The Utah Digital Entertainment Network (UDEN) is delighted to announce the first Hive Ignite Week, six full days of activities that will celebrate digital entertainment in Utah! Comprising film, gaming, VR/AR and education, the week will showcase some of the best companies, creators and technologists in this space sharing their knowledge, showing their products and discussing how to grow the ecosystem for long-term economic success. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: The Utah Film Commission, Watchmyamerica.com and Access Salt Lake.
Hive Ignite Week is an open event where creators of digital entertainment and technology can show their work and/or share knowledge. We’ll be having panel discussions, product demos, presentations to share expertise, people showcasing their services, screenings of TV and movies and hands-on interactive applications and more. It’s free and intended as a service to help promote the digital entertainment sector in Utah.
Each day is free but please RSVP using the link lower down the page for the entire week, or for each individual event that you would like to attend (see list below).
If you and/or your company would like to participate in some way (presenting, exhibiting etc), please do get in touch and we’ll get you signed up as its filling up fast. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Uden's next full membership meeting. Keynote - Effective Social Media with Chad Mustard + Networking.
More details here: UDEN #19
Date: Weds May 2nd, 6pm
LIVE eSPORTS - The HIVE IGNITE "HOLY WAR"
The rivalry goes digital!
The leading University of Utah eSports team will play BYU in the digital "Holy War"
Date: Thurs May 3rd, 6pm
GAME PRODUCTION - Fireside* Chat with NICK LAING
One of the most critical roles in the game development process is that of Producer -- it can mean the difference between success and failure -- yet it remains one of the least understood and often poorly practiced jobs.
Nick Laing is one of the most respected game producers today. He has started out almost 20 years ago as an outspoken young gun at an indie developer, Hypnotix, in New Jersey before entering the big leagues at EASPORTS in Florida and Microsoft in Washington. Passionate about both games and game making, Nick frequently talks about the right - and the wrong - ways to produce games and lead teams.
His credits include Forza Motorsports, EA SPORTS MMA, NASCAR 08-09, NFL Street 3, AFL 06, Outlaw Golf 1-2, Outlaw Tennis, Outlaw Volleyball, Outlaw Volleyball Remixed, BMX Trick Racer, Dragon tales: Learn to fly with Dragons, Scholastic Math missions and MTV Total Request Live Trivia.
During Hive Ignite Week, Nick will chat with Jon Dean and take your questions. It is guaranteed to be controversial and fun. You don't want to miss this!
Follow Nick on Twitter: @VigilantRex
*no actual fire
Date: Thurs May 3rd, 12pm - 1.30pm
WOMEN IN THE ARTS - Panel Discussion
UDEN is proud to present the Women in Media panel, featuring three highly talented and creative female working artists. Join moderator Dana Ware as she discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion both in media and behind the scenes. The discussion will focus on their personal journey within the industries of film and gaming. They will examine what it is like being a female in male-dominated industries.
Dana Ware has both national and international experience working in film and photography. She earned a degree from the School of Arts at UCLA and specializes in Visual Media. After UCLA, she went on to receive two artist grants and visiting teaching positions at CheLA in Buenos Aries, Argentina and Duke University in North Carolina. She is currently working on a Virtual Reality experience sponsored by Google Fiber for The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dana has worked for many of the world’s leading magazine, studios, and Universities - among them the Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios, Getty Images, Alternative Press, BYU, Domo, and The Leonardo.
Loren Micalizio is a Senior Video Producer on the Studio team at Adobe. She tells dynamic and engaging visual stories about Adobe Experience Cloud and Creative Cloud solutions and customers. Loren honed her documentary production chops at 21st Century FOX studios, Lucasfilm, and Zoetrope before moving to Utah ten years ago to freelance in feature films and television. Here, she worked in the production trenches with Go Films, LDS Motion Picture Studio, Fueld Films, and Vineyard Productions before joining the world of digital marketing video. Loren is passionate about our local Utah crews, talent, and locations, and she’s a fierce supporter of bringing resources to the state to support the local film and video community. She is also heavily involved in community engagement and arts education initiatives for women and girls. Loren is the Lehi site lead of Adobe & Women, and she is a member of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Utah and the Junior League of Salt Lake City. Additionally, she is active with Women United and Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0. Loren holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Cinema-Televion Critical Studies from University of Southern California and a Master’s of Arts in Film and Television Studies from San Francisco State University. Follow Loren on Twitter: @lmicalizio
Becky Pennock is a digital artist who thrives wherever art smashes into code. Her experience has mainly with small companies and independent projects, which has lead her to learn many skills (such as digital painting, art direction, design, programming, and animation). The games she's contributed to have made it to PAX, PAX East, E3, and Indiecade. Her digital painting has also been featured in the ImagineFX magazine. In her free time, she hikes, mountain bikes, and plays attack Bastion in Overwatch.
Date: Tues May 1st, 12pm - 1.30pm
It’s like a combination game and film jam, where creators come together over two days, sharing knowledge and expertise to make a unique interactive product using the best of their combined skills. You can join a team on the day or come along with your own. There will be prizes for the most innovative interactive experiences.
- you will need to be available to work with your team Friday and Saturday!
- you will need to bring your own equipment, food, sleeping bag (if stopping over)
Friday 4th May
12pm Check-in and setup, mingling, team forming
Preparations, planning, begin!
Saturday 5th May
12pm - Finalizing projects
5pm - Presentations and Awards
Latest info and timetable here
The Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA will be running the Interactive Jam.
Date: Fri May 4th, 12pm - Sat May 5th, 6pm
MAKING UTAH the HOLLYWOOD of DIGITAL MEDIA - Greg Jeffs
Fascinating research - and surprising facts about how Hollywood became Hollywood and how Silicon Valley became Silicon Valley against the odds, and what key features we can emulate (and what pitfalls we should avoid) to make Utah the beacon of digital media.
