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Winter 2017

OMDC’S Digital Dialogue Conference

On January 17, 2017 over 250 of Ontario's leaders in media, culture and technology attended OMDC's seventh annual Digital Dialogue Conference. The event brought together leaders from across six sectors - book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine media, and music - for a day of presentations, pitches and conversations.  Jeffrey Cole, Director of the Center for the Digital Future, kicked things off with a keynote on Trends, Fads and Transformation. The conversation throughout the day was wide-ranging, covering topics including the future of storytelling, equity crowdfunding, using big data to increase discoverability, music by indigenous artists, chatbots, interactive characters, and connecting with audiences .  Delegates also heard speed pitches by Ontario digital startups and had a chance to network and try out the latest technologies at the showcase event.


Jeffrey Cole, Director, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School for Communication; Ramona Pringle, Interactive Producer & Expert on Digital Media Culture, Han Dong, MPP, Trinity-Spadina, Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President and CEO

Click on the links below for YouTube videos.

 
Opening Remarks: Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, OMDC   Opening Remarks:  Ramona Pringle, Host
Communication Trends, Fads, and Transformation
Morning Keynote: Jeffrey Cole, Director, Center for the Digital FutureUSC Annenberg School

Panel: The Future of Storytelling
Moderator: Nigel Newton, Director (Canada), INDE Experience Engineering
Panel: 

  • Dr. Siobhan O’Flynn, Founder, NarrativeNow
  • David Caron, Co-publisher and President, ECW Press
  • Joanne Loton, Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Sesqui
  • David Brady, CEO, Cream Productions

The Ins and Outs of Equity Crowdfunding in Ontario

  • Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director, National CrowdFunding Association of Canada
90 Second Pitches
   
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Trevor Townsend, CTO, Co-founder, Matter and Form Inc.   Mychelle Mollot, CMO, Klipfolio
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Emily Smith, CEO, *no campfire required   Rehman Ata, Founder, SARA
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David Dexter, Operations and Business Development, SIRT   Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer, Voices.com
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Rodger Campbell, CEO and Co-founder, WIMM   Afternoon Keynote:  Lorraine Behnan, Change Management and Communications Specialist Excelling Through Change
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Interactive Characters: The Future of Entertainment
Elodie Lorrain-Martin, VP Business Development, Neweb.tv
Laurent Abecassis, Technology Producer, Neweb.tv

 

Why “Talk to our Chatbot” is the Catchphrase for 2017
Russell Ward, President, Massively

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The Customer is Always Right: Using Big Data to Increase Discoverability and Retain Fans
Evan Jones, Founder, Threads Audience Development

 

In Conversation: Creating Community. Connecting with Audiences
Jesse Wente, Broadcaster and Curator in conversation with Jarrett Martineau, Creative Producer, Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)

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Closing Remarks |Adam Caplan, OMDC Board of Directors   Jason Kee, Public Policy & Government Relations Counsel, Google Canada and Raina Wells, Acting Director, Business Affairs & Research, OMDC
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Peter Lyman, Senior Partner, Nordicity and Michel Fortin    

 

Visit OMDC’s Digital Dialogue Facebook Gallery for more photos from this event.

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