Happy New Year from DGC! – DGC picture book year 1
New adventures are around the corner. Happy New Year to all from Digi & Game Center, Jyväskylä, Finland!
Our School of Professional Teacher Education (JAMK) and it´s MOBVET -project visited Jyväskylä Digi & Game Center in 28th of September. MOBVET -project, coordinated by Tarto University, has been a project to make students and teachers better equipped to work in international environments, both at home and abroad. The project created a specific tool for internationalization – a digital Learning Object to assist Vocational Education teachers, trainers and students to develop their intercultural competences and reflection skills before, during and after a period of mobility. https://mobvet.ut.ee/avaleht.
When planning MOBVET -project´s dissemination and possible next steps JAMK´s School of Professional Teacher Education searched possibilities to include AR/VR elements in digital online learning to emphasize the learning experience and sense of presence. Co-operative learning and working with peers are in the heart of teacher education and we sought ways to include immersive elements to distance and online learning as well. During our visit to Digi and Game Center, we were introduced to various means and equipment’s on how to implement AR/VR and noticed that Digi and Game Center has a truly unique approach to digital world. It is a platform that brings together companies, students, teachers, and researchers in the digital and gaming industry to work and develop products and services together. The parties responsible for the centre’s operations include the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä Game Industry Hub – Peliosuuskunta Expa and Jykia Oy. Expa Game Business Co-operative serves as the operator of Digi & Game Center.
The companies operating there represent industries such as gaming, programming, graphics, animation, 3D and XR/VR/AR production, robotics, ICT, and music and culture production.
Unfortunately due to project schedule, MOBVET was not able to utilize these premises any further, but we did receive some good advices for the future! Our visit there was a good steppingstone on a path to more immersive and co-operative online learning. Continuing learning is a never-ending ride, we just have to hold on and enjoy the journey!
Nice ICT Jyväskylän kevään 2020 viimeinen tapahtuma järjestettiin virtuaalisesti 19.5. Etävierailun kohteena oli Jyväskylän Digi & Game Center. Tapahtumassa saimme kuulla ensin yleiskatsauksen DGC:n toiminnan taustoista. Tämän jälkeen pääsimme tutustumaan tarkemmin pariin DGC:n yhteydessä toimivaan yritykseen.
Onko se joku pelijuttu? No ei pelkästään, vaikka eSportsiakin toimintaan kuuluu. Mutta kuten jo vihjasin, kokonaisuuteen liittyy myös erilaisia yrityksiä sekä muita digialan toimijoita. Tarkemmin ajatellen kyseessä on kokonainen ekosysteemi ja toimijoiden verkosto, joka antaa esimerkiksi yritystoiminnalle hyvän pohjan kasvaa ja kehittyä. DGC:n taustalla tällä hetkellä on muun muassa EU-rahoitusta, Keski-Suomen Liitto, JAMK, Business Jyväskylä, Fingersoft sekä Peliosuuskunta Expa.
Esimerkkejä koko palveluvalikoimasta:
Mukana on monenlaisia yrityksiä pelinkehityksen, kulttuurin, mainonnan sekä erilaisia digitaalista toimintaa edistäviä tahoja. Toiminnan laajuus yllätti meidät kuulijat täysin! DGC tarjoaa yrityksille mahtavan kumppaniverkoston, tiloja, koulutuksia sekä muuta toimintaa ja näin mukana olevat tahot saavat uusia mahdollisuuksia, kasvua, synergiaa sekä vaikkapa sparrausta arkipäivän ongelmiinsa. Yrittäjien keskuudessa vallitsikin valloittava huumorilla höystetty yhteishenki!
Heidi pyörittää mainostoimistoa, jossa hänen lisäkseen on mukana myös hänen sisaruksiaan. Heidän palveluitaan ovat erilaiset graafiset työt kuten logot ja ulkoasut, kuvitukset, sarjakuvat sekä animaatiot.
