Blimey

So, what has ITV, HMC, TwoFour, i-DAT and Jamie & me got in common? We only all won at the Media Innovation Awards ceremony!! In fact, both of the nominations I was mention in won coz the Cornwall Culture project won for the best multi-platform category. It was all a bit of a shock to be honest. We were up against TwoFour for their Ashes Down Under project in the Mobile category so I hoped we would win but didn’t really expect it. When they started talking about the nominations and showed a video of each of them, my heart just went crazy so you can probably imagine what it was like when they opened the envelope and read out our names. We went up on stage to collect it and I mumbled some thanks but I was in a complete state of shock. In fact, I still hadn’t recovered when they read out the winner of the multi-platform category – no way was I going up there again!!

It was a bit of an MLA/DAT night. Most of the awards went to people with an MLA/DAT connection with either staff, graduates or under graduates (oh that’s us :)) winning something.

But, despite all that, I do feel a bit guilty coz it was a team effort really. So to try and re-dress the balance somewhat, I’d like to thank the following;

Chris Speed for running the Organism project which spawned Stanley
Mike Phillips and B for inviting us to take part in Noogy
Lee Nutbeam for the animation
Justin Roberts for his coding
Pyramid for the screen

But an extra special thanks to Jamie without whom Stanley and Noogy would not be where they are now. Well done girl.

Jemma Woodman collecting award
Jemma Woodman collecting ITV Westcountry’s award

Dan Livingstone collecting his award
Dan Livingstone collecting his Individual Contribution to Innovation award

Team i-DAT collecting the multi-platform award
Team i-DAT collecting the multi-platform award

HMC collecting one of their awards
The boys of HMC collecting the overall winner award

Our award
Our award

Jamie with the award
Jamie with our award

Me with the award
Me with the award


MotionPlymouth launch

MotionPlymouth launched today at the Big Screen and as Openreel is one of the official partners I went along. MotionPlymouth is a two-day festival which aims to illuminate the city, showing off giant projections, light-art and installations over 16th and 17th November. More details and how to enter the competition can be found on the website.

Katie and Dawn launch MotionPlymouth
Katie and Dawn launch MotionPlymouth

Openreel logo on the Big Screen
Openreel logo on the Big Screen


And in reverse order…

It was the presentation ceremony for the Business Ideas Challenge in uni last night. 86 entrants down to 10 for the final round which entailed a “Dragon’s Den” type presentation earlier in the week. In the UoP staff and students category, we came 3rd – wow!!!! How good is that!!!! Jamie and I thought the presentation could have gone better, it wasn’t a compete disaster but there were a couple of things that we thought the board might not have liked. Obviously turning up suited and booted must have won them over :)

So with Chesire cat type smiles we collected our award and certificates, had photos taken and then spent the next hour or so chatting to the other winners and sponsors. The local paper was there so expect some pictures posted up soon.

Now though the hard work begins……


We’re famous

Check out the picture – do you want our autographs?


Shameless plug

Right, Jamie and I have been working on this mobile phone application for well over a year now. Can’t say too much about it at the mo but we’ve entered it into all sorts of things including a competiton run by the BBC for this year’s Milia but to no avail. However, we’ve kept plugging away and now it’s paid off. We entered the Business Idea Challenge run by the Uni and we’ve made it thru’ to the next round out of 86 entrants. Not bad for a pair of Janners!!