Project Walkway Project Walkway is a collaboration between artist Norene Leddy, New York City public high school Bayard Rustin Academy for Art and Music, and Eyebeam, whose Girls- Eye View (GEV) program was developed to get inner city girls involved in technology. Project Walkway is a workshop in which young women chosen thorough the GEV program create custom hacks for existing footwear. Through the workshop they learn prototyping skills, basic electronics and presentation skills. Working in a supportive, female-centered environment they are encouraged to ask questions and get comfortable developing their own ideas. The GEV participants also work alongside two of Eyebeam’s current Research & Development Fellows, Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks, highly skilled female engineers whose work as artists and designers operates in concert with the project.
The program ends with a Project Walkway runway show and book launch of Sabine Seymour’s “Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology,” on May 22. The working process is being documented on our blog http://projectwalkway.com/blog/, and includes weekly updates by Wandy, one of the workshop participants and Eyebeam’s Student Residents. Girls Eye View: Project Walkway begins March 27 and runs Thursdays through May 8.