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GRAND Digital Wave Workshop (Edmonton)

March 4, 2013 | Edmonton, AB

Invitation to Industry and Researchers
GRAND NCE Workshop
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media Jobs Creation


The Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence (“GRAND”) is pleased to hold a workshop at the University of Alberta on March 4, 2013 on the general subject of Emerging Digital Media Technologies, Methodologies and Practices: Developer Solutions, Industry Needs and Approaches to Collaboration.

The workshops will provide a forum for the communication of research results and highlight the development of innovative graphics, animations and new digital media emerging from Canada’s research universities. In addition, the workshop offers industry an opportunity to network with researchers and a platform for future collaboration on key graphic, animation and digital media problems and needs.  It is hoped that the workshop will stimulate discussions between industry and the GRAND research community and cement on-going working relationships. Overall, the intent of the workshop is to encourage industry and research interaction that could lead to future product development and commercialization and stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and digital media jobs creation.

 As technology transfer is a major issue for research community and industry alike, the workshop will identify the challenges and rewards of licensing technology from Canada’s universities and include discussions on IP protection and technology transfer/commercialization avenues.

Date: March 4, 2013   
Conference/Workshop Fee: $0
Time:  11 am – 5 pm  (Lunch provided)
Location: University of Alberta, Alumni House
Due to space constraints please register early.  Last year’s workshop brought together 140 participants – researchers, console and mobile game developers, studio heads, film producers, angel and venture capitalists.  We hope to match or exceed last year’s attendance.  


Mark Salopek

Please include in your RSVP, your organization title, contact info, and any food allergies.

Tentative Agenda 

11:00am - 12:00pm
Networking & Lunch

12:00pm - 12:10pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:10pm -12:25pm
GRAND’s Vision, Technology Availability, Technology Transfer and Commercialization: Goals, Objectives and Challenges
Speaker: Mark Salopek, GRAND NCE Commercialization and Technology Transfer

12:25pm – 12:40pm
Behaviour Adjustment Based on Game-Based Narratives
Speaker: Ioanis Nikolaidis, University of Alberta

12:45pm – 1:00pm
Gamification Approaches, Tools and Methodologies
Speaker: Kevin Stanley, University of Saskatchewan

1:05pm – 1:25pm
Digital Media Technology and Gaming: Bioware
Speaker: TBA, Bioware, Edmonton

1:30pm – 1:45pm
GRAND Internships with Gaming Companies: The Funcom Initiative – Advantages and Benefits for Gaming Companies and Research Students
Speaker: David Holmes, University of Alberta

1:50pm - 2:10pm
Procuring Innovative Digital Technologies Research Applications and Services
Speaker: Alecia Wittmeier-Townley, Program Coordinator, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Canada.

2:15pm - 3:00pm
Attaining Value from University Research and Talent: Roadmap to Industry/University Collaboration
Speaker:  Javier Cuervo, MITACS, Alberta

3:00pm - 3:15pm
Networking Refreshment Break

3:15pm – 3:45pm
University Spin-outs, Start-ups and Closing the Loop – Industry and Academic Co-operation, Mentoring
Speaker: Jim Armstrong, Entrepreneur in Residence, TEC Edmonton

3:50pm - 4:20pm
Riding the Wireless Wave: Tapping into the Wavefront Wireless Incubator
Speaker:  Richard Miller, Wavefront, Vancouver

4:25pm - 4:40pm
3D Technology and its Application in Gaming and Education:
Speaker: Xiao Lin, University of Alberta

4:45pm – 5:00pm
Next Steps, Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Directions From Computing Sciences to Alumni House:

Computing Science Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4   

1. Head northwest on University Campus NW
Restricted usage road   

2. Turn left to stay on University Campus NW
Restricted usage road   

3. Turn right onto 116 St NW
Destination will be on the right     

Alumni House
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G9

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