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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: 7th Annual MobileMonday Toronto VC Panel Pitch

Join in to hear from Toronto’s most innovative mobile companies as they pitch our investor and expert panel to fund their business.

For Event Attendees:

This session is FREE but all attendees must register in advance, as seating will be limited. This event is scheduled for Monday April 2nd, 2012.

MobileMonday Toronto @ MaRS Event Scheduling for April 2nd:
5:00-6:30pm - Pre-Pitch Training Workshop for Presenting Companies Sponsored by Miller Thompson
6:00-6:45pm - Event Registration
7:00-7:45pm - Expert Panel Discussion Moderated by Sean Wise
7:45-9:00pm - Presenting Companies Pitch to Investor/Expert Panel
9:00-9:05pm - Closing Remarks

For Prospective Mobile Companies:

Sean Wise, Managing Director at Wise Mentor Capital, will moderate the event and Panel. Our investor and expert panel will participate in a discussion and listen to presenting companies discuss their business.

Individuals or companies with an innovative idea, intellectual property, service or application interested in pitching to our panel must send their submission to janinec@mobilemondaytoronto.com.

Submission deadline is March 28, 2012 at 5pm EST.

The submission must outline the idea, product or service and why additional funding is required with the following additional information:

• What is the problem in the market which the product/service solves
• What amount of funding is being sought
• What is the product/service
• Unique IP
• Market sizing
• Team members
• Revenue forecast for product or service

Selected companies are given the opportunity to present their idea for 5 minutes to our panel. Please note: Selection does not guarantee venture capital funding.

MobileMonday Toronto will only contact selected mobile companies for the April 2nd event. Please prepare to provide PowerPoint presentations in advance for submission to MobileMonday Toronto if selected. These will be emailed to janinec@mobilemondaytoronto.com.

For More Details and to Register: http://bit.ly/y0LRah

You have to see it: Tentacle 1.0 at the MoMA!

 

You may remember a couple months ago we showed Tentacle 1.0 at Doors Open Toronto, now Tentacle 1.0 is on display again! Tentacle 1.0 is on display at the Museum of Modern Art as part of Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects. The exhibition takes place from July 24 to November 7, 2011.  Not only is Tentacle 1.0 beautiful but it’s extremely engaging and addictive, I encourage you all to see it if you are in the area.


Transmission Global Summit, 2011

 

For more details about this exhibit please visit: http://moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2011/talktome/home.html

Credits

 

You have to be there: Crossmedia TO!


Crossmedia TO 2011 aims to bridge the gap between the media sectors, this month’s focus is on publishing.

On Wednesday July 20th, Crossmedia TO will host several interesting speakers including: Candice Faktor, Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures Torstar Digital, Gavin McGarry, President of Jumpwire Media LLC, Dr. Eric McLuhan, Bryan Segal, Vice President of comScore Inc, Jordan Van Schyndel, co-founder of Present Feedback as well as alumni James Milward, co-founder of HERD.FM.

HERD was conceived at the CFC Media Lab’NBC Universal Multiplatform Matchmaking Program where co-founders Romeo Candido, Davin Lengyel and James Milward challenged themselves to find a new way to share music. HERD is a new mobile application and community platform that uses GPS technology making it possible for artists, brands and music lovers to connect through music and locations that matter to them.  (www.herd.fm)    (www.facebook.com/herd)

Details

When: Wednesday July 20TH at 6:00 pm
Where: The Spoke Club, 600 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3
Register: http://crossmediato.eventbrite.com/

Crossmedia TO takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, be sure to attend them all!  To stay in the loop on the schedule and focuses of the sessions please visit  http://crossmediato.com/future-events/ .

See you there: Startup Festival

Another amazing festival you can’t miss is coming up!

The International Startup Festival is a two-day conference on the business of startups. It brings together industry veterans and fresh faces, thought leaders and technology giants from around the world, for a series of lean, fast-paced events. It includes startup launches, inspiring keynotes, and deep-dives into hot sectors like mobility, social networking, and gaming. The festival brings a global audience together to cover the entire startup lifecycle: early-stage innovation; scaling the business; and achieving a successful exit.

