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11th October 2011

4th Annual 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge

Mindshare LearningThe MindShare Learning Report eMagazine and supporting sponsors have officially launched the 4th Annual MindShare Learning Report™ 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge. The contest challenges Canadian K-12 teachers (from publicly funded schools) to create and upload a 3-5 minute video showcasing their best practices teaching with technology to engage students and enhance learning outcomes.  Submissions will be accepted until midnight EST on Friday, December 16, 2011.

The official announcement of the 2011/12 three “Grand Prize Winners” will be on February 1, 2012. Each winner will receive a classroom technology prize package valued at over $15,000 for their school.

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11th October 2011

indiePub Announces Second Annual Independent Propeller Awards Competition

indiePubAttention Canadian developers: US-based Zoo Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary indiePub has announced its 2012 Independent Propeller Awards video game development competition to be presented during the 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) ScreenBurn Arcade in Austin, Texas.

indiePub will award $50,000 in total cash prizes including $25,000 to a Grand Prize winner and $5,000 to the winner of each individual category: Best Art, Best Audio, Best Design, Technical Excellence and Mobile Game. The winning games will also be demonstrated March 9 through 11, 2012, in indiePub’s SXSW Interactive ScreenBurn Arcade booth located in the Austin Convention Center. The ScreenBurn Arcade is free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th October 2011

Over 400 Students Code in Second 48-Hour Great Canadian Appathon

Great Canadian Appathon 2Mobile game developer XMG Studio and the National Post tested Canada’s students at the Great Canadian Appathon2 (GCA2)  mobile video game coding marathon, on their design creativity and development prowess. Over the weekend of September 30th, more than 125 competing teams gathered in 21 hubs for a sleep-deprived, energy drink-induced and pizza-fueled weekend of creating the next hit sports game app. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th October 2011

Canadian Speedcubers Ready For World Championship

World Cube AssociationCanadian speedcubers are ready to show their speed at the biannual Rubik’s World Championship, which kicks off on October 14th in Bangkok, Thailand. The 3-day event will be held at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Thailand’s tallest and most scenic hotel. At the prestigious event 350 competitors from 40 countries will face off, among them many world record holders and national champions.

The 6th Rubik World Championship is considered to be the largest meeting of the Grandmasters of the cube. During the 3 days the speedcubers are competing for more than 24,000 euros total in 19 official events. The most anticipated event is the 3x3x3 and many are anticipating a new world record. People are placing their bet on Feliks Zemdegs from Australia who shocked the world with a 5.66 second world record this year at the Melbourne Winter Open. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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