In addition to office space, meeting rooms and technology, George Brown College and the Incubator host a variety of community events related to gaming and digital media. We have a variety of spaces available for workshops, seminars, jams and more, in addition to our meeting room space that is available for rent. For more information about hosting your next event or meeting here, please contact us.
Below you will find some upcoming and past community run events, hosted in our spaces.
Ladies Learning Code: Intro to Photoshop
Sat. Apr. 14, 10am – 5pm
Location: The Incubator, 333 King Street East
No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to developing your technical skills, you’ve probably realized that Microsoft Paint just isn’t going to cut it forever. Whether you need to crop or resize a photo, want to create a logo for your blog, or have a more significant design project in mind, at some point, you’re going to need an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite. And since Photoshop was such a popular workshop when we offered it in February, we’ve decided to bring it back! So, on April 14th, 2012 Ladies Learning Code is happy to introduce a repeat of our popular design-related workshop, an Introduction to Photoshop!
At this full-day workshop, you’ll learn to use Photoshop and a bit of InDesign (plus as much design theory as we can reasonably fit in) from four ultra-talented members of Toronto’s incredible design community: Ryan Bannon,Angelica Ramos, Erin Morris and Christopher Appleton.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 28th at 7 pm, and an additional round will go on sale the next morning at 9 am. Registration is $45, and includes catered lunch, a full day of learning, and approximately a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors – so there’s always someone there to answer your questions! We’re able to keep the cost of attending a Ladies Learning Code workshop accessible because Toronto’s tech community is amazing and incredibly supportive.
“Financing your game/business idea using government funding” with George Batalinski
Location: 333 King Street East, 6th Floor, Suite 606
Board Game Jam
Location: 333 King Street East, 5th & 6th Floors
Board Game Jam is an opportunity to play creatively with a freedom not normally seen these days. It’s a celebration of simplicity, and a return to some pretty awesome fundamentals. Do you love board games? Then you’re perfectly qualified to do this.
Everyone is crazy bananas over games these days. From Gamercamp to Ubisoft Toronto, they’ve have captured both our imaginations and our economy. Most of the time, we’re talking about videogames. Because videogames are awesome. But it’s easy to forget that the principles that underlie good game-making don’t necessarily involve realistic physics engines, or even good control schemes. Much of game design has to do with abstract rules and mechanics that don’t have anything to do with technology.At the same time, even while videogames seem to occupy the headlines, the world of board gaming is seeing a resurgence in some smaller part of our collective consciousness. All the hipsters know how to play Settlers of Catan, and Snakes & Lattes seems to be packed every single day.
The point is that board games are both wonderfully accessible and quite deep. Everyone can intuitively understand the basics of what goes into making a board game. On a mechanical level, it’s simple arts and crafts. For people looking to be creative, that can be a great change from making a film or any kind of digital media, which require significant technical knowledge and a team of specialists. But making a board game can be lead you down a rabbit-hole into a world of rich creative exploration and sophisticated design. Like the best games of any sort, making a board game is both easy to learn, and tough to master.
Board Game Jam is a low-barrier way to enter the world of gamemaking, and have fun doing it.
Ladies Learning Code: Intro to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Sat. Feb 25, 10am – 6pm
Location: 230 Richmond St. E., Rooms 108, 112, 118, 132, 138 and 139
Why Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign?
No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to developing your technical skills, you’ve probably realized that Microsoft Paint just isn’t going to cut it forever. Whether you need to crop or resize a photo, want to create a logo for your blog, or have a more significant design project in mind, at some point, you’re going to need an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite. So, on February 25th, 2012 Ladies Learning Code is happy to introduce our first design-related workshop, an Introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign.
At this full-day workshop, you’ll learn to use Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign (plus as much design theory as we can reasonably fit in) from four ultra-talented members of Toronto’s incredible design community: Ayla Newhouse, Ryan Bannon, Charlotte Tang & Angelica Ramos. To learn more about what we’ll cover at this workshop (and what you’ll take home at the end of the day!), check out this blog post.
Tickets will go on sale on February 15th at 7 pm, and an additional round will go on sale the next morning at 9 am. Registration is $45, and includes catered breakfast and lunch, a full day of learning, and a 4:1 ratio (or better!) of students to instructors – so there’s always someone there to answer your questions! We’re able to keep the cost of attending a Ladies Learning Code workshop accessible because Toronto’s tech community is amazing and incredibly supportive.
Game Developers Club: Characterization and Movement
Fri. Feb. 17, 6-9pm
Location: 333 King Street East, 5th Floor, Room 515
Actor Phil Rickaby will be addressing the questions: How does movement describe character? What does the way a character move tell us about the character? How can this be incorporated into a computer generated characters in such a way that the character is more fully realized than if the character moved in a generic fashion? We’ll talk about some examples of good and bad character movement in video games, as well as do some exercises on our feet. Dress to move (no track pants necessary, just don’t come wearing particularly tight clothing).
IGDA: Global Game Jam Play Party
Thurs. Feb 16, 7pm – 9pm
Location: 333 King Street East, 5th Floor
What better way to ring in our first social of 2012 than to celebrate the hard work of our local talent?
The IGDA Toronto chapter is inviting you to come out and play the finished games at the Toronto Global Game Jam Play Party . We’ll also have a selection of games from other GGJ cities making it a truly global party! You’ll also be helping to pick Toronto’s favourite GGJ game, so don’t miss the opportunity to have your say — and potential bragging rights!
Afterwards, we’ll have our social across the street at Betty’s. We hope to see you there!
TIFF Nexus -Youth New Media Literacy Jam: Field Trip
Wed. Feb 16 6pm
Location: 333 King Street East, 5th Floor, Room 515
The Youth New Media Literacy Jam is part of the TIFF Nexus initiative and an opportunity to build experimental new experiences targeted at youth. More specifically, it’s a varied group of people from across interests and industries (the band of creative misfits) coming together to creating experiences to engage and inform youth in the 12 new media literacies.
Youth are already heavily involved with online social interactions, games, and transmedia content. They are better at navigating these interactions than most adults but do so as self-taught explorers. As such, they can be unaware of the skills they’re using. Consciousness of these skills brings deeper understanding and control (like focusing on your breathing) and helps to navigate and engage in the world more effectively.
Over the next 10+ weeks, we’ll be taking field trips, speaking with experts, engaging in creative games and exercises, and building experiences. Throughout, we’ll be uniquely free from corporate agendas, marketing plans, and ROI considerations and have the backing of many great partners. It’s an exciting and rare opportunity to have these means to explore; our sandbox is wide open for dreaming, playing, and creating.
Toronto Global Game Jam
Toronto Global Game Jam is one of over 200 locations that span 44 countries with over 3000 registered participants partaking at this years’ Global Game Jam.
The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event occurring annually in late January. GGJ brings together thousands of game enthusiasts participating through many local james around the world. GGJ is a project of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
For more information, visit: www.torontoglobalgamejame.wordpress.com