Interactive Ontario

Interactive Ontario

io is a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital content industry. To this end "io" is an industry advocate within Ontario and nationally as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance /Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC).

To facilitate connections between businesses and stimulate industry growth "io" organizes numerous events throughout the year – including a high-level international industry ICE (, monthly case studies/panels and networking events.

io represents over 200 interactive digital media companies and stakeholders including game developers, mobile content producers, e-Learning companies, education / training institutions, broadcasters, unions and guilds. For details on "io"'s Mandate click here.

Interactive Ontario (io) was known as the New Media Business Alliance (NMBA) for almost six years until March 21, 2007.


Events Hosted by Interactive Ontario

GameON: Ventures
GameON: Ventures is a conference that connects business leaders in the video game industry. Keynotes, panels, presentations, a pitch competition and an interactive digital media expo will share... more

News on Interactive Ontario

Interactive Ontario Applauds Provincial Government for Support of Knowledge-Based Economy
The 2016 Ontario Budget emphasizes the importance of fostering increased exports, as well as investing in Ontario’s skilled talent and innovative small businesses. Ontario’s... more
GameON: Finance Discusses How to Succeed in a Crowded Market
When most people think of video games, they think of Mario and Luigi, not dollars and cents. For startup game developers, that's not the case. Finding funding in a crowded market is one of the... more
Vancouver Startup Travels East to Speak at GameON Conference in Toronto
There are an incredible amount of opportunities for game developers right now. But with opportunities come all sorts of questions. What are the latest techniques in designing free-to-play games?... more
GameON: Finance - The Business of Games
GameON: Finance is North America’s top business forum for the interactive entertainment industry, connecting developers, innovators, investors & industry leaders. Entering its sixth year,... more
Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman to keynote INplay 2012 conference
Interactive Ontario announced this week that the Mozilla Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Surman, a community activist and technology executive of 20-plus years, will keynote the third... more
Ian Kelso named CEO of Canadian Interactive Alliance
You may have seen some impressive stories come out of Canada's Interactive Digital Media Industry as of late on Techvibes as the achievements of industry leaders behind it all have certainly not... more
10 Analytics Tips for Game Developers and Publishers from Games Analytics
Chris Wright, the CEO of Games Analytics is 14 months deep into his new company focused on maximizing online game revenue. He gave away ten tips to the audience at Game On: Finance a couple weeks... more
Perspectives from Leaders in Canada's Thriving Social and Mobile Gaming Industry
The Canadian gaming sector has risen to become one of the strongest in the world and leaders like Albert Lai of Big Viking Games and Alex Sakiz of Gamerizon are examples of how multi-million dollar... more
Toronto's Kolody Releases First-Ever, Bluetooth-Powered, Screen-Share, Multi-Player iOS Game
As someone who really got into mobile communications during the early days of the continued QR Code craze—where the lastest statistics report that 20 million Americans scanned a QR Code in... more
GameON: Finance Keynote lineup includes Canadian Albert Lai
Now entering its fifth year, Interative Ontario's GameON:Finance connects the games industry’s leading players to new business opportunities in the interactive entertainment industries.... more
EDGE Wants to Turn Videogame Developers into Entrepreneurs
In January, the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and  Interactive Ontario will co-launch EDGE. The workshop-based program, which stands for Education for Digital and... more
New media makes the rise of small businesses increasingly possible
Paul Godfrey of Postmedia said that everyday is now a digital one and happens to work for a company which recognizes just that. Postmedia, which owns The National Post just recently turned a profit... more
Project Whitecard's Robomath becomes second-most distributed educational tech game
Project Whitecard's Robomath has become the second-most distributed educational tech game of all time as it nears 1.25 million Canadian students. In association with the Canadian Space Agency, the... more
In battle of web traffic, tablets inch past smartphones according to tablet-web optimizer Pressly
