September 6th 2012, Toronto. To raise awareness of the environmental impact of climate change, the World Bank last year launched its first Connect4Climate competition, a contest that encouraged African youth to tell their own climate change stories through photos and videos. The initiative resulted in more than 700 submissions, with at least one from every African country.
But this year the World Bank decided to take the initiative one step further and go global with its Voices4Climate Photo/Video/Music Video Competition, a precursor to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Qatar this December. Participants aged 18 to 35 are asked to submit photos and videos to highlight how the ever-shifting climate is changing life for them, their family and friends, as well as their community and country. The best part—participants are being invited to come up with their own climate change solutions or innovative tactics for dealing with weather-related changes in their regions.
Submissions must tell a climate change story in one of the following categories: energy, forests, cities, agriculture, gender, jobs, health, the green economy and water. This year a new podcast competition category has also been added in partnership with the land degradation-focused organization TerrAfrica. Entries in that category should focus on a land degradation or sustainable land and water-management story from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The issue of climate change isn’t going away, so it’s important that we keep raising awareness about climate change-related challenges, as well as how people are adapting and managing to overcome its effects.
Voices4Climate leverages Filemobile’s Media Factory platform and UGC contest application via Facebook to host and manage the climate change-related video and photo content, while providing innovative geo-tracking functionality to track the origin of submissions from around the world.
“We’re proud to be working with the World Bank on this important initiative,” said Filemobile co-founder Ron Watson. “The World Bank has long been a leader in highlighting climate-change facts, challenges and adaptive solutions, and we think Media Factory will provide the right technology to help spread the word.”
Winning entries will be featured at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Qatar, while TerrAfrica podcast story winners will be invited to cover the conference for TerrAfrica Green Radio. Winners in the music video category will have their submission featured on MTV’s Voices platform after spending a day with MTV editors in New York or London. Entries must be received no later than 11:59pm EST, October 15, 2012.
For full contest details and to learn more about the Voices4Climate Competition, visit http://connect4climate.org
May 1st, 2012 - Toronto It’s no secret that Canada is home to some of the world’s top young entrepreneurial minds. Now it’s time to find them and share their incredible success stories.
The second annual FuEL Awards are now accepting nominations en route to naming this country’s top 20 Future Entrepreneurial Leaders. Launched in 2011, the FuEL Awards were created to promote entrepreneurship in Canada by identifying forward-thinking role models for youth and illustrating the many benefits of venturing out on one's own.
Winners not only have the chance to earn the prestigious title of FuEL Entrepreneur of the Year, but they’ll also receive passes to the exclusive PROFIT magazine 200 CEO Summit and Growth Camp conferences where they’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with some of the country’s most experienced and successful business leaders. The top 20 enjoy a one-day business consultation with professionals from KPMG, not to mention a profile on the FuEL Awards website.
To qualify, applicants must be residents of Canada born in or after 1983 and be the owner or chief executive of a business owned, headquartered, registered and operating in Canada. The company must also be an independent (i.e., not a subsidiary or division of a larger organization).
FuEL Awards candidates will be judged on several criteria including innovation, community building and social responsibility, job creation and employment practices and commercial results and potential. In addition to public voting, an all-star panel of entrepreneur judges will help select the winners including Sprouter.com founder Sarah Prevette, Shopify chief platform office Harvey Finkelstein and Mike Jagger, president of Provident Security Corp.
Of course, we fully understand the rewards and challenges inherent in founding and growing a business in Canada, which is why Filemobile has signed on as an associate sponsor of the FuEL Awards. We’re providing much-needed digital tools and know-how to the FuEL team via our Media Factory social media suite to ensure the awards get as much buzz—and the competition receives as many submissions and votes—as possible.
October 12th, 2011 - Toronto - Filemobile is pleased to announce: The World Bank, in collaboration with more than 60 global partners, has just launched Connect4Climate : a campaign, a competition, and a community dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world. Connect4Climate is engaging African youth, along with partners and individuals interested in the climate dialogue through Facebook, Twitter, other social media channels, and on www.connect4climate.org .
The Connect4Climate Photo/Video Competition will challenge youth, ages 13-35, to share their personal climate change stories and ideas for action within six photo/video categories: agriculture, energy, forests, gender, health, and water.
Winning entries will be exhibited at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban this December and at Rio+20 in June, 2012. Partners include UN agencies, NGOs, universities, and media.
Filemobile is providing both a contest application at http://apps.facebook.com/connectforclimate.
October 12, 2011 - London, England - Filemobile is pleased to announced a partnership with the Mozilla Festival called: "Media, Freedom and the Web". The conference takes place in London, England from November 4th to 6th.
The conference is called a "A three-day unconference and hackfest for open web developers, journalists and media educators". The Mozilla Festival is a yearly celebration that brings together hundreds of passionate people to explore the frontiers of the open web. They bring developers, designers, and big thinkers together to make things that can change the world.
This year’s theme is Media, Freedom and the Web — "how can the web can make us more creative, collaborative and connected in an age of broadcasters big and small?"
From the revolutionary front-lines to amateur music videos, people around the world are using web media to express themselves and show the world as they see it. How can the open web make journalism, film-making, music, and games work better? What does a read-write media look like?
The Mozilla Festival will bring together passionate people from web, journalism, games, film-making, and activism to bend, hack and reinvent all forms of media—and how we communicate with the world.
