On Saturday, June 11th, over 300 guests gathered at the gorgeous Bartos Forum at the main branch of the New York Public Library to celebrate our 8th annual Emoti-Con! It was the biggest turnout to date. Over the years, Emoti-Con has become NYC's biggest showcase for young designers, makers, technologists, and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them.
We had students and educator reps hailing from organizations across New York City including Mouse, Allstar Code, City Pathways, def hacks(), Global Kids, Grand Street Settlement, Independent High School Startup, Innovation Labs, KOKO Open Source, Lower East Side Girls Club, NYC Parks, Parsons Scholars Pre-College Program, Pearl Hacks, ScriptEd, The Knowledge House, and Urban Arts Partnership.
We kicked off the day with a networking hour for our student presenters. Professionals from a variety of fields and professions were there to facilitate informal/informational chats about specific topics including: what it’s like to be an engineer; using tech to change the world; game design and games for good; coding, entrepreneurship; art and tech; and user experience and interface.
Our three Keynote speeches were also a hit!
- Kaho Abe and Ramsey Nasser, a dynamic game designing duo, kicked off the talks and even featured an immersive activity to give the audience a taste of what game designing and piloting feels like.
- Austin Carvey, an Emoti-Con alum and co-founder of Young Hackers, gave us some insight on being a young designer and hacker and finding your way to a path you love.
- Lucy Jones wrapped up the day for us with a beautiful presentation on her accessible, “seated design”--a clothing line developed specifically for those confined to a wheelchair.
We had some incredible projects taking home prizes and some pretty amazing 3D printed trophies!
The winners this year were:
Point of View: Styling with the Stars: Election Edition by ScriptEd
Most Entertaining: Alarm Clock Slippers by Mouse Squad @ Baruch High School
Most Social Impact: Ears Wide Open by Radio Rookies, Global Kids @ School for Human Rights)
Most Innovative: Vakway by Baruch College Campus High School
Best Pitch: Panda’s Box by Mouse Design League
Crowd Favorite: Panda’s Box by Mouse Design League
Congrats to those awesome teams!
The Honorable Mentions were:
- Best Pitch: Kinet-X, Independent High School Startup
- Point Of View: Pocket Texter, def hacks()
- Most Social Impact: Homeless Awareness, Innovation Labs
- Most Entertaining: Girls Matter, Global Kids
- Most Innovative: 1derphone, Mouse Design League
Of course, we are particularly proud and humbled to see so many of our own Mouse Squad and Design League students sharing their talent at such an event!
This year we had the following Mouse projects in the house:
- 1derphone by Mouse Design League
- Alarm Clock Slippers by the Baruch High School Mouse Squad
- Box 2.0 by the Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157Q Mouse Squad
- Deal with SAT/ACT Stress by Gaming by the Baruch High School Mouse Squad
- Get Up: Do Good, Have Fun- The Easy Way by the Baruch High School Mouse Squad
- Lazer Lane Builder by Mouse Design League
- Panda’s Box by Mouse Design League
- Speak-EZ by Mouse Design League
- Teens Saving Teens by the PS 256 Q Mouse Squad
- The Power of Wind by the Baruch High School Mouse Squad
Mouse would like to give a huge thank you, first and foremost, to all of our coordinating organizations--New York Public Library, Hive NYC and Hive Research Lab, Parsons School of Design, and Urban Arts Partnership--and congratulations to all the students who contributed such amazing visions, ideas, and new tech, as well as to those who came out to cheer on their peers and enjoy a great day of new technology and fun! We’ll see you all next year!
We have a big announcement! In the Fall, all of the activities, projects, resources and community that currently live here on mousesquad.org will be making a move! We are in the middle of packing up, dusting off and making a lot of updates and will be starting fresh with a new website at create.mouse.org.
Mousesquad.org will stay up during the summer and into the fall while all Mouse sites start to transition to create.mouse.org. So, for now, please continue to use this space to earn wins and badges, do activities and learn about technology.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the transition. We will be making more announcements soon about what to expect!
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted something to the DIY Project. Thank you for your hard work and effort. We couldn't do this without you. Now without further ado, this year's winners are...
The project taking the Grand Prize this year is My Scratch Japanese Interface from Taben at Mountain Oaks School in San Andreas, California. This program will teach you Japanese vocabulary and sentence structure. Once you've studied you can play a game that will test how well you remember the Japanese you've learned! We love that this tool not only teaches you but helps you practice what you've learned with the game. Congratulations Taben and the entire MO Techies squad!
Our runner up goes to Everyday Problems Part 1 and Everyday Problems Solved Part 2 from karen826 and lori826 at J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey in Rego Park, NY. Their project gives advice for dealing with everyday problems in two formats, one visual prezi and one audio podcast. The prezi is beautiful and the podcast is awesome. They even included their planning work and the script for the podcast! Congratulations karen826, lori826 and the entire Halsey's Mouse Squad!
We want to give an honorable mention to a team from Baruch College Campus High School in New York, New York for How To Create An Alarm Clock Slipper That Turns Off Only When You Step On It. They created an incredibly thorough text guide that shows how to create an alarm clock that you turn off by stepping on a force sensor you can put in a slipper using equipment found in our Garage Robotics curriculum. Way to go Baruch Tech Team Innovators!
Shout out for Wins!
It's not too late to give out wins to your favorite DIY entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. We want to give a special shout out to some of our favorite wins. Thanks to joshuaworldwide from Eisenhower Mouse Squad in Santa Clara, California who gave an awesome win to our grand prize winner with some constructive feedback on how to improve the project in the future. Way to go joshuaworldwide!
Thanks again to everyone who created D.I.Y. projects!
It was incredible to see the many skills and interests of Mouse Squads across the nation, so thank you for sharing with us! Mouse Squads of America, we salute your amazing maker-bility!