ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab Finalists Announced
Four Winners Selected To Participate In ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab;
A Three Month Incubator That Gives Developers The Technology And Resources To Create The Next Mega Blockbuster In Wearable Technology
Toronto, Canada/Menlo Park, CA, November 26 – The next generation of game developers are here – and they're already hard at work on the next big thing. Today, Mind Pirate and the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) announced the four participants selected to participate in the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab: a three-month boot camp that gives developers the resources to create games and apps for wearable technology devices.
The four winners selected to participate in the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab consist of high caliber developer talent from both the United States and Canada. The winners are:
- Normative - Toronto
- Imaginary Computer – New Mexico
- Little Guy Games - Toronto
- Smokebomb Entertainment – Toronto
Combined with their creativity and programming prowess, these participants will also leverage a $10,000 USD award grant to help bring their ideas to life. At the end of the program, any of the four games or apps may be selected and brought to market at a later date. Participants will also have early access to Callisto, Mind Pirate's next generation developer technology platform, to build their apps. Callisto gives developers the tools to create engaging experiences on wearable devices and is not available to third parties until 2014, making ideaBOOST participants amongst the first to get their hands on this next-generation technology. Award-winning CFC Media Lab production team will also be creating a Google Glass app to round out these four companies.
“The responses from high caliber developers eager to participate in the production lab have been amazing, so our biggest challenge has been narrowing the field,” said Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre. “As we work with our developers to explore new ways to create games and apps for wearable technology such as Google Glass, this project continues to strengthen CFC's commitment to the future of entertainment.”
“We have received many creative, highly innovative, and refreshingly unique game ideas that push the boundaries of what wearable technology devices can do. For developers and consumers alike, this is very exciting,” said Shawn Hardin, Founder & CEO of Mind Pirate. “Developers are ready to push the envelope and create new experiences that will help make wearable technology tomorrow, what the iPhone is today. We can't wait to enable the next generation experiences that these talented developers will create.”
Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, and fostering industry collaborations and creative partnerships. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world.
ideaBOOST identifies early stage companies in the media and technology industry that are ready to take advantage of the accelerator process and the relationship building that ideaBOOST believes is essential to become market- or investor-ready in today's competitive media market ecosystem. Through an intensive four-month, part-time prototype development and audience engagement boot camp, ideaBOOST enables participants to build successful products and sustainable companies that stay in Canada and build employment. In addition to breeding entrepreneurs, ideaBOOST aims to help convert high-potential Canadian digital content ventures into successful businesses and spurs innovation in the Canadian digital media sector. ideaBOOST is a program of the CFC with founding partners Shaw Media, Google and Corus Entertainment. For more information on ideaBOOST, visit ideaBOOST.ca.
About Mind PirateMind Pirate was founded in October 2012, and is based in Menlo Park, CA. The company is backed by leading investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Signia Venture Partners. The company takes full advantage of what is most unique about current smartphones and next-gen mobile computing devices to deliver cutting-edge games and technology. The company is making their technology platform, Callisto, available to third party developers next year.