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April Smith of AHA MEDIA is proud to speak at Net Tuesday event for “Online Video for Non Profits”

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Net Tuesday or NetSquared Local groups are monthly events that take place in cities around the world. These events serve as a great opportunity to convene local communities to share ideas, learn from each other, and even collaborate on projects for real world impact. These gatherings provide a chance to connect for all those interested in the intersection of social technologies and social change in your local community. Members of local groups represent nonprofit organizations and foundations, government agencies and service providers, designers and developers, innovators and social entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, November 2 · 5:30pm – 8:00pm
W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova


A 30-minute overview of the Youtube grants for nonprofits program, plus a demonstration of some fun features like captioning and translation, annotations and call-to-action overlays.

A 1-hour panel with seasoned experts working in the field who will address the hows and whys of video for nonprofit. How can video help advance your mission? Is it worth your time? Where can you find help in creating a video? How do you promote your video? What makes a “viral video”?

Panelists include:

+ Steve Rosenberg, Pull Focus Film School (a nonprofit film school)
+ Devon Wong, David Suzuki Foundation (video intern)
+ Steve Anderson, (creator of several videos that went “viral”)
+ April Smith, AHA MEDIA

A special thanks goes to our sponsor, W2 Community Media Arts Society, who provided the venue.

More details at

AHA MEDIA was very proud to speak at Net Tuesday event at CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Centre ) in Vancouver

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very proud to speak at Net Tuesday event at CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Centre ) in Vancouver on September 1, 2009

Below is a photo of April Smith of AHA MEDIA in the lobby of CBC Vancouver

0 April in CBC lobby

Below is a photo of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA looking into the Net Tuesday crowd

1 A Peter at CBC room

Below is a photo of April about to walk into the room where other Net Tuesday folks are gathered in a room at CBC

1 April to talk at CBC

Below is a photo of April and Andrew Lavigne hugging upon greeting!  AHA MEDIA is very lucky to have Andrew Lavigne as one of their mentors!  🙂

2 April and Andrew greeting each other at CBC

 Andrew Lavigne is a professional filmmaker and director of a documentary called “With Glowing Hearts” in which AHA MEDIA is one of the featured stories having their journeys into socia media followed and documented for over a year.

“With Glowing Hearts” is a movie where social media is used for social change especially for the folks in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Andrew Lavigne says

WGH-is a story about a revolution, one of social change and a paradigm shift in media representation. Vancouver sets the stage, against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Games, for our documentary about a marginalized community embracing social media tools to empower, inspire and breakdown the digital divide. This is a project that I am directing and is being produced by Shot on various capture devices including the Red, the HVX 200, the 5D MkII and the Nokia N77 cellphone. We began shooting Feb/2009 and will continue through March/2010….look for more footage to appear…soon. Enjoy.

You may view “With Glowing Hearts”  trailer on Vimeo

 WGH Poster

Below is a photo of Andrew Lavigne placing a wiresless microphone unit on the back of April’s skirt.

3 Andrew putting wireless microphone on April

Below is a photo of April with Kris Krug ( KK), another one of AHA MEDIA’s advisors and mentors 🙂

4 April with KK before speech

Below is a photo of April with Elijah van der Giessen, organizer of Net Tuesday

4B April with Eli

Below are two photos of April Smith making her presentation. Photos  were taken by Alain Assailly, Journalist of The/La Source newspaper.

5 April Speaking at CBC Broadcast Centre in Vancouver

6 April Speaking 2 at CBC Broadcast Centre

Below is speech made by April Smith of AHA MEDIA  to Net Tuesday group at CBC.

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA is filming and documenting her presentation.


Hi Everybody! 🙂

I’m April Smith and I’d like to thank you all for giving me this great opportunity to speak before you here at CBC as many of you usually see me behind a camera filming you  at many of our past events 🙂

I first learned my skills though the Fearless City Mobile Project funded by Heritage Canada and Bell

Fearless City Mobile was DEVELOPED AS a two way RICH MEDIA FILE SHARING SYSTEM for marginalized residents and artists of Vancouver‘s Downtown Eastside.  It’s an interactive communication system that can stream multiple feeds to public live screens. Fearless has been breaking the digital divide for 2 years by empowering locals with mobile technology.  Fearless runs programs and events to support creation of community generated media.

As Fearless City Mobile developed as a social enterprise within W2, which is the new Community Media Arts Centre,  several of us graduates were inspired to keep learning and went on to found a company called AHA MEDIA. This year we will be advancing our business and expanding our networks with the support of W2’s Incubator program and with the broader social media network in the city. 

 We began documenting our further journey into social media by virtue of becoming hyper local, new media citizen journalists reporting on the positive stories of the Downtown Eastside residents.

  We have expanded our repertoire of tools across a broad variety of multimedia storytelling platforms.  In addition to being citizen journalists, we’re also mobile media content producers who use cameraphones to make photos, twitter updates and videos both static and livestreaming for Greater Vancouver area clients, events and organizations.

 We produce rich multimedia content and footage to document, promote and archive any presentation or live event.

 By our work, we’re helping to create social change by using social media to raise awareness of the stories out there for Vancouver.

 In the future, AHA MEDIA will be working with W2, the new Community Media Arts Centre located in the new Woodwards building downtown and more partners in the social media and tech world here in Vancouver 🙂

 I’m very pleased to chat with anyone who may be interested in hiring us for their next project.  Our site is at and on twitter I’m @AprilFilms , @AHAMEDIA @April

Thanks very much for listening to me 🙂


7 April after CBC speech

Below is a photo of Alden Habacon, Manager of  Diversity Initiatives at CBC Television

Alden from CBC talking

Below is a photo of April standing with CBC signs

April standing with CBC signs

Below is a photo of April Smith, Alain Assailly and Peter Davies taking an artistic photograph of themselves in a elevator at CBC.

April, Alain, Peter in a CBC elevator

Below is a photo of Alain and April enjoying a sushi dinner with Peter after Net Tuesday at CBC Vancouver 🙂

Sushi dinner after #NetTuesday

Sushi celebration dinner