Canadian Film Centre and Mind Pirate Launch Wearable Tech Program for Startups

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UPDATE: The four winners selected to participate in the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab have been announced and they are Toronto's Normative, Little Guy Games, and Smokebomb Entertainment as well as New Mexico's Imaginary Computer.

Do you have what it takes to create the next blockbuster game or mobile app?

Yesterday the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and wearable technology company, Mind Pirate, announced they have partnered to create the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab.

The lab will give select developers and/or companies the opportunity to create games and apps for the next consumer mega trend of wearable technology.

Up to six U.S. and Canadian developers and/or companies will be selected to participate in a three-month boot camp where they will use their own programming prowess and Mind Pirate’s next-generation game platform, Callisto, to create products for mobile wearable devices, like Google Glass.  Callisto does not release publicly to third parties until 2014, making ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab program participants among the first in the world to get their hands on this next-generation technology.

“We are thrilled to be providing best of breed developers and/or companies with this unique opportunity. Through our digital entertainment accelerator ideaBOOST, the CFC is at the forefront of taking business mentoring techniques from the lean start-up movement and applying them to the media and entertainment industry. With the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab, we can direct these proven prototype development and lean business acceleration methods towards the creation of wearable technology experiences,” said Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC.

Callisto is the market’s first and only tightly integrated client-side and server side game-focused platform that supports leading mobile devices with a special emphasis on “wearables” such as smart glass and smart watches. It enables developers to create engaging experiences that merge the virtual and physical worlds through rich applications that take maximum advantage of the native capabilities of the underlying hardware but at the same time preserve a consistent experience across device types.

Interested parties can start submitting applications today by visiting ideaboost.ca/mindpirate and the application deadline is October 22, 2013. The program will begin November 20, 2013 at the CFC headquarters in Toronto.

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