Maya's Ideas

Maya is also a professional animator and writer. She has not only produced her own short films and original stories, but she has produced animation for a number of social good projects. Upenndo! Productions is a full service independent animation production studio dedicated to producing industry standard, high quality, unique animated content that pushes the medium forward. Our projects are character driven, center thematically around both social and environmental good, highlight stories from diverse voices, and inspire a wide range of audiences from around the world. Along with producing animation for LUNA Bars Equal Pay Day campaign, Adobe’s Project 1324, and more, during the Obama Administration Upenndo! Founder Maya Penn also produced the opening of the first ever digital report to congress, to get an American Museum of Women’s History built in Washington, DC. Along with standard animation, Upenndo! is also a producer of cutting edge VR, AR, and Mixed Reality (XR) experiences.

Founder Maya Penn is an award-winning storyteller, history making animator, artist, filmmaker, writer, Simon & Schuster author, and 3 time TED Speaker. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Toon Boom, Adobe, Huffington Post, Refinery29, CBS With Gayle King, Essence, Business Insider, NPR, Essence, The View TIME, O Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, VICE, Wired, and more. She has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur and change maker. She is also a specialist in environmental sustainability, eco-design, and in 2016 she received a commendation from President Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship.

She is currently producing an animated short and series that she has been developing since she was 11 years old, and premiered a clip of at her TEDWomen Talk in 2013. It is a series with themes of environmentalism, nature conservation, animal and ecosystem protection, and environmental justice. She is also focusing in on job creation for marginalized artists through this film.

We are currently fundraising for this short film. If you would like to support the fundraising process donate here.

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Maya's Ideas is an award-winning slow fashion brand creating eco-friendly, artisan crafted, accessories, clothing, and art made from organic, recycled, and vintage materials. Now 21 year old environmental activist, artist, and 3 time TED speaker Maya Penn founded the brand at just 8 years old from a passion for art and design and a drive to tackle "fast-fashion" and it's effects on the environment.