9th December 2008

Would You Like To Win An iPod?

A Note From Social Media Consultant Monica Hamburg: Hi, I’m doing some promotion for a contest DreamBank.org is running. It allows a person to win an Ipod – or the equivalent amount of $ towards their “dream” which could certainly be money or prizes related to education (if that’s what they want). Please post if you feel it is appropriate to your audience.

Here is the info:

Contest Name: DreamBank Giving and Getting Survey
Deadline: January 10, 2009

More Info:
DreamBank is running a quick, three-minute survey about how you feel about giving and getting gifts.

By completing the survey and providing your email address, you’ll be entered in a draw to win an iPod Nano or the equivalent contribution to your DreamBank dream. (If you want to post a DreamBank dream, you can do so for free at www.dreambank.org.)

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9th December 2008

Bloggers face controversy at “Best of 604 Awards”

Vancouver bloggers “shocked” over last-minute nomination of Currents

VANCOUVER – Bloggers in the run up to a major vote in the tech mecca of Canada’s west coast are up in arms over a surprise nomination for the Best of 604 Awards.

A late-in-the-campaign nomination for Vancouver-based political commentator Jonathon Narvey under the Best Politics Blog category for his blog, Currents, has outraged some voters. They suggest Narvey’s blog should be disqualified on a technicality.

“It’s not really a political blog at all,” says social media consultant Dave Olson, author of the Choogle On With Uncle Weed blog. “Sure, he’s been on top of the crisis in Ottawa, and his posts on the local election were not entirely lame. But half the stuff Narvey writes about isn’t even politics. He wrote about his favorite iPhone song on Saturday! Sure, he’s a nice guy, but he doesn’t have the right experience.”
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9th December 2008

MDM’s First Tournament of Hearts Charity Food Drive A Success

A note from MDM’s Dennis Chenard – On Wednesday December 3rd the Masters of Digital Media programme held our first ever ‘Tournament of Hearts charity food drive event’…We had around 80 participants in the evening complete with a free poker tournament, pizza, pop & popcorn as well as ping-pong, big screen Wii and foosball.

Students, staff and players from companies like Threewave Software, ACRONYM, Bardel, Radical Entertainment, PowerUp Studios, Deep Fried Entertainment, Shift Control Media, Piranha, Fit Brains, Microsoft Game Studios, and many others spent time hanging out in ‘The Hangar’ of the Centre for Digital Media in an evening of casual games and networking.

With generous item donations from our friends at Annex Pro, EA, Microsoft, Radical, Hothead Games and Big Fish Games we raised $631 in cash (between our silent auction table and other donations) and pile of can goods and other food items for the Vancouver Food Bank!

Sidenotes:

1. The ‘Tournament of Hearts’ is actually a Curling Tournament… We borrowed the ‘Tournament of Hearts’ name as we located free old curling trophies and it seemed like the heart reference fit well with ‘giving back’ and poker!
2. The bounty prizes for knocking out our ‘Wanted players’ included a sheriff’s badge (Sheriff is a common term in poker) (The prizes were Wild West play sets purchased from the Salvation Army)
3. The ‘Big Fish’ prizes used at the final table also have a special poker reference as ‘FISH’ are players that are known to like to see a lot of cards while trying to catch a good hand

Photos courtesy of the MDM Tournament – you can see more event photos by clicking here

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