Friday, July 16, 2010

Hugo Morin Keynote Posted!

If you head on over to our youtube page, you can now watch Hugo Morin's keynote presentation from last year's DIG conference. Hugo Morin founded Humagade in April 2003. Humagade, Inc. produces videogames on multiple platforms. Its services included video game production, conversion/porting services, specific programming, traditional art, 3D models and animations, Web design, and music and sound effects. In the years that followed, the company experienced a staggering growth rate, with an 84% increase in sales each year, and a rapid growth in size to over 40 employees. Having produced over 100 games in J2ME/BREW and Flashlite, it rapidly became a key player in the mobile entertainment market. Because of Humagade’s distinctive experience, it has had the opportunity to work with world-class licenses such as Star Wars, Mickey Mouse and the Olympic Games. In February 2008, Mr. Morin became a shareholder in Frima Studio, which acquired Humagade. Today, Frima has over 230 employees and is the second-largest independent studio in Quebec. Mr. Morin has over 15 years’ experience as a manager in the high-tech sector and is actively involved in the Quebec industry. He sits on the Board of Directors of the provincial association for IT entrepreneurs (Voix des Entrepreneurs en Technologie de l’Information de Qu├ębec (VETIQ)), on the board of the National School of Interactive Entertainment, on the board of the Plateforme Multimedia, participates in VETIQ’s “Presidents’ Circle,” and gives seminars on his business experience. In 2007–2008, he was selected by the government of Quebec to participate in a training program on IT-business management, given by the prestigious Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Keep checking back as more keynotes are posted and speakers for this years conference are announced! 
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Ontario Technology Corridor at GDC 2010

The 2010 installment of the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will have a much stronger Canadian presence than in years past due to the attendance of executives from the Ontario Technology Corridor (OTC). The game development industry in Ontario is booming and the OTC intend on showing conference attendees that the province is an excellent place to expand or relocate their companies. 

Ontario's fast-growing entertainment and creative cluster produces $15 billion in revenue and over 200,000 jobs, contributing $12.7 billion to the province's GDP. In addition, gaming and digital media graduates from Ontario colleges and universities have proven to be prized employees at companies like Pixar Animation Studios, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney and Microsoft.

"Our job now is to add to our tremendous home-grown crop of companies. 35 Ontario gaming companies are at GDC 2010 to showcase their world-class creations, make business connections, and help demonstrate that Ontario is a prime destination in North America for gaming investment" said Larry MacKinnon, Director, Business Development, Technology with the London Economic Development Corporation, host organization of the DIG conference. The list of companies that have previously attended DIG and will be attending GDC 2010 includes Digital Extremes and Ubisoft.
Boasting a renowned academic base, skilled workforce, and numerous government tax incentives and grants, the GDC 2010 will serve as an excellent opportunity to showcase our local benefits to the broader gaming industry of North America.

For more information on the Ontario Technology Corridor click here!

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