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DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update

DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update
19 Jun 2020 by DigiBC

This is our final weekly Friday update as we're planning to move back to our monthly newsletter format starting in July.
We will still keep our COVID-19 Member Resources page updated with any relevant information.

Week of June 19, 2020

Government Announcements / Policies / Funding


Industry-Related News

  • Ubisoft commemorates Juneteenth with third Black Game Pros event - June 18
  • Video games and esports fill void in pandemic - June 16
  • FDA approves first prescription video game for kids with ADHD - June 15
  • Humble Bundle launches Fight for Racial Justice bundle - June 16
  • The Playstation 5 already proves the future of games is diverse - June 11
  • Congratulations to DigiBC member, Blackbird Interactive on the release of their new game, Hardspace: Shipbreakers! It launched on June 16 and is available on Steam Early Access.
  • Applications are open for the Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society's Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships. They are giving out 15 awards valued at $10K each, with two being dedicated to women of Indigenous ancestry. Deadline to apply is July 6. Click here to learn more.
  • DigiBC has arranged for our network to receive a 20% discount off the current pricing for the Venture Summit Virtual | Connect. The conference is dedicated to showcasing VCs, corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early-stage companies. Click here for more info.
  • Submissions are now open for the 12th annual Spark Animation Festival which is taking place from October 29 to November 1. The festival will feature some of the best short and feature-length animation the world has to offer. Visit the website for more details and to submit.
  • The Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute Virtual Breakthrough Summit is taking place from July 6-10. This team challenge event is where girls from ages 12-21 can come together and take part in a competition to develop solutions for a specific problem. There will also be interactive discussions on video games, virtual reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence, storyboarding for books/games/movies, job interviews, leadership styles, personal development, cultural diplomacy, mental health and much more. The event is based in the USA but Canadians girls are welcome to participate. Parents, teachers and lifelong learners are also encouraged to attend. Click here for further details and to register.

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DigiBC News

  • DigiMusic 2020 has been extended!️ With the challenges of COVID-19, we have decided to extend the deadline for music entries and move our online celebration event to later this summer. Young musicians and composers of all varieties are invited to create an original piece of music for a video game or animated film clip taken from world-famous products that were made in BC. It's the perfect project for students in grades 7-12 looking for a creative challenge that blends music with technology. Learn more here:


Upcoming Virtual Events of Interest

June 23: NGPX: New Game + Expo

June 25: WIMDI x WIGeh - How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at Events

June 25: SCOOB! The Re-imagining of a Classic

July 6-10: Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute Virtual Breakthrough Summit

August 4-6: Venture Summit Virtual Global | Connect

August 4-6: Game Developers Conference Summer | Online

August 25-29: Gamescom Online

September 12-20: PAX Online

September 19: Game Devs of Colour Expo


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