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iVentures 2018

November 6 & 7, 2018 / The Design Exchange | Toronto


October 24, 2017

Don’t miss these iVentures highlights


iVentures is just a couple of short days away. Have you registered yet? Join experts in interactive digital media for two inspiration-filled days of learning, networking and fun! If you plan to join us for iVentures, here’s are some highlights you can look forward to.

International Speakers

iVentures attracts speakers from across the globe every year, and our 2017 lineup is an exciting one. Hear from internationally-renowned experts in interactive media from Argentina, India, UK, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, The US and more.

Sessions like Ideas to Watch in Asia and Latin America and Expanding Into New Markets will provide first-hand insights into what it’s like doing business in IDM internationally, and how to make those key connections with other markets.



iVentures offers unparalleled opportunities to learn from experts in even the most niche interactive discipline. That’s why everyone, from heads of large-scale studios to students just getting their start, will find opportunities to share and absorb knowledge. Sessions will dig deep beneath the buzzwords of some of the industry’s most pressing topics, including new applications for AR and VR, accessibility in interactive design, and so much more. Bring a notepad and pen—you’ll want to take some of these learnings with you.   



Expect to meet attendees in intersecting industries through both organic networking and structured opportunities to make connections. Take part in a Table Topic that’s relevant to you, embrace the many networking breaks and the Day 1 reception. Need to find a quiet spot for a face-to-face? Our Collaboration Hub is the perfect place to take meetings with the people you meet at iVentures.


Business Development

Your next collaborator, investor, or business partner, could be sitting next to you at iVentures. Every year, connections made at iVentures lead to the creation of some of the industry’s most promising projects. By taking part in iVentures’ many networking opportunities, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. Just ask Jayme Winick, who is spearheading advances in gaming hardware through connections she made at iVentures last year. Or Digixart and Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation who met at iVentures and came together to create a conversation around cancer through the game Lost in Harmony.


You’ll leave iVentures with a refreshed perspective on the interactive industry and renewed excitement around what’s coming next in the industry. You’ll also undoubtedly pick up inspiration for your own projects. Spend time demoing projects and chatting with makers at our Interactive Digital Media Expo. New this year, our Tech Showcase and our Content Showcases will highlight four dynamic projects in the world of content-enabling technology and interactive digital content, respectively. Get ready to be inspired!

Limited tickets remain for iVentures 2017. Secure yours today to ensure you’ll benefit from all the learning, connections and inspiration in store for this year’s conference. Can’t make it? Be sure to follow along with @iVenturesON for live-updates from the conference.

October 19, 2017

Five sessions you won’t want to miss at iVentures 2017

It’s the final week leading up to iVentures—get excited! We’ve got two packed days of ideas in interactive digital media. There will be tonnes of opportunities for networking and learning.

If you haven’t yet planned your conference schedule, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with some conference highlights worth adding to your must-do list at iVentures.

1.) Keynote Speaker Catherine Winder:

Day 1 // 9:55am – 10:55am // Main Auditorium

We open our Day 1 schedule with a feature interview with one of Canada’s leaders in cross-platform interactive entertainment. Catherine Winder is a Partner/CEO at Skybound North, where she is building a slate of creator-driven IP for television, film, AR, VR, animation and digital content. Credits include Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Angry Birds Movie. If you work in games, digital entertainment, content or kids-adjacent industries, you will not want to miss this talk.

2.) Content & Technology Showcases

Technology Showcase: Day 1 // 3:55pm – 4:55pm // Main Auditorium

Content Showcase: Day 2 // 1:40pm-2:40pm // Main Auditorium

New to iVentures, you’ll have two opportunities to preview ideas from IDM industry leaders in both tech and content. During our tech showcase you’ll have the opportunity to find out what’s new in the world of content-enabling technology, as four speakers each showcase tech that will provide new possibilities for digital media creators. Our content showcase will feature four interactive digital media producers, each highlighting a fantastic piece of work from the world of interactive digital content.

