Making Ideas Happen

A location known to generate new ideas or ventures is the Digital Media Zone. It is located on the 6th Floor, of 10 Dundas St E.

The DMZ is a leader in business tech startups in all of North America. Since 2010 it has aided over 276 startups. DMZ has also raised over $283 million to fund projects and has created more than 2,600 jobs.

DMZ startups:

Access Now: This app utilizes crowdsourcing to find and share information about how handicap friendly a place is.

Akindi: Akindi is a grading system. It makes grading automatic.

Brizi: Fans are able to share game-day photos with ads attached.

Additional startups: Here

How does the DMZ offer innovation?

One way the DMZ offers innovation is through it’s program sandbox. Sandbox offers free creative, digital and business skills to students and the community. The best part is that the programs are hands-on and skills-based.

Sandbox offers idea consultations from industry experts. You can meet up and have one-on-one consultations. They provide you with ideas and advice on how to make your idea reality.

Below are a few programs offered at Sandbox by DMZ:

Intro to Music Production: The knowledge drop: This workshop is being offered March,22nd. It will be led by a juno-nominated producer who will teach you the basics of music production and will show you how you can break into the music industry. You can register for this event here.

Digital Discovery: Learn how to design social ads on Adobe: This workshop takes place March 28th. It will be lead by RJ Mojica who is the co-founder of Grilled Cheese Affairs. You will learn the basics of Adobe photoshop and InDesign to perfect those digital media ads. You can register for this event here.

If you are unable to attend the Digital discovery workshop, Digital Media Experience lab holds a Adobe session every Wednesday between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm, and Illustrator between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm every Monday. More information can be found here.

How does the DMZ foster innovation?

As George Patton says “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” That’s exactly what the DMZ does. You are taught what to do and provided the resources to do so.

  1. Collaboration with industry experts
  2. Feedback from industry professionals for startups
  3. Access to digital tools and workshops
  4. Access to Funding

Source: The DMZ

Another Innovation Hub: DME

The Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) can be found at the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre(SLC). This lab fosters innovation by making digital media tools accessible to all Ryerson students. Borrowable tech includes (Arduino Microcontroller Kits Camera Kits, Tripod, GoPro Cameras Oculus Rift (DK2), Myo Arm Band, Pico Projectors, Ricoh Theta S.

The lab also teaches students basic and advanced technological digital skills. Students are exposed to new technology without having to shell out hundreds of dollars. The lab also has high-end multimedia workstations which can be booked by students. Source: DME