Alberta's largest media and entertainment conference coming to NAIT
Edmonton, AB (Sept. 29, 2014) – Nearly 40 new media and entertainment industry leaders will speak at StoryWorld Quest (SWQ), which runs Oct. 24-26 at NAIT’s Main Campus. This is Alberta’s largest new media and entertainment industry conference.
“From film and TV producers, to game designers, funders and more, we’re thrilled with the calibre of presenters that StoryWorld Quest has attracted,” said Cheryl Dalmer, a conference organizer and NAIT Digital Media and IT instructor. “These industry leaders are coming to Edmonton from across North America to speak at this conference. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to learn firsthand from those at the forefront of new media.”
Ana Serrano, the chief digital officer of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997, will deliver the closing keynote address. She'll share insights on the latest digital storytelling trends and emerging technologies such as the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, augmented reality and holography, the technique which enables three-dimensional images to be made.
The opening keynote speakers are:
- Mark Swierszcz, director of digital for Bell Media Specialty, which includes Much, MTV, E! Canada, The Comedy Network, Space, Bravo and more.
- Lisa Coulman, a partner in the Audit and Assurance Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working in the Toronto office. She is part of the firm’s Technology, Communications, Entertainment and Media industry groups.
Other speakers include Sean Stewart, creative director for Xbox Entertainment Studios, Aaryn Flynn, GM for BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal studios, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, and other noted experts who work in transmedia and cross-platform communication. Transmedia is the technique of telling a single story across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.
Full the full lineup of speakers, please visit http://storyworldquest.com/speakers.
"It's become very apparent that audiences want their entertainment experiences to be spread across various platforms, in ways that offer deeper engagement with the content,” said Dalmer. "This is transmedia and this is the future of content."
Held in conjunction with SWQ is PitchQuest, where participants will be challenged to develop digital content and/or technologies that envision and advance entertainment and storytelling experiences. Six professional and six student teams will be selected from all online applications. Finalists will pitch in person Oct. 24, with the winners announced Oct. 25.
SWQ is presented by NAIT and held in partnership with the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). Key partners in the event are the Government of Alberta, through Alberta Film, and Createasphere, a leading builder of professional communities for content creation technology and media companies.
For additional information and registration, visit StoryWorldQuest.com or call 818.471.4975 (x700).
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a vibrant, non-profit, member-driven association that leads, builds and represents Alberta’s media production industry. Formed in 1973, AMPIA has over 200 members and member companies, representing 2,200 industry professionals - a cross-section that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, digital and web-based content creators and students engaged in media studies.
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