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IDEA-X Students at CDM for Summer 2013

Aug 01, 2013 By Crissy Campbell

Students from the Communication University of China (CUC) are calling the Centre for Digital Media home for the next 4 weeks as they take part in the CDM’s 4th IDEA-X Program.

These nineteen students from Beijing will be very busy in the next month going through the development lifecycle for a digital media product and touring some of Vancouver’s digital media companies. They'll also be given the chance to network and meet industry leaders.

Started in 2010, the IDEA-X Program is a 4-week digital media bootcamp, immersing students in the fundamentals of collaborative design and rapid prototyping while helping them practice their English language proficiency. It provides a great opportunity for them to learn new processes in the creation of digital media products using design-thinking methodologies.

Crowdsurfing at CDM Vancouver

On their first day of classes, just like students in the Master of Digital Media program, the IDEA-X students participated in a crowd surfing trust exercise as a way to, “know what it feels like to support others who depend on you, and in turn to feel supported by them,” explains Patrick Pennefather, supervisor for IDEA-X. The crowd surfing exercise introduces IDEA-X students to the key aspects of collaboration and working with a team.

After the first few days of learning concepts and skills such as ideation, brainstorming, persona development and pitching, the students are given 48 hours to develop a prototype and 9 working days to build their app or game.  After the build, the students end their experience at the CDM with a final presentation where student teams pitch their prototypes to a panel of industry representatives and Master of Digital Media students.

The February IDEA-X students who went through this process created some very cool and innovative games and apps, including a motion-activated game, a mobile social app and an iOS game.

Fore a taste of what they can produce, here’s a video of one of the games created by one of the February IDEA-X student teams:

Find out more about the IDEA-X Program.