In the News: Week of 3 October

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AKE participant Atieno Makkosiri will perform the opening act for the next Women In Music Concert Series, Sat, 15.10.2016 7:00 PM Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Africa’s Cultural and Creative Revolution: A Saga in the Making

Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko launches IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants

 

“It’s a great time to be an African right now.”The SA Music Awards- winning Maleh says she is still hungry for world domination and believes that being an African is a plus.

 

Research:
Joseph Izang Azi: Appraising the Role of Afrimation (African- Animation) in Promoting Africa’s Rich Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age. International Journal of Computer Graphics & Animation (IJCGA) Vol.2, No.2/3, July 2012

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Live Blog: Round Table and Solution Design Workshop, 31 August 2016

Place: Golden Tulip Hotel, Nairobi.

#CreativeMedia

Welcoming words by Victor Omondi: The Programme!

“Thank you all participants — the different stakeholders. We are in the process creating an pan-African model that will respond to the challenges of our field! Already at this stage, we work with policy makers and the industry, as well as international consultants and other stakeholders. Our mission is to tell African stories!” #Creativemedia

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Introduction to GESCI & AKE: Jerome Morrissey

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“This is an important day for us! An introduction to this programme for all our guests/and partners. GESCI was originally established based on the recommendation of the UN ICT task force. We work in 16 African countries:

  • Incorporation of ICTs to enhance education — involves many aspects. Models, scaling.
  • Funding: foundations, development funds (GESCI-AKE is funded by Finland, and Sweden).
  • This is a small project for us but a very important one: we are creating new curricula, a model! (Most organizations, internationally, are too slow to adapt changes in the workplace, in the industry…)
  • We are developing a model, researching it (Living Lab), AND we want to influence policy, share our experience with policy-makers.
  • CONTINUUM: from digital skills to business-industry skills to job creation!

Reflection:

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Mary Hooker: Living Lab – AKE 2016 Research Framework and Model

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Mary: “Living Lab Research as the intervention to the process, not merely as a scholarly work.”

  • Bringing everyone on board – to make research actually to make something!
  • This is especially important in education – we need products! It needs to respond to the marketplace, the rapid changes in the workplace.
  • It is EXACTLY WHAT IS IN THIS ROOM: talent, business, educators coming together! Skills meet biz, and this is not a simple task to translate in education.
  • We are documenting this process to create a model!
  • 3 phases of the model — we are in the 2nd phase testing the products (if not, what should be changed? Feedback from the biz world!):

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  • We are documenting the model and will be sharing it: nationally and internationally!
  • Platforms  – this is about how we learn and share! No more silos!
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Example from the tutor reflections (shown as a slide)

More information about the research results of the first stage and next steps, please see this blog post: RESEARCH UPDATE.

Reflections from the audiences:

  • We are trying to redefine the marketplace.
  • Talent is the key.
  • Are there opportunities to grow into photography, film etc. other fields; as well as to high school context? – Jerome: Due to the time constraints it is not possible; also we would talk about different clusters, streams. But we would love to!
  • Mary: We develop models for others to use, do not necessarily implement!
  • Jerome: We want to root the model in Kenya but will also spread it; we will collaborate with the African Union, as of next May, so we have a great avenue to distribute the model. This is a process. It’s constantly changing.”

Setting the context: Showcase Animation, Music & Games products

Guests go around the space to check what the creator-participants are showcasing. The space is divided in 3 areas, each one with prototypes and products developed in AKE so far.

Mary reminds the visitors: “We are engaging in criticality. Guests: tell us what is working and what is not!

  • What do you think of these products?
  • What one or two changes would make these of commercial value?
  • Can you suggest ideas/ areas for turning these into products/ services that can find markets?
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The environment today at the round table and solution design workshop is of engagement, support and interest

The GESCI team in Nairobi has developed a  tool to capture ideas from the participants in the round table. The main aim is to recruit the help of visitors today, and capture ideas that will help all the projects move forward into viable ventures by 2016.

