MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Held in Montreal from October 31
to November 2, the first edition of MTL DGTL, a new festival sponsored by the Canada Media Fund, drew in nearly
2,100 digital industry professionals from Quebec, Canada and around the
world. Quebec's dynamic digital community seized the opportunity to
discuss digital content and showcase their work while promoting their
services and networking at this three-day festival.
Organized by Alliance numérique, MTL DGTL included four separate events on mobile technology, the Web,
video games, and the development and research of partnerships for
projects in media technologies.
"We hope that MTL DGTL will position Montreal as a hotspot for
interactive digital media," said Pierre Proulx, General Manager of
Alliance numérique. "Quebec companies show excellent potential and
appeal for business development opportunities and agreements. In fact,
this is the idea behind MTL DGTL's mission, which is to showcase the
province's creativity and talent on the international scene."
The various MTL DGTL activities fell under four main conferences, each
offering a broad range of content.
Pictures of the different events are available here.
Representatives from the Quebec's Mobile Industry and their clients
attended Mobiz, a conference that explored different technological
advancements, integration possibilities, local and global consumer
trends, and other hot topics in the field. Speakers from Microsoft,
Google, Orange and Samsung captivated audiences with presentations on
mobile wallets, the Cloud, convergence, m-Marketing and e-Health. The
success of this first edition of Mobiz confirms that the future is
bright for Quebec's vibrant Mobile Industry!
Innovation was on the agenda as the event concluded with the Mobiz
Awards, a competition showcasing creative mobile projects. It is
through mobile interactive voting from the public that Greencopper (Business Category) and 2XM Interactive (Startup Category) won the first edition of the Mobiz Awards by
dazzling participants with their cutting-edge project. Read more about their projects!
Breaking from the mould of traditional conferences, the second edition
of Web-In featured a series of several 10-minutes presentations. Under
the theme of "Reinventing the Web of the Future", the presentations
were given by and for the leading thinkers from Quebec's Web community.
The speakers were carefully chosen for the originality of their topics
and their forward-looking vision, ensuring that participants would come
away feeling inspired. The discussions were centred on transmedia, user
experiences, convergence and accessibility. These issues are sure to
influence industry professionals and encourage them to find new
approaches when developing concepts for future projects.
CINQ INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM
Collaboration between research and industry was the main theme of CINQ
Innovation Symposium, an event that aims to increase the
competitiveness and productivity of interactive media firms in Quebec.
This workshop included a series of conferences and networking
activities relating to various research topics, such as 3D animation,
motion capture, previewing, facial animation, interactive projections,
design and virtual collaborative environments, and digital content
Innovation specialists, researchers and other leading figures from the
industrial, university and college communities came together to discuss
common problems. This will most certainly lead to new strategies for
improving their research and development efforts through collaborative
MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL GAME SUMMIT (MIGS)
MIGS, an annual gathering of gaming professionals now in its eighth
year, attracted more than 1,704 participants from all fields and
corners of the world, including 92 decision-makers, who came to take
part in the Business Lounge, a space entirely dedicated to business
In keeping with its reputation for excellence, MIGS offered its
participants a full slate of exceptional sessions. Richard Lemarchand,
Lead Designer for Naugthy Dog and Jason Rohrer, an independent game
designer, both keynotes for the event, opened the two days. It is more
than 85 internationally renowned gaming experts - from the fields of
art & visual effects, audio, business, design, production and
technology - who exchanged information and ideas on the next generation
of video game consoles, the emergence of social gaming, new business
models and more. Yves Guillemot, co-founder of Ubisoft, ended the
summit on a high note as he shared his inspiring vision for the future
of the video game industry before a packed room.
Once again, the exhibition zone buzzed with activity, proving to be the
place to network, as participants visited a wide variety of kiosks,
cheered on competitors at the D3D workshops, appreciated the works on
display in the Montreal Shines Art Gallery and admired the best of
Montreal's artistic talent during the Sketch Duel. Meanwhile, the MIGS
career fair attracted more than 250 visitors, who came to meet industry
representatives conducting interviews for positions in the field.
About MTL DGTL
MTL DGTL is a new festival dedicated to the interactive digital content
industry which strives to unify professionals at the provincial,
national and international levels by using conferences that encourage
meetings, networking and sharing. All festival activities are organized
by Alliance numérique. http://mtldgtl.com
About Alliance numérique
Alliance numérique serves as Quebec's business network for new media and
interactive digital content. The Alliance includes active members in
the video game, eLearning, mobility and Web services and applications.
It drives partnerships, meetings and sharing on both national and
international levels in order to support industry growth,
competitiveness and outreach, while respecting all its stakeholders. http://www.alliancenumerique.com
About the Canada Media Fund
Connect. Create. Innovate.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) champions the creation and promotion of
successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for
current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and
industry research. Created by Canada's cable and satellite distributors
and the Government of Canada, the CMF aspires to connect Canadians to
our creative expressions, to each other, and to the world. http://cmf-fmc.ca
SOURCE Alliance Numérique
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Communications & PR Coordinator
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514-848-7177, extension 230
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514-908-0110, extension 315
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