V-Card Experience Engine
Team: Therese Shechter, Ellice Litwak, Cori Schattner, Steven Melendez
About the Project: V-Card Experience Engine is a digital crowd-sourced storytelling project about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture.
The V-Card Experience Engine is an interactive storytelling project that empowers our audience to anonymously chart their sexual milestones. After inputting information through a playful Mad-Libs-style interface, they can access data visualizations of the information already collected from our online community. By considering a series of experiences, rather than a one-time virginity loss, the project presents a more diverse and nuanced idea of becoming sexual.
- Django web framework to maintain and serve pages
- Google Docs to share presentation scripts and spreadsheets of stories and tags
- Google Forms to conduct our initial surveys
- Wordle.com to create prototype text visualizations
- Free services from Github and Dropbox to store source code and let the designer and developer share version-controlled files
- Free cloud-based web hosting from Heroku to serve our webpages and database
- R, the statistical programming environment, to generate quick initial graphs of the survey data and find interesting stories to demonstrate
Ellice Litwak is interested in exploring the areas between autobiography and fiction. For the last three years, she has contributed her writing, editing and research expertise to How to Lose Your Virginity. In addition to this documentary project, Ellice works for a New York-based LGBTQ Jewish organization.
Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.
Cori Schattner is an interactive designer, product manager, strategist, and multimedia raconteur. She has executed award-winning interactive TV applications for brands including Lipton and AXE. Currently she’s responsible for architecting a supply flow for integrating eBook-based learning into K-12 classrooms.
Therese Shechter fuses humor-spiked, personal narrative with grassroots activism to make award-winning documentaries such as I Was A Teenage Feminist and How I Learned to Speak Turkish. Her films and writings have appeared worldwide, and she’s spoken at venues as diverse as Harvard University and Galapagos Art Space.