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We're Hiring - Community and Membership Manager!

New Media Manitoba (NMM) is currently seeking a qualified Community and MembershipManager to join our growing team. This position requires the management of community engagements, communications, and membership relations. If you are a tech-savvy professional with great people skills then we need to talk. 

Our ideal candidate is an outgoing, self-starter who has exceptional communication skills to develop engaging content and foster community interaction. They would be the ultimate “people person” with great client-facing service skills, the ability to facilitate online and offline conversations and have a passion for interactive digital media. 

Job type:Full time employment.

Responsibilities:

  • Member liaison, manage membership drive and member requests, inquiries.
  • Assist in writing reports and completing required reporting for training programs, business development initiatives, market access activities, registration for events and membership applications.
  • Create, implement and monitor social media content and communication campaigns to align with marketing strategies.
  • Assist with technology demonstrations.
  • Organize and participate in events to build community.
  • Monitor corporate website and social media pages and address members inquiries.
  • Office and administrative tasks as required.
  • Assist Executive Director with securing sponsorship opportunities
  • Assist Executive Director and other team members with deadlines and deliverables.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate communication within the office regarding events, activities, meetings, etc, by making planning documents and timelines readily available to all team members in a central location. This includes maintaining an up-to-date general calendar of (local, national and international) industry events in collaboration with the NMM team. 
  • Supervise volunteers.

Requirements:

  • Experience launching community initiatives (e.g. building an online forum, maintaining memberships, writing email newsletters)
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to communicate effectively within a team environment.
  • Hands-on experience with social media.
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Self-directed.
  • Minimum 2-year’s experience in a related position.
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to changing priorities in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to establish and work with CRM tools.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks is an asset.


How to Apply:

Interested parties can email us at info@newmediamanitoba.com with a cover letter and resume using the Subject line “Community and Membership Manager”.

Applications are due Monday, May 13th

APPLY NOW  

We thank everyone that applies but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

We're Hiring - Northern Technology Liaison

New Media Manitoba (NMM) is currently looking for a qualified Northern Technology Liaison to join our team. If you love technology, are willing to learn, and want to make a difference then we have an opportunity for you. 

In this role, the ideal candidate would be mentored and trained by New Media Manitoba and industry partners to help provide tech demos to northern communities. You would accompany our partner organization, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) Trades throughout the province to deliver cutting-edge technology demos using advanced technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for the construction industry.

The responsibilities of this position include northern travel and the ideal candidate should be calm under pressure with keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills. When not in the field the position would be based out of the NMM's Exchange District office.

Full-time contractor

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring virtual and physical resources are prepared and ready to distribute.
  • Maintaining, updating and tracking equipment used in demonstrations.
  • Assisting with VR setups and technology demonstrations.
  • Troubleshooting on-site technical issues.
  • Stay up-to-date with digital technology trends.
  • Provide MCSC Trades Coordinator with monthly reports.

Requirements:

  • A passion for technology.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent.
  • Clear criminal and child abuse check.
  • Valid driver’s license. 
  • Physically able to lift technology. 
  • Outgoing and willing to learn. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to communicate effectively within a team environment.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Self-starter.
  • Enrolled in a Manitoba accredited post-secondary institution.

** Comfort/experience working in northern or rural communities is an asset.**


How to Apply:

Interested parties can email us at info@newmediamanitoba.com with a cover letter and resume using the Subject line Northern Technology Liaison”.

Applications are due Monday, May 13th.

APPLY NOW

We thank everyone that applies but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

New Media Manitoba and the Winnipeg Unity User Group

New Media Manitoba is happy to announce that we will now be directly administering the Winnipeg Unity User Group. 

Since 2011 the Winnipeg Unity User Group (WUUG)  has been supporting meetups and game development around the Unity game engine. With New Media Manitoba's dedicated support, we hope to continue to foster this incredible community and build on all the great work that has been done. Stay tuned for exciting Unity announcements.

Posted on Apr 25, 2019

Cinema Outside the Box

New Media Manitoba is happy to partner with the Gimil Film Fest (GFF) on Cinema Outside the Box. We are looking to push the boundaries of traditional, single-channel cinema. As such, we are need your expanded cinema performances, multi-media installations, multi-channel works, performance art, and virtual reality projects to add a brand new dimension to this year's festival!  

Submit Your Film Now! 


Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Girls in Gaming

Girls in Gaming is dedicated to creating a fun and collaborative space for young women to explore the technical and creative possibilities of video game development. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of designers, creators, and engineers. Find out all the details and register for our next session at www.girlsingaming.io 

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Creation Lab IV

New Media ManitobaOn Screen Manitobathe National Film Board (NFB) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) are partnering to produce Creation Lab IV from Friday, February 22 to Sunday, February 24, 2019 with an opening reception taking place the evening of Thursday, February 21.

