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Excited to be Going Again: Lean Startup Machine Toronto!

We’re glad to announce that we will be attending Lean Startup Machine Toronto for the third time!

Lean Startup Machine is a for-profit social enterprise with the mission of advancing the science of entrepreneurship to better utilize human potential. They aim to bolster jobs through innovation and prevent the world’s smartest people from wasting time building things nobody wants.

To date they have run 50 workshops in 35 cities globally. From San Francisco, to London and the Middle East.

During the last two workshops we attended we had a great time hearing the pitches and meeting new people!  This time, not only will Jacqueline Nuwame, Sr. Manager of Client Relations, be mentoring, but we also have two free passes to give away!  Follow us on twitter to find out how you can be a winner!

Also, Lean Startup Machine has offered a 15% discount for anyone from our community who wants to attend – email me (Andrea Mallozzi): to get the discount code!

When: October 19-21, 2012
Where: [IN]cubes, 57 Spadina Ave, #209, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1
Tickets are selling fast for this one, so register online now to ensure you get yours:


Be There: The Digi Doc Forecast!

Here’s an amazing panel that is definitely worth checking out!  We’re especially glad to announce that Alex Jansen, ideaBOOST shortlist member and CJ Hervey, CFC Media Lab Alumnus will be part of this amazing talk.

The Digi Doc Forecast

WHEN: Friday, October 12 12:00–2:00 PM
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4

Moderator: Richard Lachman (Assistant Professor, Digital Media, Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts)

Gerry Flahive Senior Producer, Interactive Documentary, NFB
Alex Jansen, Owner, Pop Sandbox
Lalita Krishna, Producer, In Sync Media
CJ Hervey, Producer, Secret Location

This panel is an in-depth conversation between digital documentary storytellers on the vanguard of the interactive space. Sharing samples from their current environmental projects, our panelists will discuss their experience creating and producing in the ever-changing interactive space. How does interactivity bring us closer to our documentary ideals and how does it move us further away? How do you balance experimentation and audience appeal in the interactive space? What are the practical realities of creating digital documentaries when it comes to financing and project management? Let’s talk!

For More Information:

Co-presented with DOC Toronto’s docSHIFT Program

Register online here:

APPLY NOW: The Digi Awards

On December 4, 2012, Canada’s digital scene will descend on Toronto for a night devoted to celebrating the very best in the business.

Expert Digi Awards juries from across Canada will comb through entries received across 20 distinct categories to determine this year’s Digi nominees— the definitive list of Canada’s digital elite — outlining the brightest stars and biggest disruptors in the media Canadian media landscape today.

Don’t miss the opportunity to solidify your place as one of Canada’s very best in digital media. The deadline to enter your project for the 2012 Digi Awards is Friday, September 28.  Enter online now:

The Digi Awards will be the grand finale of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s premier digital media conference, taking place on December 3rd and 4th at the Carlu. Register before November 2nd and save with the early bird rate.


TUFF is on!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival, North America’s largest commuter film festival, is ready to roll out its sixth annual edition. For 11 days, from September 7 – 17, 2012, Toronto’s subway system will become a standing-room-only cinema showcasing the world’s best one-minute, silent films to over one million viewers.

TUFF will screen 73 amazing films from 18 countries on Toronto Transit System (TTC) platform screens, and feature a new “Too TUFF for the TTC” program of online films. Films play every 10 minutes on Pattison Onestop’s 300 subway platform screens in stations across the city. Pattison Onestop will also provide designated “Film Zone” screens for commuters to watch TUFF uninterrupted on the north and south platforms of the Bloor subway station, as well as at Dundas and St. Andrew subway stations.

TUFF films can also be seen online, and viewers are encouraged to cast their vote, from September 5th to September 14th, for the Viewers’ Choice Award. The top 10 Viewers’ Choice films play on the TTC on Sunday September 16th.


Another Amazing Event: Dreamers Renegades Visionaries

Another amazing event you have to attend…

You’re invited: STYLECASTING, a TIFF Event

The CFC Media Lab invites you to an amazing TIFF event!  

An Exclusive TIFF Party Invitation:

You are cordially invited to StyleCasting, an exclusive TIFF event on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. If you are in Fashion, Film or Tech, this is the one event that you do not want to miss at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Make sure to reserve your spot early! This is an INVITE ONLY event. There will not be any tickets available for purchase at the door.

The evening’s Twitter hashtag is: #StyleCastingTIFF

Thank you to: SKYY Vodka, Mott’s & PopChips for supporting this event.