Pressly, the Canadian tablet web optimizer, announced that tablet web traffic has indeed inched past smartphone web traffic according to October-released numbers at X-Summit's Canadian Interactive... more
Björk joins Montreal's Arcade Fire in making interactive music with world's first app album
Scott Snibbe, the founder of Scott Snibbe Studio and Snibbe Interactive said last week at the opening keynote of Interactive Ontario’s cross-media X-Summit conference that the immersive and... more
Social media shifts to a crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and contextual big data combo at X-Summit
Social media was initially perceived to be a conversation between the brand and the customer, but is now shifting towards building platforms for consumers to be social on so that they can draw... more
Interactive Ontario addresses cross media with X-Summit
X marks the spot where interactive digital media innovators meet, collaborate, partner and learn. Interative Ontario's X-Summit will explore emerging opportunities where broadcast and interactive... more
Interactive Ontario announces cross-media conference
Interactive Ontario (IO) announced last week the launch of X-Summit, a new cross-media conference and partnering forum, taking place October 24-26th at The Carlu in Toronto. X-Summit is the... more
McLuhan's son Eric Headlines at CROSSMEDIATO: Insights into the Changing Media Landscape
July 21st marks the 100th birthday of Marshall McLuhan, the famous Canadian media visionary. Last night's CROSSMEDIATO event hosted by Gavin McGarry of JumpWire Media featured... more
The Physical, Digital and Virtual Worlds Make Transmedia and Mixed Reality at InPlay2011
If you've seen the movie Inception: Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio eventually struggles with the difference between dreams and the real world. The movie is great because it offers a preview of... more
INplay 2011 plans to pack a punch this May with well-rounded roster of speakers
Interactive Ontario recently announced the speaker lineup for the second-annual INplay conference, an event that connects kids' creative industries with insights and opportunities in the... more
Digital Media Entrepreneurs Get an EDGE at Ryerson University
Interactive Ontario (IO) in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, announce the launch of EDGE: Education for Digital and Games Entrepreneurs.... more
GameOn:Finance 2011 coming to Toronto
GameOn:Finance 2011 is a business forum for the interactive games industry. On January 20 and 21, 2011, Interactive Ontario (IO) is hosting North America's largest forum for digital game... more
Inspire, Insight and Interaction: The Interactive exchange 2010
On September 12th-14th, Interactive Ontario (IO) will present The Interactive Exchange at Toronto's Carlu. One of the interesting aspects of this year's conference is that it sits at the... more
IN 2010 early-bird registration ends this Friday
IN 2010, taking place September 12-14th, explores the visionary ideas, creative excellence and technological innovations that generate truly engaging interactive experiences. From games to film,... more
Interactive Ontario opens registration for its IN 2010 Conference
Interactive Ontario today opened registration for their flagship annual conference, IN 2010. The event is a cross-platform, multi-stream conference about the business. Discussions on ideas of... more
Session Summaries from Interactive Ontario's INplay Conference
Last week, Interactive Ontario held the first INplay conference, connecting kids' creative industries together to understand how to reach kids and families in a media-saturated world. There were... more
Alexander Manu explores the World of Play to get INplay started
What happens when you bring together adults that never grew up? This is what Interactive Ontario did with their first ever INplay conference. They brought kids' creative industries together to dive... more
Toronto iP3 Forum looking for Speakers
Building on the success of the Vancouver iPhone Forum late last year, Interactive Ontario, in partnership with Bell, will deliver the Toronto iP3 Forum, a one day premier iPhone, iPad, iPod... more
iPhone Forum in Toronto - Toronto iP3 Forum (iPhone/iPad/iPod)
Building on the success of the Vancouver iPhone Forum late last year, Interactive Ontario, in partnership with Bell, will deliver the Toronto iP3 Forum, a one day premier iPhone, iPad, iPod... more
Yo Gabba Gabba to Keynote INplay 2010
Interactive Ontario announced today the first keynote speakers for INplay 2010; a conference about the art and business of kids interactivity. Jon Berrett, Executive Producer and Christian Jacobs,... more
Interactive Ontario hosts iLunch 8.04 - The Face of Demand
