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My name is Andres Lombana-Bermudez and this Wiki documents the making of my doctoral Dissertation. I am an interdisciplinary designer/researcher born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, now living in Austin, TX. I work at the intersection of youth, digital technology, and learning. I am a PhD candidate in Media Studies at UT-Austin and previously completed a MSc in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. I study how young people use technology for learning, creating, connecting and participating in culture/society/economy. Having been a long life student of the relationships between youth, technology, and everyday life, I am familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods, and especially skilled in content analysis, ethnography, and action research. I am particularly interested in studying new media practices, digital inequalities, innovation, and designing for learning, fun and engagement. Parallel to my academic work I have sustained a cross-media design practice and developed several creative projects. My artwork has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome, the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Gallery in Washington D.C. Currently, I am a member of the Aprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), a mentor at the Youth and Media Lab at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a research assistant for the Connected Learning Research Network.