SEA CAPE has embarked on an exciting new project with Miramar Creative to explore collaboration with Southeast Asian businesses in creative industries. The project has two major components: a research project on business continuation and digital economies in Southeast Asia, and a remote creative business collaboration between New Zealand and Southeast Asian digital media developers.

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The research component is being led by Associate Professor Leon Gurevitch from the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington. The final report will provide insights into economic recovery and continuation of remote and digital business, including what approaches are being undertaken in Southeast Asia – with a specific focus on Singapore and Malaysia. The report will also explore what the future holds for our digital creative workforce in light of international travel restrictions in the immediate future.

The research work links to the second part of the project which explores how the gaming, app development and interactive media industries can utilise remote business practices to collaborate successfully. Miramar Creative has engaged Beyond/Mixt Studio to develop a new level of virtual reality game Oddball with Glenda Studio in Vietnam. Despite business uncertainties and time differences, both parties have been able to benefit from the remote collaboration, using various online tools to communicate the concept design, exchange ideas and comment on the images created. The game is expected to be launched in late 2020.

Watch this space.

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