Hosted by: Fashionotes.comDigital LA &
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time: 9:00PM until 1:00AM
Location: THE STUDIO - 32 Nelson St. at Duncan (in the heart of Toronto’s Film & Entertainment District)
Tickets: Order online

Another Amazing Workshop: Intro to Wearables and the LilyPad Arduino


CFC Media Lab alum Pearl Chen (Karma Laboratory) leads a lot of interesting workshops surrounding Android and Arduino.  This is one of her latest offerings…

This LilyPad workshop is for absolute beginners! Attendance is capped at 6 people so you’ll be guaranteed lots of individual instructor attention.

You will be using these prototyping boards from Sparkfun: (Remember that materials are worked into the registration fee so you get to keep everything after the workshop!)

In this 4-to-5 hour course (plus a 1 hour lunch break @ 1pm), you will look at how to hook up the supplied electronics components, how they work together, and write some Arduino code. In the afternoon, you will finally snap the components apart and learn how to sew the LilyPad onto a piece of fabric using conductive thread!

Note: Pearl assumes absolute beginner-level knowledge and that includes no previous programming experience and no electronics experience.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pearl –  pearl[at]


Where: ThingTank, 376 Bathurst Street (Downstairs), Toronto, Ontario
When: Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Register online here:
Register for Karma Laboratory’s email updates here:

Peanut Butter & Code Jam with Pearl Chen!

Peanut Butter & Code Jams are short, hackathon- style workshops for developers and creatives. We mix two technologies that are great on their own — but taste better together.

Supplied: a quick introductory presentation on the technology being sandwiched, code samples to bootstrap your hacking, food, and cheap drinks.

You bring: your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter or Google+ via the #pbcj hashtag.

The focus for Karma Laboratory’s first ever PBCJ is:
Android apps and NFC (near field communications)

Who is PBCJ #1 best suited for?

If you are currently an Android developer but haven’t dabbled much with NFC or haven’t set aside the time to play around with it, you’ll get the most out of PBCJ. There will be NFC tags on hand but bring your own NFC-enabled phone.  If you instead want to play around with other NFC projects (e.g. NFC and Arduino), feel free to jam on that this evening too!  If you’re a designer or business person, you might want to get a developer friend to come along. Or get up to speed with some of the tutorials on the Android Developer site:


Where: University of Toronto, Gallbraith Building, Room 404 – 35 St. George Street, M5S 1A4
When:  June 23, 2012, 6-11pm


MaRS announces JOLT!

New technology accelerator will combine creative design and business expertise to build growth companies

Congratulations to MaRS as they announce the creation of JOLT, a new technology accelerator dedicated to building high-growth web and mobile companies that promise to transform the way consumers and enterprises connect, work and play.

Housed in the MaRS Commons, JOLT will select up to 15 high-potential startups annually, providing them with space, seed financing and mentorship, as well as access to partners and some of the top angel and venture capital investors in the industry. The goal of the program is to accelerate market validation and, in turn, help these companies secure the capital and talent necessary to scale efficiently.

To help support and guide startups to market entry, JOLT has attracted more than 70 experienced entrepreneurs and executives from many of Canada’s leading startups, and venture capital, technology and entertainment companies, including: Polar Mobile, Spark59, Virgin Gaming, Google, Zynga, Kobo, and more.

JOLT is collaborating with a number of key partners who will actively commit their time, expertise and services to help JOLT companies become market leaders, including the CFC Media Lab, a unique collaborative training, acceleration and creative production think-tank environment for emerging new media content developers, practitioners and companies; and JET Cooper, a leading user design and experience agency. By combining their expertise in the creative arts and design with MaRS’ business-building experience, JOLT will be a unique Canadian technology accelerator.


Apply Now: HOT HACKS with Mozilla!

Hot Docs and Mozilla invite documentary makers to submit projects for participation in a two-day documentary workshop to be held Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, at Mozilla’s downtown Toronto offices.

Modeled after the “hack day” format of the open source community, this event brings documentary storytellers and technologists together for two days to produce an original web documentary. A tonic for the long timelines of traditional documentary production, hack days allow documentarians the chance to get their hands dirty with technology, try out ideas, and have a finished product at the end which they can continue to iterate.

Hot Hacks is part of the Living Docs project, a series of events, projects and code to bring openness and innovation to documentary. Living Docs is a collaboration between Mozilla, ITVS, the Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the Center for Social Media at American University.

Apply online and learn more about the event here:
Applications Due: April 2nd, 2012
When: April 28th – April 29th, 2012
Where: Mozilla’s Toronto Offices