Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Posted by Bobby Beck at 8:58 AM
Siggraph: Day 2 Special Announcement
We are proud to officially announce that we have been accepted into Sony Picture Imageworks IPAX program (Imageworks professional academic excellence program)!!! This is the beginning of an amazing relationship with Sony.

Animation Mentor has worked hard to overcome a lot of hurdles as we’re really been paving new ground for online education. It has always been our goal to be a school. Not an online tutorial service, but a full fledged school. The fact that we are online brings a big barrier in people’s minds right away. However we have made huge strides in getting people to understand that what we are providing to people IS truly a super high quality educational experience.

After the Animation Mentor graduation (see below) I went to a special ceremony to represent Animation Mentor as one of the newest members of the IPAX community. At this dinner I got to sit with Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks. I also learned more about the IPAX program and how it works.

Each table had an envelope with a challenge to discuss. The topic was “online learning and how to overcome the obstacle of making it more personal.” This was right up my alley and I felt at ease as this is what we’ve been working towards since day 1 with AM. I was floored by the topic and got to share some of the cool things that we are doing at AM to overcome the hurdles many people see with online learning. Tim then went on to explain what his vision of online learning would be and I was happy to explain to him that this is exactly what we are doing at AM. We had addressed all but one idea he had but I was happy to explain we were getting closer to that as well.

Overall the dinner went great and it was nice to meet some of the other amazing educators involved with IPAX as well as many talented executives at Sony. It was a meeting that I was very proud to attend and I know that IPAX is going to be a great step forward for our school.

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