14th April 2014

HootSuite Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

HootSuiteHootSuite has announced the appointment of Ajai Sehgal as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Sehgal brings expertise in building high-growth, high-volume development organizations to his role at HootSuite, heading the company’s team of software engineers and driving product strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st April 2014

Game Connection Europe Issues Call For Speakers

game connection europeHaving added over 100 conference sessions and Master Classes to its successful formula over the previous three years, Game Connection Europe is back with a brand new edition and is looking for talented and experienced professionals interested in sharing their expertise. Previous speakers include companies such as Wooga, Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Epic Games, Bigpoint, Remedy, Amazon, Google, Gree, Pixar Animation Studios, Ubisoft, EA, Sony Computer Entertainment and many more.
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31st March 2014

Two Vancouver Game Design Programs Recognized By The Princeton Review

mini-orbyThe Princeton Review — one of the United States’ best-known education services companies — has issued its fifth annual report naming the undergraduate and graduate schools with the best programs for students to study video game design. The University of Southern California is #1 on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists (complete list is below) in the 2014 report which names 50 programs overall — 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate — in ranked order 1 to 25. The Art Institute Vancouver and Vancouver Film School were both named in the list. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th March 2014

The Fine Young Capitalists Launch Women In Video Games Initiative

mini-orbyVia Press Release: In 2011 the Video Game Industry took in over $16 billion dollars, but despite women representing 45% percent of the game playing audience they directed less than 2% of the Games. In combination with the production company Autobotika, The Fine Young Capitalists, a Canadian-Colombian initiative, is running their first production round, allowing any woman to have a crack at creating a video game. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th March 2014

TechU.me Announces New Funding For Mentorship Program

ONFEThe Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) today hosted an Apps Showcase to show off the accomplishments of high school students taking part in the TechU.me Mentor Program.  The program’s industry and education partners – IBM, Adobe, and the four local school boards – were also on hand to announce new funding for the next phase of the program. TechU.me pairs elementary and high school students with industry mentors to develop mobile apps. In building these partnerships, TechU.me transforms student creativity into fundamental skills needed in the digital age – skills that will help these students succeed in their future careers. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th March 2014

Fourteen Masters Will Unveil Their Secrets At Pixel Animation

pixel animationPixel Québec is proud to present Pixel Animation. Co-organised with TECHNOCompétences, this international convention will gather together video game, visual effects and animation artists, who worked with Dreamworks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital and Blizzard Entertainment, among others. The event will be held on April 4-5 at TRYP Hotel Pur, in Quebec City and will offer 2 days of Masterclasses and networking. Read the rest of this entry »

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24th March 2014

Toronto Screenwriting Conference Announces Telefilm Canada New Voices Award Winners

toronto screenwriting conferenceThe Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) has announced the recipients of the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. Out of the forty-seven applicants representing nine provinces, from Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories, five emerging writers have received the award; Katherine Di Marino, Elene Mekete, Lea Nakonechny, Ashley Park and Jon Wayne Brown. The fifth annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference takes place at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management on April 5 & 6, 2014. Each winner will receive a complimentary registration to the TSC as well as an exclusive lunch with representatives from Telefilm Canada, and TSC founder and president of Meridian Artists Literary Agency, Glenn Cockburn. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th March 2014

CanWIT BC Presents: The March Breakfast Club

CanWIT BC ChapterYou are invited to join the CanWIT BC Chapter for breakfast on March 19 as the group hosts Small Business Start Up: How A Business Plan Will Help You Launch – And Grow – Your Company. If you are aching to turn your great idea into a business – but you don’t know where to start – talk to Celeste Munger from Write Ahead Inc., a team of consultants, writers, and trainers who help entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses that support their lives and passions. Grab their free report, 5 Critical Steps for Taking Your Business from Idea to Open, and learn to build your business the “write” way. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th March 2014

Call for Presenters: Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology Summit

Banff centreThe Banff Centre is seeking national and international presenters on subjects related to interdisciplinary arts practices that engage with digital arts for Convergence, an upcoming arts and technology summit. Convergence is dedicated to exploring what happens when contemporary professional practices in all forms of music, visual and digital art, film, theatre, dance, literature, or interdisciplinary arts cross-pollinate with emerging production and dissemination technologies. Proposals are being accepted until 5 p.m. on March 21, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th March 2014

Guest Post: Penka Kouneva – The Woman Astronaut

Article Written by Penka Kouneva – When I first arrived in Hollywood in 1999, I had a PhD in Music composition, a keyboard and one connection. While that might not seem like much, it was more than I had when I moved to the United States from my home in Bulgaria nine years earlier. I was extremely passionate about scoring films and games – this is what I wanted to do for life. In retrospect, while my naiveté and idealism were laughable, they were also vital in getting me as far as I am today, because if you had told me upon my arrival 15 years ago that the first time a woman (Shirley Walker) was a Lead Orchestrator on a studio feature film was 1992, I’d have been shocked. If you told me that, in the history of Hollywood, only 8 female composers would score a studio feature, I might have turned around and gone right back into academia. Read the rest of this entry »

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