NY Tech Day

My time at NY tech day was a great experience I learned and met a lot of different people like myself that I have connected and shared a lot of similarities with ,for example there position within there company being a work force and team trying to expand and develop there work and share with the world. I didn’t understand a lot about technology but as the days goes by and with the help of these trips I am to gain and grow more about technology and I am absolutely looking forward sharing more of my experiences and to gain more ability in the technology world.

NY Tech Day

CoSign_8_RGB_Web_Color_Solid_BackgroundMy time at new york tech day was great. Since i had been to one already this month i wanted to experience it again. This time it was a bunch of companies pushing their products and the apps they made of cooped with another company. Which was great because it would be something for us to think of doing or look forward to doing. There was this one company that used selfies to get money that company is called cosign. i seen many companies that caught my eye and wanted to be apart of but there were so many. by the time i got to the next room it was almost time to go other then that i had a great time at tech day an would love to have my own table at this event one day.

3D Print Art Show

New York City is magnificent place to be for inspiring upcoming artists! This City is filled with Art Galleries, Exhibitions, Motivational Conferences, Educational History for Arts and more.  Digital Stewards : Generation 5 was able to get a live experience on the show-floor at Jacobs Javits ” 3D Art Show . Visiting the Jacob Javits was amazing , there was a 3D Print Art Show with a variety of  fine art exhibitions exposing  new uses of technology . We were able to be acquainted with fashion , pieces of architecture, interior designs and consumer goods. 


                          On A wonderful April Thursday morning me and my team visited the Jacobs and Javits center.  Here me and my team experienced lots and lots of new things.  For example me personally I never knew 3D printing existed until that day. The fact that you make actually 3D print blows my mind. It was one spot in the gallery where you stood in a machine with hundreds of lights and camera and when you got out the 3D printing machines make a statue of your entire body right in your face that amazed me a lot.

Here are just some toys made from the 3D printer
Here are just some toys made from the 3D printer

Also as I adventured through the show I found some metal around so I quickly asked did a 3D printer make this object and the guys said yes of course. I thought it can only produce plastics objects but thanks to technology We can now make metal 3D objects.

Fun in the sun with my team
Fun in the sun with my team

Here are more examples of objects made from the 3D printer.IMG_2756

My Experience at the 3D art show

my experience at the 3d digital art show was a decisive one. At first i really wasn’t interested in anything i have seen.Yeah it was cool to see that you can get your body scanned an molded into a statue that just really wasn’t for me


so i just walked around for awhile looking asking but couldn’t find anything to catch my eye by lunch time i was bored and was ready to go but after lunch it was like i’m here i have to stick with it and find something .

after lunch we went back to the show and did some more searching an as i was doing that i seen an ant-man helmet that i wouldn’t believe if you told me from then on i was glued to this table how did this printer make this helmet.


i love animation especially when it comes from cartons that i grew up on this changed my whole perspective on this event. I wanted to own one of these printers so i can do my own type of art It was just amazing seeing how a childhood can still be enjoyed while creating new ways for the new world that changes every day.


I for one enjoyed my time at the 3d printing show an won’t mind going back.


Digital Stewards and 3D printing


On Thursday April 16th, Generation 5 of the Digital Stewards took a trip to Jacob Javits Center to see technology in action. Technology is extremely multi-faceted in it’s uses but Thursday’s focus was all about how we can take our ideas and use technology to bring those ideas into the physical world; in other words 3D printing. There were many different start up companies with their own 3D printers. All of them with some examples of what their 3D printer can produce along with business cards and staff to give insight in-case there were any questions. There were differences in the technicalities between each printer but there was one over-arching motif during the event and that was the merging of creativity and technology.

Creative process of a 3D print from initial idea to final product

There was a sense of artistry with every booth we visited. The event felt like a presentation of a brand new medium with which to paint. Thats something I feel is prominent in the mission statement of the Digital Steward program. The concept that with the help of technology, we can take the ideas we have and bring them to life. Thursday’s event was a very literal demonstration of that ideology.

Participatory Budgeting

Last week Me ( Jalis ) Alden and Jesus attended a participatory budgeting meeting at the Red hook Initiative during which we got to experience first hand how participatory budgeting works.

Participatory budgeting is a different way to manage public money, and to get people involved with government. It is a democracy in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.


RHI youth engaging in conversation with speaker

You can join too by becoming a delegate were you are a big part in the decision making process. You can also volunteer to help out in different ways, if you want to do any of these you can go to the site Participatorybudgeting.org click participate and find out how you can make a difference in your community.

We split into groups and listened to other opinions and voiced which ones were most useful. Many groups wanted arcades and movie theatres but our group wanted things that could actually affect the community in the long run like an elevator at smith and 9th, and programs that can help young adults live on there own.

Digital Stewards Take on Philadelphia

On October 24, 2014 the Digital Stewards team headed to Philadelphia for Rise Conference.

