Past Events

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.

 

October 2016

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GameON: Ventures 2016: GBC will be exhibiting at the GamesON Expo taking place October 20+21, 2016 at MaRS Discovery District. Drop by and meet some of our gaming startups: Secret Team Games, Ambara Games, Cloudburst Interactive and Murder Mystery Mansion!

 

April 2016

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Digifest 2016:  The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator organized Digifest and IT’S A START Pitch Competition which was held from April 28-30 at Corus Quay. The event welcomed designers, entrepreneurs, students and industry to three days of talks including Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht who presented the “cocktail making dress”.  Other features included the Best of the Best Student Showcase, Digital Pioneer Award, Interactive Zone and workshops.

 

March 2016

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Creative Camp: The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator hosted Creative Camp for all the semi-finalists of the IT’S A START Pitch Competition on March 5. A special thanks to speakers Daryl D’Souza of NextSteps Consulting | Lou Dawgs BBQ, Shane Lee from BDC and Chris Giantsopoulos from MaRS. The final pitch presentations will be held at Digifest on April 29 at Corus Quay.  The aim of the competition is to aid emerging startups in showcasing their talents as well as equip them with the appropriate knowledge and some seed funding to grow their business.  View the semi-finalists of IT’S A START 2016.

January 2016

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Decoding Digifest: Digifest presented its first sold out “escape room adventure game”, during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival on January 23, 2016 (10 am – 6 pm). Congratulations to “Black Packet” team for escaping in the shortest length of time! They have won tickets to Digifest 2016 and of course bragging rights.

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November 2015

 

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Global Entrepreneurship Day at George Brown College – November 19, 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Day featured Erin Gamelin, founder of Louis Cifer Brew Works, Eric Petersen, Creative Director of Eric Petersen, and Gina Faubert, Founder of Serenity Valley and emerging entrepreneurs Jerry Gou of GBEvent, Dave Proctor of 13AM Games and others for the latest on what it takes to start, and run, your own business.

May 2015

Digifest was held May 7-9, 2015 at Corus Quay!  This year’s theme was on Privacy, Money and Pleasure in the 21st Century. Speakers included Steve Mann often referred to as the “Father of Wearable Technology”, Foteini Agrafioti who presented on Privacy by Default and the importance of building privacy-minded companies, platforms and products from the ground up, and international speakers included Patricia de Vries (Netherlands) who spoke about her work with the MoneyLab, Benoit Labourdette, a filmmaker from France led a drone videography masterclass, and Felix Kubin a sound artist from Hamburg, Germany performed several sound sets.

 

March 2015

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IT’S A START Creative Camp

Digifest’s IT’S A START Creative Camp was held on Saturday, March 28 with guest speaker Alyssa Richard, Founder of Ratehub.ca.  This year’s IT’S A START semi-finalists, along with the winter cohort of the Empowered Youth Startup Hub, were all in attendance.  OCAD U’s sLab offered a drop-in lab and Chris Giantsopoulos led the “MaRS Pitching to Investors” Workshop hosted at the School of Design.

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Monday Night Mixer with Special Guest Lucia Mariani

Entrepreneurs, designers and creative minds joined the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator for its Monday Night Mixer. Lucia Mariani, Founder of Feast Interactive was the guest speaker where she shared some some of the cool digital advertising projects her firm developed.

When: Monday March 2 (6:00-8:00pm)

Location: Digital Media & Gaming Incubator, George Brown College, 341 King St. East Room 515

 

October 2014

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Startup Open House

The Incubator was part of the Startup Open House – Toronto on October 30, 2014 (4-7 pm).  Guests had a chance to meet startups like Giveffect, Kuchnier Games and 13AM Games! For more info please visit www.startupopenhouse.com.

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Monday Night Mixer with Special Guest Robert Barnard

Entrepreneurs, designers and creative minds joined the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator for its Monday Night Mixer. Robert Barnard, Founder and CEO of DECODE was the guest speaker where he shared some insight into YouthfulCities, a global social initiative working to rank the world’s top 100 cities from a youth perspective.

When: Monday November 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Digital Media & Gaming Incubator, George Brown College, 341 King St. East Room 515

August 2014

Empowered Youth Startup Hub – Info Sessions!

The Incubator hosted several Info Sessions on the new Empowered Youth Startup Hub program.

Info Session Dates:  August 5 (12 pm – 1pm); August 7 (6-7 pm); August 12 (12-1 pm); August 14 (6-7 pm); August 21 (6-7 pm)

Location:  George Brown College – 341 King St. East

 

May 2014

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DIGIFEST, Canada’s premiere digital culture festival, was held from May 8-10 at Corus Quay.

