register at emoticon2013.eventbrite.com. Please register as a group--talk to your MOUSE Squad Coordinator about getting signed up!
- WHAT ELSE: The day includes lunch for everyone, swag bags with fun giveaways, and roundtrip Metrocards for MOUSE Squad students!
- COORDINATORS: Please collect MOUSE photo release/waivers from all students who will be attending. Every attendee will also need to bring a signed copy of NYPL's waiver on June 1, as well.
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 "To Prepare" section of the registration page.
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!
It's time to let the world know you are truly the champions of MOUSE Squad by proving yourselves in the MOUSE Squad of the Year competition! Tell us why your squad is the best in the country. Whether you crack cases, do MicroProjects or build robots we want to hear about it. Tell us a story that exemplifies why your squad is the MOUSE Squad of the Year for 2013!
Winning squads will receive a plaque honoring their school and other secret awesome prizes like a pizza party or a Best Buy gift certificate, MOUSE tee-shirts and possibly more. But don't do it for the prizes--do it for the glory.
Last year's winners were the two Squads from PS 43 in Queens, NY: the Codebreakers and the Nerdy Bulldogs. They fix computers, upgrade internet browsers, install printers, and much more technical work as well. Besides keeping things running, the Codebreakers even write a monthly newsletter that talks about technology interests at the school.
Check out one of their MicroProject submissions from last year here:
On the other hand, our winner for Best New MOUSE Squad last year was the The MOUSE Squad at SISCL from the Staten Island School for Civic Leadership in Staten Island, NY. This squad keeps a school of 750 students running with only two laptop carts, and they even run a community help desk!
Applications close Friday, May 31st, 2013, and winners will be announced in June. To see the full winner's post from last year click here. May the best Squad win!
Tell us what you think on the MOUSE Squad Survey, and you could win $100!
MOUSE Squad Coordinators and Members, we want to hear from you! Before the school year ends, tell us what you think--and you could win a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy! Ten winners (5 coordinators and 5 student members) will be randomly selected from everyone who responds to the 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...
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 17. So get to clicking, because this is us at MOUSE HQ...
PLEASE NOTE: You can only fill out this survey if you have participated in MOUSE Squad in the 2012-13 school year. You can only fill it out once.