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Aug 28, 2014

A “First in New England” Digital Experience

Mobilenomix, Dreamlike Pictures and Granite State Hospitality partner

Granite State Hospitality, in partnership with the State of New Hampshire, is nearing completion of two of the most advanced welcome centers in the United States, along the New Hampshire interstate Hwy. 89/93 corridors. Construction budget is $38 million with the goal to turn New Hampshire’s major north/south rest areas into state-of-the-art dining, shopping & communications centers.

Every day 126,000 vehicles pass these two locations, and over 3.5 million visitors expected to enter and experience the new centers in the first year alone. Originally a 16,000 sq/ft liquor store, the new centers will each cover 40,000 sq/ft, with 6 unique themed restaurants, free Gigabyte Wi-Fi, live state information center with travel resources in English and French, country store, larger liquor outlets, consumer and commercial gas facilities and stadium scale video walls traditionally seen in larger centers like New York City and Las Vegas.

Mobilenomix, based in Williston, VT, is building out a regional digital marketing network comprised of digital displays, video walls, Gigabit Wi-Fi and integrated mobile technologies.  Dreamlike Pictures, of Burlington VT, has been awarded the marketing agency of record to create and produce stadium sized commercials for national and regional clients north to Montreal and south to Boston. Total ad revenues from the video walls are expected to be over three million dollars over the life of the initial contract.

Through the use of the most sophisticated video technology we have today, and the unique combination of technical and creative experience of Dreamlike Pictures, along with Mobilenomix we are delivering a new media-advertising channel to New England brands and travellers.” stated Rusty McLear of Granite State Hospitality.

“The video walls will deploy the newest large-scale display technology, manufactured by NEC, with commercial content designed, produced and provisioned by Dreamlike Pictures.  This unique exhibition site will be offered by sales agent Yankee Magazine to a select group of New England’s business partners.  “On the northbound side we will initially work to grow New Hampshire’s brand and it’s recreational opportunities.  The southbound facility will tell the story of the states hi-tech successes and why New Hampshire is such a fantastic place to live, work and play”.

 “Through our collective private-public partnership with the State of New Hampshire, Yankee Magazine and Granite State Hospitality, the Hooksett facilities are providing an honest combination of ultra modern dining, digital mobile capabilities and technical efficiencies to help travelers get to their destinations quickly, with comfort and with accurate and timely information along the way” stated Al Levy, Founder of Mobilenomix.  “The design of these centers, and the range of amenities, are certainly models by which others will follow. We are excited to be in the mix.”

Mobilenomix, with offices in Williston, VT, Strafford, NH and Dublin, NH builds digital marketplaces through integrated mobile technologies.  Their solutions bring communities, merchants and consumers together with new media solutions., or follow @mobilenomix. (802)989-0248 Al Levy for more information.

Dreamlike Pictures, is a creative services agency headquartered in Burlington, VT. The company has over 7 years experience in location-based digital signage, deployed in over 30 countries worldwide as well as network television, music videos and Hollywood theatrical movie trailers.   (802)865-3414, Art Bell for more information.

Aug 28, 2014

Need a Dartmouth student team to work on your startup project?

The Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Network (DEN) is busy working on a bunch of exciting co-curricular programs.  One of them that DEN is launching this Fall is a startup experience program in which undergraduates and Tuck second-years will apply classroom learning to real-world startup issues and challenges.

Here’s how the program will work:  

  1. Based on interest, experience, and need, student teams will be matched up with startup projects.
  2. Each student team will receive a dossier on their startup which will include a case study (problem/issue/obstacle at hand), executive summary, budget, and any other information needed to help them define key questions and deliver insightful recommendations on a challenging problem.
  3. Over the fall term, each team will research, execute, meet regularly with their startup, and will begin to formulate solutions for their projects.
  4. During the 2014 winter break, each team will travel to the West Coast (Bay Area + Seattle) for a host of tours and events, and each team will present their findings to their startup and/or a panel of reviewers. While it will be an added bonus if each startup can attend final student West Coast presentations, attendance is not required.

DEN has a good roster of students who have applied to this program.  Next step is to identify Dartmouth founded startups that could use a little help and who are interested in partnering with a team of Dartmouth students to gain real-world experience.

