The soothing synths of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” filled a foam-lined karaoke room — but no one was singing.
For participants, emoji karaoke is a silent affair.
The half-dozen contestants kept their noses in their phones, thumbs moving frantically as they looked for the perfect pictographs to illustrate Lauper’s lyrics: “If you’re lost” and “You will find me.”
To passersby, it may have looked like a gathering of distracted people. But this was Emojicon, a first-of-its-kind San Francisco conference dedicated to celebrating the yellow smiley faces and cartoonish food items, animals and hand gestures that...