Kayden Rodriguez (they/them or he/him) is a 26 year old transmasculine individual.  Raised in Texas, he has found his LGBTQ+ home & family in Tampa, Florida by attending The University of Tampa in 2012. With original intentions to become an animator for Pixar, he majored in Digital Art.  UT’s safe environment took them for a…

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Mariruth returns to the Festival Board after almost 10 years away. Born and reared in NJ she made her way to Florida via Cincinnati in 2000. Mariruth runs two successful businesses , a social media firm, BuzzFish marketing, with her partner, Linda, and a franchise broker company Kennedy Franchise Consultants. Mariruth has a passion for…

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Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian American New Media Producer and Artist, with a background in Television, Video and Performance Art.  In 1992 he began exhibiting internationally; participating in festivals such as Siggraph, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival, among others. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant, he received his Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications…

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