Please let DEN know if you interested in participating, learning more, or receiving a detailed timeline about the Dartmouth Co-Curricular Experience by emailing

Aug 28, 2014

Introducing the idea of inclusive design via London. Excellent and unusually rendered animation.

Aug 28, 2014 / 2 notes

Fall Events Around Vermont

Southend Arts Hop – Burlington| September 5-7
The largest celebration of the arts in Vermont draws together more than 500 artists and includes sculpture, live music, live demonstrations, fashion, kids activities, food and more. Learn more…

Vermont Arts Education Summit – Montpelier| September 11 **
A dynamic group of stakeholders led by the Vermont Arts Council host a day of strategy and program development to dramatically improve access to excellence in arts education across Vermont. Learn more…

TEDx Battenkill – Manchester Village | September 13 **
A day of invigorating talks about great ideas at the intersection of art, technology and design. From Vermont and beyond. Learn more… 

Stowe Story Labs – Stowe | September 13-15
Three-day intensive for independent film writers and directors to workshop their ideas and gain insight into the workings of the film industry.  Learn more…

Clifford Symposium – Middlebury | September 18, 19
Explore how technological transformations and their corresponding cultural, political, economic, and social shifts are changing the world of higher education and scholarly research. Learn more…

Vermont Design Week – Burlington | September 22-26 **
Through vibrant programming, explore and celebrate ways design an important role in our creative economy, our culture and our sense of place. Learn more…

Independent Television and Video Fest – Dover | September 26-28 **
Vermont’s largest industry-facing showcase of independent work from writers and directions across Vermont, New England, the U.S. and around the world. Learn more… 

– Burlington | September 27, 28
Lively two-day contest where teams compete to tell the most effective digital story across several platforms, all based on specific requirements. Learn more… 

Champlain Mini MakerFaire – Shelburne | October 4, 5
Two-day celebration of do-it-yourself making, from electronics to sculpture. Projects range from school-based initiatives to independent hackers, artists and hobbyists. Learn more… 

HackVT – Burlington | October 10, 11 **
The fourth annual hackathon is presented by Green Mountain Power and hosted at VCET@BTV bringing together some of the state’s top developer talent to build new apps. Learn more…

TechJam –Burlington | October 24, 25 **
Vermont’s annual exposition of technology and innovation across the Green Mountain state, providing workshops, lectures, exhibition booths and hands-on demonstrations. Learn more… 

Vermont International Film Festival – Burlington | October 24-November 2 **
Providing outreach support and local recruitment of filmmakers to this annual celebration of great cinema craft and films.  Learn more… 

Vermont ComicCon – Burlington | October 25, 26
A two-day, all ages celebration of pop culture – comics to sci-fi, best of the web and new toys. Vendors share their wares and visitors regale in cosplay. Learn more…

InnovateVT 2014 – Burlington | October 28
James Fallows will speak on the rise of the innovation and the Agency of Commerce will facilitate discussion around the recently authorized State-wide Economic Development Strategy. Learn more…

Woodstock Digital Media Festival – Woodstock | November 7, 8 **
Providing planning and outreach support for this annual showcase of the best ideas in public interest digital content development, from the US and around the world. Learn more… 

Bakuretsu Con – Colchester | November 14-16
Vermont’s premiere anime convention offers fans an opportunity to discover each other and industry creative through cosplay, vendors, talks, games and more. Learn more…

Know of other great events that the Office can help to promote? Please reach out and let us know:

Lars Hasselblad Torres, Director
Office of the Creative Economy
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
(802) 917-1788

Aug 28, 2014

Vermont Telecom in 10 Years: Where Should We Be?

If you care about the future of access to broadband and how we’ll get there and how fast, now is the time to get engaged around Vermont’s telecom strategy. A draft document that seeks to harness several fast-moving trends in the telecommunications industry is out for public comment. From a recent PSB release:

The Department of Public Service, in conjunction with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Information and Innovation, has announced the release of the 2014 Telecommunications Plan public comments draft. The Plan addresses the major ongoing developments in the telecommunications industry, including broadband infrastructure development, regulatory policy and recommendations for future action.

