Asbury and Long Branch Youth Test Out Future Tech at Samsung HQ in NYC

On February 14th, this past Valentines Day, Create Labs coordinated a trip for local youth from both Asbury Park and Long Branch to visit the Samsung 837 space in the Meat Packing District of Manhattan. Middle School students from Our Lady Mt. Carmel School and Long Branch Middle School were given an all-access tour of the space, spoke with Samsung staff during an intimate Q&A session, and spent the afternoon testing out the latest in cutting-edge Samsung products. 

Some of the technology they experienced firsthand included a Galaxy Note graffiti wall, a water projection technology called Liquid Canvas, an Augmented Reality emoji maker, and they even explored a Connected Living apartment equipped with Samsung smart home devices. The Samsung fridge with built-in tv, entertainment and cameras that monitor expiration dates, even blew the teachers' minds!

Students were also treated to a gaming workshop where they jumped on Samsung laptops, tablets and smartphones for a Fortnite session and also immersed themselves into a virtual reality world of beat slicing with the game Beat Saber on the Oculus VR console. 

"For many of these children it was their first time in NYC. Today was about more than just video games and cell phones. It was about access, inspiration and knowing what's possible.", stated Abran Maldonado, local tech entrepreneur, Long Branch resident and cofounder of Create Labs.

The mission of Create Labs is to equip underserved populations with the skills, resources and network they need to thrive in the tech and media industries. Create Labs aims to foster new pipelines towards access and opportunity, playing a pivotal role in the upward mobility of the underserved community. For more information on our services and partnerships, please visit the contact page.

Abran Maldonado