Monthly Archives: November 2012

2012 Canadian Interactive Industry Profile


You may have already received an email or seen an advertisement about the 2012 Canadian Interactive Industry Profile. This Profile is the only national source for comparative economic data about the Interactive Digital Media Industry. The Profile is the key tool used by industry and government to plan and maintain valuable services and programs, as well as to develop new policies and strategies — all of which aim help companies like yours in the long run.

There is a saying: “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” Our industry is 
not yet recognized by international standards organizations, and not measured in a meaningful way by conventional data gathering mechanisms such as Statistics Canada. Your participation is vitally important

The survey will take about 20 minutes, and the resulting report will be made freely available in the spring. Remember, your responses will be kept private and confidential. All your responses will be used in aggregate and will never be attributed to you — not even the Canadian Interactive Alliance will have access to your data. The Canadian Interactive Alliance is the national voice for the Interactive Digital Media industry, and it represents you and your company. Please help us to help you.

Follow this link to complete the survey now:

As an added bonus, if you complete the survey now your name will be entered into a draw to win the Great Canadian Video Game Bundle including an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and a selection of top “made in Canada” video games, including: Assassin’s Creed 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sound Shapes, Fez, Papo & Yo and more!

Help is available if you have any questions. Please email

The contributing partners of the 2012 Canadian Interactive Industry Profile are:
Cultural Human Resources Council

Canada Media Fund

Heritage Canada

Ontario Media Development Corporation

New Media Manitoba

RBC Royal Bank

Industry and Media Partners include:
Canadian Digital Media Network



The members of the Canadian Interactive Alliance include:
Alliance Numerique


Digital Alberta

Interactive Media Alliance of PEI

Interactive Ontario

New Media Manitoba



December’s MDOT User Group Meeting: AR & Mobile Gaming

The Mobile Developers & Designers Of Toronto (MDOT) User Group is dedicated to helping nurture the skills and competencies of mobile developers and designers in Toronto. (Learn more about MDOT here.)

Join MDOT on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 7 PM to 9 PM as we talk tech and creative around AR & Mobile Gaming.

This meeting takes in room 544 on the OCAD University campus at 100 McCaul Street. The meet up will feature experienced presenters such as Andrew Roth, lead developer of the Augmented Reality Lab at York University and Adam Clare, Professor of Game Design at George Brown College.

Free pizza and pop for attendees. Space is limited! For more details and to register, please click here.

This event is sponsored by:




Help make it happen for BlissEscape!

In researching our culture’s relationship with stress, Jijesh Devan and Colleen Madden discovered that it’s only getting to be more and more of a problem. As a solution to this growing concern, the pair developed BlissEscape, an app that helps control stress levels and aids in relaxation.

BlissEscapes are the world’s first Relaxation Travelogues! Guided relaxation audio files, via the app and MP3s, take you to gorgeous destinations all around the world, such as the Mediterranean Beach, a Tuscan Villa or a Caribbean Beach at Sunset. The idea for BlissEscape emerged out of the workshops, guidance and support provided by MEIC’s Mobile Accelerator Program (MAP) 2012.

Currently crowdfunding the project on Indiegogo, BlissEscape is at a very exciting stage. They are very close to their $2,600 goal. The primary reason behind the crowdfunding initiative is to establish a core group of early users and assess the demand. They hope to be in the market by January 2013.

Visit their website to learn more about this exciting project and help spread the word! Do you have any feedback for BlissEscape? Send your comments to

MAP 2013 begins this January. For more information on the program, please visit Registration details coming soon!

Mobile Innovation: Ontario’s Growing Mobile Content, Services, and Applications Industry 2012

MEIC launched the Mobile Innovation report at the Annual General Meeting on November 21, 2012.

The purpose of this report is to address the explosive economic, technological, and cultural changes that have occurred in the North American smartphone market since 2007 by achieving the following five key objectives:

  • Profile the current mobile content, services, and applications ecosystem
  • Assess the economic impact of the industry and financial climate
  • Identify key trends that will affect industry growth over the next three to five years
  • Identify opportunities and gaps for industry growth
  • Develop a collaborative framework for strategic partnerships and ecosystem support

Funding for this study was provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), OCAD University, the City of Toronto, and the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA).

Get your copy of the Mobile Innovation report now at

Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon

Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon

November 23 to 25, 2012

Mozilla Open Source Space and Idée, Toronto

If you tinker in electronics, mechanics, microcontrollers or software, then we have an awesome weekend for you! Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon is a chance for newbies, hobbyists and pros alike to come together, build a robot and have some fun.

The hackathon will be held Friday November 23rd to Sunday November 25th, 2012 at Mozilla and Idée. On the Friday evening you’ll meet fellow robohackers, make teams, and come up with ideas for your robot. We also have some crash courses planned in Arduino, sensors, and motors to point you in the right direction. All day Saturday and on Sunday morning you’ll be building, testing and rethinking your ideas. By Sunday afternoon everyone will get to see your awesome creation, and prizes will be awarded based on design, innovation and technical wonder.

Register now to reserve your spot. Visit for details about the kit, the competition, and prizes!

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