Details

When: July 13-15 2011
Where: Alexandra Pier, Old Montreal (Adjacent to Centre des Sciences)
Register Now: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/869924969/
Schedule: http://www.startupfestival.com/en/speakers/

Frontline Documentary

On January 12th 2010, violent earthquakes ripped through the earth’s crust 13 kilometres beneath southern Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives, and millions more were displaced from their homes. Massive collapses took place across health care, transportation, and communications infrastructure systems. Within hours, this world ripped apart was descended upon by a sea of visitors from across the globe. Supplies and rescue personnel from the Dominican Republic arrived in Haiti alongside their equivalents from Iceland, China, Qatar, and Canada. One of the groups that arrived in Port-au-Prince on January 15th was made up of members of the Red Cross Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT).

The members of the Red Cross FACT Team had come to Haiti to manage and oversee logistics around the international disaster recovery. But they also brought with them a team of photographers and filmmakers, as well as a web content producer. The first group was intended to produce a three-part documentary for TVO on the challenges FACT faced in stabilizing the situation, and the second unit was dedicated to capturing additional individual and social stories for a set of interactive segments.

The documentary team attached to the FACT was capturing the chaos and upturned humanity of Haiti in the weeks following the earthquake for a project called Inside Disaster: Haiti – a densely populated and excellently designed multimedia information resource on the Haiti earthquake, and ongoing recovery efforts. Inside Disaster provides clean and understandable data on the history of humanitarian aid; media assets presenting objective views of the disaster; and interactive mini-documentaries exploring the experiences of survivors, journalists, and NGO workers.

This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Inside Disaster’s Web Field Producer, Nicolas Jolliet. We discussed his involvement in the project, and his understanding of the relationship between innovation and the evolving media landscape.

Presently, Nico is spending his spare hours pioneering the integration of numerous robotic and sensing technologies into a tool he has (in collaboration with whole communities of independent filmmakers) been dreaming of for years. After relocating to a nearby park, he demonstrated his newest creation to me: a helicopter-mounted DSLR camera rig capable of lifting several kilograms of equipment to altitudes of thousands of feet. While the rotors spin too noisily to let him track the birds migrating through Toronto this time of year, his helicopter (I suppose it’s technically a hexicopter) will be an invaluable tool for documentary production. The tool provides high quality HD footage (check out a tropical demo video on YouTube) along GPS-routed paths, at a meaningfully human scale that has previously been difficult to negotiate in the field – higher than a dolly or third-story window, and lower than a helicopter. It’s easy to find more adaptations of technological tools for the frontlines of filmmaking in a blog post Nico published for Inside Disaster, before the earthquake in Haiti even determined the project’s setting.

I shot this video of Nico testing out his hexicopter in a Toronto park.

Many new documentary filmmaking technologies, from super-light camera rigs to DIY cranes and follow-focus units, have emerged out of lead-user communities. Eric von Hippel coined that term in 1986 in reference to groups of hobbyists doing a better job designing products than product designers. Some of the earliest innovations in 35mm adapters for HD camcorders came out of indie filmmaker messageboards and fora. Companies like Redrock and Zacuto quickly realized that a product category had emerged, and that they could make quite a bit of money selling premium versions of what the cutting-edge filmmakers had identified as offering a significant competitive advantage. The DSLR revolution in independent filmmaking is presently closing the loop – offering the look-and-feel of 35mm cinema at a relatively low price, with minimal hassle (depending on your preference for P mode over M). Nico built a mind-blowing customized collapsible crane and dolly system for a documentary he shot in the Amazon a few years ago, but apparently you can already buy one that’s lighter (if not on your wallet) from one of the big DSLR rig manufacturers. There’s a great interactive slideshow on the Inside Disaster site that explores some technology specifically adapted for disaster recovery, as well.

