El Mundo Tech is a bilingual web site with news, reports and reviews about the Internet, electronic devices, software & hardware, space, video games, anime/manga, Geek culture and more. Since July 2008, the purpose of EMT is to inform, educate and entertain people via the Internet in the language of their choice.
In July 2013, the original blog began transitioning into this web site which will offer in-depth news and reviews, podcasts, short video news, and more content in English and Spanish.
After two years of freelancing for a local Spanish-language weekly newspaper in Orlando, FL, I decided to open up a blog to deliver more news and content daily to Latinos and non-Latinos alike.
I’m Alberto C. Saldamando, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at ElMundoTech. I have been amazed by the marvels of technology, science and imagination. As a kid, I became a fan of US TV shows and Japanese animation such as Lost in Space and Mazinger Z respectively. In the early-to-mid 1980s, I started playing video games when the big machines arrived to Peru at the places we used to call “pinball” to refer to the arcades. Also in that decade, my attention for computing grew more when I learnt the BASIC computer language at an institute which introduced me to the use of computers and programming, years before the arrival of Microsoft Windows and the Internet to millions of homes.
Because of my passion for Technology and Journalism, I began writing for Impremedia’s La Prensa weekly newspaper (2006-2008) while working in the Education field in Central Florida. In 2008, I thought about the need for US Latino journalists writing more content about technology in Spanish, the main reason for the creation of El Mundo Tech, since late July of 2008, but during that time I also saw the need of writing posts in both languages.
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- Founder and Editor at ElMundoTech.com & ElMundoTech @ WordPress.com (July 2008 – Current).
- Co-Director of the Central Florida chapter of LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media).
- Freelance Reporter for Impremedia’s La Prensa Orlando.
- Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
- Secretary and Social Media Officer at NAHJ Central Florida (March 2016 – Current).
- Freelance Writer at Impremedia’s La Prensa weekly newspaper (Mar. 2006 – Jun. 2008)
- Freelance Writer at Impremedia’s Tech blog ‘Piensa Digital‘ (Think Digital) [Archives] (Nov. 2010 – Apr. 2012)
- Collaborator at IDG’s GamePro en Español (now merged with PC World en Español).
- Contributing Writer at WiredLatinos.com [Archives].
- Electronic Entertinament Expo (E3): 2005, 2006, 2012, 2014.
- MIT – The Education Arcade: 2005.
- OTRONICON: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015.
Space (at NASA Kennedy Space Center):
- Launch of the SBIRS Geo-1 Satellite (via HispanicPRBlog).
- Last Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis (for Impremedia’s Piensa Digital Blog [Archive] and ElMundoTech; named in Kotaku and other sites about event).
- Arrival of Atlantis to its permanent home (thanks to @NASAsocial). One of four Latinos out of 54 people invited to event.
- Launch of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), thanks to @NASAsocial, in January 2014.
- State of NASA 2016.
- Participation at the LATISM Cyber Sustainable Development Project (Dec. 2012) in Patacancha, Perú, to provide computers & satellite internet connection to the community, and introduce them to devices like the New iPad and the Nintendo 3DS.
- Attendance at the US Dept. of Defense GameTech Users’ Conference (2013). Conversation with Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, to learn more about video game use for military purposes.
Anime & Manga:
- Anime Festival Orlando.
El Mundo Tech In the Press
- Impremedia/La Prensa: Un joven inventor latino con gran ojo científico.
- LATISM: Juana La Iguana enters the digital arena to teach Spanish to preschool children.
- NBC Latino: Texting replace robocalls to reach Latinos.
- Impremedia/Piensa Digital: Doodle 4 Google: Google y el arte de los niños [Archive].
- NBC Latino: What Does AT&T’s New Data Pricing Mean for Mobile Latinos?
- Impremedia/Piensa Digital: ¿Qué es el ACTA? (Video – CNN) [Archive].
- El Mundo Tech: I don’t like SOPA & I don’t like SOPA 2.0.
- Kotaku.com: Mario Bids Bon Voyage to the Space Shuttle; Zelda Informer: Mario in Attendance at the Last Space Shuttle Launch; Wiinoob.com: Mario Takes A Visit To The Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch; Wirebot.com: Mario attends the launching of the Space Shuttle!. See Impre.com: Exitoso lanzamiento de Atlantis marca fin al programa de transbordadores espaciales (Archive) & Impre.com/Piensa Digital: Space Shuttle Atlantis | Transbordador espacial Atlantis – Kennedy Space Center – NASA – 2011.07.08 – Videos & Pictures.
