Congratulations to the Genesis Girls in Tech Team for their win at Founders Bootcamp. As first place winners, the team of young women won a $50,000 prize towards further development of their product, Hero, a voice-activated personal safety device discreetly embedded in trendy jewelry. The Hero team will now take their product, currently valued at 1 billion dollars, through an intense development phase over the summer. They will work with mentors from the tech, business and fashion worlds to bring their product to market by the end of 2018.
In light of news headlines detailing the pervasiveness of assault against women, our 2018 Girls in Tech team was moved to create HERO, a voice-activated personal safety device. The discreet wearable technology, embedded into fashionable jewelry, was designed to listen for custom panic words, and when triggered, alert the wearer’s emergency contacts, track location through GPS and record the incident, all without needing a phone or a wifi connection.
2017 went out with a bang for Genesis with the build-out and opening of a new lab at the Marciano Art Foundation. The partnership with the eclectic contemporary art foundation allows Genesis to truly operate at the intersection of art and technology, and offer free visits and transportation for K-12 students throughout Los Angeles and beyond. This space is our most cutting-edge location yet, with an industrial grade laser cutter, 3D printer pens, a broadcasting room, and an eleven foot interactive touch wall which doubles as our Skype monitor when students who can’t make it to the lab participate through our virtual field trips. Class visits are currently offered on Wednesdays between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Contact us for more information or to schedule a visit.
Internationally celebrated artist Mark Bradford will visit and work with our students at the GENESIS @ Challengers Innovation Lab as they reimagine their community using art and technology. After meeting directly with the artist, GENESIS students from 7 to 17 will create interactive art projects inspired by Bradford’s signature style. GENESIS is planning to exhibit the students’ work to coincide with the artist’s exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in the fall.
BuddyBOTS – empathetic robots designed and engineered by youth for youth – is the latest project of the GENESIS Girls and Tech team from South Central Los Angeles. The BuddyBOTS goal is to provide comfort and companionship to kids in hospitals. This creative project was showcased for the first time to a group of corporate women convening at The Girls Lounge at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The GENESIS Girls and Tech team was supported by adult mentors from the MIT Media Lab and the Art Center College of Design.
GENESIS built and opened an Innovation Lab at the Challengers Boys and Girls Club offering the latest in state-of-the-art STEAM facilities, technology and programming to over 600 club members. Classes and special events take place daily and will reach hundreds of students, parents and teachers throughout the community every year.
During the summer months when kids are out of school, GENESIS took its unique Mobile Innovation Lab into underserved areas of South Los Angeles, traveling to the LA’s BEST site at 49th Street Elementary School, the Challengers Boys and Girls Club and the South Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Mobile Lab allowed kids to create their own SMART pinball machines using the latest in technology.
BuddyBOTS – empathetic robots designed and engineered by youth for youth – is the latest project of the GENESIS Girls and Tech team from South Central Los Angeles. The BuddyBOTS goal is to provide comfort and companionship to kids in hospitals.
GENESIS built and opened an Innovation Lab at the Challengers Boys and Girls Club offering the latest in state-of-the-art STEAM facilities.