Calgary’s creative industries landscape includes everything from e-publishing to theatre, and gaming to research. And in 2012 Calgary was named a Cultural Capital of Canada.
Print media, film media, news media, and other traditional information forms are converging into a new world of interactive media, digital media, social media, crowd-sourcing media, and other new forms of communication. The Calgary media community offers a world-class mix of talented specialists that are needed in the industry; a friendly group of innovators who share knowledge and ideas, collaborate on projects, partner with one another, and share space. Organizations like Digital Alberta and other informal communities foster connections to promote technical innovation and a sense of belonging.
Within the digital and convergent media space, Calgary has several key infrastructure investments, both currently installed and in the works. These include technology development and commercialization support through Cybera, development space that will be offered through the future Alberta Creative Hub, and venture capital to help move ideas forward.
Cybera is a non-profit organization with a mandate to provide provincial leadership in integrating, leveraging and sustaining investments in cyberinfrastructure technologies in Alberta. Researchers and companies work with Cybera to investigate, develop, and test new technologies and to launch their products in effective and innovative ways.
The Research Transition Facility (RTF) is the University of Calgary’s new incubator for high-tech companies. Purpose built for laboratory research, it is a multi-tenant, not-for-profit facility located adjacent to the campus in the University Research Park. The RTF is designed to help university entrepreneurs turn new ideas and discoveries into marketable products and services.
Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the thriving digital media community across Alberta. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad.
Digital Alberta has a mandate to:
Calgary Economic Development is working to create the Alberta Creative Hub, a purpose-built facility encompassing soundstages, production facilities and office space spanning across a variety of mediums, from film & TV to digital media and gaming. The Alberta Creative Hub will provide opportunities and infrastructure to create, along with training and mentorship programs to grow the next generation of creative industries professionals.
Visit the Alberta Creative Hub section to learn more about the project and its benefits.