Greetings from the brand new Media Factory headquarters

This year has started with a little bit different focus than the last one. In our five-point action plan we emphasize more gatherings with our different stakeholders as well as the visibility of media education and research within Aalto university.

We have had two seminars in February, one in co-operation with the Canadian embassy and one in co-operation with Grafia ry. We enjoyed both networking with Dr. Gerri Sinclair from the Digital Media Center in Vancouver as well as hearing the Grafia seminar panelists discuss the future of research and education within graphic design. Some twitters from the events: Sinclair: Where is the money? Answer Baby-boomers. Grafia seminar: What is the core of graphic design in year 2015? Is it information design? For getting a glimpse of these events please find the videos on our video channel.

Finnish Game Jam

The Global Game Jam 2010 was an event organised on January 29-31 in a multitude of locations worldwide. In Finland the event took place in four locations. Media Factory took part in organizing and documenting the Helsinki Event in Media Centre Lume. A video documentary is currently being edited and will soon appear on our video channel.

What is a Game Jam? It’s an event and competition where participants innovate computer games from scratch in a single weekend. The assignment is given in Friday evening and the completed games are evaluated in Sunday afternoon. This year’s theme was “deception”, something that all completed games were expected to deal with. To learn more and actually to play the winning games visit Finnish Game Jam’s website: http://finnishgamejam.fi/

Mobile App Developer Network

There is a growing demand for collaboration in the area of mobile application development (i.e. programming and content creation for mobile devices such as mobile phones) within Aalto University. Therefore, Media Factory has initiated a multi-disciplinary network where people interested in this topic can meet regularly and plan joint activities. The network is intended for both staff (researchers, lecturers) and students of Aalto University, with visitors from media industry.

Due to its pioneering role the Mobile App Developers Network serves also as a model for further networks, or special interest groups within the media field in Aalto University. The first joint activities planned for spring 2010 are events such as seminars both for the network members and the wide audience in Aalto University and its stakeholders. Read more about the Mobile App Developer Network.

MediaBizLab – Commercializing Media Services

Media Factory participates in organizing a new Aalto-wide minor study program. The aim of the “MediaBizLab – Commercializing Media Services” program is to give students skills and experience in discovering success factors in media design and commercialization of their own product and service ideas. This takes place through facilitation of creative processes, understanding of media markets and end users’ needs, business thinking, and skills in prototyping. The students will work in groups throughout the programme.

The administrative unit of the program is the Department of Marketing and Management at the School of Economics. Other participating units are Department of Media (School of Art and Design) and Department of Media Technology (School of Technology). The launch is next fall, and the intake is 20 masters level students, preferably in their fourth year of studies. For more information contact mikko.villi{ät}taik.fi.

Research news

Media Factory will arrange an open call for smaller research projects. The call will include more detailed information about the process. Researchers and students within Aalto university will be encouraged to take part in a pitching event where the idea should be presented shortly and efficiently. Check out our website for further information later on this month. We will also inform you through our mailing list.

Further news

We could create a little bit of buzz around the following themes: Short film competition (www.uneton48.com) and postproduction. More information will be given in the next newsletter.

The Media Factory office has moved on the 4th of March. Please visit our new office at Aalto University School of Art and Design. The visiting address is: Hämeentie 135 A, 3rd floor just above the cafeteria Katri Antell. Or contact us by sending an e-mail to mediafactory{ät}aalto.fi

Enjoy the dawning spring :-)
The Media Factory Office Team


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