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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00am

Presented by First Year Faculty of Design

OCAD U welcomes you to highlights of a wide range of projects from Communication Design 1-2. Produced by First Year Design students, these works demonstrate how the students have developing both their graphic/visual communication and project-solving skills over the two and three dimensional plane.

Coordinated by Doug Panton

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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Open Life Drawing Studio

Model on drawing table
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone!

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor.

Saturday sessions - 10:00 - 1:00pm

Winter 2014 Semester Schedule

January
Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25

February
Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

March
Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*Saturday March 1st extended pose for painting or sustained drawing.

April
Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16
Saturday, April 5, 12

100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
alumni@ocad.ca
$10 per session

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario  
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions.htm
Email: 
alumni@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
$10.00

IT'S A START Deadline: Semi-Finalists Resubmit Proposals

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00pm

A pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs

IT’S A START
Digifest is proud to announce a unique opportunity for individuals to participate in the IT’S A START pitch competition.

What is IT’S A START?
Supported by the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute and the undergraduate and graduate Digital Futures Program of OCAD University.

IT’S A START is a pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs.

This competition is open to creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and recent graduates looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists will have an opportunity on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserves to win one of the prizes, which includes financing and incubation space in the George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator. We are looking for the most innovative ideas from individuals, start-ups or digital companies who have special projects that they want to take to the next level. There is no fee to apply for this competition.

How does the contest work?
The contest will be developed in the following phases.

Phase 1 – The competition officially launches in October 2013. Contestants have two months to submit their application.

Phase 2 – Applications will be accepted until Friday January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the first round of finalists will be announced on Monday January 27, 2014.

Phase 3 - First round finalists will have an opportunity to attend a Creative CampSaturday February 8 & Sunday February 9, 2014) where
entrepreneurs in residence will provide mentorship support and help the finalists evolve their projects.

Phase 4 – In order to be considered for the pitch contest finale, finalists must re-submit their updated project proposals by Friday March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the second round of finalists will be announced on Monday March 24, 2014.

Phase 5 – All of the second round finalists will have an opportunity to present to their mentors from the Creative Camp on Saturday April 5 or Sunday April 6, 2014 and receive coaching and feedback for the pitch contest finale.

Phase 6 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 1 will take place during Digifest on Friday May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront. Twenty semi-finalists will have 60 seconds on stage before a live audience to convince the jury why their project deserves to win. The jury will then select 10 finalists to present in the Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 the next day.

Phase 7 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 will take place during Digifest on Saturday May 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Ten contestants will have 3 minutes on stage to present to the jury and a public audience (please note that this is not a Digifest ticketed event).

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 1, Friday May 9th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the 60 second pitch at Digifest on
Friday May 9, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• Audio-visual equipment, PowerPoint presentation slides, prototypes etc. are NOT
permitted during the pitch competition. However, finalists have an opportunity to
showcase presentations/prototypes for their projects in the festival exhibit area.

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 2, Saturday May 10th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the final 3-minute pitch at Digifest
on Saturday May 10, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• PowerPoint presentations are mandatory for this part of the presentation
• May 10, 2014 at Corus Quay building Main Stage area where the winners will be
announced.
• NB: For technical purposes, all finalists are required to attend a dry run
of their pitch presentation before Digifest on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at The
Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront.

What are the prizes?
We will be announcing the It’s A Start 2014 prizes soon.

It’s a Start prizes for 2012 included more than $8,000 in cash prizes, mentorship and
incubation space at George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD
University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator.

What Projects are eligible?
Project Criteria

The focus for Digifest 2014 is “future cities” and digital urbanism. For the IT’S A START competition, we are looking for creative, cutting-edge projects driven by conscientious and dedicated individuals that will help us solve some of today’s pressing urban challenges. Do you have an original idea that can improve the way we live, work and play? Have you developed an application or technology that will allow us to manage
complexities and build more resilient cities? Does your project connect people and
networks, ultimately enabling us to live better lives? If your project or idea fits the above-mentioned criteria then please keep reading.

Project Eligibility
• Project entries or ideas must be the original work of the applicant(s).
• Applicant(s) who have submitted to IT’S A START competition in the past and
have not qualified as a finalist can re-submit a proposal, however, you must be able to demonstrate how the project or idea has changed.

What projects are NOT eligible?
• Submissions that have won in previous IT’S A START competitions.
Who can enter?
• Start-up companies
• Entrepreneurs
• Students or recent graduates
• NB: George Brown College and OCAD University students/graduates/faculty are eligible to participate in the competition,
however, you must disclose this information in your application.

Who is on the IT’S A START committee?
The committee is made up of experts from industry, academia and finance.

What are the selection criteria?
The committee will use the following criteria to determine the finalists for the
competition:
• Originality (Has this idea been presented this way before? How does your idea
compare to existing projects/ideas that address similar issues)
• Marketability (Is there a demand for your idea? Why would someone buy it?)
• Market Readiness (How much more development is needed?)
• User friendly (How easy is it to use?)
• Creativity & Design (How is the project executed? Is the overall design clear and
effective?)
• Feasibility (How realistic is your plan to execute this project? Does your budget
take into consideration the logistics, production, technical requirements and
other expenditures?)
• Probability of Success (With the right investment and support, could this idea
become a successful business?)

History
The first IT’S A START competition was held in Monza, Italy organized by Regione Lombardia, Provincia Monza Brianza and Camera di Commercio di Monza in June 2012. The next competition “IT’S A START Canada” premiered at Digifest Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Contact Us
For more information and general inquiries about the competition, contact Miriam
Brookman at mbrookman@georgebrown.ca or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3556.