This Thursday, March 4th Interactive Ontario (IO) is hosting version 8.04 of their iLunch series - The Face of Demand. In its 8th season, iLunch tackles the challenges and opportunities at the... more
Interactive Ontario hosts iLunch 8.03 - Capital Ideas
This Friday, February 26th Interactive Ontario (IO) is hosting version 8.03 of their iLunch series - Capital Ideas. In its 8th season, iLunch tackles the challenges and opportunities at the... more
Interactive Ontario launches Kids Media Conference
Interactive Ontario announced today the launch of INplay – a new conference that connects creative industries with interactive kids topics.  INplay will take place on May 18 & 19,... more
Funding Fundamentals - From GameON Finance '09
The 3rd annual GameOn Finance organized by Interactive Ontario wrapped up in Toronto last week - after two days of various sessions and panel discussions on the gaming industry which brought... more
GameON: Finance 2009 goes this week
If you’re a game developer, innovator or investor, you don’t want to miss GameON: Finance 2009. Two days packed with keynote speakers and panelists, gaming and networking for the... more
GameON:Finance 2009 Registration Opens
Interactive Ontario (IO) recently announced that Early Bird registration is open for GameON: Finance 2009, taking place October 27 & 28 in Toronto. This is the third edition of the two-day... more
GameON: Finance is on for 2009
Interactive Ontario announced that GameON: Finance is on again this year and the 2009 version will take place on October 27th and 28th in Toronto. The two-day investment summit is designed to bring... more
Ontario supports interactive media for Kids
Interactive Ontario announced a new project yesterday called ONKidz that is aimed at promoting Ontario’s Kids sector on a global scale. ONkidz will support the creation and commercialization... more
Ontario Government gets Interactive
Yesterday the Ontario government released its 2009 budget which included significant improvements to the province’s competitive edge in the interactive media marketplace. Through a series of... more
Interactive Exchange brings together Media Powers
The Interactive Exchange (IN09) is taking place later this month in Toronto and their opening media power panel features some heavy hitters. Jonathan Lister, Managing Director at Google Canada,... more
Obama Girl keynotes 2009 Interactive Exchange
Interactive Ontario announced the keynote presenters for IN: The Interactive Exchange (IN09) on March 17-19th in Toronto and YouTube star Amber-Lee Ettinger a.k.a Obama Girl made the cut. Also... more
Interactive Ontario Launches Video Game Speaker Series
Interactive Ontario announced today the launch of a new initiative to promote careers in the Ontario video game industry. The first Go Into Games (GIG) session is taking place at McMaster... more
GameON Finance 2.0: Public vs Private Funds In The Gaming Industry
This panel featured a discussion on where / how to get financing for your gaming start-up. Panelists: Pierre LeLann, Co-CEO, Tribal Nova Jenna Seguin, Loan Officer, Aver Media Robert... more
GameON Finance 2.0 Concludes After An Exciting Day
GameON Finance 2.0 conference wrapped up in Toronto yesterday. It brought together 100+ people from the gaming industry: entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers and industry... more
GameON Finance 2.0: Key Gaming Industry Trends And Market Overview
Presentation: Key Gaming Industry Trends and Market Overview Presenter: Wanda Meloni, President & Senior Technology Analyst, DFC Intelligence Key points: Gaming is a $47 billion global... more
GameON Finance 2.0: In The Company Of Angels
This panel featured a discussion on angel funding for gaming start-ups in Canada. Moderator: Nathon Gunn, CEO, Bitcasters Panelists: Julian Spillane, CEO, Frozen North Productions Scott... more
GameON: Finance 2.0 Conference in Toronto from Oct 28th - 29th
GameON: Finance 2.0 conference is being held in downtown Toronto on October 28th and 29th. It will bring together game developers, innovators, investors and industry leaders in the interactive... more
Interactive Ontario Running Second Games Industry Finance Forum
GameON: Finance 2.0 is a games industry investment forum happening October 28-29 in Toronto, put on by the non-profit Interactive Ontario organization. The inaugural event last winter sold out,... more
ICE08 wraps up after two exciting days
ICE08 wrapped up in Toronto yesterday after two full days of sharing information, ideas, forecasts and opinions on various topics. Some excerpts from the final day: Scrabulous One of the... more
Day One of ICE08 was Electric
Day 1 of ICE08 just wrapped up and featured interesting discussions on a variety of topics. Here is some of what I came across: Videos Various products were presented which enable new ways of... more

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