From the last 1st to 12th of March, the media collective GatoMÍDIA, sponsored by Common Action Forum, hosted a media and technology residency in Complexo do Alemão (Brazil) to empower favela youth to create their own culture by making use of technology. The project, entitled Favelado 2.0 – Building Hacks for the Future, welcomed 20 selected participants of favelas across Brazil to take part in different workshops on such varied topics as photography 2.0, script for programs on YouTube, creative text construction, activism on the web, collaborative coverage, social media, creativity 2.0, fanzine 2.0, hacking Facebook, and so on.

The site , a program to bring visibility to favela community voices in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics, has published a report on the initiative focused on the participants’ experiences throughout the residence. If you also believe that media is a tool of youth empowerment and everyone has the right to gain visibility through technology, keep reading here.