Newsletter 4/2010 (June)

Dear friends,

Just before leaving on our summer vacation we want to share some glimpses of our doings the past month as well as introduce you to what the autumn will bring.

Media Factory’s open call

We have had three deadlines for applications for funding of media-related projects. In all we had approximately 30 applications. The funded projects are found here:http://www.aaltomediafactory.fi/?page_id=548

Uneton48

Our partner Uneton48 has reached the point where the 10 finalists of the competition have been chosen (can be found here http://bit.ly/acuhrA) and when the gala festivities are close at hand. It has really been great to follow how the organizers Enni and Sami Tuomisalo together with their team have succeeded in coordinating this huge event with all its inspiring learning and networking possibilities as well as moments of true experience. Congratulations already at this point. Next Friday on the 18th the Uneton48 gala party starts at 5 p.m. and will be held in the Sampo Hall, Lume Centre. See you there ;-).

Media Factory was tracking Aalto on tracks

Media Factory documentarists Anna Berg and Ina Mutikainen traveled with the Aalto on Tracks posse on train to China in May. During the trip the passengers shared many fantastic experiences and made many good new friends and of course saw exotic sights through the train windows. A short video made by Anna and Ina about the trip was shown in Shanghai World Expo Finland day on 27th of May and in YLE morning-tv on 10th of June (http://areena.yle.fi/video/1050887). Later this autumn there will be a longer film about the tracks available, so stay tuned! Before that, you can explore the trackers’ adventures in the AoT-blog: http://aaltoontracks.com/

New students in the MediaBizLab minor studies program

17 Aalto students will begin their studies in September in the new minor studies program MediaBizLab – Commercializing Media as Services. The students admitted to the program share a similar enthusiasm towards media, yet their differing backgrounds will enable them to develop and produce new solutions for future media services. The MediaBizLab program is organized in cooperation between Media Factory and the Department of Marketing and Management (Aalto School of Economics). More information on the program is available at mediabizlab.fi

Media Facades festival in August/September

Media Factory collaborates with the Media Facades festival (http://www.mediafacades.eu) that takes place in Helsinki as part of the Helsinki Festival (Helsingin juhlaviikot) and also in six other European cities in August and September. The festival “explores the networked possibilities of urban screens and media facades via internet and the new technologies on a European level”. The kick-off of the festival with public screenings and street art happenings is in the Night of the Arts (27.8.) More information in our August newsletter.

Changes in the office team

The project manager in Media Factory, Maria Suokannas, will leave Media Factory at the beginning of August. A challenging new position as a principal lecturer within well-being services at the Laurea university of applied sciences, is waiting for her.

Also Mikko Villi, the coordinator of educational operations at Media Factory, will move to a new post in September. After receiving his doctoral degree in June, he will start his new work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Aalto School of Economics, the Department of Language and Communication.

Dates for your calendar

* SPOT ON – a seminar on locative media will be arranged at Media Centre Lume at TaiK on September the 23rd. The main organizers are Media Factory and Yleisradio. (more information later on on our website).
* A seminar on typography and type, next(con)text on the 18th of November (more information here http://www.aaltomediafactory.fi/?p=606).
* Magazines in the era of e-reading –symposium 1.12.2010 (more information maija (dot) toyry (at ) aalto (dot) fi)

And last…

Maria: As I won’t be co-writing the next newsletter I want to wish you all the best for the future and a lot of inspiring encounters with Media Factory. I am really grateful for everything I have learned during my year within the Aalto university.

Wishing you an energizing summer and remember, there shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart :-) (Celia Thaxter).

The Media Factory Office Team


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