Emojicon 2020 🗽
"Emojicon blended the highbrow and lowbrow, from smiling piles of poop to art theory, from vegetable-shaped sex toys to questions of racial inclusion." - Buzzfeed
THE FIRST EMOJICON took place in San Francisco in November 2016, attracted 1,000 people across all of its events. The second one took place in New York City in July 2018.
Participants have traveled from four continents to attend Emojicon. Attendees hailed from Australia, China, Japan, Great Britain, Finland, India, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Germany.
Speakers and guests have included many notable emoji figures: members of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, the founder of Emojipedia, and a digital curator from MoMA.
Emojicon will draw a mix of emoji aficionados across the spectrum: artists, programmers, academics, marketing folks and emoji enthusiasts.
🎉Emoji-themed party (featuring exclusively emoji food items)
🎓Conference exploring the cultural and technical world of emoji
🎨 Art exhibit
🎲 Emoji Spelling Bee, Emoji Karaoke and more!
Emojicon has received extension coverage in the media, with journalists coming in from around the world. Here are some highlights.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
November 9, 2016
July 16, 2018
November 6, 2016
November 7, 2016
"What It's Like Inside the World's First Emoji Convention 😜."
November 6, 2016
July 17, 2018
November 1, 2016
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Take a break from the election and read this story about emoji karaoke." November 6, 2016
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Emojicon brings familiar text-message characters to life."
November 6, 2016
"Emoji diversity: how 'silly little faces' can make a big difference." November 7, 2016
November 5, 2016
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 7, 2016.
November 8, 2016
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
November 10, 2016
Welcome Statement 🖐🏾🖖
Digital communication is the fastest and most convenient way to connect with the important people in our lives. 👨👩👧👦 It becomes enriched by adding a key ingredient: emotional context typically conveyed by vocal tone and facial expression. To communicate emotionally across our digital systems, we need visual representation, or symbols. 😹😻
Emoji have become one of the most widely used digital symbol sets, offering people around the world a universal way to add emotion and subtlety to their digital conversations. 🌍The emoji gatekeeper is Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit which runs a rigorous approval process led by its Emoji Subcommittee. As emoji use has become globally ubiquitous, managing the emoji has taken on increasing importance. We seek to better understand representation, use and the systems of creation for visual communication. 👳🏽🎅
Emojination is a grassroots community developed to democratize emoji approval. 🌾By creating a network of supportive collaborators and offering them a voice on the Emoji Subcommittee, our community has won approval for nearly 100 emoji in just three annual updates.
🏆Emojicon is our flagship gathering, when the Emojination community and the public come together to discuss and celebrate all things emoji. 🗽
Emojicon BK 2018 will be a day of conversations featuring multidisciplinary thinkers and experts from around the world. Discussions will explore representation, the future of emoji and visual communication, and the intersection of politics, globalization, and digital communication. 🙌🏿
The Interactive Art Exhibit features contemporary artists and game-makers that serves to stretch the imagination on how we use emoji. Create, play, selfie, dance!
Following the day’s events, is our signature Emoji Party, an emoji-filled evening of performances, dancing, and our signature spelling bee. 💃🏾🎭
SATURDAY 14 JULY
10:00 a.m. DOORS OPEN
10:30 a.m. WELCOME FROM THE FOUNDERS OF EMOJINATION
10:45 a.m. EMOJILANG
Experts will discuss the perpetual question of whether emoji is a language from multiple disciplines, including linguistics, neuroscience, and computer science.
• Language vs Emoji — Paul Hunt
• Emoji as Digital Gesture — Gretchen McColluch
• Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Understand Emoji — Sanjaya Wijeratne
• Emoji Semiotics — Justin Bai
• Where’s the Bubble Tea? Mining Missing Emoji from a Social App — Ranjitha Kumar
11:30 p.m. EMOJIPRAXIS
We’ll explore how technologists, designers, and politicians are implementing emoji in their communications in new and innovative ways.
• The Art of Emoji in Business — Mario Davis
• Emoji as Public Awareness — Will Woodworth
• From Cyborg to Technopagan — Chris Dancy
• The Making of the Interracial Couple Emoji — Jennifer 8 Lee
• Emoji and Mental Health — Drew Train
12:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
2 p.m. EMOJIPOL
Visual communication packs a powerful punch, and this is especially true in the application of emoji to politics. We’ll discuss current geopolitical issues from around the world, including how emoji is being used to express opinions about guns and how we rebuild our cities.
• Let’s Talk About the Gun Emoji — Mark Davis, Desmond Patton, Jane Solomon
• Neuromoji: How Emoji are Changing Our Brains — Keith Broni
• Emoji & the Law — Eric Goldman
• International Brew: The History of the Mate Emoji — Florencia Coelho & Team
2:30 p.m. EMOJICRAFT
We’ll learn about the technology that powers emoji across the digital landscape, and host a live AMA with members of the Emoji Subcommittee for any audience member to ask questions or pitch an emoji.
• Emoji Subcommittee AMA — Jennifer 8 Lee, Paul Hunt
• Behind the Tech — Amy Papaelias
3:30 p.m. EMOJIMATTER
Tangible participation: these interactive sessions will explore Hanmoji Calligraphy and lead audience members through a process of reimagining the emoji creation process.
• Hanmoji Calligraphy — An Xiao Mina, Jason Li
Although it started as a purely digital phenomenon, emoji has long since moved into the physical world. We’ll see how artists, designers, and theorists are reinterpreting emoji for use in physical spaces, and discuss what it means when an icon set designed for virtual conversations crosses over into the corporeal world.
• Reimagining the Emoji Creation Process — Jen Wolf, Jeanne Brooks
What if we could have a do-over? When the Unicode proposal process was designed, we hadn’t imagined the impact and influence of emoji. Today the process is onerous and inefficient in serving its highest potential. How might we reimagine the emoji creation process? We’ll lead the community through a flash design process.
4:45 p.m. WRAP UP
5 - 7 p.m. SPEAKER AND PRESS RECEPTION AND DINNER, hosted by Adobe [Invitation Required]
6 - 12 p.m. EMOJI PARTY
Join us for the popular Emoji Party! Featuring exclusively emoji food items, emoji games, and performances. Come dressed as your favorite emoji and enter the Emoji Costume Contest!
• 6 - 7 p.m. EMOJI SPELLING BEE
Brought to you by Dictionary.com.
• 7:30 - 8 p.m. EMOJILAND, the musical ENSEMBLE
• 9 p.m. YUNG JAKE
A special Emojicon performance by Yung Jake + DANCE PARTY with the Umbrella Boys !
Interested in covering Emojicon? Apply for press credentials online. We're excited by the media interest from around the world for the first ever Emojicon. We are limited in the credentials we can give for Emoji Learn, but have much more capacity for Emoji Play.
The Emojicon NYC 2018 Suggestion Box is now open!
Want to speak at Emojicon NYC? We're looking for your pitches on the best topics and ideas around emoji.
Anyone can submit a proposal and we welcome fun and creative ways of exploring the world of emoji.
Submissions will be accepting on a rolling basis and the deadline to submit is has been extended to May 1, 2018
Emojicon 2016 featured sessions ranging from an explainer of what is the Unicode Consortium, to emoji as high art with the MoMA, to emoji spellcasting! For more ideas, check out the full Emojicon 2016 schedule here.
Be an Emojicon Volunteer!
This is a community-driven event and we need your help to make it all happen! Volunteer your time in exchange for free attendance to the event. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.