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TIFF Nexus Locative Media Innovation Day @ Digifest 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011
1:00pm to 7:00pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox

This conference will explore emerging themes and practices in locative and mobile media as well as showcases the results of the TIFF Nexus Peripherals Initiative creative jam. Locative Media is an emerging field at the intersection of GPS/mapping, augmented reality, mobile devices and content.  As the world moves into a trackable, sensor-rich and location-aware reality – the TIFF Nexus Locative Media Innovation Day looks at what kinds of social practices, entrepreneurial opportunities and artistic endeavors can be unlocked.  TIFF Nexus and Digifest 2011 Innovation Days chart this terrain during a full-day conference with a variety of forward-looking panel discussions, hands-on creative activities, respected special guests and networking opportunities.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Bill Buxton Presents “Whereable Media”
    Design guru and author of Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, Bill Buxton joins Locative Media Innovation Day to discuss how the three rules of digital are more-or-less the same as those for real-estate:  location, location, location.
  • TIFF Nexus Hands-on Hour Presented by Autodesk
    An engaging, hands-on creative session giving attendees an educational and entertaining introduction to some of the design technologies and tools driving the exciting world of DIY electronics, 3D printing and more.
  • The Business of Locative Media with Michele Perras
    Mobile designer and strategist Michele Perras of Transcontinental Media will be joined by other leaders in mobile including Jeff Zakrzewski, Chief Architect, Zynga Toronto, Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering, Xtreme Labs and Asif R. Khan, Founder and President of the Location Based Marketing Association, to shed light on how new business models are developing as a result of location-driven technologies.
  • Unveiling of the TIFF Nexus Peripherals Initiative
    Over the summer, as part of the first TIFF Nexus creative jam, select videogame developers and hardware/electronics hackers were invited by organizers from The Hand Eye Society and other TIFF Nexus Partners including Ryerson University, and Site3 coLaboratory to experiment in the area of interface design. This session unveils the results of this cross-sector collaboration and presents a behind-the-scenes look into their creative process.
  • Spacing Toronto Presents Locative Services and Augmented Reality App Lightning Talks
    Shawn Micallef, senior editor of Spacing Magazine introduces a series of lightning talks that will inspire attendees to try out some of the coolest geo-location based and augmented reality apps coming out of Ontario.
  • Future Stories Presents a Hands-on Workshop with SnapDragonAR Augmented Reality Software
    A guided immersion into SnapDragonAR, a unique tool for artists, educators, and storytellers of all ages. Attendees will experiment, prototype and tell new stories with this latest platform out of York University’s Future Cinema Lab.
  • Networking Reception and Technology Demo
    A networking reception allows attendees from the film, gaming and new media sectors to not only meet each other and the Locative Media Innovation Day presenters, but also get a closer look at the projects resulting from the TIFF Nexus Peripherals Initiative creative jam.

Women in Film, Games and New Media

Friday, December 9, 2011

In partnership with Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT-T), this conference will facilitate discussions about the gender imbalance across diverse media sectors.