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Form for documenting ideas, tips and feedback from round table participants

The environment in the room is active and everybody is looking at the projects. There has been positive critique and many elements have been raised to help participant move up with their projects.

Some of the suggestions include

Practical tips: For example how it is possible to work on the key notes of the music, so they are not just flat and that the music can communicate?

Organizing work: e.g. feedback on how to ensure productions have clear roles and responsibilities like a director, a script writer and lead animator so that outcomes (like the Sponsor Series Video story) flow seamlessly.

Relevance and communication: Products should communicate their relevance by addressing issues that affect everyday life.  Messages need to be kept clear and an idea of the target audience should be framed on time. This is key for important for artistic purposes  and to ensure market success.

Back to basics: Well tested principles for storytelling and visualization should not be underestimated.

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Interviewing Soire Dickson (AKE participant) on his experiences during the round table

Soire Dickson, one of the participants in the AKE animation line, talked briefly with us on the many insights they have been gathering in this event. He was very positive with the AKA model of learning where industry experts, GESCI Staff and their tutors have challenged them to create animation that suits the Kenyan scene.

Mary asks the audience “What stood up”?:

  • Value entertainment! Produced by team work.
  • Creativity and innovation on current topics.
  • Role of humor.
  • Storytelling
  • Tensions between content vs technique that need to be resolved
  • What could be and should be “African touch”?
  • Quality needs to be continuously developed to reach industry standards. We are not there yet.
  • Team work
  • I which ways the products are valuable? How to support more participants to think as entrepreneurs?
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Some feedback for AKE. See more also at @Gesci or @Gesci2 #Creativemedia

Ideation: Generating Ideas by “scrumming”

Mary made a small introduction to the SCRUM approach that -with some adaptations- will be used in this session to generate concrete ideas and tasks for each theme to move forward. (Scrum meetings will also be at the core of the AKE second phase so this is good rehearsal for all participants :))

WHAT: In a scrum meeting (also called a sprint) the product owners gather together with the scrum team, share the results achieved so far, evaluate them and steer the project into a new direction for the next sprint. In the round table we did a version that included this elements:

Brainstorming –> Concept Mapping –> Voting –> Concept Pitching –>

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Brainstorming for music products

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Mapping and clustering the ideas

After brainstorming and concept mapping what concrete steps should the team do?

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Scrum ideas sprint – format for developing AKE products in the round table

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Concrete tasks, work to do for the next months here at AKE

 

NOW IT IS LUNCH BREAK 🙂

Reporting from the workshop sessions, by Shylor Mwanje

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An example: Music section — radio market analysis — what kind of music being played, involvement of the audience in music video production, involvement in social media marketing, touring as a relatively new opportunity.

Mary Hooker: “Networking and collaborative networks are the key. We can’t realize them alone. Results we be digitized and shared (also in this blog 🙂 ”

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Feedback via social media! We will put out a question and please give us feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or below as a comment to this blog!

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Guest Speaker: Ogwang Omuga Oongo

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How do we grow the Sponsa (a GESCI-AKE creative project) into such a big success? Who owns Sponsa?

KNOWLEDGE is proprietary! We are handling proprietary information and talent and we need to organize. We don’t have structuralization. We need to copyright to protect us.

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BUT: Intellectual property does not only protect but also opens opportunities — investments, other products!

You need to know what is copywriteable. You can’t afford to assume, you need to know.

There are different forms of intellectual property: copyrights, trademarks, patents… 

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Knowledge and information form the economy but they take different forms. We are going to school but we are building companies.

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Your ideas will open doors for you. We can think into the future, 10 years ahead. So let’s begin that way, seeing intellectual property as proprietary.

 

Victor Omondi’s closing remarks:

This is not the end of our interactions and collaborations. This project ends in the beginning of December but that’s the beginning of the model.

We will share the report with everyone. And we will build on this network.

THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AKE’s creative pub on Saturday 13.08! Join us

Participants of the AKE Creative Media Venture program are organizing an event at Unga House (Nairobi) where they will be showcasing the creative ventures they are working on. The event runs from 9 am until 4 pm. We are very excited to learn more about their projects and plans for the future.

