Programs Director/Administrator/Curriculum Developer
Playable Fashion is a free teen program exploring the intersection between fashion, technology and gaming. The program, developed by two Eyebeam alumni--Kaho Abe and Ramsey Nasser--who are professional coders and game designers, is designed to introduce youth to the concepts and techniques needed to create their own games and custom wearable game controllers, inspired by their own personal narratives.
Teens, especially those underserved, develop the tools and knowledge they need to become the makers, not just the consumers, of games, coding, wearable fashion and technology.
Over the past three years, Playable Fashion has expanded from 1) a stand-alone after-school program to 2) a city-wide series of workshops, an expanded semester-long after-school initiative and game jam for the Hive community, and then to 3) a program toolkit of smaller "modules" for educators to more easily integrate them into their learning spaces.
Academy of Innovative Technology (Brooklyn, NY) has adapted Playable Fashion's game design/Unity module for its CTE game design track.
New York Hall of Science has adapted the BuzzKill module for its own teen STEM programs.
NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers
Hive NYC Learning Network
Digital Ready (initiative of NYC DOE & Mayor’s Office)
Academy of Innovative Technology
New York Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
New York Hall of Science
Hudson High School
Sunset Park High School
Institute of Play
NYU Game Center
Secured Funding Awards:
2015-2016, Verizon Foundation, $10,000
2015-2016, CapitalOne, $25,000
2014-2015, Hive Learning Fund at The New York Community Trust Foundation, $40,000 (Planning to Scale Grant)
2013-2014, Hive Learning Fund at The New York Community Trust Foundation, $98,000 (Catalyst Grant)
2013, Hive Fashion Initiative, $21,000