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July 2019 - Curated symposium, conference and creative code workshops for the 2019 Gray Area Festival, an international art and technology festival themed around immersive art.

February 2019 - Moderated XR Storytelling Panel at the SF Urban Film Festival: The Stories We Will Tell: Interactive Media and Placemaking.

October 2018 - Giving a Session Talk Thinking Outside The Bootcamp at Indiecade 2018, Santa Monica CA. 

July 2018 - Intro to a Blockchain Opening Talk at the Gray Area Festival, San Francisco CA. 

April 2018 - I am giving a soft circuits workshop, Handcrafting Soft Circuits and speaking on a panel at 2018 North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium, Texas.

March 2018 - Nick Duska, host of the Right After Breakfast podcast interviews Emoji Foundation creator, Niki Selken ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ”ฎ 

September 2017 - I presented a soft circuits workshop, Making Crafts in the Digital Economy at Digitally Engaged Learning conference, London.

August 2017 - EmojiFlower VR ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ  Demo at Google's VR Tilt Brush Happy Hour.

July 2017 - Nicky Campbell and Clare McDonnell on BBC Radio 5 interview for World Emoji Day.  

July 2017 - BBC Radio London  DriveTime Interview with Chris Rodgers for World Emoji Day.  

April 2017 -  Cultural Incubator Showcase at Grey Area of my VR game, EmojiFlower VR ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ  

May 2017 โ€“ CNET mentions Emoji Dictionary

May 2017 โ€“ Wired mentions Emoji Dictionary in THE EMOJI MOVIE MISSES THE POINT OF EMOJI

March 2017 โ€“ FOX News references Emoji Dictionary as a tool to understand Gang Member Emoji use.

January 2017 โ€“ ARTE, French TV Channel aired a short documentary featuring me and my Emoji art!

November 2016 -  The Associated Press did a video interview about my VR game, EmojiFlower VR ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ  and  Buzzfeed covered my talk, Confessions of an Emoji Artist.

โ€œโ€œI would argue that the new emoji are too detailed,โ€ artist Niki Selken said during a talk that touched on, among other things, how the brain interprets alphabetic language differently from emojis. โ€œDesigners are upset.โ€ In the back of the room, people spontaneously applauded.

November 2016 -  Bay Area Bandwidth covers my VR game, ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ  and my talk Confessions of an Emoji Artist.

October 2016 - I am speaking and presenting artwork at the first annual Emojicon

September 2016 - I was selected for the Gray Area Foundation Arts + Tech Incubator with a nice Medium writeup.

June 2016 - I was selected for the Kill Screen Scholars Program presented by Intel to support women in game design.

September 2015 - The Brooklyn Rail mentions my Emoji theory in their article BIG TALK, SMALL TALK Why People Who Read Should Care About Emojis.

July 2015 - The One Show Magazine commissioned The Rise of Emoji article about the role of Emoji in Advertising. 

May 2015 - Huffington Post  UK Article mentions my Emoji work in What Do Fleek, Bae And FOMO Mean? 90% Of Parents Baffled By Text Speak

May 2015 - Radio Interview with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio National show Afternoons.  

April 2015 - Radio Interview with Anthony Funnell on ABC Radio National show Future Tense.  

April 2015 - Fusion Interview during the NASA Women in Data Bootcamp

Panelist and 2014 Space App Challenge winner Niki Selken told me, โ€œI come from San Francisco where itโ€™s very locked down, you have all the tech giants there. It felt like there was a very high barrier to entry in terms of tech and gender.โ€

April 2015 - Microsoft interviewed me for their blog during the NASA Women in Data Bootcamp

April 2015 - Parsons AMT blog covers The Emoji Dictionary as it debuts in Currents New Media Festival

January 2015 - The Super Hero Action Band I created with Annelie Koller is featured on Make Magazine in the web and print edition.

December 2014 - My Faerie Headdress inspired by the Rusalka myth was featured on Adafruit's blog for #WearableWednesday.

Niki loves Arduinos, fashion and design. Her work is often inspired by fantasy and literature, and this piece is no exception. In fact, it is part of her thesis, A Prayer for Rain, which uses folk objects and shrines to explore the issue of rain in California.

July 2014 - Adafruit and Parsons Paris feature the Wearable Sensorial Diary, a project I created with a group  in a collaboration between Parsons, Audi and Numa co-working space in Paris. 

June 2014Captivated by Her in NYC a Vice Magazine, Microsoft, and Warner Brothers documentary film about a design futures workshop I attended is playing on Vice

May 2014 - Featured again on Adafruit's blog along with the launch of my co-founded wearable tech blog for #WearableWednesday.

April 2014 - Senti8, the wearable tech project I co-created won New York NASA Space Apps and ranked as a global finalist. Senti8 was featured by AdafruitParsonsTrend HunterPSFKCover StoriesTech n' HintsGajitz, and Creapills.

April 2014 - Yahoo Tech features my Emoji art and ideas. 

Niki Selken, an emoji experimenter and co-founder of the World Translation Foundation at, says this was a turning point, allowing Apple and Google to share the same set of characters. โ€œAnother factor is that we have a culture which is changing in the way people communicate,โ€ Selken says. With more digital (as opposed to face-to-face) communication, subtext can get lost.

April 2014 - My Blinking Monkey Hat lands a review on Adafruit's blog for #WearableWednesday.

This tres adorable hat was recently created by Niki Selken and Annelie Koller. They were intrigued by 8ร—8 LED matrices (arenโ€™t we all?), so they decided to work on a project that would imitate eyes. They were thinking about using some cheap glasses, but then fell in love with this hat.

July 2012 - I played techno-doctor and landed reviews in the Atlantic and the SF Bay Guardian.

The longest sequence of She Was a Computer was a high-concept skit, almost vintage Monty Python. A female doctor (portrayed by Niki Selken) receives a stream of patients who are suffering from physical ailments. She diagnoses their diseases as stemming from the digital side of their hybrid reality, and her prescriptions for her patients cramps and headaches are gadget-related.

October 2011 - NPR radio show, Snap Judgement features my ghost story: Old Pictures. 


May 2011Rumpus writer, Seth Fischer, interviewed me about making lit readings more performative.

A couple days ago, I saw this short blog post in Publishersโ€™ Weekly that asked whether writers could make more money by putting on literary performances than by selling books (short answer: no.) This dismissal seemed premature to me.. . . I was eating dinner with my friend Niki Selken, a playwright and performer, when I brought this up. She agreed with me, and then she proceeded to go on an ingenious rant about how the worlds of theater and literature could learn a lot from each other.



2014 - Ms. Foundation and PetLab Design Fellowship with ACT for Women and Girls in Visalia, CA

2014 - New York NASA Space Apps winner and global finalist for Senti8.

2004 - Readers Choice Award for Best Club DJ by the Metro Newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA