6th October 2011

Fido Puts Out Casting Call

fidoYour dog could be famous! Fido is searching for Canada’s top dog to star in a future Fido ad. From October 6th to November 17th, Canadian dog owners are invited to enter their dazzling dog online or in person into the Fido Casting Call™ in support of a great cause. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are encouraged to vote for their preferred pooch and $200,000 will be donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th October 2011

2011 World Press Photo Exhibition in Toronto

world press photoEach year, an independent international jury, consisting of nineteen members, judges the entries in nine different categories, submitted by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all corners of the world. This year’s competition attracted 5,691 photographers from 125 countries. In total 108,059 images were entered in the contest. The exhibition is comprised of 177 photographs and is free and open to the public.

The World Press Photo Exhibition will be on display from October 5 to 26, 2011 in the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto. This traveling exhibition, unique in its kind, is the result of a worldwide annual contest on press photography and is brought to Toronto with the support of Brookfield Place. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the exhibition at Brookfield Place.
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3rd October 2011

Genworth Writing Contest For Kids to Support Habitat for Humanity Canada

habitat for humanity canada“What does home mean to you?” From October 3 to November 14, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Financial Canada) is inviting grade 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada to submit a written essay about the meaning of home.

Genworth Financial Canada’s 5th Annual Meaning of Home Contest supports Habitat for Humanity Canada (“Habitat for Humanity”) and is intended to raise awareness among students on the importance of having a home. The contest has received more than 7,000 entries to date and donated nearly $360,000 to Habitat for Humanity Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th September 2011

Big Blue Bubble and DIG2011 Announce Game Dev Contest

Big Blue Bubble, in conjunction with DIG 2011 Game and Web Developers Conference, has created a great game design Big Blue Bubblecompetition for anyone with a game design idea. All you have to do is describe your game concept in less than 500 words, attach up to two relevant images or sound files, and submit your idea to the judges. Final day for entry is October 3rd, with the winner being announced on November 7th. The winner will get to work with a team of Big Blue Bubble programmers, artists and producers to create their very own game. There are a few conditions which apply, so please see the full competition guidelines below: Read the rest of this entry »

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28th September 2011

Virgin Gaming Announces Worldwide Battlefield 3 Tournament

virgin gamingEA DICE and Virgin Gaming have announced the Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated first-person shooter on October. 25, 2011. The largest console videogame competition in gaming history , players from around the world will compete online in Battlefield 3 for a chance to win $1.6 million in cold hard cash. The online tournament begins in early 2012 and will culminate with a live grand finale where the players with the best Battlefield skills will walk away with a share of the $1.6 million prize pool.  Read the rest of this entry »

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27th September 2011

Merging Media 2011 Announces Sweepstakes Winners

merging media conferenceMerging Media 2011 has announced that Jennifer Newman Rutsky and Sean Elbe have each won a full pass to the October 27th & 28th conference after participating in a Twitter and Facebook promotion. Tickets for the conference, which will be taking place at The Woodwards Heritage Complex, are still available for purchase.

In other event news, the deadline for Pitch 360 and a chance to win this year’s $10,000 BC Film Development Award has been extended to October 5th in order to encourage more up and coming media producers and developers with innovative projects to participate.

Eight participants with innovative cross-media projects will be selected to battle it out a la ‘Dragon’s Den’ style for the grand prize at the Pitch 360 sessions on October 28th, hosted by new-dad-to-be Victor Lucas. The organizers are accepting early to late stage development projects for consideration, so get your submissions in today. If I had more confidence, a lot more knowledge about production, a team and a fully fleshed out plan, I’d enter the Pitch 360 program in a heartbeat. The BC Film Development Award would at least get the cross-media project idea I’ve been sitting on for a year off the ground.

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23rd September 2011

Get Ready For The Second Great Canadian Appathon

Great Canadian Appathon 2Mobile game developer XMG Studio and the National Post are calling all Canadian college and university students to bring their game-ideas to life at Great Canadian Appathon2. Over the weekend of September 30 “HUBS”, where students can gather, will be set up at over 20 participating colleges and universities, across the country, to give student game developers and designers the chance to work around the clock and compete for $50,000 in prize money.

Similar to the Great Canadian Appathon, the largest ‘hackathon’ to be held in Canada, GCA2 guarantees participants 48 hours of intense fun, meeting new people, learning stuff, and building a game on top of the world’s leading mobile API’s. Some of the talented designers and developers from XMG will be on-site at the major universities’ “HUBS” to motivate and mentor the teams. All other coders can rely on a 48-hour support line for questions and advice on how to work with the latest interfaces. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2011

50K FIFA 12 Qualifier Cup Tournament

fifa 12Beginning on September 27, 2011, players who purchase their copy of EA SportsFIFA Soccer 12 at GameStop can register to compete in the GameStop FIFA Soccer 12 “Qualifier Cup” powered by Virgin Gaming.  Players will have just over a week to train once the game launches before taking the pitch on October 7 in an attempt to run through the competition and win a trip to London, England to play in the finals. Read the rest of this entry »

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21st September 2011

Corel Announces Winners of 2011 CorelDRAW International Design Contest

Corel today announced the winners of the 2011 CorelDRAW® International Design Contest. With categories representing a range of production and design disciplines, the contest celebrates the diversity of CorelDRAW talent from around the globe. A total of twenty-four winning designs were selected from the hundreds of entries submitted by CorelDRAW users worldwide. Joseph Diaz of Pontiac, Illinois was named the Grand Prize winner for his entry entitled Steampunk Stella’s. All of the winning designs can now be viewed on the  CorelDRAW web site. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th September 2011

Walmart Challenges University Students To Change The World

walmart canadaWalmart Canada President and CEO David Cheesewright has launched the Walmart Green Student Challenge, inviting post-secondary students across Canada to develop proposals that are good for the environment and for business.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Cheesewright. “We are asking for their best, most innovative ideas to make business more environmentally sustainable in the future.”

The Green Student Challenge is designed to encourage the next generation of business leaders to create the next wave of sustainable business ideas.  It is the latest in a series of large-scale sustainability initiatives Walmart has launched in Canada and throughout the world over the past five years. Read the rest of this entry »

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