Vancouver – The Zombie Walk  has returned to the city. Taking place this weekend on August 15th, those who thirst for brains will be gathering on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery at Hornby and West Georgia. The zombies will begin gathering at 2pm, with the walk beginning at 3pm and lasting until 5pm. At this point in time, the route to be taken by the zombies has not been revealed, but you can find out more information on the Zombie Walk Vancouver’s Event Page  on Facebook. Thrill the World Vancouver  will also be participating in the Zombie walk; this group is part of the worldwide Thriller dance event. Last year Thrill the World Vancouver raised over $1400.00 for the Vancouver Food Bank during their event which was held at Kits Beach. This year’s Thrill the World dance event will be held at 5:30pm on October 24th. This year reinforcements from across the water will be arriving via BC Ferry from the Sunshine Coast, where a new zombie colony  was formed in July.
Toronto’s IGDA Chapter  will be hosting a moderated discussion session on iPhone Game Development this Thursday night. The meeting, which will take place at Metro Hall Room 313, will consist of several short presentations from local developers, followed by a discussion moderated by Owen Goss, from Streaming Colour Studios . Presentations will be given by:
The session opens at 7pm, and will be followed by a social mixer at the Elephant & Castle’s back room.
BCTIA  has several Vancouver events coming up, open to members, non-members and students. First up is their TechForum on Financing Tech in the Wake of an Economic Crisis , taking place on September 10 at the Sutton Place Hotel. Guest speaker for this seminar will be Doug Irwin, a founding partner of Capital West Partners. As an experienced investment and financing thought-leader, Doug will guide you through the opportunities and pitfalls of the current investment climate.
This will be followed by the annual CTO Roundtable , where BCTIA member CTOs meet to discuss this year’s hottest issues and pressing concerns. This discussion will identify the full slate of topics for the upcoming year of roundtable sessions offered by the CTO Peer Group. Last year topics ranged from technology management to talent strategy. Your input is needed for this year’s lineup. For more information on these and other upcoming BCTIA events, please see their Events Page .
If you are a student considering a variety of career paths in the IT field, don’t forget about the BCIT technology course Info Sessions  taking place on August 19th and 26th at BCIT’s downtown campus. The BCIT Aerospace  programme had an awesome display out at the Abbotsford Airshow this weekend. 
Digital Alberta  is subsidizing a delegation of Alberta gaming companies to attend GDC Austin which takes place September 15 – 18th. If your company is interested in participating and receiving funding to do so, please email Rene Smid  to request an application form by August 21, 2009.
For the first time ever, FITC  comes to Edmonton for a 2 day festival with some of the most well known Flash designers and developers from around the globe. Taking place at the NAIT, Shaw Theatre on October 17 & 18th, attendees will experience two solidly packed days of presentations. Topics covered will be both technical and creative, with presenters from around the world who have been hand-picked for their skill and talent, and all are eager to share and meet you. Flash Designers. Flash Developers. Motion Graphic Artists. Digital Artists. Students. Anyone in or having an interest in Flash and digital media should be at this event.
Also, a reminder that registration for GameOn Finance 2009  is open. GameOn Finance is taking place this October 27 and 28th in Toronto.