- GamePro en Español: ¿Quieres ‘Toonami’?.
Hispanicize 2012: Los Geeks 3.0: Meet the Latino Tech Bloggers.
Hispanicize 2013: Let’s Talk Tech: Meet the Latino & Multicultural Tech Bloggers.
Hispanicize 2014: Let’s Talk Tech: Meet the Latino & Multicultural Tech Bloggers.
Best Latin Tech Blogger @ 2011 LATISM Awards.
Education & Gaming (before El Mundo Tech):
- Promoted the importance of Game Design as an interdisciplinary course at Orange Co.’s Colonial High and Timber Creek High. Assistant Club Sponsor at the Electronic Gaming Commission (EGC) at Timber Creek High (2005). Member at the Anime Club, and the Chess and Go (an ancient Japanese strategic board game) Club at Colonial High (2005-2006).
- Attendance at the Orlando Electronic Interactive Convention (otronicon.org) at the Orlando Science Center. Chaperoned students from Timber Creek High School’s Electronic Gaming Commission. Conversation with Chris Stapleton (formerly at UCF Media Convergence Lab) about player psychology, game design, innovation & interactivity (2006).
- Attended the 2005 Education Arcade – Games for Education Conference (educationarcade.org), sponsored by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Comparative Media Studies and the MIT Teacher Education Program, in cooperation with the University of Madison-Wisconsin. As an invited guest, I attended sessions about the benefits of electronic entertainment in the educational field (i.e. game concepts and supporting pedagogy for how advanced Math and Science content could be merged with game play in unique ways, as well as models for supporting education of English and Foreign Languages, Humanities, and the Arts). Conversations with people who play important roles in the different areas of work within the electronic entertainment field (i.e. Kristin Holt – TV host; Alex Chisholm – [ICE]³ founder in charge of creating merged entertainment and educational products). Observed and tested the introduction of upcoming products to be released within the next year and a half. Interviewed by reporter of Mexican-American television network TV Azteca América about E3.
- Attended the 2002 Game Developers Conference (gdconf.com) at San José, CA. Conversation with various programmers, graphic designers, game designers, and a game producer. Attended the Game Tuning Workshop to learn how to create entertaining, creative games, as well as the 2002 Game Developers Awards. Attended Maya and 3ds max graphic workshops.
- Conversation at GDC with Jonathan Seidenfeld, former executive who helped establish and organize the Developers Program for Sony Computer Entertainment America and was instrumental in the launch of the PlayStation platform. He has an extensive background in games-related business development, licensing, and technical marketing includes senior business development positions with Sony, Sega and Mobeus Designs.
- Visited the William Gates Computer Science Department (www-cs.stanford.edu) to attend the 2002 Computer History Exhibit (www-db.stanford.edu/pub/voy/museum.html) at Stanford University. The exhibit displayed historical equipment and documents focusing on Stanford’s role in the history of computers.
- Game Design course at UCF Institute of Simulation and Training (Summer 2001) taught by Christopher Stapleton (former Research Associate, Digital Media and Director for Entertainment Research, UCF Media Convergence Lab) and the late Erick Dyke (former n-Space CEO). Learned the pros and cons of the game industry as a CEO and game developer from Erick Dyke (i.e. team participation, financial problems, deadlines, cancellation of a work-in-progress game, teams involved in the creation of a game: design, programming, graphics, music, etc.).
- Tested game at n-Space Inc. (n-space.com), located in Orlando, FL, before game publication of Mary-Kate & Ashley: Crush Course for the Sony PlayStation. Tested game software and accessories at the UCF Institute of Simulation and Training (i.e. testing of the use of a wireless glove and dance pad as a controller for use with PC games, testing of game play of one of the Dance Dance Revolution sequels).
- Participation in the 1994 Blockbuster Video World Video Game Championship Competition. Won first place (store champion) at one of the local stores in Orlando, FL (defeating more than 200 contestants; competition was based on combined highest score of three Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis games), and was classified to participate in the regional competition at Disney Marketplace.
For more info: @ About.me [https://about.me/alberto.c.saldamando].