AHA MEDIA excitedly looks forward to the grand opening of W2 Community Media Arts centre which has been in development since 2004 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Below is Peter Davies, Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA with Miraj Khaled
W2 Community Media Art Society is an artist-run centre in Vancouver’s inner-city that works for cross-cultural dialogue, social inclusion, and breaking the digital divide. W2 provides marginalized communities with access to gear, training, multi-platform production and distribution. W2 is committed to community cultural and economic development in the Downtown Eastside – without displacement of low-income residents.
W2 operates W2 Storyeum as a festival, conference and exhibition venue for the benefit of the citizens of Vancouver. The 31,000 sq ft complex features a large exhibition space, Community Media Lab, W2 Cafe catering, Sound Lab, Woodward’s Heritage Letterpress, W2 and community offices, and W2 storage. W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E1
W2 is opening a community media centre in March 2011 – which has been in development since 2004. With construction nearing completion in the Woodward’s heritage building, we are preparing to occupy 8,800 sq ft of space for W2 Cafe, a community radio and TV station, community meeting rooms, Open Web Lab, Fearless City Mobile, Creative Technology Incubator, Woodward’s Heritage Letterpress Studio, and a community lounge.
Our W2 administration is located in the Woodward’s Atrium at 250 – 111 W Hastings, Vancouver BC V6B 1H4. Phone 604-689-9896
AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile was pleased to be at W2 Lights NYE 2011 in W2 Storyeum – Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile was pleased to celebrate the New year at W2 Lights NYE 2011 in W2 Storyeum – Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Below is a photo and video of Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 Community Media Arts welcoming all of us to W2 Lights NYE
Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 and his welcome to W2 Lights NYE:
“So we are here at W2 Storyeum, for a very major event with W2 Lights NYE.. It’s interesting, W2 and all of our volunteers and crew have created a major event for New Year Eve 2011 and I guess our goal is to kick butt on the “No Fun City” thing…
You know this is an amazing experience where 10 different community groups, cultural crews who routinely produce their own events especially around live audio visual productions and electronic music..
It’s a particular part of the cultural scene in Vancouver and they’ve all come together under one roof in a city owned building at W2 Storyeum and it’s exciting to be able to host that much talent, creativity with communities all working together and say we want to do something together,
We want to celebrate Vancouver, celebrate culture and do it together to have a beautiful large facility with the City of Vancouver, residents can gather, is very exciting for W2, it’s an honor for us to be able to host”
W2 LIGHTS NYE – an unprecedented collaboration between Vancouver’s underground music communities in one large public space at W2 Storyeum, bringing back the light, and welcoming the new year. Five rooms filled with music, video, interactive media art installations, and performance. Plus participants will enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres from W2 Cafe, a silent auction of cool gifts and artworks, a secure coat check, fresh air conditioners, and special refreshments, with their new and old friends! Conveniently located near Vancouver’s transportation hub (Seabus, Skytrains, numerous bus routes), car parking upstairs for designated drivers, all in the heART of the city.
This event is a special fundraising initiative to help W2 build an inner-city media centre for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – across the street – within the Woodward’s heritage building scheduled. Take a moment and see what we’re working on:
Below are 29 livestream videos through a Nokia N97 mini smart camerphone from 7 PM Dec 31, 2010 to 3AM Jan 1, 2011
Below are 127 photos from 7 PM Dec 31, 2010 to 3AM Jan 1, 2011
AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile thanks everyone who came out to celebrate W2 Lights NYE 2011!
AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile of W2 congratulates Mobile Voices/Voces Móvile in Los Angeles, California for winning the U.N. mobile technology award!
AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile Project of W2 Community Media Arts in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) warmly congratulates Mobile technology project Mobile Voices/Voces Móvile in Los Angeles, California for winning the U.N. mobile technology award!
Below is a photo of April, Amanda Garces, Mark Burdett and Honey Mae in Vancouver
Mobile Voices/Voces Móviles microreporting site wins U.N. mobile technology award
Mobile Voices/Voces Móviles, the microblogging project designed in collaboration with USC Annenberg and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, or IDEPSCA, has won a United Nations-sponsored World Summit Award for innovative mobile applications. The collaborative project is one of five winners in the “m-Inclusion & Empowerment” category, targeted to those apps that “support integration within the global information society.”
Mobile Voices is an open-source platform that lets mobile phone users post text, photo and video content to a publicly available website. Day laborers and household workers across Los Angeles, as well as members of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), have used the interface to report news, distribute information and share stories about their work, lives, and their points of view.
IDEPSCA’s Popular Communication team, which is made up of the day laborers and household workers who developed the Mobile Voices system, prepared the following statement:
“This is an effort of more than 2 years, where IDEPSCA’s day laborers and household workers, in collaboration with USC, worked collectively in a participatory method. Today, we fulfill our goal of consolidating Mobile Voices as a window to the universe where the voices of those who for centuries have been excluded from the word can be heard. Silence has been broken and our voice was heard in a far away place in the Middle East. There is no work done in vain.”
“This effort has been transformative and inspiring,” said Amanda Garces, Mobile Voices project manager at IDEPSCA. “Winning this award truly reflects the essence of the Mobile Voices project. IDEPSCA’s popular education methodology has created the path for the workers to become subjects of their own reality. The workers truly live IDEPSCA’s motto of reading reality to write their own history. Their commitment is invaluable.”
“One of the unique strengths of VozMob is that it was designed from the start in close collaboration with the immigrant workers it serves,” said communication professor François Bar, one of the USC Annenberg scholars on the project team. “This United Nations award brings global recognition to the value of our participatory design approach.”
“The award is a great honor for everyone who has worked hard to make VozMob a success — IDEPSCA and LACAN workers, community organizers, Annenberg students and open-source programmers,” Bar said.
The awards are given by the United Nations in recognition of online and mobile content that promotes global digital access and inclusion in the communication revolution, especially in developing countries and underserved communities. More than 420 products from nearly 100 countries were considered for awards.
Other winners in Mobile Voices’ award category included a German application providing resources for handicapped people and an SMS-integrated program linking remote communities in Guatemala.
The winning project teams will receive their awards in December at the World Summit Award Mobile Winners’ Gala, Conference and Expo in Abu Dhabi. In addition to an awards ceremony, the three-day conference brings together global leaders in mobile application development for networking and knowledge exchange.
The roots of the Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) trace back to 1984, when a group of students and parents met in Central Park in the City of Pasadena to confront racism, educational inequalities and the lack of affordable housing. Stories of joy, struggle and hope became mirrors for educational and organizing processes. This experience, and systematic practice that evolved from it, has given IDEPSCA the tools and methods to successfully work with low-income workers and others groups committed to solving problems in their own communities.
About the USC Annenberg School for Communication
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.
About the World Summit Award-Mobile
Organized by the International Center for New Media in Salzburg, the World Summit Award-Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and the United National Global Alliance for ICT and Development. The WSA-mobile is the only ICT event worldwide that reaches the mobile community in over 160 countries and is able to promote the best mobile content and innovative applications out of this huge selection.