Yesterday in the Big Apple, socially-aware teens held the first-ever NYC Youth Media & Technology Festival. The event spotlighted the work of teenagers who create video games and other digital media projects in order to advance social causes.
Organizers expected about 100 attendees for the Festival. The gathering was intended to produce a citywide dialogue about the role of new media and technology in teens’ lives and how it can be utilized to promotes issues kids care about.
A group of young designers affiliated with the New York Public Library were scheduled to showcase their designs and conceptualizations for serious video games about subjects like celebrity drug use, media consolidation and genocide.
Meanwhile, teens from the Global Kids Virtual Video Project premiered an animated short film about child sex trafficking in the United States. Members of MOUSE discussed their efforts to advance technology in New York City public schools by developing open source labs, advocating for the One Laptop Per Child campaign and other efforts.
The invitation-only event was held at the Parsons The New School for Design.
–Doug Buffone, Entertainment Consumers Association intern