popular Speaking Topics Include:
Non-Traditional Career Paths
Music + Story: The Storytelling Deejay
Prototyping for a Better Future, Thoughts on Speculative Design
Hi, I’m afroDJiak!
My mom calls me Jamica (Juh-mee-kah). I’m an engineer, curator and storyteller living and working in The Bay Area of California. In fact, I'm a bunch of things.
I like making products, tools and art across digital and physical spaces. I use turntables and microcontrollers as platforms for connecting threads about our lives. That's right, music and technology to tell stories.
I’m currently a resident fellow at BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Art, Journalism and Technology. I spend most of my time researching and prototyping at the intersection of fashion and the internet of things. My work heavily explores themes of surveillance and digital privacy. What I’ve learned recently is whether I’m designing for dance floors, pixels or products - my process remains - research, observation, rapid prototyping, collaboration and user testing methodologies.
For the last decade I’ve played music for brands like Macy's, Cadillac, Almay, Google and Radio One. For over five years I worked along-side the most respected design institution in the world, Apple. Together, with some of the most talented engineers I’ve ever met, we shipped copious mobile devices and wearables and deployed even more software releases.
I work with startups, artist, educators, non-profits and large companies. I enjoy remixing everyday ideas into new, playful ones then seeing them into manifestation. I really love talking about music and cooking comfort food from across the globe.
My mission is to merge my passions and talents to create tools and spaces that educate, empower and entertain others. Sometimes that means creating open-source, wearable tools for storytelling and other times that means curating jams for a packed dance floor.
I thrive on collaboration and I can build, develop and fabricate almost anything. Let’s explore ways to work together! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by - and feel free to say HI on Instagram, Twitter or Email.
What’s in a name?
The handle, afroDJiak, is pronounced aphrodisiac. The name was inspired by a song on the rapper, Common’s, album - Like Water for Chocolate. The handle has taken on several meanings for me over the years and was originally used to represent my deejay performance brand. Today, the name encompasses my larger personal brand and represents stimulation of the senses. I think of my work as visual, aural and tactile. I also smell pretty good.
I offer a wide range of services under the umbrella of music and technology which are outlined on my "Collaborating" page.