Interactive Ontario celebrates 10th anniversary of flagship conference with fresh new direction
Tuesday, August 8. Toronto, ON – International leaders, innovators, investors and creators from across the Interactive Digital Media spectrum will converge at iVentures, the conference formerly known as GameON: Ventures. The 10th anniversary edition of Interactive Ontario’s flagship conference, taking place October 26th and 27th at MaRS Discovery District, marks an evolution for this two-day event. This year, iVentures expands its vision and will become a marketplace for ideas across all forms of interactive digital media (IDM), with the support of a host of partners including Presenting Partners the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Canada Media Fund.
The conference will underscore three streams: Ideas to Watch (innovation in technology, business models, and content), Collaboration (partnerships between interactive digital media producers and other sectors, from healthcare to education), and GameON (the business of video games). Attendees can expect enlightening keynotes, panels, and opportunities to get hands-on demonstrations of innovative ideas in areas like eLearning and education, mobile app development, VR / AR, Convergent and cross-platform content, robotics & chat-bots, AI, and wearables.
Catherine Winder, CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, is among the first speakers announced for the conference. She’ll draw on experiences working on digital entertainment properties like Star Wars: Clone Wars and Angry Birds to deliver a keynote interview. Catherine’s most recently announced endeavor is the TV adaptation of Big Blue Bubble’s My Singing Monsters game.
“Ontario’s Interactive Digital Media industry is a major economic player, accounting for $1.5 Billion in GDP in 2015, and expected to grow exponentially,” said Christa Dickenson, President & CEO, Interactive Ontario. “To celebrate our 10th anniversary of this conference, we’re excited to be expanding our scope to include all of the industries IDM intersects. This new focus will allow Interactive Ontario to continue its goal of creating business opportunities while highlighting the wide variety of everything that’s new and noteworthy in digital content,” she said.
Registration for iVentures and calls for submissions into the Interactive Digital Media Expo are now available at http://iventures.digital/
iVentures is produced by Interactive Ontario, a not-for-profit industry trade association. Interactive Digital Media is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Ontario’s digital economy, and Interactive Ontario is committed to the growth of this thriving industry. IO produces over 40 events each year that include iLunch, Interact, i-ON and more, providing knowledge sharing and networking in this quickly evolving industry.