CFC, Mind Pirate announce wearable tech program finalists


Who will deliver the next Angry Birds or Google Glass eyepiece app?

Three Toronto digital developers and one from New Mexico will have their chance to make their mark on the wearable technology landscape in the near future, thanks to their selection as finalists for the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab boot camp.

Toronto’s Normative, Little Guy Games and Smokebomb Entertainment, as well as New Mexico’s Imaginary Computer, have been named to the program’s inaugural development cycle, first announced in October. The program is a partnership between the Canadian Film Centre and Silicon Valley-based game developer Mind Pirate

Each developer leverages a $10,000 U.S. grant and has three months to come up with “the next mega blockbuster” in wearable technology. Each contestant will have access to Callisto, Mind Pirate’s next generation developer technology platform, which won’t be available to third party publishers until later in 2014.

The winning app may also be selected by Mind Pirate to bring to market, offering these potential digital developers an entry point into a field that’s expected to expand to 485 million shipments annually by 2018, according to ABI Research, and has a worth currently estimated at $1.84 billion (U.S.), according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The call to join the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab boot camp drew over 40 entries from the U.S. and Canada and territories as far away as the U.K., Germany and Israel.