Friday, June 22, 2007


I was at Manchester Business School yesterday and was shown this very effective video as a "primer" for Web 2.0. Well worth a look - created by Mike Wesch, University of Kansas.

And any creatives working with new media may find this of interest....

"North West Digital Academies

Northwest Vision + Media is looking for the best and brightest undiscovered talent in the region for our exclusive Digital Academies. We want fresh ideas, new approaches and out-of-the-box thinking to develop innovative, new digital content.

The Digital Academies are intensive, three day residential courses at a top hotel in central Manchester. You will learn about the application of creativity, how to develop content, and crucially how to pitch and sell your product.

Live briefs have been set by the regions top production companies – Multi Media Arts, Hat Trick North, Channel M, Centini, Turn On TV and All Out Productions. Two Digital Academies will support up to 30 creatives and entrepreneurs with the best and brightest being selected to work with these companies to bring their ideas into production.

If you want to get into an Academy all you need to do is:

1. Read through the project briefs on their website
2. Draft a proposal for one of the briefs using the guidelines & application form
3. Email your completed application, proposal & equal opportunities form to by noon on Wednesday July 4th

All proposals will be assessed by an industry panel and 30 successful candidates will be recommended.

The three day intensive course will help you develop your ideas with expert industry advice. On the final day you get to put everything into practice and pitch your proposal to the commissioners. And that’s not all, up to five of the academy graduates will be funded to continue their work on placement for up to nine weeks and receive over £2.5k for the project.

The two 3-day Digital Academies will take place in Manchester on:

Weds 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July
City Inn, Piccadilly Place, Manchester
Weds 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th July
City Inn, Piccadilly Place, Manchester"

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