Greg is currently the agency internal audit director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (which includes the Utah Film Commission) and the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Additionally, in the media industry, he has consulted for Adi Shankar's production company (Lone Survivor, Dredd, Castlevania, Bootleg Universe) on both business and creative matters. He has a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration, both from BYU.
Other important credentials include: (1) he has seen (or read the screenplay of) all 250 of IMDB's Top 250 Movies, and (2) in high school he had a level 80-something Paladin in Diablo 2 and a level 30-something Wood Elf Ranger in EverQuest!
Date: To be confirmed - check back!
5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO IMPROVE AS A COMPOSER - Joshua Sohn
Are you looking for ways to improve your writing skills in music? How do you constantly strive to write the best music possible? With a half hour presentation, Joshua Sohn will share with you some ways he has learned to improve his workflow, how to approach compositions creatively, and how to extract musical recipes from the masters. Whether you are a composer that creates music as a hobby or professionally, Josh's insights on the creative process can help you develop your creative talents.
Joshua Sohn is a Korean-American composer, percussionist and teacher. Much of his early musical background was surrounded by the tune of church hymns and classical music. The turning point in his life was when his mother passed away unexpectedly in a car accident. When this occurred, Josh's world turned upside down. Listening to music helped him to cope with her loss. At first, music was a form of escape. Then it became a source of healing and inspiration to grow as a person. Fast forward to present day, equipped with a music degree from the University of Utah and a specialized skill set, Josh found his calling as a music composer.
Since then, Josh has premiered original music for the Air Force Reserve, 48 Hour Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Audience Awards Film Festival, Filmquest Film Festival, IGDA Global Game Jam and the Salt Lake Symphony. Other experiences include composing the musical production of “Come As You Are” which centers around anti-bullying for grades 6-12.
Date: To be confirmed - check back!
DETAILS COMING SOON
We're finalizing details of more events and as soon as they're confirmed we'll add the RSVP links for you right here! They include:
Grace Foundry - Revolutionizing Music in AR/VR
Award-winning documentary screening TOXIC PUZZLE with director Q&A
Dustin Hansen - The Facets, Fibs, and Facts of Storytelling
Chris Madsen - panel AR/VR with Joe Gabriel and Ben Hesson
Owen Peterson - A Beginners Guide to Audio for VR
Jen Jen Francis - Investing for Games
Dates / times: To be confirmed - check back!
We are still finalizing which events above will occur when; as we firm them up we will list the times here in a grid. So please check back!
Work while you're Here!
A number of companies will be exhibiting during Hive Ignite week, offering hands-on with their products or details of the services they provide. They include:
WATCH MY AMERICA.COM
Watchmyamerica.com is an original content platform created by and for heartland millennials and Gen-Z’s.
We create original, funny, and entertaining stories of real American heartlanders and we encourage our audience to do the same. Share your stories, watch our stories, and be a part of the MyCountry revolution!
Days: Tuesday May 1st
Microsoft Store from City Creek in downtown Salt Lake City will be offering you the chance to get hands-on with their latest technology, including a discussion of the accessibility features in Xbox hardware and core system software. This will include the Elite Controller and Co-pilot and a general discussion of inclusive design in gaming!
Days: Thursday May 3rd
GApp LAB - University of Utah
The GApp Lab will be showing Virtual Home Simulation (VHS), an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience designed and developed to simulate home visits and other environments for students who are preparing to become Social Workers. Currently, new graduates often feel overwhelmed when conducting home visits with particularly squalid conditions and neglectful guardians, leading them to make real world mistakes which results in a high turnover rate. VHS prepares students by highlighting examples of what they will encounter in the real world through a VR experience during which they practice identifying positive and negative factors in a home environment.
The GApp Lab (therapeutic games and apps) is a collaboration between the Center for Medical Innovation and the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program. Located in the Eccles Health Sciences Library, this unique facility hosts over 35 graduate students and staff working on medical games and apps. The GApp Lab has several unique advantages: proximity allows for easy collaboration with health professionals, a dedicated lab allows students and staff to leverage time and expertise across multiple projects, and full access to the library allows our research to be well grounded and cutting-edge. This experimental lab is a unique tool that positions us to push the boundaries on innovation and technology in unique applications.
Days: Wednesday May 2nd
More exhibitor details will be added here soon including:
Grace Foundry - AR/VR Music
Dustin Hansen - Meet the Author & Digital Creator, plus Get His Books!
Utah Game Audio
Tiered World Studios
If you are interested in exhibiting, please get in contact ASAP as space is limited: Email email@example.com
The meeting will be held at UDEN's home downtown Salt Lake City, at Access Salt Lake.
TO FIND US -- locate the Axis Building on the corner of 200W and 200S, Salt Lake City, UT (see map below). It's a couple of blocks from TRAX light rail stations (on Main St), UTA buses run throughout the city including right outside along 200S. Paid parking is available close by -- there is a parking lot on 200W to the rear of the Axis Building, 2hr street parking as well as parking lots in the neighboring block (see map below).
ENTRY -- Go to the rear of the building and on the right-hand side is an entrance to the basement level - this is the VIP entrance to Access Salt Lake (see pic above). There should be signage directing you once you get to this point. Enter through the VIP entrance.
MANY THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!
The Utah Film Commission
Access Salt Lake Watchmyamerica.com
Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA Blue Helm Communications
If you are interested in sponsoring an event during Hive Ignite Week, please get in contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will promote you in our social media and give you a platform during the next UDEN membership meeting UDEN #19 which occurs midway through Hive Ignite Week.WHENApril 30, 2018 at 10am - May 05, 2018 at 10amWHEREAccess Salt Lake
175 W 200 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Google map and directions
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