Up to five teams of creators with backgrounds in visual arts, music, film, television, interactive and immersive digital media will be selected for the three-day accelerator. Each team will create a prototype for a digital media experience based on themes specific to human rights.

Up to five teams of creators with backgrounds in visual arts, music, film, television, interactive and immersive digital media will be selected for the three-day accelerator. Each team will create a prototype for a digital media experience based on themes specific to human rights.

Apply as a content creator, musician, designer or developer for the three-day Creation Lab. Through a collaborative process, you will use immersive and interactive technologies to tell a story about human rights. As a new component at this Lab, one team will work and produce a prototype in French. If you thrive on challenge, enjoy solving problems, and are not afraid of exploring new territory, click here to apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12 PM.

Applicants must be On Screen ManitobaNew Media Manitoba or Manitoba Music members in good standing.

For more information, please contact
jon@newmediamanitoba.com

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Year in Review & Happy Holidays from New Media Manitoba

The snow is falling (kind-of), the Exchange District is bustling with last-minute shoppers and everyone seems ready for a well-deserved holiday break. 

It was another banner year for the industry, so it shouldn't come as any big surprise that 2018 flew by so quickly but we are still amazed at how fast it went. With the new year right around the corner, it's nice to take a moment from all that hustle and bustle to reflect on everything that happened and how much got done. New Media Manitoba had an extremely busy year with a host of awareness activities and training events designed to help grow and support this incredible sector.

We were so happy to work with industry on high-level training events such as Unity, UX, Google Adwords, React Native, Design Thinking, Product Design, Video Projection, and Agile Project Managment. Seeing the enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of participants at each and every one of these events was inspiring.

We love the incredible things that can happen when tech collides with other industries. Working together with the Bioscience Association of Manitoba, we relaunched our digital health initiative, Hacking Health, with info cafés and design jams. Bridging the healthcare and technology worlds closer together is so important because it helps foster real-world solutions to problems that affect us all. In collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and On Screen Manitoba, we brought multidisciplinary teams together to explore interactive installations in museum settings at our Creation Lab series.

Our Video Game Speaker Series continued, as we brought some of the best minds in the business to Winnipeg audiences. We collaborated on Game Jams, which keep getting bigger and better.  Reynold Redekopp passed the torch of his wonderful Girls in Gaming program to us. Girls in Gaming aims at getting young women aware of careers in game development and we've got big plans for it moving forward. We also ran our first ever Video Game Summer Camps for high-school aged students in both Winnipeg and Brandon. Whew, it was busy!

We need to be busy though because you're busy.  All those late nights, hard work and hustle your putting in is paying off because the industry is booming! According to our recently released census, we support the equivalent of 3,800 full-time employees and contribute an annual economic impact of $190 million (in GDP). Not too shabby, and things don't look like they are going to slow down in 2019.

It's been an exciting ride and we are so thankful that we get to share with you all. We are only scratching the surface of our true potential, and we look forward to engaging in several future initiatives with you to continue to grow this industry.

All the best to you and yours this holiday season, thanks so much for another great year!

New Media Manitoba Staff and Board of Directors

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

Hacking Health Design Jam

New Media Manitoba and Hacking Health, are bringing 
together stakeholders inside 
and outside the healthcare sector and empowering them to build innovative, meaningful solutions to healthcare challenges at Winnipeg's first ever Design Jam.

On August 22nd and 23rd we will gather together with professional facilitation for this incredible session. Everyone one of us has something to contribute including unique insight, ideas, and experience, which all come together to provide solutions. Hacking Health unites patients, healthcare professionals, physicians, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, business leaders, researchers, administrators, and governments to work collaboratively and solve tangible issues. 

No previous experience? No problem. This event will be facilitated by industry experts who will help guide you on the path to success even if you've never heard of the term “Design Thinking” before. We all see the challenges patients, healthcare professionals, and the healthcare system are facing, so let's get together and do something about it!

We truly believe that it is by joining forces and tearing down silos that we will contribute to global health.

Posted on Jul 19, 2018

Sound & Colour: Creative Mentorship Showcase

New Media Manitoba has partnered with Creative Manitoba and Manitoba Music to give 15 high-school the incredible opportunity to take part in a creative mentorship program that focuses on developing artwork for games. On May 6th you will have the chance to see what this next generation of talent came up with at a the showcase - Sound & Colour! 

The Creative Mentorship Program is a weekly after school session aimed at giving high-school-age students the chance to conceptualize and develop artwork for use in video games. Led by the incredible Sara Wilde and supported by guest mentors, the program is giving this talented group of students a head-start on their dreams of making games.

The showcase itself will take over Winnipeg music hotspot The Handsome Daughter to showcase an eclectic lineup of young Manitoba acts and a new media art display. In addition to the concept artwork the event will feature performances from pop punk trio The 1221, singer/songwriter Taylor Janzen, R&B/contemporary singer/songwriter Louise K, singer/guitarist Preston Tanghe, and pop/funk rock’n’rollers Free Morgan.