3.) Interactive Digital Media Expo

Day 1 & 2 // Throughout the conference // Lower Concourse

Our Interactive Digital Media expo is your chance to discover cutting-edge interactive products from Canadian and International companies, including video games, virtual and augmented reality, eLearning and more. It’s also where to go if you’re interested in finding out more about funding, financial support and investment opportunities. Plus, we’ll have a very special table this year – a selection of our speakers will demo their work on rotation throughout the conference.

4.) Table Topics

Day 1 // 12:15pm – 1:15pm // Main Auditorium

Spend lunch making new connections at one of our Table Topics locations, where you’ll have the opportunity to select a theme or topic that’s relevant to you, and engage in a facilitated discussion led by an industry insider. Topics include Chat Bots, AI and messaging, OMDC’s IDM Fund, User Acquisition, Export Support and much more. Don’t miss your chance to build meaningful connections—and learn something, too!

5.) Networking Lunch and Keynote by Hao Lin of Alibaba Cloud

Day 2 // 12:30pm – 1:30pm // Main Auditorium

Our Day 2 lunch will feature a rare opportunity to hear a keynote talk by Hao Lin of Alibaba Cloud, who will discuss how the company’s expanding cloud-based platform is making breakthroughs in AI, AR and VR. Lin’s keynote will explore efforts and developments in alternate realities, gaming and more.


September 26, 2017

Interactive Ontario welcomes Ministers representing innovation and culture to iVentures

International leaders, innovators, investors and creators from across the Interactive Digital Media spectrum will converge on October 26th and 27th for iVentures, a conference for ideas across all forms of interactive digital media (IDM). iVentures will spotlight the important innovations being made in Ontario, and will aim to create connections between business leaders and creators in overlapping sectors from around the world.

To kick off both days of the conference, Interactive Ontario will welcome dignitaries from the two major sectors impacted by the conference. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, The Honourable Eleanor McMahon will deliver opening remarks on day one of the conference (October 26th) and The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science will open the second day of iVentures (October 27th).

According to a recent study commissioned by Interactive Ontario, Ontario’s Interactive Digital Media sector is responsible for $1.4 Billion of Canada’s GDP, and supports 16,900 Full-time equivalent jobs in the province.

September 21, 2017

iVentures In Conversation with Jayme Winick

Every year hundreds of creators, producers, investors, and thinkers in games and interactive digital media descend on iVentures (formerly GameON: Ventures) to spend two days trading insights and creating important connections in the industry. Many meaningful collaborations had their start at iVentures.


For Jayme Winick, attending iVentures was a critical component to building her company’s reach and capabilities, and connections she made last year are now making her next IDM project possible. We sat down with Jayme (who will be speaking about Expanding into New Markets at iVentures) to find out how it all came together.


I understand you made some connections at iVentures last year (formerly GameON: Ventures) that have led to a new project. Can you tell me a little bit about how that all came together?

Last year at GameOn: Ventures through the business meeting set up I met Marcelo from Pebblekick. The original meeting was based on Tabcon looking for content partnership. After meeting Marcelo and both Tabcon and Pebblekick learning more about each other we found many synergies in hardware functionalities and unique marketplaces.


You are Marcelo Serres have been collaborating for the past year. Can you give me a sense of what you’re working on?

Yes, we have been working together for the past year. We have been collaborating on many different aspects in the gaming industry from introducing a proprietary gaming device in the US Penitentiary market to creating a medical gaming Device. Through the collaboration Tabcon has still stayed true to its core beliefs in creating a portable universal console that will integrate a high level of technical properties to play all types of PC and Console games on any screen.

What’s it like collaborating across borders? Are there benefits? Drawbacks?

It can get hectic at times dealing with time differences but there are so many benefits. One of the greatest gifts Pebblekick has offered Tabcon is the ability to travel to so many game shows world wide and showcase our partnership and have Tabcon showcase our console. The other greatest benefit is to experience gaming first hand from others perspective, being able to collaborate on a technical level with Marcelo has been a huge asset to Tabcon and its growth over the last year.  


