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Al Jazeera is embracing Open Innovation to reach out and include innovators across the globe.

Canvas, our community of experimentalists, includes media enthusiasts, designers, developers, and more.

We empower our community, host hackathons, and experiment with new forms of news and information.

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How GIFs can be the best answer for content on Smart Watches

How GIFs can be the best answer for content on Smart Watches

The animated GIF image-type gained a lot of popularity in recent years. We can see it almost everywhere around the web. From Reddit to modern news sites like BuzzFeed. Although it dates back to the early days of Internet in 1987, GIFs have matured.

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Our VR Research Showcased at IBC 2015

Our VR Research Showcased at IBC 2015


At the 2015 edition of the IBC Conference in Amsterdam, Al Jazeera Media Network demonstrated its recent R&D efforts into cinematic virtual reality (VR). The showcase took place for 5 days (Sept. 11–15) in the Future Zone, a section of the IBC Exhibition dedicated to upcoming media technologies.

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Quick review of Canvas 2014 Hackathon

What is Canvas Hackathon? This video promo explains it all.

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Media and Virtual Reality in the Next Few Years

Media and Virtual Reality in the Next Few Years

Don’t be surprised if the phrase “coming soon to your headset” pops up someday in a movie trailer. Major studios, media companies, tech behemoths, and game developers are all betting that VR will offer a real market for consumers hungry to experience new kinds of content.

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