One of the most interesting things I learned about Inside Disaster from Nico was how the crew challenged themselves to compress documentary workflows into live journalistic timelines. To produce content for the Inside Disaster website and social media channels, Nico was working 24-hour shifts of concept development, travel, filming, editing, writing, compression, blogging, and transmission. While documentaries used to be associated with months or years of incubation prior to release, new expectations in an age of always-on media have condensed the equipment and responsibilities of entire film crews down into the hands (and backpacks) of a single operator. Nico claims that backgrounds in languages, musical performance and production, photography, writing, and filmmaking helped land him the job as Field Producer.

In a recent piece for Point of View magazine, Katie McKenna, the producer of Inside Disaster, noted that the project launched in two phases – one entirely dedicated to logistics and pre-positioning within social media networks, and another dedicated to storytelling from teams in Haiti with a long tail made up of resequenced content for branching online interactive experiences. But while open-sourcing the marketing and distribution is one way to embrace emerging toolkits in documentary production, open-sourcing the production and storytelling is something altogether different.

In the world of ethnographic research, everything exists within a cultural context. In isolated or marginalized communities, just getting a realistic research understanding of the landscape in which cultural values are situated can be a difficult task. Photovoice, a participatory research method pioneered in the late 1990’s by Caroline Wang and Mary Anne Burris, operates through the provision of cameras to these communities in hopes that the process of taking and analyzing pictures will stimulate the community to engage in critical dialogue around the opportunities and challenges it faces. In a way, photovoice represents an evolution of the documentary form in the direction of open-source ideation and production. Inside Disaster hails from a different lineage, but broke new ground in other ways relative to the social commons. All of the photos and footage that Nico transmitted each night from Haiti are available under Creative Commons licenses from Flickr and YouTube. While there is plenty of context from frontline journalism and documentary cinema surrounding the Inside Disaster content, open-source status is itself a significant challenge to the patterns and structures of mainstream media.

Discussing these topics in Nico’s Toronto studio, it was difficult not to let my mind wander to the feedback loops linking new innovations and the tools that support them. Guitars and mixing equipment undulate across one of Nico’s walls, and a fully realized robotics bay juts from the other. While inspecting his newest hexicopter prototype (comprised of firmware, structural elements, and sensors tweaked from upon the shoulders of thousands of collaborating un-experts online), I asked Nico how he would feel about me outing him as a closet engineer. He laughed, and told me that it’s not really about engineering, it’s about using new tools to reach new levels of quality in production values and accessibility. “It’s about creating a Steven Spielberg film from your backpack.”

This year, Inside Disaster provided the world with unmatched views of a human and natural disaster. In order to meld the traditions and techniques of journalism and storytelling with the realities of an always-on media landscape, Nicholas Jolliet and the production team of Inside Disaster brought new innovations not only to their vision for documentary storytelling, but also to the tools required to realize it.

Trevor Haldenby is a producer and photographer living in Toronto. He has attended Wilfrid Laurier University, Rhode Island School of Design, CFC Media Lab, and is presently completing a Master’s of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University.

MEIC – AGM and FREE Membership Details!

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC)

Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 5, 2011

Come and join the MEIC during its inaugural AGM. This will be an opportunity to hear from companies the MEIC has worked with over the last year, learn how you can benefit from becoming involved as a member, and meet others working in the mobile industry.

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is a recently incorporated not-for-profit association that has grown out of an industry/academia consortium, founded by OCAD University in 2007, to form Canada’s only organization focused on design leadership and experience innovation in the mobile industry to accelerate sector growth in mobile content, services and computing.

MEIC now offers the first mobile-focused design incubator in the Greater Toronto Region operating on OCAD University’s campus at 205 Richmond Street West.

The association offers applied research and commercialization support, advisory services, conferences and workshops, and international outreach.

Since the MEIC is a brand-new association, we are offering attendees a Charter Association Membership.

This is a one-time offer to join for FREE, so please be sure to save the date!

This classification of membership will provide you with voting privileges at the AGM as well as discounts to workshops and partner events.

