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26 NOVEMBER 2012

Skillset Academi+ supporting the Welsh creative industries

"Skillset Academi+ was first piloted in Wales from 2009 to March 2011, during which time the scheme assisted over 350 industry professionals by running 54 courses. Having used this opportunity, which was funded by HEFCW, the Academy has fostered new partnerships with experts and has proven a track record of targeted training appealing to a wide cross sector of the industry. In 2012, the second phase of training will be funded by the EU's Convergence European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government. ...

The impact of digital technology, combined with the recession, has increased the speed of change within the Creative industry, transforming the way in which we operate. The focus of Skillset Academi+ is to enable Welsh companies and freelancers to re–skill through high quality and flexible training that is entirely tailored towards real industry needs in this digital age.

The concept for this training programme draws on hard evidence produced by Skillset on the impact of the recession and changes in digital technology on the Creative Media sector in Wales. Recently gathered research shows which skills are needed to help companies and freelancers weather the economic downturn and come out the other side with a competitive edge.

The content of courses offered by Skillset Academi+ has been shaped by feedback from industry practitioners on priority skills gaps and training needs."

(Skillset Academi+)

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2012 • Aberystwyth University • Cardiff Metropolitan University • changes in digital technology • competitive edge • Convergence European Social Fund • CPDcreative industriescreative media industries • creative media sector • Creative Skillsetdigital agedigital technologyeconomic downturneconomic recession • ESF • flexible training • freelancers • HEFCW • impact of the recession • industry needs • industry practitioners • industry professionals • re-skill • skills gaps • Skillset Academi+ • speed of change • Swansea Metropolitan University • targeted training • the way we operate • training • training needs • University of Wales Newport • upskill • Wales • Welsh Government

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Simon Perkins
19 NOVEMBER 2012

Hyper Island: designing learning experiences to stay creative and competitive in an increasingly digitised world

"For over 15 years Hyper Island has been designing learning experiences for students and industry professionals alike. It all started with three men, a few beers, and one vision. The year was 1994, and multimedia pioneers Lars Lundh, Jonathan Briggs, and David Erixon converged in bar in Stockholm to discuss an upcoming CD–ROM project.

Together they realized their new digital world demanded a new kind of learning: industry–based learning. They envisioned a new institution that could prepare people for the lightening–fast pace of the modern workplace. A place where students could grow, not only as professionals, but also as human beings. ...

Hyper Island is now a thriving global presence, with two main areas of focus. Student Programs immerse young talent in intensive learning experiences from digital art direction to e–Commerce to data strategy. Executive Programs boost understanding of how digital changes societies and consumer behavior –– and how organizations need to change to stay creative and competitive in an increasingly digitized world. Hyper Island is now worldwide, located in Stockholm, Karlskrona, New York, London, and soon, Singapore. And Executive Programs teams can travel around the world designing and executing learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies and start–ups alike.

As the digital world shifts and evolves, Hyper Island continues to react and expand, creating an agile, forward–looking learning environment for students and industry leaders. What began as a bold experiment on a windswept island has become a revolutionary way to learn, reflect, collaborate, and above all, innovate."

(Charlotte Sundåker)

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1994 • bold experiment • CD-ROM • centre for learning • challenging students • collaborateconsumer behaviourcreativity and innovation • data strategy • David Erixon • designing learning experiences • digital art direction • digital changes societies • digital worlddigitised worlde-commerceexperiential learningHyper Islandindustry leadersindustry professionals • industry-based learning • innovate • intensive learning experiences • Jonathan Briggs • Karlskrona • Lars Lundh • learning environmentLondonmultimedia • new digital world • new kind of learning • New Yorkpersonal developmentprofessional developmentreflect • revolutionary way to learn • Singapore • stay competitive • stay creative • Stockholmstudents • Stumholmen • Swedenworkplaceyoung talent

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Simon Perkins
21 OCTOBER 2012

International MINA Mobile Innovation Screening 2012

"The International Mobile Innovation Screening 2012 will showcase an international screening programme of mobile short films. Simultaniously the MINA [Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa] Mobile Creativity and Innovation Symposium opening reception will take place at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington, Te Anakura Whitiahua, on the 23rd November 2012.

MINA reception (6.30pm) and mobile film screening (7pm–8pm)

The 2nd International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation symposium hosted at Massey University Wellington, on 24th/25th November, will provide a platform for filmmakers, artists, researchers and industry professionals to debate the prospect of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in a changing art and design environment and the transforming creative industries."

(MINA, Aotearoa New Zealand)

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Max Schleser
25 JULY 2012

Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa: Call For Papers

"Call For Papers: 2nd International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium, #MINA2012, Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa, 23rd –25th November 2012, Massey University, Wellington, NZ ...

MINA [www.mina.pro] is an international network that promotes cultural and research activities to expand the emerging possibilities of mobile media. MINA aims to explore the opportunities for interaction between people, content and the creative industry within the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.

The symposium will provide a platform for filmmakers, artists, designers, researchers, 'pro–d–users' and industry professionals to debate the prospect of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in art and design environments and the creative industries. MINA invites paper proposals relating (but not limited) to; mobile lens media, iPhoneography, mobile video production, mobile–mentaries (mobile documentaries), mobile network and transmedia, mobile communities, mobile media and social change, mobile visual arts, mobile locative media, citizen journalism, mobile visual literacy, mobile media in education and mobile technologies and civic media. ...

Paper proposals should be submitted by the 15th August 2012"

(Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa)

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2012Aotearoa New Zealandcall for paperscitizen journalism • civic media • co-creationco-creator-shipcollaborationcommunication devicecontemporary art practicescontemporary designcontent creationcreative industriescrowdsourcing • cultural research • design industrydesign professionalsdesign researcherfilmmaking • independent creatives • industry professionals • innovative business models • International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposiuminternational networkiPhone cinematographyiPhoneographylocative mediam-learningMassey University • media content • media distributionmediascapeMINAMINA2012mobile apps • mobile communities • mobile documentary • Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa • mobile lens media • mobile mediamobile media in educationmobile media practicesmobile networkmobile phone • mobile phone users • mobile technologiesmobile video production • mobile visual arts • mobile visual literacy • mobile-mentary • modes of communicationmodes of production • new forms of connectivity • new forms of sociability • new media aesthetics • new media formats • paper proposals • participatory culturepro-d-userspro-sumerprodusersocial changesymposiumtransdisciplinaritytransmediaubiquitous technologiesvisual communication designwireless technologies

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Lynne Ciochetto
22 JUNE 2012

Canterbury Anifest 2012!

"We're excited to announce that Dreamworks and Double Negative have been confirmed to attend Anifest 2012. Happening on the 5th and 6th of October, there are a number of talks, workshops and animation competitions. Watch this space as we confirm more details. ... Canterbury Anifest is the South East's animation festival giving an insight into everything animation. In 2012 the festival will take place over the weekend of the 5th & 6th October and will include industry professionals providing talks, master classes and screenings."

(Canterbury Anifest, UK)

Fig. 1 "Canterbury Anifest 2011 Highlights Trailer", Animate & Create Studios.

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2012 • Anifest 2012! • Anifest Competitionanimationanimation competition • animation competitions • animation festival • animation student • animation workshops • annual eventBritish film • Canterbury (UK) • Canterbury Anifest • Canterbury Anifest 2012 • Double NegativeDreamWorksfestival • film enthusiast • film screening • industry professionals • international films • Kent • master classes • short animation competition • short film • South East England • the magic of animationUKworkshops

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Simon Perkins
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