“This plan provides Vermont residents, businesses, and policy leaders with an objective assessment of how far we’ve come in the last 10 years, our successes, as well as our vision for the next ten years,” said Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia. “The Plan also discusses the telecommunications challenges facing Vermont, as well as realistic and attainable solutions to those challenges,” he added. Highlights of the Plan include an overview of the state’s existing broadband infrastructure and strategies for increasing speeds and affordability of broadband service.

The Department will hold three public hearings on the public comments draft of the Plan prior to adopting the final Plan. The hearings will be held as follows:

  • Holiday Inn, Oak Room, 1068 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.;
  • Hampton Inn, 1378 Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vermont, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.;
  • Alumni Hall, 16 Auditorium Hill Road, Barre, Vermont on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m; and
  • Hampton Inn, 47 Farrell Road, Rutland, Vermont on Thursday August 28, 2014 ,at 7:00 p.m.

Copies of the draft plan and information about the comment period may be obtained from the Department of Public Service by visiting by calling (802) 828-4003. Copies may also be requested by email sent, or by writing to the Department of Public Service, 112 State Street, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620.  We welcome and encourage commentary on the Plan.  Comments may be submitted either electronically or by mail to the address above.

Aug 28, 2014

Advancing Arts and Culture in Economic Development

Excerpted from Part 6: Target Economic Sectors
Vermont 2020: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy[1]

Arts and Culture play important roles in the Vermont economy. In addition to serving as a means of livelihood for thousands of Vermonters – the state has the third highest concentration of artists per capita – arts and cultural offerings enliven our towns and villages and generate regional and international tourist, professional development, and education draw.

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Aug 28, 2014

Fostering Coworking, Makerspaces and Accelerators

From Vermont 2020: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy[1]

Project Description
A program to seed shared work environments (“coworking” spaces), hands-on innovation spaces (“makerspaces”) and startup “accelerators”. A coworking space is commonly seen as a shared work environment where freelancers, telecommuters and startup founders work independently, together. Coworking spaces tend to cultivate a strong sense of community identity, usually through events and informal activities. An accelerator is a structured environment where, often in exchange for equity, a startup team receives free workspace and support services for a short period of time, often about six months. While a coworking space is typically open to anyone who wishes to join, an accelerator program draws on a carefully selected cohort of participants.

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Aug 27, 2014 / 2 notes

Symposium: Art, Technology and the Academy

Middlebury’s Clifford Symposium is coming up and it looks like an outstanding opportunity to explore several exciting and highly relevant ideas to Vermont’s creative economy, among them:

  • Teaching and learning in a technological age - with an emphasis on one-to-one learning through an iPad and other hand-held devices, one can only wonder at the focus on creativity or consumption, the social and individual, the digital and the material, the expert and the content and a myriad of related tensions that emerge and play out in the “new” classroom.
  • New technology and publication - new modes of releasing the findings of scholarly research present complex questions around data access, interpretation and presentation, always pressing the bounds of scholarship and communication, even the definition of source materials.
  • Technology and the arts - in the same way that size and weight revolutionized filmmaking, new and powerful technologies are presenting artists with opportunities to experiment with new tools, from data to projection - even pushing the boundaries of physical “control.” What does this imply for teaching and working, even criticism of art in the networked age?

Hope you can make this exciting day of engagement around scholarship, the arts, and technology. More information here:

Great looking lineup for BURLINGTON ON BURLINGTON and the art scene, Aug 26 to Sep 23. Presented by @ArtsRiot at the hotelvermont @HotelVermont
Aug 27, 2014 / 3 notes

Great looking lineup for BURLINGTON ON BURLINGTON and the art scene, Aug 26 to Sep 23. Presented by @ArtsRiot at the hotelvermont @HotelVermont

itvfest and @ITVFest are helping to generate great exposure for Vermont’s filmmaking scene. Join them and guests in New York this Thursday at DailyMotion.
Aug 26, 2014

itvfest and @ITVFest are helping to generate great exposure for Vermont’s filmmaking scene. Join them and guests in New York this Thursday at DailyMotion.