Conversaciones: Apps, Activism and the Latino Community
Thursday, September 6th at 7pm
136 West 21st St, 4th floor, room 418.
Free and open to the general public
Seating is given on a first-come, first serve basis.
The universe of online and mobile apps targeting Latinos falls into the same categories as those targeting the general population: apps for entertainment, news, productivity and communication, with mobile games such as Angry Birds conquering the pack. However, issues specific to the Latino community have contributed to the design and innovation of a new breed of apps that inform users of and/or intervene in the crux of critical civic issues. In an election year where sensitivities over immigration, racial profiling and voter redistricting have captured the national discourse, online and mobile apps have responded with new modes of communication, activism and engagement in ways that have empowered the Latino community.
This panel, the third in our series CONVERSACIONES, will explore a selection of apps that are responsive to contemporary social and political challenges confronting Latinos in America. The discussion will examine the functions of these apps, their design intentions, development process and public reception from the perspectives of app designers, developers and commissioning agents.
Moderator: Jazmin Chavez, Communications and Social Media Coordinator at LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
CONVERSACIONES is a collaboration between NYDesigns and Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts
The series is a continuation of NYDesigns' research project into Latino representation in the NYC design economy Create: Disenadores de Nueva York