Filemobile is going to be providing a Human API for the "Hackjam". We will be sending Evert Pot to act as guide to the Filemobile API's for any programmers or hackers who wish to add Filemobile functionality into their project.
While Filemobile is not an open-source project we have made use of a lot of open source software over the years and we are keen to give back any way we can. We are excited by the possibilities that the "hackjam" will provide.
We support Mozilla's "Media, Freedom and the web" and its goals. We also are following the trend of reduced investment from traditional media on local news and investigative journalism. This has an effect on society and democracy and it is important for organizations like Mozilla and the Knight Foundation (A Mozilla partner) to work on projects like the Mozilla festival to provide new and innovative ways to bring stories that matter to the people.
Sep 15, 2011 - Amsterdam, NL - The IBC2011 conference has been an interesting experience with a mix of conference events, business development meetings, networking and site visits.
The delegation of Ontario technology companies started meetings Monday with presentations from various groups providing overviews of the European and Dutch media landscape. As you would expect, the market is quite fragmented with many country and regional players - but the scope is amazing - there are over 10,000 television channels serving the European market. The trend towards IPTV is a hot topic. In Europe, one standard being driven by the French and Germans is HBB which facilitates broadcast/IP integration for television.
In particular, the emergence of 'Social TV' has been discussed with more and more real life examples of how this can work. Two examples of programs in Europe are:
The approach to how to build solutions in Social TV varies between North America and Europe. The North American model has been driven by the VC backed Silicon Valley and NYC focus on building B2C solutions that grow direct traffic and community. This largely follows the drive to gain a 'hockey stick' growth model for exit. In contrast, the European model has been more driven by B2B business models with create platforms for 'white label' solutions and products for broadcasters.
This trend is the same that we've seen at Filemobile - broadcasters, enterprise and brands are looking for more effective ways to grow and engage with their audiences. This includes ways to interact with entertainment, sports and news. With Social TV, there are two basic human motivations that are satisfied: "I want to know and participate with what others (in particular, my friends) are watching" and "I want others (in particular, my friends) to know what I'm watching".
One challenge is the ability to mix a range of elements to create a successful user experience as measured by monetization of content/ads, audience growth and time spent on site/engagement. 'Transmedia' is a term often used to describe the way in which various media elements can be used to create a truly unique experience. Elements of a 'Social TV' experience include:
Citizen journalism is another area where the ability for people to participate is changing the way news is gathered, created and broadcast. Filemobile recently debuted its new and improved citizen journalism product which helps move things forward in this area.
Some pics from IBC2011 trade show floor are below. Impressed by the size, breadth and depth of the types of production equipment in the industry.
Sep 09, 2011 - Amsterdam, NL - Earlier in 2011, Filemobile was asked to participate in the Ontario Partnering Mission to IBC 2011 which is being held from Sep 08 - 13.
IBC is the leading global tradeshow for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of broadcasting media and entertainment. This mission has been organized by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade - International Trade Branch and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
This event includes attendance at the conference, networking events, site visits and scheduled business development meetings with various European media companies and digital agencies.
IBC provides a great opportunity for Filemobile to showcase its expertise in user generated content, citizen journalism and community to help media successfully grow into a range of new digital opportunities.
We are excited to be participating in this mission and broad set of events with these other participants:
Stay tuned for a summary of events and happenings from Filemobile @ IBC 2011!
June 9th, 2011, Toronto – Filemobile continues to lead the way by integrating the world’s most advanced web-editing and content creation software, FORscene, into its social media platform and customizing it for universities, colleges and K-12. The integrated media platform is called the Academic Media Community.
The Academic Media Community was launched by Filemobile and FORscene licensed distributor, Formidable Technologies Inc., at the SUNY Conference on Instruction & Technology 2011 held at State University of New York Oneonta campus on May 25, 2011. Their presentation on “Social Media Learning Environments – Technology for Today’s Students” was received with standing room only.
“Universities and Colleges spearheaded the building of the Academic Media Community,” said Marc Milgrom, President of Filemobile. “In addition to the private social media environment for teaching, learning and sharing, schools wanted to be able to collaborate, create content, edit video, moderate and own their media assets, all in the same system. FORscene gave us the additional functionality universities were looking for.”
The Academic Media Community is the only platform of its kind that provides personal dashboards for students and teachers to drive a rich media environment for web-based video and audio collaboration, content creation, project development, peer review, enquiry and more. Registered students and teachers access their dashboard through a single-sign on.
UK-based, Stephen Streater, CEO of Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer of FORscene said, “This revolutionary next level of integration of FORscene into Filemobile’s social media environment through the use of API’s, equips universities and schools with individualized content creators and edit suites for students and faculty. This is a first world-wide.”
For more information, please visit www.forbidden.co.ukor contact:
Forbidden Technologies plc- +44 (0)20 8879 7245
Filemobile Inc. – Marc.email@example.com– 416-642-6522
Duncan McCormick/Deepali Schneider/Natalie Quinn
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7562 3350
Notes to Editors
Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000. The Company develops and markets a powerful internet video platform, FORscene, which is used by broadcasters, in professional web video, in education and by consumers. FORscene is one of the world’s most advanced browser-based applications, operating in The Cloud.
Filemobile Inc. (www.filemobile.com) powers applications that engage users and deliver results. Filemobile powers the “media” in social media, with web experiences that engage audiences and drive sharing on public social networks. Filemobile applications are designed to capture, organize, manage and publish user-generated content and engage users on multiple devices and screens. Clients include media companies, brands, education and enterprise.