VRTO IS CANADA’S PREMIERE IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES EVENT
A unique, international conference, exploring Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, programming, game developments, arts, culture and science through immersive technologies featuring in-depth training, structured networking and a world-class symposium on the evoloution on a new medium.
You can get tickets on the official Eventbrite right here.
Digifest 2019 is an annual three-day design and technology festival, as well as a startup showcase. This year, Digifest explores the theme Creative Growth to highlight how creativity impacts our everyday lives. The event will look into the future and see advancements in the field of mobility, education, blockchain, cannabis and culture.
You can pick up your tickets right here.
- Friday July 13 : 3:00 - 9:00
- Saturday July 14: 12:00 - 6:00
The event will be hosted at the new Toronto Media Arts Center and you can check out the full details (and a list of playable games) here. It includes some unreleased games such as Light Fingers, and A Fold Apart so I'll see you there!
Toronto Digifest 2018 will be next year in April, and you can check out the full details here. If you're unfamiliar with Digifest, it is and event focused around startup tech companies. Bringing leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, students and creatives to share digital content in interactive, gaming and design industries.
"This year’s theme, Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities is about improving our quality of life and making creative cities of the future better through design, innovation, and technology.
As the world’s population soars to almost 10 billion people by 2050, up from today’s 7.5 billion, challenges around urban spaces, food priorities, health, education, mobility and work will make us look at how innovative thinking today will shape our world tomorrow.
We’ll be featuring emerging technology and highlight stories from around the globe using tech to tackle challenges in cities."
Microsoft Yorkdale will be having a Women's Gaming Social later this month. The event will have speakers, games, snacks and drinks. You can check out the details and register right here.
Participate in Microsoft at Yorkdale's first ever, Women's Gaming Social! Our goal is to empower women who play video games, discuss the importance of community involvement and how popular streamers, competitive players and social media experts have taken their gaming to the next level. Join us for a night of discussion, icebreakers and team building activities that will make this night a memorable one!
We will be raffling off prizes and serving free refreshments during the event.
If you have any questions, please contact Savie at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are thrilled to have Jean and Blair Leggett of One More Story Games speaking at our April meeting. They were a huge hit at Bouchercon 2017, especially with their Lily Bard game based on the Charlaine Harris books (and developed in collaboration with the author). They will be talking about interactive story telling (as well as being a sponsor!). With the variety of technical options to communicate with readers and tell story, this is a timely and relevant topic for both the creators of content and their consumers."
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Don Nguyen speak about conventions, booth setup, and how to market your game at a convention in preparation for ConBravo. Don has been helping out ConBravo for years on top of going to other conventions marketing games like Electric Super Joy and Toronto Graffiti. Afterwards you can chat with Don, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
You can sign up for the free event right here on Eventbrite.
Bonus Stage February 2018 will be at the Power Up Bar on February 20th, starting around 8:00pm. If you're unfamiliar with Bonus Stage, it's a networking event for gamers, and game developers - but focused on a few short 5-7 minute presentations.
"The topic for this month is:
Teach Me Something Important in 5 Minutes or Less.
This month we've also got some secret presents for our speakers, so sign up below!"
You can sign up to be a speaker here.
Interested in joining a Game Jam? Well if you'r elooking for an extra bit of prep, the Toronto Fill School is hosting a Prep Panel January 19th on their Steeles Campus in the Student Lounge. Details below, but you can email Taly at Taly.Hotimsky@torontofilmschool.ca for more information.
Can check out the full details here - and the blurb below:
SIM-one’s Healthcare Simulation Exposition is the largest interprofessional and multidisciplinary simulation conference in Canada. Each year, the SIM Expo brings together healthcare leaders in university, college and hospital sectors, comprised of administrators, educators, clinicians, SIM centre managers and directors, and researchers from all health professions across Canada and beyond. The SIM Expo prides in its strong culture of networking, building relationships, and uniting the simulation community. The annual conference allows participants to connect directly with peers, experts and future collaborators in healthcare simulation.
This year's theme is SIMULATION & GAMIFICATION, with a focus on applying gaming principles to improve simulation, as well as virtual patients and e-simulations to enhance learning.
