OCAD University

OCAD to work with Microsoft Canada

on digital media research and design

OCAD President Sara Diamond and Microsoft Canada's Mark Relph at Mesh

OCAD President Sara Diamond and Mark Relph, Vice President of Tools and Platform, Microsoft Canada Co. at the Mesh Conference. Photo: Lino Ragno.
TORONTO, April 7, 2009—Students and faculty at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will have unprecedented access to a new, cutting-edge research and development tool, thanks to Microsoft Canada’s donation of a Microsoft Surface unit and related services, the university announced today.

Microsoft Surface is a revolutionary interactive computing surface that allows individual or multiple users to access digital content with natural gestures and touch. In addition to the 30-inch diagonal tabletop display, Microsoft Canada will provide design and development tools and training to OCAD students and faculty. The donation will benefit the OCAD’s new Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute (DMRII) and the university’s existing leading-edge digital research.

“This new collaboration with Microsoft Canada represents a huge step forward in terms of OCAD’s contribution to Ontario’s digital media sector,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “Our university’s researchers are leaders in experience design; Microsoft Surface will allow them to apply interactive technology to their work in digital media, art and design.”

“At Microsoft we recognize how the future of software will depend on truly outstanding user experiences,” said Mark Relph, Vice President of Tools and Platform, Microsoft Canada Co. “That’s why Microsoft Canada is pleased to help support the Ontario College of Art & Design by giving students access to a Microsoft Surface device, design and development tools, and helping faculty deliver on their commitment to shape imagination and innovation through the delivery of cutting-edge art and design education.”

Diamond and Relph made the announcement today at Mesh, Canada’s Web Conference, being held today and tomorrow at the MaRS Centre in Toronto. Watch video of the announcement.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile: Ext.1327)

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