Teemulla on tulessa useampikin rauta ja hänellä on rautainen kokemus erilaisista ICT-alan kehitysprojekteista. Yritys tarjoaa digitaalisia työkaluja liiketoiminnan kehittämiseen. Ratkaisut liittyvät nouseviin teknologioihin, esimerkiksi AR/XR/3D-tuotantoon ja 360° kuvauksiin.
W1llow Agencyn Suvi edustaa useita suomalaisia taiteilijoita, kuten sarjakuvapiirtäjä Milla Paloniemeä (esim. Kiroileva siili). Lisäksi hän toimii esimerkiksi tapahtumatuotannon parissa.
Nice ICT:n tapahtumissa aiemminkin aktiivisesti käynyt Enni Stylman Jyväskylän yliopistolta kertoo, että DGC:n monialaisuus yllätti positiivisesti. “Oli mukavaa, että tapahtumassa oli esittäytymässä monenlaisia toimijoita eikä pelkästään it-alan yrittäjiä. DGC on hyvä esimerkki siitä, kuinka myös it-alan toimijat voivat hyötyä monialaisesta työyhteisöstä ja verkostoitumisesta” Enni kommentoi.
Toivotaan, että voimme järjestää virtuaalisen vierailun lisäksi myöhemmin Nice ICT -tapahtuman ihan paikan päälle, vaikkapa eSportsin merkeissä. Tätä odotellessa tiloihin pääsee jo tutustumaan Wesolven tuottaman 360° mallin avulla.
Competence & Culture Specialist Ilona Lapinkylä työskentelee Cinia Oy:n ohjelmistoliiketoiminnan rekrytoinnin sekä osaamisen kehittämisen parissa. Vapaa-ajallaan hän toimii TIVIA Keski-Suomen hallituksessa sekä vetää Nice ICT Jyväskylä -verkostoa
Where does the brand start?
Brand development is long-term work and starting is usually the most challenging part of it. It is important to do the groundwork properly. We must first define the goals of what we are going to do, and to whom and why? However, the final image is determined by different stakeholders and target audiences.
From the beginning, representatives of various parties: from the companies, employees, students, and persons responsible for the city of Jyväskylä own development interests have been committed to building the Digi & Game Center brand. This has been a sensible choice because in the end, the brand is built on the images we create together. We started thinking together: How we want to look, and sound like on the outside? What things do we want to represent and what kind of activities do we want to involve?
We organized two workshops and a shared survey for all the representatives of the various parties involved in the Digi & Game Center. They were able to freely participate in the workshops as well as give opinions regarding the brand and communications of the future about Digi & Game Center. From the results of the workshops we could see that people wanted to make the Center warm and receptive to anyone interested in the digital and gaming industry, regardless of age, gender, or background. The Center also wanted to be portrayed as a place where people would first seek help in the digital or gaming industry, whether they were interested in studying those subjects or in the hopes of getting to work in those fields. Information aimed at financiers and potential investors was always also seen as an important part of keeping investor interest as high as possible.
From the very beginning, the value base of the brand building was the emphasis on the community and the appreciation of working together and different ways of cooperation. There is more power in the community than there would be in people individually.
Why we are building the brand?
Underlying the brand building is the goal of increasing sales. In the case of Digi & Game Center this means that the Center’s own offices are would be as full of tenants as possible, there would be a large number of participants in the events, young people are queuing to get in to study and the city of Jyväskylä thinks the Center is a useful community for the development of the city. A strong brand base supports sales and engages customers. There are numerous examples of this from Apple to Merzedes-Benz.
To whom do we want to send a message and what?
The main target groups for brand communications are the gaming industry, the digital industry, educational institutions, investors/financiers/partners, and the potential buyers of inhouse business services. Topics raised in the communication include the Centre’s CO-Working facilities, several events held in different locations inside and outside the Center, the possibility of cooperation networks, start-up services, training opportunities for the industry, industry development in general and of course, the services of the Centre’s own resident companies, as well as investment opportunities in these companies. The City of Jyväskylä’s positive attitude towards new business and the development of the digital and gaming industry as a growing employer of the future has also been emphasized in communications. The main goal of brand communication has been for Digi & Game Center to be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about the digital gaming industry in general and it would be the first place they seek help or information related to these topics.
