miss163 & Wisdom presenting their collaborative cartoon this afternoon at #hackitback.

Young women from the Lower East Side Girls Club partnered with ITP Grad Student collaborators and came up with inspired ways to make better media.

Projects included an idea for sharable images with reality vs. mass media depictions of famous women like Pocahontas, a video mash-up responding to a sexist vine-famous youtube poster, and a zine and a facebook group celebrating a diversity of body-types and professions, and more! Updates about completed projects and photos from the hack are on their tumblr here: http://hackitback.tumblr.com/

Hack It Back at Demo Day

It has been 2 weeks and 5 days since Demo Day took place at the Made in NY Media Center, where we are currently incubating. I have had enough time to reflect on what happened and I want to share that with you. 

The experience was more than just a pitch during that day, but an entire process that took about 3 months, where the Media Center assigned me two mentors: Ryan McLaughlin from Tribal Worlwide and Yvonne Shehaan, from Verizon Wireless- a digital marketing expert who was also involved in Verizon’s #InspireHerMind in collaboration with MAKERS. Needles to say, I was thrilled with the choices! 

As the months went on, we were encouraged to keep refining our pitch, to understand what we had to bring to the table as a business proposition. “Where is the money going to come from? private funders or public?,” Ryan would ask. Or “what do you have to offer to other brands in a partnership?”. 

All of these questions lead me to look out answers not only within those mentors but amongst experts as well. I was able to connect with Ryan Seashore, the CEO and Founder of CodeNow.org and pick his brain about those answers, amongst others. 

Ultimately, going through that process lead me to incorporate Hack It Back, apply for the right fiscal sponsors (which I am still waiting to hear on), become a member of Fractured Atlas and the New York Women in Film and Television and I answered the difficult questions I needed to, in order to form the organization Hack It Back is going to be. I also got to meet my third official mentor, Stephanie Venia, who was generous with her time and energy and really helped me refine my pitch and my deck. It was perfect, as far as I was concerned. 

But as fate would have it, the projector died in the auditorium the day we were pitching. No more relying on pictures or animations. It was me, my passion for Hack It Back and a room full of people. Before going up there, I told myself: “This is not about me, this is about the millions of teenage girls that Hack It Back has the potential to reach and the partners that we will engage with to make them part of this exciting endeavor”. I was just the messenger. And practicing my presentation beforehand, of course, did not hurt. 

And so, I went up there, I spoke- not recited, about Hack It Back, our plans for the summer program of 2015, who we need, what we need and how I believe that we can make a difference. I met extraordinary people from the experience.

I am on the verge of finding the right space partner, have found a tech partner and I am still waiting to hear back on Community funding. But I believe now, more than ever, that people in New York City want teenage girls to have this program- a chance to make their own media, to express themselves through tech tools and to stop waiting around for big industries to change. In today’s world, where technology is democratized and the cost of production has decreased, I can’t think of a better time to teach our girls to speak for themselves through media. We are going to educate the media makers of tomorrow and that will change everything. I truly believe it will. 

Thank you to the Media Center for including Hack It Back. We are grateful. 

The Art of Painting Nails

by Gurleen Kaur from Bronx Academy for Software Engineering

         Painting nails is a pure example of creativity. Not only does it convey how much talent a person has, but also emphasizes on the likes, and dislikes of a person. For instance, girls usually like painting their nails in ways which can best represent them. It can either be characterized as a hobby, an interest, or just a form of art that some like to do in their free time. Another really exciting thing about painting nails is the opportunities it can bring along. An example of this are the competitions that are held each year where hundreds of participants compete against each other by producing spectacular, and glamorous looking nails on the hands of models. 

         In regards to what is stated above, most women like to paint their nails as a result of how they look. In fact, in some cases it increases their self-esteem, and versatility. Similarly, nail painting is very versatile as well, ranging from all sorts of simple to more complex designing. Varied options, and techniques also play a huge part. Some of the examples are water marbling, ombre effect etc. These techniques along with the others are utilized to jazz up simple nails. In addition, it can also bring a pop of color to the outfit that someone is wearing. As you can see, painting nails is a very creative form of art which a lot of people enjoy doing.

    About Me

  • Two things that I am good at are drawing, and painting my nails.
  • Two things that I like to do are drawing, and listening to music.