During the event communities, investors, media and anyone interested in the future of creative industries in Africa can learn about:

  • VerbHouse
  • Vidosho
  • ARTariKREAtions
  • DEBE records

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To learn more about the ideas behind AKE creative media venture skills program watch the video that AKE’s host organization GESCI has created:

 

What we have learned lately, in images

It has been fascinating to get all these images ! Thank you for allowing us to share some of the insights, passions and learning opportunities you have had. As usual is very enlightening to notice the variety of interests, skills and motivations that we have when learning.

Here the complete collection of the image probes we got back. They all talk about the energy that circulates when learning, in all aspects of our lives. Enjoy

Mercy: The photo attached below  shows how important it is to take care of young animals and young children. At birth,the calf shivered,it was cold. I had to take a blanket and cover the calf, give it a hold and affection, eventually it slept off. The child’s mother left the baby crying, I gave a hold to the child and a motherly affection, the baby stopped crying and slept off. As human we assume that animals don’t need as much care but they do. Their mothers can’t give a hold or as much affection but we can. I felt the affection and connection, give it a trial and you will feel the same and view it my way.

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Taking Care

 

Albert: This week I have thought about knowing what you want and going for it.

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Purpose

Olipha: The photo was taken during learning time with my fellow students. I was drawing a character animation that is, so i paused to take a photo.

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Taking a pause

Edna: This is a photo of me learning how to use the wacom for last week’s project which was to make a storyboard for an advert.

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Making a storyboard

SparkMyke: Having a good time in the new studio

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Good times!

Maurice: Here are several attachments based on the things I’ve learned and what i am in the process of doing. The first  several images of a person hitting a table right from the first pose to the pose where he hits the table hard. The image is just a sketch of how the real product shall be. The second  is a complete drawing of a character alias dee dee which i use for my training purposes.

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Process

Soire: In the past few weeks, I have learnt to use my immediate environment as a source of inspiration to create backgrounds for 2D animations. Below is an example of reference image from our classroom window and it’s unfinished 2D render that I am working on.

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Reference & representation

Immaqlate: I added the score board and scores appear after each and every pin you hit to my bowling game in the woods.

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Bowling in the woods

Andika: Working with logic as a professional D A W…Never used a mac computer before to make music and now the whole experience is becoming professional to me.

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Professional experience

Makossiri: In the past few weeks we’ve been learning a lot about our cultures and identity and this inspired me to visit the Kenya National Theatre in search of musical instruments from my ethnic tribe(luo). This is me playing the Nyatiti, an 8 stringed lyre from the luo community originally played by men.

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Playing the Nyatiti

Mista: This week I was working on a football penalty game as shown on the photo….I was able to get a character with animations controls plus I added some script to it for the target score.

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Animating a football player

Francis: I have been learning how to use Wacom for better drawings in Animation.

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Drawing better animations

Nancy: I learnt how to put characters in a box. My character is one with attitude but still graceful and cultured. Using lines to express one self.

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Creating characters with attitude

Kahama: Team work!

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Team work

Stephen: I was able to come with the game functionality such as hitting the golf ball. That has been achieved through some of the skills I earned over the last week.

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Game functionality

Ruth: I have been working on a common game I used to play while young, called Rounders’. I placed my scene at our famous Uhuru Park that’s right at the center of the city. I used to the cubes as safe areas in the game and my character needs to step on them to be safe from getting hit by the ball. Though challenging when it comes to scripting, its coming up well and soon will be done. It awakens great memories and am happy that it’s coming to life.

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The joy of digital RoundersK

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Willis: The activity I’ve been up to this week, including yesterday, was doing some aerial shots with my new Dji Drone at Kiambu Tea Farms and the Great Rift Valley.

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Drone images

Andrea: I discovered that it is not so good idea to put to much glue in the circuits of an electronic embroidery… makes it difficult to repair 🙂

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Glue things carefully, stitch profusely!

Minna:

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Minna’s learning from everyone’s photos (& check out the article recommended by Victor about creative industries, under the Resources tab!)