Exploits and opinions of vVvA (andres lombana bermudez).

I am a researcher, designer,  and digital strategist born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I work at the intersection of youth, technology,  learning, and innovation. I recently  finished a PhD in Media Studies at UT-Austin, and defended my dissertation on Latino/Hispanic immigrant youths digital media practices and assimilation into the U.S. Previously, I completed a MSc in Comparative Media Studies at MIT  and majored with Literature and Political Science BAs from the Universidad de los Andes.

I study how young people use technology for learning, creating, and participating in culture/society/economy, and the environments, communities, and market places where they interact. I am particularly interested in researching digital inequalities, innovation, citizenship, ICT policy/governance, and designing for learning, fun and engagement. I mix qualitative and quantitative methods, and have ample experience doing ethnography, co-design, and action research.

I design media and learning experiences. The past 12 years I have been designing educational materials for youth, teachers, and librarians, including games, videos, and learning playlists. These tools are open access and freely available on the Digital Literacy Resource Platform, LRNG, and the Project New Media Literacies. I also make sound, visual, text, and other kinds of art. My artwork has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Manizales, the Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome, the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Gallery in Washington D.C.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Connected Learning Research Network and the Doing Innovation project. I am part of Clubes de Ciencia Colombia, a member of the Aprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), and a regular contributor to the English and Spanish Wikipedias, the Wikicommons, and OpenStreetMap.

You can contact me via email at lombana[at]alum.mit.edu.


Sobre vVvA en Español

Andrés Lombana Bermudez (aka vVvA) es un investigador, diseñador,  y estratega digital que trabaja en la intersección entre jóvenes, tecnología, innovación, y alfabetismos mediáticos. Andrés recientemente terminó un PhD en Estudios de Medios de Comunicación en la Universidad de Texas-Austin y  defendió su disertación sobre las prácticas mediáticas de jóvenes Latino/Hispanos imigrantes y su proceso de asimilación en los Estados Unidos. Anteriormente Andrés realizó una maestría en estudios comparados de medios en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts y también estudió pregados de Literatura y Ciencia política en la Universidad de los Andes.

Actualmente Andrés es post-doctoral fellow en el Centro Berkman Klein para la Internet y la Sociedad de la Universidad de Harvard, e investigador asociado en la Red de Investigación de Aprendizaje Conectado y el proyecto  Doing Innovation. El es también miembro de Clubes de Ciencia ColombiaAprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), y regularmente contribuye a las Wikipedias en Español y en Inglés, los Wikicommons, y a OpenStreetMap.


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