The showcase is a true collaboration between art forms that will combine music and a new media art display of the Interactive Digital Media students’ final character design projects. Sound & Colour is an opportunity to discover up-and-coming local musicians and new media talent while supporting youth in our community.

Register Now! 
View the Press Release 

Posted on Apr 11, 2018

Ubisoft is coming to town

Have you heard the big news this past Friday? If not—drum roll please—Ubisoft, the international video game icon is opening a brand-new studio in Winnipeg.

Ubisoft has produced a long list of successful AAA titles, including Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, the Tom Clancy series, Prince of Persia, and Watch Dogs amongst many others.

This is incredible news for the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) industry, for Winnipeg, and for Manitoba. Ubisoft investing in our market is a huge vote of confidence for the quality of the work in this city, and it will allow us to build on the industry’s current momentum and raise our profile on the world stage like never before.

Ubisoft will level up the industry
Ubisoft's arrival in Winnipeg is a testament to the hard work you have all put in as well, and the tremendous talent and support within our growing ecosystem.

This new studio will be a catalyst that unlocks further potential within the province.

Not only is this an opportunity for new jobs, but this is also a chance for even more collaboration and growth within our sector. Ubisoft is excited to join the local community and work with all of you to put on game jams, meetups, and grow the skill-sets within the province.

There will be opportunities for industry mentorship, internships and Ubisoft will have a significant impact on our academic institutions, working closely with them to impart new skills for the IDM industry.


Here is the Ubisoft announcement video

Ubisoft’s impact on our community
You may also be wondering about what a large player like Ubisoft joining our community means for the IDM landscape.

I know there are some concerns about Ubisoft tapping into our talent pool, but I think we are underestimating ourselves to think that we will not rise to meet the challenge (and opportunity).

This change in the industry means there will be additional competition for the existing talent within the province. I think it’s important to remember that an international developer investing in Manitoba will develop existing talent even further, while attracting new talent and opportunities into our market. 

Undoubtedly, the introduction of a new player means competition within the market for top-tier talent, but a higher number of jobs within the field of AAA videogames will encourage people who normally would have left Manitoba to stay and invest their time and talent to grow here. And Ubisoft is also hoping to entice Manitobans who are operating in other markets to come home to Winnipeg.

This growth will have ripple effects in other industries too—app development, web development, VR, AR, film, and sound sectors will all reap the benefits of Winnipeg being prominently featured on the international stage.

Let’s get excited!
I think there are several net positives for our industry as a whole, and this is an exciting time for our IDM industry. Ubisoft choosing to open a new studio here speaks volumes to the quality of work and talent that exists within the province (but you already knew that).

New Media Manitoba will continue to be a voice for all IDM companies regardless of size, but this is an exciting event that complements our existing game development ecosystem with a world class AAA studio.

Let’s welcome Ubisoft to Manitoba’s IDM family!!


Louie Ghiz
Executive Director

 

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The Announcement

When?
Ubisoft plans to open its Winnipeg studio in Fall 2018

Where?
A location has yet to be determined.

What is this Studio going to make?
Ubisoft Winnipeg will be concentrating on creating and optimizing the company’s tools and technology for it’s Open World games.

Can I apply to work here?
Why yes you can!  Check out initial job postings right here

How Big is this going to be?
The studio will be investing 35 million dollars in Winnipeg, and creating an estimated 100 jobs over the next five years.  All of these positions will not exist in year one, but the company is forecasted to grow to 100 employees by year 5, starting with an approximate team of 20 in year one.

Louie offered some thoughts on this announcement in this video from Economic Development Winnipeg


Here are some more thoughts on the EDW blog

 

Ubisoft Facts

  • Revenue of 1.6 billion Euros in 2017
  • Assassin's Creed shipped over 110 million units
  • Farcry 5 sold 5 million units in its first week
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell sold 32 million units

Ubisoft in other Canadian markets

  • Ubisoft opened its first office in Canada in 1997
  • Opened its Toronto office in 2009
  • When Ubisoft Montreal opened, it was originally conceived as a studio of 500 employees. Job growth has far exceeded those expectations with a current staff of 3,500 employees
  • When Ubisoft moved to Montreal in 1997 it was seen as a turning point for the industry, with Electronic Arts (EA Mobile), Eidos, and Babel Media having since established in the city
  • After Ubisoft opened their Montreal studio, they partnered with Cégep de Matane and the Université de Sherbrooke to create the Ubiooft Campus, in 2005. The program is aimed a building a community and program to build up the skill-set of all developers in the area.
  • Ubisoft Toronto promotes diversity by heavily investing in programs like Girls Code Day with Ladies Learning Code, and the Hand Eye Society. 
  • Ubisoft Toronto regularly invites other, smaller IDM companies located in Toronto to its events, and has initiated the Ubisoft Indie Series (with National Bank), an annual competition for independent game development studios across Canada
Posted on Apr 08, 2018