For sponsorship inquiries about the competition, contact Lucia Piccinni at
LPiccinni2@georgebrown.ca or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3152.

Website: 
http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2014/itsastart/
Email: 
mbrookman@georgebrown.ca
Cost: 
Free
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sMarch- Estisol Demonstration in Printmaking Studios

sMarch Event Poster
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

sMarch- Estisol Demonstration in Printmaking Studios

Visit the Printmaking Studios(Room 384)for a demonstration of Estisol. Estisol is a vegetable-coconut oil based solvent used to replace toxic solvents in the Printmaking Studios. This event is part of sMarch.

Venue & Address: 
Room 384 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/about_ocad/shops_studios/green_initiatives.htm
Cost: 
Free

6th Annual OCAD U Zine Fair

Event Poster
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Zines, comics, posters, prints from OCADU's finest

Every year the OCAD U Zine Fair is a vibrant display of self-published and handmade work by OCAD U students, alumni and local artists. Never seen a zine? Now's your chance to engage with this exciting medium and its makers. Vendors will have a variety of handmade multiples for sale including zines, comics, books, prints and t-shirts. Come to support our students, offer a trade or make a free button on the button making machine. It's going to be a blast!

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/720966724590780
Cost: 
Free
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Open Life Drawing Studio

Model on drawing table
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:00am

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone!

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor.

Wednesday sessions 7:00-10:00pm

Winter 2014 Semester Schedule

January
Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25

February
Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

March
Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*Saturday March 1st extended pose for painting or sustained drawing.

April
Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16
Saturday, April 5, 12

100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
alumni@ocad.ca
$10 per session

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario  
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions.htm
Email: 
alumni@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
$10.00

Résumé/CV Drop-In Clinic

Event Poster
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Immediate, applicable feedback on key documents...

Students are invited to drop in to meet one-on-one with representatives from Career Development and Experiential Learning, who can help direct the development of your résumé, CV, cover letters and other professional documents.

Get the immediate help you're seeking, whether you're considering employment this summer or opportunities after graduation! Every student will be provided with additional take-away resources for later use.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516, Level 5 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment
Email: 
zfarber@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 x3843</p>
Cost: 
Free

Scholarships & Awards Program Information Session

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Information session on OCAD University's undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Program

OCAD U's Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards programs recognize excellence. Each program and year level gives a variety of scholarships and awards based on grades and/or studio/coursework. Scholarships and awards are different from bursaries, which are distributed on the basis of financial need.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 284 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/students/financial_matters/scholarship_awards.htm
Cost: 
Free

All By Myselfie

Event Poster
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening party March 13, 2014 (7-11pm)

student exhibition

“We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme SELFIE who is eternally at peace.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

'All By Myselfie' explores the complex culture of selfies, images taken of the self by the self. The selfie is inescapable online, securing its status in digital culture beyond a simple trend and into a full-blown phenomena. Whether the selfie is empowering, therapeutic, performative, archival, narcissistic, or validating, it has become the ultimate symbol of a constructed and consumable self projected into digital space. This show looks beyond the face value of the online selfie to its private, personal beginnings. Whether or not a selfie is uploaded, the act of taking a selfie reveals the intrinsic human desire to understand oneself.

Featuring work by Reenee Dykeman, Alexandra Pearlhaddad, Kori Baum, Camille Jodoin, Shelby Jane Miller and Jenna Crook.

Organized by Jenna Crook.

Opening party on Thursday, March 13 (7-11pm) // featuring DJ Feelgoodsmalls!

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.studentgallery.ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free
Event Poster

The Decoded Company: Data is the New Creative—Jay Goldman & Rahaf Harfoush

The Decoded Company: Data is the New Creative—Jay Goldman & Rahaf Harfoush - Event Poster
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:30am

Presented by sLab and the Strategic Foresight & Innovation Program

When we think about creative industries, is data the first thing that comes to mind? Creative outputs have long been considered as intangibles – hard to quantify and hard to measure – but that’s all about to change.

Thanks to the rise of data abundance, smart companies like Target, Amazon and Netflix have tapped into this new quantitative intelligence to better understand their consumers. Now, we are entering the next phase of this disruptive transformation: Companies are turning those sophisticated algorithms inward, using analytics to attract and retain the best and brightest minds. From Google to Starbucks and Gengo to Prezi, companies large and small are already using data to reverse flagging sales, improve performance, and prevent the repetition of mistakes. An analytical revolution is transforming creative industries. Are you ready?

Copies of The Decoded Company will be available for purchase & signing.

Jay Goldman is a managing director at Klick, focused on innovation and exploring opportunities in new channels and markets. He was previously head of marketing for Rypple, a venture-backed startup acquired by Salesforce in 2012 and now known as Work.com. He is the author of the O’Reilly Facebook Cookbook, and has been published in the Harvard Business Review. Jay has crafted UX designs for some of the world’s best known brands including IBM, Mozilla, eBay and John Hancock. He is an award winning visual designer whose work has been featured in Taschen’s Icons series, Web Design Studios 2.

Rahaf Harfoush is a digital innovation strategist who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work and play. She is the author of Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand (2009), and co-author of The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers (2014). She is currently working on her third book called “ArchiTechs: How to Work, Govern, and Learn, in a Hyper-Connected World.” Rahaf is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, and a member of the Summit Series Network. She sits on the board of Taking it Global, and is on the advisory boards of companies like Enstituteu.com, OneLeap.to & SyriaDeeply.org. She writes about technology and innovation at Techonomy and The Next Web.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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