The conference takes place in The International Centre, centrally located and easily accessible near Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Interactive Ontario is hosting an event featuring Youtubers, and how Youtube can be used a potential marketing tool to help grow your business.
YouTube creators often spend hours of their own personal time dedicated to playing, analyzing, and discussing the latest interactive products and games. How much of their content choices are audience driven vs. what the creators themselves choose to play?
Are there opportunities out there for game studios to collaborate with YouTube creators to help expand each other’s community? What are the reasons that those in the interactive space should consider YT as a potential marketing tool to help grow their business?
You can check out full details on the free event right here.
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Thursday, October 26th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller part of the development team behind Purity & Decay recently covered by CBC.
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller speak about Purity & Decay, a narrative choose your own adventure detective cybernoir. Afterwards you can chat with Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
Bonus Stage is an event put on by Eat Play Mingle that is a get together for game developers/students/etc to discuss all things game development. If you're interested in doing a talk, you can sign up as well. All details can be found on the FaceBook page.
Back To School September!
Bonus Stage returns for another night of talks, drinks and gaming.
Don't know what to talk about?? Try our **NEW** monthly topic:
What are three things you wish you'd known in your VERY FIRST MONTH of game dev/art/programming school, and why?
Sign Up To Be A Speaker Here: https://goo.gl/forms/YM8b5bNJ8dDtek602
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8
According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, there are 472 active video game studios in Canada, and the industry contributes $3 billion to Canada’s GDP annually. Ensure you are up to speed on the key legal issues for clients in this growing industry, as you “power-up” on your video game law knowledge at this unique program.
This meeting will also serve as the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law Section's, and the Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Section's, Annual General Meeting.
lick here for registration details.
Join us for Different Games Toronto May 31 to June 3rd at OCAD University!
Opening Arcade Party: May 31 8:00p 10$
Conference (Speaker) June 3rd 10:00a - 3:00m 20$ (includes medium snacks)
Closing party June 3 (Gama Space) 8:00p (Free! at Gamma Space)
Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/different-games-toronto-tickets-34304786540
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908594509353576/
On May 30th in Kitchener there will be a Game Demo night, which you can check out all the details here.
"On May 30 we're having a Game Demo Night at THEMUSEUM in their Underground Studio MakerSpace! This will be a really fun evening, where you can demo your game, hangout with devs, play locally developed games and provide some feedback. "
Dan Currie over email let me know some of the gamedevs that will be there: "I've already lined up 8 devs (including myself) to show their games. To name a few, Owen Goss is showing Future Grind, Rich Bettridge is showing ManaStorm VR, John Rockefeller is showing Potioneer."
Digifest 2017 is a three-day conference located on Toronto’s waterfront (Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive) that focuses on the future of education, creativity, entrepreneurship, gaming, and technology; organized by George Brown College. We connect the creative community with the most innovative technologies, ideas, and initiatives focused on learning, leadership, and positive social change.
Join us for presentations from speakers, skill-building workshops, the IT’S A START Pitch Competition, Research & Business Student Showcase, our annual Interactive Zone, the Digital Pioneer Award, as well as incredible opportunities to meet with peers from across the country. This year’s edition of Digifest will highlight stories of innovators using unique technologies to address global problems under the theme of Work, Learn, and Play.
What You Will Learn
Having trouble making the sounds in your head? Well, learn from a pro with over a decade of industry experience who worked on game franchises such as Farcry, Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell! Whether you're a sound artist, game designer, filmmaker, musician, or just goofing around with audio, this workshop will help you bring your skills to the next level! In this workshop you will learn how to create and design Hollywood-like sci-fi sounds using complex methods of sound synthesis (FM, Additive Subtractive, and Granular) with the latest software tools. For electronic music geeks, you will also learn step-by step how to build and emulate common instruments from scratch; such as acoustic bass, electric bass, kick drum, acoustical flute, clarinet, church bell and others!
Another month, another GameDev Drinks. This month, Lighting Rod Games will be there to talk about their experiences. You can check out the full blurb below, but check out the Eventbrite for all the details on the free event.