Digital Urbanism, Digifest 2014’s theme, looked at how our cities are being remade through emerging technology. The blending of physical space with digital assets were explored through a series of keynote lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and an entrepreneur challenge. International speakers included, Massimo Banzi (co-founder of Aurdino), Mark Rolston (founder argodesign, formerly CCO frogdesign), and Daan Roosegaarde (principal Studio Roosegaarde), who discussed emerging trends in interactive design, social issues and the maker culture.

 

April 2014

 

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George Brown College’s Gaming Incubator hosted the Intelligent Community Forum on April 14! The City of Toronto is one of the top 7 candidate cities. The Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year provide role models for the world’s best practices in creating competitive local economies and vibrant societies in today’s hyper-competitive global economy, which broadband communications is increasingly linking into a dynamic whole. Other candidate cities include Columbus, Ohio and New Taipei City – winning city to be announced on June 5 in New York!

February 2014

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A big thank you to everyone who submitted an application to IT’S A START! The application process is now closed. We are pleased to announce that there were 40 start-ups who made the first round. These start-ups went on to participate at the Creative Camp which was held on February 8th. Creative Camp is a weekend of business coaching, individual mentoring, pitch preparation and more! Our guest speaker at Creative Camp was Chris Carder. Chris Carder is the Co-Founder of Innovation Firm Kinetic Cafe & past Co-Founder of ThinData (the largest email marketing company in Canada). More info at http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2014/itsastart/

January 2014

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IT’S A START pitch competition applications due on January 17, 2014! Please note the deadline has been extended to Friday, January 24, 2014! It’s not too late to get your submission in!  http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2014/itsastart/

 

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Global Game Jam – Be a part of this fun weekend to develop new and cool games from January 24-26, 2014 at George Brown College!  Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-global-game-jam-2014-tickets-5404976430

 

December 2013

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The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator team had the chance to visit some cool places like Christie Digital, HIVE’s Reality Cave and Communitech in Kitchener/Waterloo. The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator also hosted the Class of 2013 (Fall) from Bitmaker Labs for a tour of its facilities!

October 2013

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IT’S A START pitch competition was announced on October 30 at the waterfront campus. Enter for your chance to win $10K plus space at the Incubator. Deadline is January 17, 2014. Good Luck!

June 2013

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Design Meets… Start-Ups was hosted by PIVOT Design and the School of Design on June 13.  Presentations from various speakers such as the Business Development Bank of Canada and OCAD U.

 

October 2012

DFLOGO_SmlThe School of Design, in partnership with Corus Entertainment, held Digifest at Corus Quay from October 18-20.  The IT’S A START Canada pitch competition was also launched! Hot off the heels of the first It’s A Start competition in Monza, Italy organized by Regione Lombardia, Provincia Monza Brianza and Camera di Commercio di Monza, It’s A Start Canada premiered at Digifest on Saturday, October 20, 2012. What is “IT’S A START”? It’s A Start is a competition dedicated to companies, associations, professionals and students who want to work and invest in the development of the cultural, media, creative and digital sectors. This digital entrepreneur challenge is open to creative professionals, start-ups and students looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists have five minutes on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserved to win one of the prizes, which includes financing and incubation space in the new George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator. **Digifest is proud to announce the Grand Prize winners for the First Canadian edition of It’s A Start entrepreneur challenge!** GRAND PRIZE WINNER LILY TSE | GOOD CLEAN COLLECTIVE INC.
THINK DIRTY DO CLEAN APP The Think Dirty Do Clean campaign is a movement to educate and empower the consumer to make informed decisions about the cosmetic products we purchase and encourage the manufacturers to discontinue the use of harmful ingredients. SECOND PRIZE WINNER MATTHEW SCOTT | 
THE HAMMER AND LOCKSMITH The Hammer and Locksmith is a new storytelling experience in the form of a stereoscopic 3D, interactive, web series. THIRD PRIZE DANIEL PERLMUTTER | DUCK DUCK GAMES
MOVIE MAYHEM A casual social game for iOS that allows you to create your own movie and share it with the world.

April 2012 

Ladies Learning Code: Intro to Photoshop

Sat. Apr. 14, 10am – 5pm www.LadiesLearningCode.com 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 RamosErin 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.

March 2012

Financing Seminar

“Financing your game/business idea using government funding” with George Batalinski Location: 333 King Street East, 6th Floor, Suite 606

February 2012

Board Game Jam

http://boardgamejam.com 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 www.LadiesLearningCode.com 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 game.georgebrown.ca/~gdc/ 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 http://www.igda.org/toronto 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! RSVP on Facebook here.

TIFF Nexus -Youth New Media Literacy Jam: Field Trip

Wed. Feb 16 6pm www.TIFFnexus.net 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.

January 2012

Toronto Global Game Jam

Fri. Jan 27 6pm – Sun. Jan 29, 9pm www.GlobalGameJam.org torontoglobalgamejam@gmail.com Location: 333 King Street East, 5th Floor, various rooms 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