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HHF, ESA Announce: LOFT Video Game Fellows!

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Students traveled to Washington, DC and earned innovation grants for games and apps addressing pressing social issues

September 30, 2014 Washington, DC – Twenty minority students were selected as Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) Video Game Innovation Fellows based on games and apps they developed to address social issues in their community, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced.

The fellows, ages 15 to 25, visited Washington, DC October 1-3 and presented their ideas to members of the Obama Administration, Congress, and national community leaders. Each fellow received an innovation grant to help further develop his or her game or app. For additional information or credentials, contact Santiago Melli-Huber at SantiagoMH@HispanicHeritage.org or (202) 558-9473.

The agenda for fellows included:

October 1

  • Arrival and informal dinner

October 2

  • 10 a.m. – Congressional Briefing at Capitol Hill (closed to press)
  • Noon – Luncheon located at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., 10th Floor, Washington, DC (open to press)
  • 5 p.m. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Reception

October 3

  • 10:30 a.m. – White House Briefing (closed to press)

“This creative partnership with ESA allows us to engage youth on their terms,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “We believe that video games are a compelling gateway for teaching students how to code and build their own games and mobile apps — skills that will ultimately help prepare them to compete in today’s technology-driven marketplace. We will empower them to become content creators, not just consumers.”

“The ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship demonstrates that games are more than a means of entertainment. They are a valuable tool for positive change in our society,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “We are proud to offer an opportunity that will help foster and promote creative thinking and innovation in minority communities through the unique platform only video games can provide.”

ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership, and workforce development program focused on America’s priority fields including STEM, entrepreneurship, education, and innovation. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other; prepared through trainings, priority-field-tailored symposia, workshops, and Charlas; and hundreds are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies.

Visit www.LOFTinnovation.org.  Join and follow LOFT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/hhfloft/ and Twitter – @LOFTInstitute.

HHF was established by the White House in 1987 and believes that through innovation across all fields that Latinos are the leaders of today, not tomorrow.  HHF promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.

Visit HispanicHeritage.org.  Join and follow HHF on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hispanicheritage and Twitter @HHFoundation.

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2014 ESA VIDEO GAME INNOVATION FELLOWS

 

Nigel Radford

Male, 16

St. Louis, MO  63130

Food Gizmo: Helping Hunger

Brittany Arbogast

Female, 16

Mill Creek, WV  26280

Classroom Adventures: Math Skills

 

Jennifer Caceres

Female, 15

Jackson Heights, NY  11372

La Cocina De Mama: How to Cook & Learn Spanish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Adrian Lopez-Mobilia

Male, 25

Austin, TX  78757

CodeSpells: Teaching Code                                                                                                                                                                     

 

Maria-Teresa Ibarra

Female, 16

San Francisco, CA  94118

First World Problems: Dependent on Technology 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Esteben Zaldivar

Male, 21

Austin, TX  78741

Project Our World: Environmental Issues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Akin Olawaiye

Male, 24

Chicago, IL  60608

BuildGuid: Skills

 

Marc Robert Wong

Male, 16

San Francisco, CA  94116

The Abstraction of War: Human Cost on War 

  

Kevin Sots

Male, 16

Houston, TX  77023

One Jump: Getting Ready for College

                    

Erin Bringham

Male, 16

Watsonville, CA                95076

YEI College Mentor: Self Education

 

Julian Hernandez

Male, 15

Miami, FL  33175

Networkaholics: CYBER SECURITY

 

Jorge Avelar-Lopez

Male, 16

Oakland, CA  94603

(Trim Fitt) and (Trim Fitt 2:Trash Smash): Obesity

 

Rabimba Karanjai

Male, 25

White Plains, NY  10504

MathRacer: MathSkills 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Nicolas Badila

Male, 15

Jonesboro, GA  30236

STEMBox: Gender Gap in STEM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Selina Wang

Female, 16

Bayside, NY  11364

Trash Attack: Recycling 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Jose Martinez

Male, 16

Oakland, CA  94621

Lucid: Coping with Loss  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Marilu Duque,

Female, 17

Deltona, FL  32738

My Fitness Journey: Teenage Healthy Lifestyle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Thomas and John Kriston

Male, 17

San Ramon, CA  94582

Children Pioneers Practicing Programming Organization (aka C3PO: Teaching Code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Yulkendy Valdez

Female, 19

Babson Park, MA  02457

Ya Si!: Mentors For Hispanic Youth in Underserved communities

 

Ruben Estrada

Male, 16

Los Angeles, CA  90033

Reminder 101: School Work Reminder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Jay Flores

Male, 25

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33308

Mighty Manufacturing: STEM Education in Manufacturing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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