AGENDA
Vision
History – Company Presentation
Future Plans
Research/Policy
Global Outreach
Commercialization/Innovation – Company Presentation
Events
Membership
Formation of Working Groups
Financial Report
Board Election

RFP: VMC Lab Applications for Mobile Devices

Canadian Heritage is requesting proposals for the research & development of mobile applications for the Virtual Museum of Canada. The Experimental Lab of the Virtual Museum of Canada tests digital technologies on behalf of the Canadian museum community, providing museums with strategic advice and ways to increase their visibility.  Using technology designed for mobile devices, this project will research and develop three Apps, in both official languages:

  • Mobile WebApp for the Image Gallery and Museums in Canada on the VMC website. This involves mobilizing the page so that it is readable on mobile browsers.
  • Mobile WebApp for Surrey Art Gallery. Walking tour that can geo-locate artworks within a certain radius.
  • Native Mobile App for the Centre des sciences de Montreal. This mobile App will use Augmented Reality (AR) and will be downloadable. The App must be device-specific and use a touch framework.

Please click on this link for full details: http://meic.us2.list-manage.com/track/clicku=4aa77904811cd66c643869613&id=f4a2744aa9&e=d9bfee5e1d

The closing date is March 18, 2011, 2:00 PM.

RIM Seeks Web/Graphics Designer with Mobile Interactive Experience


RIM Seeks Web/Graphics Designer

Are you a Web/Graphics Designer with mobile interactive experience interested in a full-time gig at Research In Motion (RIM)?

POSITION SUMMARY:

  • The designer will be part of the team responsible for BlackBerry Messenger Development at RIM’s Mississauga location (4701 Tahoe Blvd. Mississauga, ON)
  • The designer will be responsible to create interactive user interfaces in both web and mobile applications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in design or related discipline
  • 3 or more years of experience in developing web applications in HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, Flash, AIR, XML
  • Knowledge in developing dynamic data-driven web applications
  • Portfolio of work containing samples of web development and other graphical/media designs
  • Experience in prototyping/storyboarding and graphics design

ADDITIONAL ASSETS:

  • Background in software development life cycle and Java programming
  • Knowledge of server-side web technologies such as PHP, JSP, and Linux platform
Interested? Of course you are…

Please direct your resume or further inquiries to careers@rim.com

For more information about career opportunities at RIM, or to apply online, visit RIM Careers (www.rim.com/careers)

Full Coverage of CMTO10 on YouTube

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Check out the full coverage of Cross Media Toronto 2010 (CMTO10) now up on YouTube as a 13-part series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_hiHUhFtCY

CFC Media Lab and MaRS co-presented with Jumpwire Media to launch Cross Media Toronto on July 21st, 2010 at the MaRS Centre. Cross Media Toronto (www.crossmediato.com) featured heavyweight media industry executives who discussed perspectives on how transmedia content will be produced, distributed and consumed in a cross media environment, with a specific look at ways to incorporate cross media into business models.

With special appearances by CFC Media Lab Faculty and Alumni!

Segment #2. James Milward introduces his current project, “HERD” a Mobile, Geo-Locative based application: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBtAuxKxqdE

Segment #5. Demo by Adrian Carter, Director/Producer/Creative Director of Shark Teeth Films (www.sharkteethfilms.com): www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVtLl0af5A

Segment #6. Introduction by Ana Serrano, Director of the CFC Media Lab, to Colleen DeCourcy, Former Chief Digital Officer and Richard Bernstein, SVP Managing Director of Arc Worldwide : www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Z01LMjSqI

Segment #11. Case Study by Siobhan O’Flynn, Transmedia Consultant and CFC Media Lab faculty member: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8iVz1mJKSo

I recommend taking a few minutes out of your Monday to go YouTubing down the web-stream!
Bombs away!

Canadian New Media Awards 2010: Now Open For Nominations!

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Canadian New Media Awards (CNMAs), the country’s only nationwide competition recognizing the accomplishments of Canada’s most successful digital media companies, is now open for nominations! The awards are part of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s leading digital media production and development marketplace.

Canada is a hotbed of digital innovation. Last year’s nominees and award recipients truly represented the best in digital media and we look forward to discovering fresh talent from leading-edge companies.

- Mark Greenspan, Executive Producer of nextMEDIA and former Senior Training Programs Manager at the CFC Media Lab

Celebrating its 10th year, the CNMAs offers up two exciting new categories:

  • Community Campaign of the Year
  • Digital Media Technology of the Year
The Deets!

