We first met Francisco at a Finch & Ada art show in Chelsea. He uttered the word "programmer" and we were captivated by his ability to turn numbers into living entities. He's committed to blending social service and programming for a better world through his work at the Education Development Center (EDC), concentrated on research for children and technology. His projects include collaborating with institutional giants such as MIT Media Lab, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NASA, PBS Kids. No big deal. In his free time, he's competitive in his soccer league, hosting Harlem dinner parties, programming for M&TC, and freelancing software engineering work. He says, "I am currently interested in giving physical form to digital information. This would mean the ability to connect the digital word with tangible objects."
Place of Birth: 19.406617,-99.166612
Parents: Francisco and Adela Cervantes
Occupation/Aspiration: Researcher in education technology & software programmer
When did you move to NYC and why?
September 2008. Moved to the city for graduate school at NYU and because I could no longer put up with the sunny sandy beaches of Santa Barbara, California.
Which neighborhood did you live in NYC and why?
Currently live in West Harlem. I love living here for the Mexican/Dominican vibe, and my uptown crew.
Name a New York moment.
Cruising in a yellow cab from the airport to my apartment, and then getting a shout-out from my barber as I walk down the street. Two moments, hustled into one, thats New York.
How did you keep it Mex in the City?
I keep my pomp looking fresh.
What's your drink of choice?
Xtabentún is some crazy good Mayan stuff (anise liqueur). I would not mind calling it my favorite drink.
Name three songs on your mind right now:
"Travellin Man" by Mos Def and DJ Honda because I am constantly on the move.
"El Reloj" by Los Panchos because I struggle with the concept of time.
"Mother" by Danzig
Who is your favorite designer?
I'm a fan of Adi Dassler's work. I would love to have those futbol cleats that gather data while you play, and allow you to compare it to a peers and professional players. Wearable circuits are the future, and we don't even know it.
Name your favorite past time.
Cascaritas at the park.
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
El camaron que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.
What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Mi abuelito Salvador Rodriguez. I admire his creative vision and resourcefulness. He, along with my grandma, helped raise me when I was younger, and programmed much of my early childhood. I admire his tenacity to keep moving forward through the ugliest of times.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I am a master at foosball and extremely arrogant about it. NYU Foosball Champion right here. What!?