Motivated by the Open Data movement and developed for the Mozilla Festival, AfroScanned, is an exploration of 3D scanning, computer vision, and what it means to exist virtually as diverse people.
As we journey into our digital futures, we are called to re-imagine what it means to exist virtually, as a reality and as avatars. How do we envision ourselves as digital beings? What does our digital presence look and feel like? What stories do our digital selves tell? What parts of our ancestry do we leave behind? What do we take with us?
The installation is a large-scale social media wall of 3D scans of diverse communities to be displayed at various events in late 2017. We will be providing various 3D scanning and computer vision workshops for participatory inclusion of diverse communities.
From mindful illustration to augmented reality to mind mapping to storyboarding empowering narratives to visual novel gaming to digitally expressing body movement artistically, we'll be exploring the intersection of digital media and mental health.
Come by and join us every Wednesday at 6pm, from January to March!
We're envisioning an affordable, accessible skill-sharing community and event series for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) folks in, and interested in, technology. We're starting with some co-design sessions to evaluate what community needs and interests are before deciding on programming and logistics — stay tuned! We currently host meetups, hackathons, and a tech reading group.
Inspired by the Color Coded project in LA, we're hoping that this can be a space for learning tech skills (e.g. web development, digital design), executing projects, as well as a space for critical discussion, talks, and workshops on how technology affects communities of colour and those at the margins.
In just 6 months, we’ve built a community of over 250 people, garnered support from Wattpad, Ryerson University, Parkdale Centre for Innovation, Digital Justice Lab, City of Toronto - Open Data and others. Keep up to date on events here.
Join us for our first conference at OCAD University, learn more here.
We've created a Chrome extension called Viola's Stamp, a guide to where Viola Desmond might've gone to support Black businesses in Toronto and can be found in the Chrome Store. The original concept for this project came from a Black Toronto Facebook group.
There are links to existing databases for Black businesses as well as the community map that was created by the group. Locations can be added to the community map by simply entering an address in the search bar.
If added on an Android phone, all points of interest in the map will automatically be added to your Maps.
Download link here.
TXDL Level Up summer workshop at Don Montgomery Community Recreational Centre was a great success. We helped TXDL, who partnered with Toronto Parks, Recreation and Forestry to bring a unique STEM experience to the youth in the neighbourhood. They were immersed in Unity game design and development as well Scratch animation and 3D modelling and prototyping.
TXDL is a registered non-profit agency that provides youth mentorship and training development programs with the following goals in mind:
To give diverse and underserved youth in-depth exposure to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academic disciplines through intensive training from tech industry professionals.
To channel this development directly into internships and employment opportunities in the gaming and tech industries for our program graduates. Learn more at txdl.ca.