CIX: Akoha & Bitcasters

by Rob Lewis | Business

Akoha's Founder Austin Hill kicked off the second tranche of presentations in the afternoon with the story of his current start-up and it's recent success. Hill sees a billion dollar game opportunity with a massively multi-player reality game based on the concept of Pay-It-Forward. Hill asked the audience to keep the Akoha story quiet until launch in September 2008 but did suggest that Akoha will be the first online game invited on to Oprah. Nathan Gunn of Bitcasters presented their Fantasy Social Networks concept - an environment targeted to casual online gamers. Gunn believes that the success of Club Penguin, Zygna, etc. demonstrate a huge market for games that facilitate interaction with friends online. Fantasy Social Networks will provide Hollywood, Music, Fashion, and Sport themed environments with the ability to build characters, play activities/games, and trade and purchase items.

Montréal, Québec, Canada

In just a decade the Internet’s advances have made the world a better place. At Akoha, we want to take that a step further. With six billion people covering seven continents and five oceans, our planet is the ultimate playground, a place for real people to engage in meaningful interactions. Akoha was founded by Austin Hill and Alex Eberts, long-time friends and entrepreneurs. After attending... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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