The Digital Citizens Lab is a design collective with a focus on civic technology.  We aim to help organizations streamline their existing processes or develop new methods of engagement. We believe that “play” is an underutilized, fundamental tool when creating meaningful interaction.Our mission is to create tools and resources for educators that can meet the needs of historically underserved children of color.

Our Projects


Juntos is a digital resource hub that contains interactive videos and multimedia content targeting unaccompanied immigrant teenagers in need of help in navigating life after being apprehended by immigration. The videos are clickable and non-linear in order to create an engaging experience with complex subject matter such as the United States Immigration Law Court System. Teenagers between 13 and 17 years in age from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador make up the majority of unaccompanied minors that have entered the United States in the past few years. Over 100,000 young people have entered the United States between 2014 and 2016. Juntos is a resource designed with the educational, emotional, and legal needs of these children in mind.

Coding Comic

The ed-tech industry does not consider the education inequity that urban children of color face. The industry assumes that there is a standard of education that all americans are receiving and then build products based on this assumption. Coding Comic is a tool that emphasized the logic behind coding instead of actual coding languages. Our goal is to create digital tools and resources for educators that can meet the needs of historically underserved children of color.

Evan Chin-hsuan Wu

is a designer with sociology background who has experience in multiple design fields including product design, graphical design and user interface. Before coming to New York, he co-founded the studio focused on web and app developing in Taiwan called SMD lab which developed one of the most popular public biking system app in Taiwan with more than 100k downloads. Currently he’s working with a startup to help them design the latest version of their news reading app Trigger.

Sharon Lee De La Cruz

is a prolific artist and activist in New York City. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, is a Fulbright scholar, and obtained her Masters at NYU’s ITP program. She has shown in numerous venues throughout the New York metropolitan area, notably during Armory Week 2012 at the Bronx River Arts Center. She has been awarded residencies at Wonder Women and 365 Days of Print. Additionally, De La Cruz has designed a limited edition perfume bottle for Calvin Klein’s CK One Shock Street Edition For Her.

Leslie Martinez

is a designer pursuing an MS in Integrated Digital Media from NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Her research explores the intersections of migration and digital communication tools. She is also interested in human-centered design processes and in designing for social innovation. In January of 2016 she will be joining a team of researchers at an IDEO.org project site in Kathmandu, Nepal. Previously she’s worked as a communications manager for an art non-profit in Guatemala and has also spent several years providing legal services to unaccompanied immigrant minors in Florida.