It would also be important for the brand to be able to stand out from other business communities in Jyväskylä and other Finnish digital and gaming communities. For this reason, the activities have been taken forward together with various stakeholders because in this case, it is the community that creates the foundation for the brand.
Residents are the most important resource for the brand and communications
The biggest asset of the brand and communications is its representatives, i.e. the residents of Digi & Game Center. How they talk about daily life in the Digi & Game Center, at events and outside of the house. As well as, of course, in general of everything they think the Center represents. A relaxed and communal atmosphere combined with professional people that work both for the company they represent and for the common good of entire Digi & Game Center. Now we are striving the companies, employees, and students working in the Digi & Game Center to spread the good news about this wonderful place, which has been created for the need. Marketing tricks will not work unless the community will stand behind the values of the Center. At the same time as the brand is being built, seamless customer experiences are also being built.
Brand creation and the future
The creation of the brand has only just begun, and its first features have only been seen on a smaller scale. Over time we can see how well the initially set goals and the models created are realized and how people themselves internalize the starting points of Digi & Game Center’s brand communication in their daily work and their communication. The goal for the future is for the Center to be known throughout Finland as an active player in the digital and gaming industry within three years. The five-year goal is for the Digi & Game Center to be recognized internationally and for the people to apply for jobs and study abroad.
The work is taken forward together, keeping the focus on the themes defined at the beginning. The groundwork has been done and now the strengthening of the brand image will continue.
The Digi & Game Center brings together companies, students, teachers and researchers in the digital and gaming industry in one place to work and develop products and services. The parties responsible for the centre’s operations include the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä Game Industry Hub – Peliosuuskunta Expa and Jykia Oy. Expa Game Business Co-operative serves as the operator of Digi & Game Center.
Facilities and working stations are rented for gaming and digitalisation companies. The companies operating in the Digi & Game Center represent industries such as gaming, programming, graphics, animation, 3D and XR/VR/AR production, robotics, ICT, and music and culture production. The high demand for space is an indication of the centre’s necessity and of the fact that the digital and gaming industry in Jyväskylä and Central Finland is active and growth-seeking both in the domestic and international markets. Companies and partners are coming to the centre both from Finland and abroad.
Digi & Game Center has office rooms and hot desk remote co-working stations available for rent. Additionally, the centre has common areas, virtual and augmented reality (XR, VR and AR) facilities and equipment, an audio studio as well as a sauna available.
The center has also sought partners to support the development and operation of the industry in Central Finland. Experts and businesses are developed in the same building, so the community provides opportunities to start new business together or recruit new talents.Through our networks, you can find professionals from the grassroots directly through our a peer-to-peer networks. Midare, a Jyväskylä-based company with a long history in the provision of equipment, operator services and ICT solutions, has already joined the centre.
In addition to business operations, the center will host diverse activities, training and events open to all in the gaming and digital industry as well as JAMK’s Ticorporate Demo & Product Lab and e-sports coaching will also be operating at the center.
Several speeches were kept, coffee and cake were served and over 400 people visited and tested the premises. We got excellent feedback and social media were lively. We are excited what the future holds for use. Join us to make great things together!
Check video from The Grand Opening Day https://youtu.be/OVs0P77B3xM
Check our premises through a virtual tour link to the 3D, 360 camera model, where you can explore all the facilities and the offices of the entrepreneurs: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=tGEm1yhqJ6t
Welcome to visit Digi & Game Center, Matarankatu 2, 40100 Jyväskylä Digital or non digital way.
