Session Information Aryana Singh February 6, 2020

Session Information

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Silver Lining (Keynote)
March 29 at 10:15 A.M. | March 30 at 9:15 A.M.

How did an industry that relies on social gatherings stay afloat during the midst of a pandemic? The energetic Jian Magen will be featured in this year’s Emerge conference, speaking about his experience managing the complete shift to remote events.

TikTok: In Front and Behind the FYP
March 29 at 10:55 A.M.

Whipped coffee, salmon rice bowls, pretty much every Doja Cat song, “Put a finger down” challenges, I think you get where we’re going with this – we’re talking TikTok! More specifically, in front and behind the FYP – an intimate talk show style interview with TikTok experts. What exactly does that mean? Think influencers and professionals from TikTok Canada’s office coming together for an exclusive behind the scenes look made just for you – future Guelph-Humber students! Not to mention that our guests are folks who’ve walked through the halls of Guelph-Humber before, climbed the spiral staircase, and sat in the same lecture halls that you could be learning in one day – they’re UofGH-alumni!

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Victoria Manakis

Client Solutions Manager, TikTok
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TikTok Creator and Influencer
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Naomi Leanage

TikTok Creator and Influencer
How-To: Be a Female Storyteller
March 30 at 12:35 P.M.

In an industry where men have dominated the field, women in media are confidently starting to reclaim their space, becoming their own bosses and creating success stories that captivate audiences. Sonya Denton will be talking about her experience in the media industry and teaching the next generation about creating triumphant stories.

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Campfire Stories
March 30 at 9:55 A.M.

Campfire Stories is an immersive experience where attendees will have the chance to interact with professionals from various fields in the media industry. It allows for intimate conversations with industry professionals so that you are able to ask any questions about what it is like to be a key player in today’s media world. There will be an opportunity to interact with these guest speakers at our “camps,” including entertainment, sports, music, and fashion camp.

Gather around and join us at Campfire Stories, you won’t want to miss it!

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Laura Lourenco

Publicity and Promotions Coordinator at Walt Disney Studios
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Aislinn Dicks

Digital Media Manager, Universal Music Canada
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Thomas Hall

Director of Communications and Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee
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Nezariel Scott

Social Media Specialist, Knixwear
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How-To: Make a Change
March 30 at 1:00 P.M.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your favourite community organization? Swabir Shariff will be speaking about his experiences working in the non-profit industry, including topics such as how his job has evolved alongside technology and how the media has influenced his work. 

March 30 at 1:25 P.M.

The Metapod session will introduce the Varsity Clues: Campus Myths and Legends podcast team. The team will join in our new podcast studio and discuss the steps to create a podcast and host interviews to give viewers insight about podcasting and offer advice about developing a prosperous one. Guest Speakers to be interviewed include Dean Hebscher of The Clean Hamster Podcast and University of Guelph-Humber Alumni and podcaster Michael Brown. Viewers will also get an inside look into what the Varsity Podcast team has done with their show so far and they’re process in developing it.

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Dean Hebscher

Podcaster, The Clean Hamster Podcast
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Michael Brown

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Studio Workshops

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Learn how to shoot a professional portrait

Michael Samartzis, Media Technologies Specialist, University of Guelph-Humber

Participants will learn how to manipulate light, modifiers, and backgrounds to create very different styles of self-portraits. They will also be able to practice the roles of art director, photographer, and model. Bring your inner muse!

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Craft a video in our live-broadcast studio

Ari Sooriyamoorthy, Media Technologies Specialist, University of Guelph-Humber

Participants will have the opportunity to flex their creative muscle as directors and actors as they work as a team to create a short, shareable video on a subject of their choosing.

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Explore new worlds

Marc Tavares, Media Technologies Specialist, University of Guelph-Humber

After an interactive session on the basics of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality production, and its use in modern media, participants will have the opportunity to experience and manipulate a Virtual Reality environment.