You’ll be speaking on our panel Expanding into New Markets. What are you most excited to talk about?


For me what I am most excited to speak about is the localization of not only hardware products but its integrated software as well. One of the biggest feats for any start-up is getting market recognition on a global scale but especially in China. Pebblekick has been a huge help through their affiliations and Pebblekick China to help bridge the gap between market places.


Ultimately when creating a brand new console like Tabcon it is not just enough to have some language options but you really need to consider the types of gamer’s in that region what kind of other hardware can they compare Tabcon to and most importantly the content. One of the biggest aspects when entering a country like China as a North American Company is that we do not want to “Americanize” ourselves but want to keep in mind how products are branded and marketed in that region. That really drives how we build a product.


One of the most important things about iVentures is that it’s facilitating real connections and collaboration. You are a perfect example of that! Can you tell me a little bit about why iVentures is such an important event for you?


Being from Toronto and having Tabcon based in Toronto iVentures is a great event not only to network with locals but to also network with companies from around the world. Having the opportunity to meet one-on-one is the best for a new start-up because it gives the opportunity to make great connections.


Any tips for iVentures first-timers?


Take every opportunity that iVentures has to offer. Make as many one-on-one meetings as possible because you never know where it can lead you and maybe you can get a great partnership from it!.


July 24, 2017

Catherine Winder of Skybound North to deliver keynote interview

Today we’ve announced our first group of speakers for iVentures. Speakers from around the world will join us in Toronto this fall. Learn more about our first wave of speakers here – many more to come!

We are very excited to tell you that Catherine Winder, CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, will provide the conference’s opening keynote interview. She’ll draw on experiences working on digital entertainment properties like Star Wars: Clone Wars and Angry Birds to deliver a keynote interview. Catherine’s most recently announced endeavor is the TV adaptation of Big Blue Bubble’s My Singing Monsters game.

July 4, 2017

Apply now for the Interactive Digital Media Expo!

Applications are now open for the 2017 iVentures Interactive Digital Media Expo.

The Interactive Digital Media Expo will feature Canadian and International companies showcasing cutting-edge interactive products, including video games, virtual and augmented reality, eLearning and more. It will offer conference attendees the opportunity to test out the work of potential collaborators and companies the chance to demonstrate their products to an engaged audience.

The Expo will take place next to the main auditorium and will be available for delegates to visit for the duration of the conference.

Participants will receive a free 6′ table space within the IDM Expo.

Participants will be selected both on the basis of the excellence of their projects and to provide diversity of projects within the Expo.

The deadline to apply is September 1st, 2017.

Exhibitors will only have access to the expo space and will be able to upgrade their passes to receive full conference access for a discounted rate of $199 per pass.

Apply here.

June 12, 2017

Introducing iVentures

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Interactive Ontario’s flagship conference, previously known as GameON: Ventures. We are excited to celebrate this important milestone by expanding and evolving the conference – this year, GameON is just one stream of a three stream event (alongside Ideas to Watch and Collaboration) that will examine the business of interactive digital media in all forms. Video games, eLearning, augmented and virtual reality, AI and more – you’ll find it at the re-branded iVentures. The schedule and sessions are still to come, but topics you can expect to see will include:

  • Inclusive Design
  • When does kids entertainment become kids elearning?
  • IDM and Healthcare Collaborations
  • Ideas to Watch in Asia and Latin America
  • and many more

Last year featured a number of new additions to the conference, including our Expo area and improved networking through our Table Topics and Collaboration Hub, which will return in 2017. You can also once again expect industry leaders on stage (who didn’t love John Romero’s keynote speech last year?), thought-provoking panels and hands-on workshops. Watch this space for updates and stay tuned for details on how to apply for the Expo, as well as our Content and Technology showcases.