Lightning Rod Games is dedicated to creating family-friendly entertainment that touches the hearts and minds of players of all ages. Our games are designed to be emotionally engaging and encourage players to think creatively. Our upcoming puzzle platformer, A Fold Apart explores long distance relationships through a custom built folding mechanic.
Mark Laframboise previously worked as a game designer at Disney Interactive, where he helped develop the core gameplay systems for the hit Facebook/mobile game Words of Wonder. Mark’s long-distance relationship with his wife provides the inspiration for the story and gameplay of A Fold Apart. He is excited to combine his passion for head-scratching puzzles and heart-warming narratives on the project.
Steven Smith has been developing software for more than a decade. He was last seen at Electronic Arts before departing to found Lightning Rod Games. With a degree in computer science and a diploma in fine art, he is looking forward to tackling the challenges of developing his own game projects.
GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Jesse Attard speak about the trials and tribulations of Tactic Studios, and learn about their upcoming sci-fi puzzle game, as well as get a hands-on experience with their "pre-alpha" sci-fi game. Afterwards you can chat with Jesse Attard, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
You can check out all the details for the free event on the EventBrite. See you in Hamilton!
Our friends over at Dames Making Games are having a Holiday Special where they will celebrate all their accomplishments in 2016. Music, cocktails, no presentations just a get together! It'll be over at GammaSpace.
- Laundry Bear Games: A Mortician’s Tale
- sa Friend: youarearock
- Axon Interactive: Quench
- Tanya Kan’s Vivid Foundry: Solace State
- Diana Poulsen: Stepper
- Tanya Kan, Mic Fok, Chris Donnelly, Kat Pavlov, Ksenia Eic: Eviction Notice
- Jillian Wakarchuk: Holiday Hell
- F’nO: Brothers in Arms
- Kimberly Koronya: Globes
- Harriet Horobin: The Artist
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, December 7th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month finds us in a time of celebration and merrymaking as the holiday season is upon us, and what better way to partake in the festivities than by having a good ol’ fashioned Christmas party!
From 7:00-11:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to get away from all of the shopping, planning and preparing that comes with this time of year - for a few hours, at least - so break out that favourite “ugly” sweater that’s spent the last 11 months sitting at the bottom of your drawer and stop on by to talk shop, network or just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
Another month, another GameDev Drinks. This month will feature Denis Dyack to talk about his time as a game designer (make sure to also check out the interview we did with him a few months back). Full Details here.
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, Nov 30 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Denis Dyack.
From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Denis Dyack speak about the trials and tribulations of the video game industry. Afterwards you can chat with Denis, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
If you're interested in learning to develop Virtual Reality experiences there's two upcoming Introductory VR Workshops being organized by the Academy of VR on October 27th and 28th:
Choose between two full-day classes which introduce you to VR design and development in Unity 3D. By the end of the day you will have built your first VR experience, a submarine piloting game and will walk away with a strong understanding of the VR development skills needed to begin building your own applications. All attendees receive a Google Cardboard VR headset to test their experience on and there will be HTC VIVE gameplay demo’s and Q&A with VR developers during the networking session!
It's an introductory level workshop so no previous experience in VR development is required.
International leaders, innovators, investors and developers in the evolving world of video games will converge in Toronto on October 20th and 21st at MaRS Discovery District, one of the largest innovation hubs in the world, for GameON: Ventures, a conference that aims to celebrate and explore Canada’s growing $3 Billion gaming industry.
Over the course of two days, the conference will examine topics such as merchandising and other offscreen revenue sources, collaboration with studios from emerging markets and finding the business opportunities in new platforms. Keynotes, panels, presentations, and break-out sessions and workshops will share evolving business models, creative ideas and the latest technologies, while the Collaboration Hub will foster important industry connections and encourage realtime collaboration.
New this year, an Interactive Digital Media Expo will give developers and publishers from around the world the opportunity to debut cutting-edge interactive products including video games, mobile games and apps, virtual and augmented reality and eLearning tools, to the public.
Now in its ninth year, the conference is adding a pitch competition to the mix. 10 Canadian and 10 international companies will be selected by a jury of IO staff and industry experts to take part in an intensive pitching workshop. The winners will receive prize packages including $10,000 cash and in-kind services.