THE WHEN: November 29 – 30, 2010
THE WHERE:
The Design Exchange – 234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON (The CNMAs Gala Awards will also be held at The Design Exchange on November 30, 2010)
THE RATE: Kick Off Rate is only available until September 17, 2010. Click here to register: https://registration.achillesmedia.com/delegate_registration/list_products?event_id=32

Think you’ve got the chops to enter?

To be considered for this year’s CNMAs, choose the category which best applies to the achievements that you would like to highlight for this year’s awards. To view all the categories and to check your eligibility, click here: www.nextmediaevents.com/cnma/competition-categories.php
Regular Rate is $175.00 CDN. Enter today! Contest is closing September 17th, 2010.

For more information, please contact:
Tiffany Rushton | Program Producer – Awards
Email: trushton@achillesmedia.com

You have to see it: Tentacle 1.0 at the MoMA!

  You may remember a couple months ago we showed Tentacle 1.0 at Doors Open Toronto, now Tentacle 1.0 is on display again! Tentacle 1.0 is on display at the Museum of Modern Art as part of Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects. The exhibition takes place from July 24 […]

You have to be there: Crossmedia TO!

Crossmedia TO 2011 aims to bridge the gap between the media sectors, this month’s focus is on publishing. On Wednesday July 20th, Crossmedia TO will host several interesting speakers including: Candice Faktor, Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures Torstar Digital, Gavin McGarry, President of Jumpwire Media LLC, Dr. Eric McLuhan, Bryan Segal, Vice President of […]

See you there: Startup Festival

Another amazing festival you can’t miss is coming up! The International Startup Festival is a two-day conference on the business of startups. It brings together industry veterans and fresh faces, thought leaders and technology giants from around the world, for a series of lean, fast-paced events. It includes startup launches, inspiring keynotes, and deep-dives into […]

Frontline Documentary

On January 12th 2010, violent earthquakes ripped through the earth’s crust 13 kilometres beneath southern Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives, and millions more were displaced from their homes. Massive collapses took place across health care, transportation, and communications infrastructure systems. Within hours, this world ripped apart was descended upon by a […]

MEIC – AGM and FREE Membership Details!

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 5, 2011 Come and join the MEIC during its inaugural AGM. This will be an opportunity to hear from companies the MEIC has worked with over the last year, learn how you can benefit from becoming involved as a member, and meet others working […]

RFP: VMC Lab Applications for Mobile Devices

Canadian Heritage is requesting proposals for the research & development of mobile applications for the Virtual Museum of Canada. The Experimental Lab of the Virtual Museum of Canada tests digital technologies on behalf of the Canadian museum community, providing museums with strategic advice and ways to increase their visibility.  Using technology designed for mobile devices, […]

RIM Seeks Web/Graphics Designer with Mobile Interactive Experience

RIM Seeks Web/Graphics Designer Are you a Web/Graphics Designer with mobile interactive experience interested in a full-time gig at Research In Motion (RIM)? POSITION SUMMARY: The designer will be part of the team responsible for BlackBerry Messenger Development at RIM’s Mississauga location (4701 Tahoe Blvd. Mississauga, ON) The designer will be responsible to create interactive […]

Full Coverage of CMTO10 on YouTube

Check out the full coverage of Cross Media Toronto 2010 (CMTO10) now up on YouTube as a 13-part series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_hiHUhFtCY CFC Media Lab and MaRS co-presented with Jumpwire Media to launch Cross Media Toronto on July 21st, 2010 at the MaRS Centre. Cross Media Toronto (www.crossmediato.com) featured heavyweight media industry executives who discussed perspectives on […]

Canadian New Media Awards 2010: Now Open For Nominations!

Canadian New Media Awards (CNMAs), the country’s only nationwide competition recognizing the accomplishments of Canada’s most successful digital media companies, is now open for nominations! The awards are part of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s leading digital media production and development marketplace. Canada is a hotbed of digital innovation. Last year’s nominees and award recipients truly represented […]

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