Executive Director’s Message
It’s a busy time at nGen, as we prepare for the much-needed expansion of our facilities at One St. Paul Street. Over the next six months, our new facilities will be constructed, which will allow nGen to further capitalize on the expansion of the interactive media industry. We are very excited to have received over $3 million from the Federal government’s Community Adjustment Fund to fund this expansion for a new, state-of-the-art facility. This financing will allow us to create new jobs, attract and retain young talent from the region, and will make St. Catharines and Niagara an even more dominant player in the sector of digital interactive media. See our Breakdown of Funds for a better understanding of how the funds will be allocated within our facility expansion.
We at nGen are also very excited to announce that we have received a $54,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant will fund over one year for a game designer, graphic designer and a team of programmers to create a hybrid, downloadable reality game related to the War of 1812. Helping to develop digital interactive media as an economic and employment generator for Niagara, this game will be based on prototypes created by students in the Brock University Interactive Arts and Science Program. The “1812: Interactive Niagara” game will use the medium of a hybrid reality game to incorporate Niagara’s history and culture – particularly those people, places and events connected to the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 – into an enjoyable and interactive experience for tourists. The past year has seen immense work and progress being made on the mobile game’s creation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation funding will permit us to further expand on the project, allowing it to spread beyond the historical parameters of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
nGen’s networking events and seminars continue to be a great success. Our last Interactive Media Mashup had a strong showing of over 80 attendees. Our next Interactive Media Mashup is set to take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the One St. Paul Street Lounge. There are sponsorship opportunities available for these events – for more information, click here.
As our new facilities will greatly expand the capacity for tenants, we are currently looking to hear about new ideas in the interactive media field from members of the community. Please contact me directly to discuss upcoming opportunities to become a tenant - email@example.com
Executive Director, nGen
nGen is currently accepting applications for tenancy. Applicants must be entrepreneurs in the field of interactive media. Those interested may contact nGen’s Executive Director, Jeff Chesebrough -firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of our current tenants, visit: http://ngen-niagara.com/en/content/home/about/tenancy/
Community Adjustment Fund
On September 10, 2009, it was officially announced that nGen will receive over $3 million from the Federal government’s Community Adjustment Fund (CAF). CAF is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada's strategy to ensure a quick recovery from the current economic downturn. By focusing on the creation of short-term employment to support communities and the sectors that contribute to their viability, CAF will play a distinctive role in relation to other economic stimulus measures included in Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
The funds received will be allocated toward the much needed expansion of nGen. Since nGen's inception, its programs have rapidly exceeded capacity and the initiative has now found itself in need of expansion in order to meet the needs of its emerging cluster. Through increased incubation and access to new technologies, nGen will be able to strengthen its sustainability as a hub for digital interactive media development in St. Catharines and the surrounding Niagara Region.
Breakdown of Funds:
The CAF funding will be allocated to a state of the art facility containing the following technology:
- Data Centre Infrastructure
- VOIP Services Installation
- Security system
- High-End Editing and Composition Suite
- Production Studio
- Audio Recording Facility
- Motion Capture System
- High Definition (HD) Screening and Presentation Theatre
- R&D Tool Set-up
For a more detailed and complete breakdown of how the funds received from the Community Adjustment Fund will be allocated within nGen, click here.
If you would like your company’s product/service to be considered in this phase of nGen’s expansion, click here. The deadline for applicants is November 9th, 2009 at 5:00PM EST.
nGen is pleased to announce it has received a $54,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. With this grant, nGen has been able to hire a game designer, a graphic designer and programmers to work on the “1812: Interactive Niagara” hybrid, downloadable reality game. It allows us to extend the project beyond the initial historical boundaries of Niagara on the Lake. Read the press release here.
FourGrounds Media Inc.
FourGrounds Media is currently making preparations for the new renovations and technology infrastructure developments taking place within the nGen facility. The FourGrounds crew is anxious to make full use of the new facilities coming in and is excited to further assist in the future development of nGen and its services. FourGrounds Media, focused in video/digital film production and interactive web media, has been assisting in the planning and building process of the new nGen facility.
In other news, FourGrounds has completed and co-launched its www.knowfire.ca awareness initiative with partners Brock University, Niagara College, Niagara Regional Fire Chiefs Association and the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association-Niagara Chapter. This unique web-video fire safety campaign is directed towards university students and the 18-24-year-old demographic.
FourGrounds has also completed recent work for the Willowbank School for Restoration Arts in Queenston Ontario, a not for profit school for focused in restoring and understanding heritage properties across Canada (www.willowbank.ca).
FourGrounds continues to work with Brock University and its various departments developing rich media, event coverage, and web-video for its clients. FourGrounds is also in development stages of several research initiatives which will move into active development once the new nGen facilities are finished this coming spring.
FourGrounds Media, along with project partner morro images, are in the development stages of a unique international co-production between Canada, Germany and Scotland.
Furi Enterprises launched the investment attraction tool for nGen (www.odime.ca) in June, and the Furi team is now excited to work on nGen Phase II. As part of the steering committee for the expansion of nGen’s facilities, Furi Enterprises looks forward to assisting with the project. Furi Enterprises is currently wrapping up its 2009 projects, and will be launching their new website by the end of the year.
Dragonchess Interactive Inc.
Dragonchess Interactive has been busy completing the video game version of Dragonchess for Xbox Live Indie Games. Its team has been working on the artificial intelligence as well as tweaking the game’s control scheme. Over the next couple of months, those at Dragonchess Interactive will be play-testing the game, and hope to release it to the market by the end of 2009. In 2010, the goal is to extend Dragonchess to other platforms such as PC and iPhone.
Morro Images Inc.
Morro Images is currently busy preparing for the upcoming expansion of nGen’s facilities at One St. Paul Street. Morro is involved in the planning and preparing of the soon-to-be constructed MoCap Studio, Render Farm, 3D printer, 3D scanner, as well as the High-End VFX Suite. They are also entering the preparation phase of a stereoscopic full-feature film – further information on this project will be publicly announced during the summer of 2010.
Morro Images recently finished their first co-marketing campaign with FourGroundsMedia Inc., which involved sending out promo packages to advertising agencies across Ontario. DVDs and stickers from these packages are still available at the nGen office to anyone who is interested.
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