Voqal Fellowship Spotlight: Erick Garcia

The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs; a talent accelerator aimed at giving underrepresented social entrepreneurs a chance to enact their visions at center stage. With only a few days left until the 2020 Voqal Fellowship applications open we take one last look at the 2019 Voqal Fellowship cohort. The final spotlight highlights Erick Garcia and his project #GameTheSystem.

Garcia’s project #GameTheSystem aims to be a first of its kind, web-based, mobile-ready gamified action dashboard for grassroots organizing that leverages existing interactive organizing platforms and utilizes mobile technology, texting, email and social media.

Garcia is a technologist based in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2011. After becoming DACAmented he chose to stay in the online organizing community because he believes that significant change comes from communities and their potential to overcome adversities. He serves as Presente.org’s senior technologist and during his leisure time helps produce Aliento’s Art and Healing podcast.

In 2013 he participated in the Forward DREAMer Hackathon where his team took first place in the storytelling category by hacking a web app game. Undoculife simulated real-life scenarios that undocumented folks have to navigate through in their daily life.

Interested in becoming the next Voqal Fellow? Applications open September 3! Visit our fellowships page for more information.