Despite being born in Brooklyn I prefer to say I was born in the Bronx. Growing up in this borough with all its challenges and history is what I will say has defined who I am. I credit The Point CDC's after-school programming with helping how I identify myself. I am a documentary photographer and Hunts Point digital steward and wherever I go, it remains true. In my family, communication is difficult. Cultural differences, past traumas, and instability have all made the idea of the community almost foreign.
After joining the Hunts Point Digital Stewards and learning more about community technology such as mesh networks is where I started to grasp the importance of a community in order for these systems to work. Even the greater internet would not be what it is today without the involvement of many people. Its function is to share, not take. I hope the future of the internet will consist of more community-based projects that are focused on what the individual can do for others. Maybe it's more mesh networks or something entirely different.
I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the north side of the Bronx, while my mother was in Mexico. We stayed in Bedford for at least 10 years and then moved to Soundview that is when I took interest in photography which led me to THE POINT. I took interest in technology in middle school in an after-school program where I learned how to use a 3D printer and how to learned how to fix them as well, I continued the program for a couple of years and then the school wouldn't fund the class. I stopped for 2 years then took an interest again in high school, we now participate in a monthly competition where we build robots to compete in matches.
I found the Digital stewardship through my brother when he mentioned it to me after his music class. I took up the offer and now I am a member of the group who will help out the community during natural disasters, by installing PNK's around the neighborhood of Hunts Point to help with communication.
Poet and gatekeeper of technology
I was born in saint en Laye, France. My father was in the air force working as a police officer, my mother was a stay home mom and I grew up in great falls,Montana went to school until the sixth grade there, the school here in new york, had an interest in recording musical shows great from the tv, does anyone.. remember a VCR recorder ? Hobbies reading ...found the digital stewardship program by hanging out at the point. The future of the internet will be easier for people to achieve great things.
Gamer, programmer, college student
I was born in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, New York. My father was born in Harlem, Manhattan while I think my mother was also born in New Rochelle, not entirely sure. For the majority of my life, however, I have and still, do live in the Bronx. My father's family roots are in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic while my mother's family roots are also in Puerto Rico but differ in that Spain and Germany are also included in said roots.
My first school was in Harlem. Sometimes I would visit my father's grandparents before they moved to Connecticut after school. I only stayed there for pre-k until transferring to a much closer school by the name of Bronx Little School from kindergarten to 5th grade. It was in the Bronx, much like my middle school I went to I.S.217. I went there from grades 6 to 8. High School was closer to the edge of the Bronx, found near Woodlawn. For grades 9 to 12, I went to the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. Breaking the trend of being in the Bronx, I am currently attending Hunter College found in Manhattan. My first interest in technology began long ago, however before I was even in school when my uncle introduced me to an iMac loaded with games. Deeper interest wouldn't occur until I was 12 and had access to a terminal to create programs in. Self-taught in the language Lua, I would go on to the program to this very day. I've been heavily influenced by the experience as my intended major currently in Computer Science with my goal of becoming a professional programmer.
I found out about the Digital Stewards programs through my sister who had pointed out that the point had a technology program that might interest me. I decided to check it out and ended up sticking with the program for almost a year now. I haven't learned much in terms of the internet or technical terms and protocols, but there was much learned with the hardware of putting small-scale servers and networks together. Even something as small as crimping an Ethernet cable has assisted me recently to repair a cable at home. I can confidently say that all I've learned here has real-world uses and is indeed practical for other related fields as well. For the future of the internet, I'd hope to see us get to the point that it becomes universal in access and is free to those who can't necessarily afford it. I believe we're already headed in that direction, and luckily my participation in this program can help that goal.