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  • 31 Aug 2021 by DigiBC

    DigiCamp was created to give underrepresented youth in the province opportunities to learn skills, build confidence and broaden interest in careers within the creative technology sector. We’re happy to report that the first-ever DigiCamp: Online Game Development Camp for Girls which took place in July and August was a success! We developed this in partnership with Under the GUI (UTG) Academy and had IUGO Mobile Entertainment on board as the sponsor. Huge thanks to both for helping turn this idea into a reality.

    The camp was specifically designed for girls aged 9-13 years old and students got to create an HTML5 game using PixelPAD and the Python programming language. UTG Academy instructors (Lydia Assion-Nielsen, Mia Gieselmann & Linda Lee) tuned the curriculum to ensure students had the opportunity to write code, change gameplay, design levels, update sprites, re-skin their game, and create an app that was uniquely their own. The camp also featured IUGO guest speakers, Amie Hulme (Technical Director), Thais Campos (Quality Analyst) and Reina Magica (Game Designer), who shared their experiences, tips and secrets from working in the video game industry. 

    Below are links to some of the amazing games that the campers made and the instructor’s report for the July camp can be read here. Going forward, DigiBC plans to hold this camp again and expand it to include other groups of underrepresented youth as part of our strategic goal of creating an inclusive, diverse and equitable creative technology sector. 

    July Final Projects

    Frances Avery Alexis Sophie Chahal Sarah C Linda


    August Final Projects

    Anna Amelia Bria Poppy Keira  Mia G (Instructor) Lydia A (Instructor)

  • 25 Aug 2021 by DigiBC

    WarnerMedia Access Canada is sponsoring five full-time scholarships to attend Think Tank Online's 16-month Digital Asset Creation Program.


    The program aims to advance participants careers in television, feature film, visual effects, or video games through the opportunity to develop their digital art skills.


    The Doers and Dreamers Scholarship is a talent development initiative focused on Canadian artists from underrepresented communities. Open to people of all genders, abilities, and identities from underrepresented communities in Canada, including members of Indigenous, Black, people with disabilities, racialized groups and LGBTQ2+ communities.


    Applications Open: September 30th, 2021 @ 9:00 AM PST


  • 20 Aug 2021 by DigiBC

    Congratulations to our Executive Director Loc Dao and board members Jon Lutz (Electronic Arts), Sharon Taylor (Animal Logic), Kay Wong-Alafriz (Kabam) & Nick Facey (Unity Technologies) for being named to the BIV BC500 2021 List.

    BC500 features business leaders who have a notable impact on B.C.’s communities, industries and economy. They are visionaries, innovators and trailblazers. They embody the values of modern leadership: engagement, trust, corporate citizenship, inclusion and innovation. Some of them are household names; some of them are well known within their industries. All of them influence life and business in British Columbia.


    We'd also like to congratulate the following DigiBC members who were named to the list.

    Digital Media:

    • Dennis Chenard (Centre for Digital Media)
    • Matt Bilby (Electronic Arts)
    • Justin Dowdeswell (Relic Entertainment)
    • Amir Nasrabadi (WildBrain Studios)
    • Josh Nilson (East Side Games)
    • Ryan Peterson (Unity Technologies)

    Film & Television:

    • Jennifer Twiner McCarron (Atomic Cartoons / Thunderbird)
    • Michelle Grady (Sony Pictures Imageworks)