Saturday, April 29, 2017  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Salem residents of all ages are invited to join us for Salem’s second annual DiscoTech at LEAP for Education from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE food provided by:

Attend and enter for multiple chances to win an iPad mini 4!

 [Photo by: Magicatwork]

What is a DiscoTech?

Short for “Discovering Technology”, a DiscoTech is a multimedia workshop and fair for people of all ages and skill levels to learn and share information about technology. This event will follow the model developed by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.

Participants learn more about the impacts and possibilities of technology, and take part in fun, interactive and media-based workshops. DiscoTech workshops are designed to demystify technology and create a space where we can inform and engage our community. [Source: “How to DiscoTech” zine]

Check out Allied Media’s page for more information on DiscoTechs and to download the How to DiscoTech zine:

Event Schedule

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Workshop Session I: Hands-on work stations through different media formats

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break and lightning talks by: Dribbble, Fresh, and JH Turiel & Assoc.

1 – 2:00 p.m.

Workshop Session II: Hands-on work stations through different media formats

2 – 2:15 p.m.

Raffle for mobile technology

2:15 – 3 p.m.

Project sprints and technology demonstrations

3 p.m. Conclusion

Guest Speaker

Samantha Viotty, Emerson College


This year’s guest speaker is Samantha Viotty, a new media artist and educator based in Somerville, MA. She was raised in NYC, but is currently pursuing an MA in Civic Media, Art & Practice at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. Working with the Engagement Lab, she creates programming for teens to explore media and digital literacies and data literacy and social justice, focusing on marginalized communities and technological empowerment. She received a BA in Film & New Media Studies at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, with an emphasis on race, class and gender.

Community Partners


This event is made possible through the financial support of the National Communication Association (NCA).

For more information about NCA, please visit them at