First stop, we got there we took in some sights then made our way to the Jewish American Museum. After an early morning trek without breakfast, our 4 brave young adults mentally prepared to represent Digital Stewards, everyone ate the breakfast placed in the lounge.


After everyone was full and ready we headed into the conference room were we listened to people from different organizations give advice on entrepreneurship.


After everyone headed to eat lunch and made last minute preparations to present.

Tony, Rob, Alden, Abdussabur and Jalis stepped on stage to tell the Digital Steward story.

[jaebi add the story line]

Following the conference, and a job well done, the team earned some free time to explore the city of brotherly love. We made our way to a nice populated store area were we found a place called Campos to taste a famous Philly cheese steaks, I myself had a pizza steak and cheese (it was heaven).

Check out some highlight from the presentation in the videos below!


Video from Digital Stewards on Vimeo.

IMG 0684 from Digital Stewards on Vimeo.

The Feast Fest 2014

IMG_5549The Digital Stewards attended an event known as The Feast Hackathon. At this event, Tech savvy people from all over come together to brainstorm and prototype their ideas to help Brooklyn prepare for natural disasters.The hackathon conference kicked off friday October 10th 2014 at Pioneer Works in the red hook section of brooklyn.

The Conference started with wise words of inspiration from various founders and co founders such as
Dustin Yellin, Founder of Pioneer Works
Jerri Chou, Founder of The Feast
Jim Rutt, Trustee at Santa Fe Institute
Harley K. Dubois, Co-Founder of Burning Man
Ben Huh, Founder and CEO of Cheezburger
Speaking on how we learn, grow, and adapt to do meaningful work on the day to day basis.
Which then led to morning talks that surrounding the ideas of knowing yourself and working with others to bring your ideas to life. The conference also covered a lot of areas such as embracing the constantly changing future, intimacy in relationships by TED superstar Esther Perel, Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen, and even some activities for the attendees to take part in.

The first activity required everyone to take a seat. On each chair was a bag with a word and a date on it. Attendees were asked to walk around the space and try to make a sentence using their words and others. This also helped people talk and get to know one another as it often sparked conversation with others and I. After making sentences, Attendees were asked to line up around the room by the order of the dates printed on each bag. when everyone was in place, the words turned out to craft a poem constructed by “The Haiku Guys”.

That afternoon sparked conversations on the body and the mind connection with talks from Jonathan Ford, Founding Partner and CCO of Pearlfish on the evolving of the human body and using the latest research to optimize the human body health in the future. Friday’s event ended with a few key take aways

1.”To uphold and improve their independent livelihoods, freelancers must work together to redefine how our society views work.”

2.”Strong mind-body connections will empower us to enact meaningful change now and in the future.”

While there, the Stewards demonstrated these key values by displaying a rapid prototype for backup communication in a crisis called “NAB Alert”. This system would essentially provide communication for a neighborhood when power and internet are down. The device would send out alerts and updates on where to get food and supplies.

There was also ideas of a NAB Alert app that could turn your smartphone into a NAB Alert device. This would mean that your phone would also broadcast the alerts to others nearby. The NAB Alert would use Bluetooth Technology to send the updates out to residents. The existing nodes in the “Red Hook Wifi” mesh network would be upgraded to be able to use IMG_0906Bluetooth and send the alerts to nearby devices.

“A basic schematic of NAB Alert.”

Digital Stewards Help NYC Rise

RISE_073_blog565Rise NYC is a challenge that seeks proposals for projects that help small businesses prepare for future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change by using new technologies to enhance the resiliency of their building systems, energy infrastructure and telecommunication networks.

Proposed technologies should improve flood-resistance or -resilience, enable systems to fail gracefully, expedite recovery, or support the continuation of services during a storm or other similar event. RISE : NYC is looking for technologies that have the greatest potential to improve resiliency and catalyze future private investment and wide-scale adoption across the five boroughs.


Digital Stewards of the Red Hook WIFI network were picked as a finalist in the competition. RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begin with empowered youth. In partnership with community adults, we nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society.




We aim to expand our WIFI to small businesses that were affected by hurricane sandy. Digital Stewards will work with partners to install backup solar energy to their gateway nodes. To add on we want to make a cost effective model that could be replicated in other NYC communities, and in the event of a power outage these small businesses will be able to communicate and get real-time updates.

The Digital Stewards are already responsible for the installation, maintenance and promotion of the community WIFI network and increasing digital literacy in Red Hook.We are proud that as we gain skills for a career in technology, we are also working to benefit the community we live in.We are excited to expand our network and the opportunities it is creating for the residents of Red Hook.


This was one of the best experience I have been a part of, it was a fun and to network to get more partners not to mention the new and different types of food I tried and loved. The Finalists showcased their technologies and solutions to the public at Technology Demo Night on October 7, 2014.

Nearly 300 attendees came to explore finalists’ projects and learn about innovative resiliency technologies and approaches to strengthening the communities and small businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It’s fun to see businesses and organizations focused on making the next disaster easier for all.