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Emoti-Con 2021: Our Impact

Emoti-Con 2021 was our 13th NYC Youth Digital Media & Technology Challenge- a project fair for students across NYC who believe in digital innovation as a tool for positive change in the world around them.

This year, we broke our record with over 450 students presenting 145 innovative and impactful projects.

Judges from Adobe, NASA, Facebook, Disney, Nickelodeon, Spotify, Google, IBM, Pear Deck, Playspaces, Deloitte, 2U, Fullstack Academy, CUNY, Parsons, and many other technology and media organizations evaluated each submission to select 5 winners and 10 honorable mentions.

2021 Organizers and Collaborators

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.


2021 Collaborators: This event would not have been possible without excellent partners and collaborators.

Thank you to Minds On Design Lab, who provided their tech and design expertise to implement our virtual project fair site.

Thank you to the Best Buy Foundation 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.

Thank you to our NYC schools network partners at CS for ALL NYC and to Games for Change, a non-profit organization who teaches and inspires students to create games with real-world impact as part of their G4C Student Challenge program.


Steering Committee: 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.

Organized by and for Young Designers: Young people play a significant role in the design, planning and implementation of Emoti-Con through participation in the Design Fellows program at Parsons, the Emoti-Con Aluminati on the Steering Committee, and (when the program is live) the youth emcees working with Global Kids.

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