CommunitySang MahSpecial Projects Consultant, AMPD Technologies
"AMPD is pleased to support several broader industry initiatives through our membership and sponsorship of industry associations and non-profit groups. Our own HQ on Great Northern Way in Vancouver includes a co-working space that helps develop new companies as a joint initiative between AMPD and the Centre for Digital Media."
AMPD COMMUNITY INITIATIVES & SUPPORT
The team at AMPD has always been keen to support community and industry initiatives. Chief Strategy Officer, James Hursthouse, was formerly Executive Director of DigiBC - The Interactive and Digital Media Industry Association of BC, where he continues to serve as a board member. AMPD is also a founding sponsor of the Animation and Visual Effects Alliance of BC, an annual sponsor of the Spark Computer Graphics Society, and a proud sponsor of the Telus Whistler Classic, that raises proceeds for hundreds of local charities in the Sea to Sky corridor, among others. AMPD's headquarters on Great Northern Way are host to the CDM Studios initiative, a collaboration between AMPD and the Centre for Digital Media that incubates and mentors startups that emerge from the Centre of Digital Media's Master in Digital Media program. AMPD is proud to support the following groups and initiatives:
VR Esports with AMPD Technologies at the Centre for Digital Media
Working with AMPD, Greenstone Business Services Ltd and SKonec Entertainment (Korea), Team VRGenesis is developing a turnkey solution to optimize the process for operators to set up eSports events for the game VR Battle Arena: Mortal Blitz, and the flexibility and portability for VR Arcades. This Dec 2020 (Cohort 14) class hopes to significantly improve the efficiency for operators of Battle Arena, and potentially allow operators of more VR games to explore future opportunities in eSports.
Project Website: http://blogs.thecdm.ca/ampd
Featured Panel Presentation
AMPD Technologies’ Sang Mah joined Tommy Lewis from Microsoft and Derek Jacoby from PCAA on a Zoom panel titled: Creatives in Extended Reality (XR): Art and emerging technology. The panel was moderated by Yvonne Coady from Northeastern University (Vancouver). The Emerging Media BC Community gets together to discuss and learn about not only the new VR/AR innovations but also many other emerging technologies. As a diverse community that features faculty, staff, students and industry professionals, the Emerging Media BC Community of Practice has a place and function for everyone.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS PANEL (Sang's presentation begins at 45 minutes)
Capilano University Creative Technology Community
AMPD is working with Capilano University, Hynes Developments, and Greenstone Initiatives on plans to build a Creative Tech Community (CTC) on Capilano University's North Shore Campus. The CTC is intended to be one of Canada's largest on-campus collaborations between education and industry. The collaboration is a joint effort to develop future generations of digital storytellers in technology-related areas such as animation, film, games, visual effects and emerging platforms. The vision of the CTC is to be an on-campus centre for students, faculty and BC's creative tech industry professionals where they can collaborate on specialized work-integrated learning, research and intellectual property (IP) development.
The 2020 TELUS Winter Classic was a great success and AMPD Technologies was pleased to be the 2020 Race Classic Sponsor, helping the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation raise proceeds for hundreds of local charities in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The theme this year was “IMAGINE 2120” which sparked many discussions around how technology will play an increasingly ubiquitous role in our future lives. Current cloud infrastructure has many shortcomings when it comes to ‘always on’, low-latency applications such as multi-user augmented and virtual reality, cloud-based video games, and next-gen digital media production.