At Emoti-Con 2018, Bronx Design League Wins "Most Innovative" Award


Through our partnership with Mouse and a grant from the National Science Foundation, DreamYard was able to form Bronx Design League, the first adaption of Mouse's Manhattan Design League, a "design and technology program in which high school students create inventions to make a positive impact on the lives of others."

On Saturday, June 16th, DreamYard Art Center's Bronx Design League had the opportunity to showcase their human-centered innovations at the youth conference Emoti-Con at the New York Public Library. Our young people presented their original work to judges from a variety of technology-focused companies like Datadog,, and Google. Their innovations included:

  • Digi-Mit:  A changeable stylus mitten to help people with limited mobility interact with touch screen devices, in particular to paint digitally without the use of a digital pen.
  • JNNCKS: A wearable touchscreen device that helps people who are hearing impaired to communicate with people who don't understad sign language. 
  • Leet Dispenser: An accessible dispenser for household cleaning products. 

Congratulations to all of our young people for presenting their work at Emoti-Con 2018, especially those in the Digi-Mit team for winning the "Most Innovative" award!

And, thank you to our teaching artists (Charles Esperanza and Maggie Muldoon), Tech Mentors (Mafe Izaguirre and Yansi Alvarez), staff and community partners, who have supported the ambitious Bronx Design League program this year.