Our Mission:

AFRO•TEC•TOPIA is a new media art, culture, technology festival designed to recognize the contributions of Black artists, designers, technologists and activists; as well as gather people currently working at the intersection of art, design, technology, activism and Blackness.


At a time when racial injustice and systematic oppression still create large barriers for Black creatives, it is important to cultivate community that allows for easy dissemination of knowledge, opportunities, and possibilities in the efforts to realize a more equitable world.


Through presentations, open-dialogue, and thoughtful forms of engagement, Afrotectopia intends to create a space that welcomes visionary thinking and explores ways to act. 


At Afrotectopia, we are especially passionate about catalyzing Black agency through the celebration of culture and the use of new media arts and technology.


Afrotectopia is a student-led initiative at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. The festival will be held March 10th and 11th of 2018 in New York City. Created and directed by Ari Melenciano.


Thank you:

Nancy Hechinger | Garikai Campbell | Todd E. Pettiford | Caroline Papocchia | Dan O'Sullivan | George Agudow | Midori Yasuda | Laurel Bear | Christopher Lee | Deneesha Lawrence | Yen-An Chen| Robert Ryan | Luna Olavarria Gallegos | Carly Ayers | HAWRAF | Mackenzie Burnett | Jaycee Holmes | Terrick Gutierrez | Stephanie Chambers | Melissa Orz | Sejo Vega-Cebrian |  


For helping make Afrotectopia happen <3