Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Professor, Dan Zen, joined Simon Conlin (sherpa & consultant), Ryan Andal (agency technical), Nick Stupa (recent grad), Ryan Wolman (agency design) as an educational representative at the FlashinTO user group panel talk about the state of the new media industry.
The talk was moderated by James Eberhardt (Mobile Guru) who asked questions such as our thoughts of the recent FITC festival…, what skill sets are missing or in demand in the industry…, what keeps you going… etc. These questions and many others from the attentive audience led to animated discussion lasting almost two hours without lull. Cheers to all for such a fun-filled and informative evening.
Dan Zen articulated his vision of education that being to help make Canada and indeed all of us more innovative where graduates possess the latest techniques and have created content that is relevant to these techniques. Examples are learnings and projects in video motion cursor work (like the Wii), sound frequency analysis, interactive walls and mobile work with the latest applications like Adobe CS3 with AS3, AIR, etc. When the grads go into industry, it helps rejuivinate and push the industry culturally.
Dan Zen also concluded the talks with a message that should go out to us all no matter what our area of expertise. The environment. We hold in our hands the tools of the media, commerce and culture. They can be used in many ways from a subtle refocusing of consumerism to outright activism.
FITO or FlashinTO is the Toronto Flash User Group which has been said to be the largest in the world with thousands of members. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Element156 – Digital Media Center 156 Augusta Avenue. (Just North of Dundas, Just West of Spadina). If you are interested, please come on out!