Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Programmes

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Bell and Wavefront have announced a new partnership that will create opportunities for British Columbia’s digital media companies to play a key role in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad’s suite of digital programs, known as CODE (Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition).

“New Media BC, (as the leading advocate for BC’s 1,000-plus new media companies) is delighted to be a key member of this partnership, which represents a great opportunity for BC digital media companies to showcase their outstanding creativity and talent and to be part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad,” says Kenton Low, president, New Media BC.

NMBC will work closely with VANOC to source some of the talent that will be used to develop several of the platforms, tools and content for CODE’s range of initiatives. Wavefront, a leader in commercializing mobile digital applications, will provide testing and deployment for these applications. Support comes from Bell as an integral part of its presenting sponsorship of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is an integral component of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games experience, showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture. Designed as an interdisciplinary ‘festival of festivals’, the program, launched in 2008, continues with Cultural Olympiad 2009 (Feb. 1 to Mar. 21/09), which features more than 400 events and exhibitions in Greater Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor. This multi-year celebration culminates with the 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (Jan. 22 to Mar. 21, 2010).

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