On November 1st, Visual Lizard is playing host to a New Media Manitoba press conference, where the 2012 census results for our industry will be unveiled. Also, we're proud to have Provincial Minister Dave Chomiak of Innovation, Energy and Mines, and Dave Angus; CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in our offices, both of whom will be presenting and speaking at the event.
There are a lot of people here, all of who are as excited as we are to hear about New Media Manitoba's Manitoba's New Media Strategy, and their three priorities as to where this industry is headed for both Winnipeg and Manitoba. We'll try to post #nmmunveil tweets here as we seem them...
76% of new media companies are self-funded. #NMMUnveil— Justin Luschinski (@ScholarJ) November 1, 2012
"We are defined by our nimble, small companies that we have here" #NMMUnveil— Justin Luschinski (@ScholarJ) November 1, 2012
Average Manitoba salary for new media practitioner $44,400. #nmmunveil— kathy driscoll (@kd_newmediaMB) November 1, 2012
Synchronized. Adaptive. Open. Prosperous. Connected. Brilliant. #NewMediaManitoba— Carson D. Samson (@carsonsamson) November 1, 2012
"We are an extremely collaborative community." #nmmunveil— Wil Alambre (@wilalambre) November 1, 2012
At his point, the event took a short pause to feature a video produced by Handcraft Media…
After the video, the presentation moved away from the New Media Census results, and onto the subject of a new strategy…
Three priorities for #NMMUnveil 1: Mentorship. We need graduates who are job-ready.— Justin Luschinski (@ScholarJ) November 1, 2012
The new media mentorship program will help subsidize the salaries of recent grads, encouraging Manitoba employers to hire. #NMMunveil— Erica Glasier ♥(@EricaGlasier) November 1, 2012
Priority 2: Sales portal. It's not enough to create the next greatest thing, we need to be able to sell it #NMMUnveil— Justin Luschinski (@ScholarJ) November 1, 2012
Priority 3: Co-work space. #NMMUnveil says we need a central space with the technology to develop as well as grow the industry.— Justin Luschinski (@ScholarJ) November 1, 2012
Discussion of a co-work facility in the Exchange, possibly with presentation area, boardroom space, recording studios? Wow! #nmmunveil— Wil Alambre (@wilalambre) November 1, 2012
The event started at 10am and wrapped up about an hour and a half later to a room full of excited creative people. New Media Manitoba outlined a three priorities that they will be tackling in the immediate future, with a tagline of "Brilliance Of Exchange".
The first priority is mentorship, helping students come out of secondary and post-secondary education better prepared for the new media industry, and giving employers assistance to hire and train these incoming people. The second priority is a sales portal, a way to help burgeoning freelancers, organizations, and companies expand within and beyond the province of Manitoba. The third priority is a co-work facility somewhere within the Exchange, possibly with presentation areas, boardroom spaces, recording studios, etc, providing a physical place for individuals to meet and cooperate and collaborate.
The event wrapped up with a lot of energy. If you couldn't make it, don't worry… New Media Manitoba will be posting a full report, along with notes, slides, and video, to their website later this afternoon!