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Fellowships 2020

Aren Davey


Aren Davey is a developer, artist, and aspiring graphic designer currently based in Pittsburgh. She is currently an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Science and Fine Arts. She strives to break the stereotypes of programming by showing that it can be warm, playful, and spontaneous. In her downtime, she likes to steep tea, play video games, and pay homage to hexagons. Aren was mentored by Daniel Shiffman.

Cozy Coding is a series of cozy weekly Twitch streams that hosts interactive p5.js tutorials and lessons to its viewers. Read an interview with Aren here.

Abdellah Iraamane


Abdellah Iraamane is a Moroccan software engineer and social activist based in Dublin, Ireland. He has been working on youth development projects aiming to enhance and build the capacities of rural and suburban youth, alongside a full-time career as a developer. He likes clean code and pizza, and strives to achieve universal access to quality education. Abdellah was mentored by George Boateng, who was a Fellow in 2018, and served as a mentor for Prince Steven Annor, a 2019 Fellow.

Using creative coding, through Processing software, Abdellah aimed to teach code and languages to children and educators in the remote villages of rural Southern Morocco. He addressed the challenge of the lack of qualified IT educators in rural areas, and aimed to make learning code for first-timers more engaging and enjoyable. Read Abdellah’s article about his project here.

Achim Koh, ml5.js Fellow


Achim Koh is a programmer, translator, and educator, currently based in Seoul, who works around the techno-politics of machine learning, digital culture, and knowledge production. He is interested in technological literacy that enables social progress and democratization rather than simply reproducing existing power structures. Achim was mentored by Joey Lee.

Achim’s project involves the development of educational material in Korean and English using ml5.js for a critical understanding and usage of machine learning and AI; and the activation of this material in South Korea’s local context by organizing workshops and public events. Achim is one of four ml5.js Fellows for 2020, a partnership between Processing Foundation and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program that specifically focuses on ml5.js. Read an interview with Achim about his project here.

Emily Martinez, ml5.js Fellow


Emily Martinez is a new media artist, front-end developer, digital strategist, and serial collaborator who believes in the tactical misuse of technology. Her most recent works explore new economies and queer technologies. Off the clock, Emily enjoys plants, dolphins, cafecitos, synths, humidity, heartfulness, and exploring inner space. Some of her lovely collaborators include Queer AI, Anxious to Make, and Color Coded. Emily was mentored by Lydia Jessup.

DIY AI: ML5 Community Starter Kit is a toolkit that teaches beginners how to set up and train an artificial intelligence using ML5. The kit will include instructions for how to find, clean, and process data to feed into a machine-learning algorithm, along with a step-by-step guide for running small in-person workshops. Emily is one of four ml5.js Fellows for 2020, a partnership between Processing Foundation and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program that specifically focuses on ml5.js. Read an interview with Emily about her project here.

Michael O’Connell


Michael O’Connell teaches coding and computational thinking to more than 100 students in grades 2–6 each semester via coding clubs and camps. Previously, Michael focused on helping millions of developers and IT professionals as founding Editorial Director of IBM developerWorks and founding Editor in Chief of IDG’s JavaWorld. Michael was mentored by Layla Quinones, who was a Teaching Fellow in Processing Foundation’s 2019 Program.

This project strove to curate, create, and pilot p5.js activities and lessons to help children ages 8-12 more easily learn coding and computational thinking. Michael hoped to better engage and inspire them to create visually, and to develop script-based coding skills and thus go beyond Scratch and Read an interview with Michael about his project here.

Bomani Oseni McClendon, ml5.js Fellow


Bomani Oseni McClendon is an engineer living in Brooklyn. Bomani builds software to support artists, and teaches students grades 2–5 about electronic circuitry through craft activities. Through his creative practice, he studies the ways that Black health outcomes are influenced by a history of scientific racism. Bomani’s Github is here. Bomani will be mentored by Joey Lee.

As ml5.js matures, we are focused on stability and community needs. This project aimed to simplify the release process for ml5.js library versions, improve the experience for open-source contributors and people using ml5.js, and generally provide additional support to our community. Bomani is one of four ml5.js Fellows for 2020, a partnership between Processing Foundation and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program that specifically focuses on ml5.js. Read an interview with Bomani about his project here.

George Profenza


George Profenza is a London-based, Romanian-born creative technologist, most-of-the-time socially functioning nerd, all-around fix-it code champion, and chaser of rabbit holes. He spends his spare time bringing robots and puppets to life and finding artistic inspiration in paper folding, doodling, and complex geometry. His GitHub is here. George was mentored by Golan Levin.

George’s project involved working on computer vision for Processing resources. This focused on the OpenCV library, how it integrates with Processing, and how the community can learn from and remix contributed examples for their own projects. Read an interview with George about his project here.

Andreas Refsgaard, ml5.js Fellow


Andreas Refsgaard is an artist and creative coder based in Copenhagen. He uses algorithms and machine learning to allow people to play music using only eye movement and facial gestures, control games by making silly sounds or transform drawings of musical instruments on paper into real compositions. Andreas was mentored by Yining Shi.

Andreas proposed to make a new set of playful interactive examples to support the ml5.js library, website, and community. The aim was to showcase the creative potential of ml5 and to attract even more people to the library through a series of examples that range from basic to advanced. Andreas is one of four ml5.js Fellows for 2020, a partnership between Processing Foundation and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program that specifically focuses on ml5.js. Read an interview with Andreas about his project here.

Kalila Shapiro


Kalila Shapiro is a researcher, creative technologist, and human-computer interaction designer. She is writing a series of pieces on the ethics of virtual reality for All Tech Is Human, is the Social Media Lead for MedVR, and is the deputy leader of the Application Accessibility group for XR Access. Her GitHub is here. Kalila was mentored by Luis Morales-Navarro, who was a 2018 Fellow, and Claire Kearney-Volpe, a 2016 Fellow and a current member of Processing Foundation’s Board of Advisors.

Kalila’s project aimed to build the website, an interactive online space that clearly and concisely displays different aspects of the Americans with Disability Act in both text and visualizations—with specific focus on the sections that protect students and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It will be web accessible by W3 standards. Read an interview with Kalila about her project here.

Inhwa Yeom & Seonghyeon Kim


Inhwa Yeom (left) is a media artist and researcher of AR/VR technology at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Her research interest focuses on how “magical” experiences in the age of technological media can become more accessible in the forms of artistic praxes, including interactive videos and installations, magic and hologram performances, online platforms, workshops, and academic writings. Seonghyeon Kim (right) is a researcher and media artist working with graphics programming technology. Currently, he is a master’s student at KAIST, Visual Media Lab. His research interest is synthesizing facial animation of a virtual character. As an undergraduate student, he established a programming club named “Chocoding” for over 100 designers. Inhwa and Seonghyeon were mentored by Qianqian Ye, who was a Fellow in 2019.

The project “p5 to 50+(50 and beyond)” aimed to improve the digital literacy and rights of middle-aged and elderly creators in a non-Anglophone and super-aging society: South Korea. Along with the Korean translation of p5.js website, Inhwa and Seonghyeon hosted weekly workshops where participants of upper age group can critically engage with their own digital experiences with multi-sensory elements of p5. Read an interview with Inhwa and Seonghyeon about their project here.