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Peterborough Video Game Studio, Bloom Digital Media, Announces Release of One-of-a-Kind Senior Rom-Com Dating Game on Nintendo Switch, Other Platforms - 2020-02-14
Just in time for Valentines Day, the award winning local, independent game studio, Bloom Digital Media, has announced its highly-anticipated rom-com game titled Later Daters, which will be released on April 16, 2020.
As a visual novel set to span several episodes, Later Daters allows users to play as a senior and interact with eight characters in the community. Players can customize the character’s look, name, romance history, and gender, from the pet companion who will accompany them on romantic adventures to the avatar and dating history.
The company is putting the finishing touches on the first three episodes, showing how love can bloom late for the game’s seniors. The second series of episodes of Later Daters will be released later this year.
The Innovation Cluster startup released the award-winning LongStory game in 2014, and since has had over one million downloads combined on mobile and Nintendo Switch. According to Newzoo, the global games market in 2019 was $148.8 billion.
Bloom Digital Media was founded by female founder, Miriam Verburg, who has won several awards for their innovative games, and has been featured in publications such as VICE, Huffington Post, attn, and the Globe and Mail.
Innovation Cluster and City of Kawartha Lakes Launch Pilot Project, Open Incubator in Lindsay - 2020-02-12
The City of Kawartha Lakes and the Innovation Cluster, with the support of the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation through the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO), a project funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) have opened an incubator for high-growth entrepreneurs.
An official launch for the incubator took place on February 11, 2020 at 11 a.m at 180 Kent St. W. Partners supporters, and the public joined together for speeches, a ribbon cutting, and a tour of the space. Speakers included Mayor Andy Letham, John Gillis, President of the Innovation Cluster, MPP Laurie Scott, MP Jamie Schmale and Jil Quast, Chair CFDC.
The Innovation Cluster has successfully accelerated hundreds of startups for over a decade, supporting companies in the agriculture technology, clean technology, digital and healthcare technology sectors. Launching its 10,000 sq.ft. incubator in the heart of downtown Peterborough in 2017, the not-for-profit organization has coached, mentored, and provided a space for over 80 startups to find their best path to market as of 2019.
Throughout 2018, the Innovation Cluster supported eight CKWL companies, which created an economic impact of $2,355,633 and the creation of 22 jobs for CKWL. With this success and a clear need for more robust support and programming for entrepreneurs creating innovative new startups, the Innovation Cluster is looking forward to bringing its services on-site.
“We are excited to launch our incubator in the heart of Lindsay to give current and future startup clients the opportunity to access our resources closer to home,” says President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster, John Gillis. “The Innovation Cluster has been supporting clients in the Kawartha Lakes for a number of years remotely and many of those clients have been driving into Peterborough to work in our world class incubator. They have been waiting for us to make this expansion happen.”
The Innovation Cluster will now provide a creative incubation space for new ideas to blossom with entrepreneurs working side-by-side in Lindsay’s first full-service incubator in CKWL. Through this partnership, startups working in more remote areas throughout the Kawarthas will have easier access to dynamic programming, network connections, funding, investment and business opportunities, as well as marketing and commercialization support.
“The Innovation Cluster has been instrumental in the success of Horizon Aircraft thus far,” says Brandon Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Aircraft Inc., a long time client of the Innovation Cluster based in the City of Kawartha Lakes. “Their deep business experience, high-quality network, and strong leadership have helped our company sharpen our business plan, attract investors, and launch a brighter future for all of aviation. We are excited for this opportunity to become available for the many talented entrepreneurs in Lindsay. The result will undoubtedly be more jobs and a strengthened economic base in Lindsay and the City of Kawartha Lakes.”
An increasing amount of people are looking to run a successful startup outside of large cities, to ensure a better quality of life. Incubators in smaller communities that provide an abundance of professional resources at one site allows those entrepreneurs to achieve their goals without having to move.
As part of this pilot project, the Innovation Cluster is set to hold eight new events and a number of workshops in 2020 that will lead to an increase in successful innovation and technology startups in CKWL.
ReFrame Film Festival Showcases Three Immersive VR Films That Highlight Environment, Culture - 2020-01-27
ReFrame Film Festival held its annual event from January 23 to 26 downtown Peterborough for its community celebration of documentary film and media art.
ReFrame, along with the Innovation Cluster and other sponsors presented three groundbreaking works of VR documentary at the 2020 festival. Viewings took place in the VentureNorth lobby (270 George St. N.), where the public was welcome to sign up or drop in to watch the films throughout the event.
A story about how total immersion in another culture can change our understanding of family and love.
Every year, Canada receives hundreds of thousands of students from around the world. To make the most of their Canadian experience, many opt to live with a host family. HomeStay is one family’s story of life with international students – a look at how complete immersion in another culture can create a clash of expectations and change our understanding of family, hospitality, nationality and love.
2167: An Indigenous VR Project
Indigenous filmmakers and artists imagine Indigenous life 150 years in the future.
In these short bursts of VR, we get an immersive experience in the creative depictions of Indigenous stories. While exploring what Indigeneity will mean in the future in the Canadian context, each film takes a different and unique approach to these complex subjects. They are thought provoking and beautiful pieces of interactive filmmaking.
Mother of the Forest
Examining the hollow space of a sequoia ecosystem under stress to understand that trees are storytellers.
Mother of the Forest is an immersive virtual reality experience that explores a sequoia tree’s ecosystem through embodied perspectives of various species. Through the use of 360 video, digital environment design and interactivity, Mother of the Forest pairs scientific information gathered from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks experts with artistic creation to exhibit the hidden truth, beauty and precarity at play in this ecology.
The VR Hub is sponsored by the Innovation Cluster, Peterborough DBIA, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Film Centre, OCAD University and imagine NATIVE.
The ReFrame Film Festival is a community celebration of documentary film and media art, with a lens on social and environmental justice, that is held at the end of January each year in Peterborough. The festival attracts diverse audiences from across Ontario, to view independent Canadian and International films, to meet filmmakers and artists, and to and participate in educational opportunities intended to foster community engagement in the arts.
Over the weekend hundreds of people entered the lobby of @VentureNorthPtb for the VR HUB of @reframefilmfestival 🎥 🍿 They each had the opportunity to experience the arts blended with technology! ⚡️ #vr #virtualreality #reframefilmfestival #innovation #technology pic.twitter.com/HmZrioFvKv
— Innovation Cluster (@InnovationPtbo) January 27, 2020
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- Peterborough Video Game Studio, Bloom Digital Media, Announces Release of One-of-a-Kind Senior Rom-Com Dating Game on Nintendo Switch, Other Platforms
- Innovation Cluster and City of Kawartha Lakes Launch Pilot Project, Open Incubator in Lindsay
- ReFrame Film Festival Showcases Three Immersive VR Films That Highlight Environment, Culture
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