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Support us here (in English): bit.ly/Save-DGC-Korona-Aid-Eng
The Digi & Game Center (DGC) did what many in the digital and gaming industries are dreaming about. It brought together digital and gaming companies, part of game development education, the eSports training space called Game Pit, and the VR / AR / XR studio under one roof. DGC also provided office space for 16 companies at an affordable rent, which includes e.g., free use of meeting rooms. Also, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) has leased the other half of the office space for a game development project called Demo Lab.
Check out what it looks like inside DGC in 360 view here!
There is no similar ecosystem in Finland, where the aim is to increase the turnover of all companies through cooperation. In addition to this, DGC brings visibility to gaming and digital companies both in Central Finland, nationally, and internationally. This may sound pompous, but this community has been in development for seven years, so we are to be proud of it. One of the long-term goals of the gaming cooperative Expa was to build just such a community and premises. This goal was officially achieved with the opening of the DGC on 1.1.2020. The DGC was announced last July during the Business Rally Week organized by the City of Jyväskylä during Neste Rally Finland. Within a week, 80% of the offices had been booked, and by the end of the year, 100% had been reached.
Now the coronavirus has had a significant impact on Digi & Game Center’s revenue streams. To cover DGC’s expenses, various partner packages are sold, and premises are leased to companies, communities, and multiple events. Needless to say, at the moment, all of the above sales are on ice. For this reason, the crowdfunding campaign has been organized for the DGC, which is one way to fund the DGC’s journey that has just begun.
An excellent question with a simple answer: the money is used to cover the rental costs incurred by the DGC for the Game Business Co-operative Expa and other expenses such as accounting and salaries. Expa operates the DGC and is responsible for rents for the center’s shared facilities, which will accrue around € 15,000 over three months.
One of DGC’s companies, W1llou Agency, has also been employed in the campaign, and product rewards will be made in Finland. At the same time, we support Finnish companies as well as the buyers of the campaign.
For example, to achieve our minimum goal – € 15,000 – we need
300 buyers of Collect All! product package
120 #XmasJKL ticket buyers
10 buyers of the DGC Loves U visibility package
2 namings of the Stage reward buyers + 2 namings of the meeting rooms
After deducting the taxes and other expenses such as ordering the product rewards, DGC will have € 9,000 left. With this, we can cover about two months of rent.
For example, to achieve our maximum goal – € 50,000 – we need
1000 Collect All! buyers of the product package
34 buyers of the DGC Loves U visibility package
20 buyers of the Gamification and Game Industry lecture
10 buyers of the Collision of Worlds workshop
After deducting the taxes and other expenses such as ordering the product rewards, DGC will have approximately € 25,000 left. With this, we can cover about five months of rent, which already helps a lot.
So we are not talking about a large number of buyers, so the goals are very achievable! There are 25 days left in the campaign. It is shown that there is strength in cooperation, and the Digi & Game Center will be maintained here in Jyväskylä.
You can now find open job listings at the JOBS area: https://www.digigamecenter.org/jobs/
All startups&companies with their premises currently in DGC will have the recruiting channel in use 🙂
Contact us for a recruiter profile and more!
What’s your startup about and What kind of co-operation/synergies could we develop in the Digi & Game Center Ecosystem?
Greetings, teams and companies in Digi & Game Center!
What’s your startup about and What kind of co-operation/synergies could we develop in the Digi & Game Center Ecosystem?
Expa Game Business Co-operative is organizing a networking event for all teams and startups to break the ice and boost the collaboration possibilities between all teams!
Event: IceBreaker – networking morning for teams and startups in DGC
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Stage area, Digi & Game Center, Matarankatu 2, Jyväskylä
Agenda: How your company can share and benefit from the Digi & Game Center Brand and sustainable game ecosystem?
Sustainable Game Industry Ecosystem project.
Flowhouse presenting -the Digi & Game Center Brandbook.
Participants (thats you!) get to introduce their own startups and services by open chatter and mingle.
Add this to your Google Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/DGC-IceBreaker-1
Welcome to the event!
For any questions, feel free to contact organizer: