Welcome to the live streaming program of A MAZE. / Berlin 2021 - Hyper Hybrid- 10th International Games and Playful Media Festival. 3.5 days of hand selected sessions for everyone who loves an inclusive, respectful and meaningful future for games, playful media and their creators. You can follow our festival program live on our A MAZE. / Berlin website, the A MAZE. YouTube channel, in the A MAZE. SPACE and on our Festival Discord. Get your festival tickets here

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Schedule not final, there are still  sessions added in the coming days.

Michael Balkind

Soda Studio
South Africa

Michael Balkind has been engaging people online for well over 20 years. In 2000 Michael founded one of Africa's first blogs/online magazines called www.jhblive.com and for the launch party- he produced the first live DJ stream on the continent. JHBlive became a cultural icon publication over the last 20 years and still feeds Joburgers and tourists with essential information on our city.

Balkind launched Contentbar in 2007- a technology based content agency that offered interactive technologies for brands to engage people at events and promotions. Over the last fifteen years, Balkind has produced activations for the likes of Mercedes, Vodafone, Uniliever, Biersdorf, Disney to name but a few. His technology and activation teams were used at thousands of events that include: Afropunk, Tri Nation Cup Rugby and Cape Town Jazz Festival.

In 2018 Michael joined NY based technology startup Clipaisle- an app that aggregates and edits content from live music event. Clipaisle that was selected as one of ten startups to attend the prestigious three month accelerator bootcamp in Santa Monica, Los Angeles of which Michael attended on behalf of the company. 

During Covid 19, Balkind saw a gap in the market and started www.sodastudio.co.za in downtown Johannesburg. Soda Studio is a music studio and venue that enables artists to stream virtual shows, and assist African artists to monetise their art to an international audience. The studio produced over 20 events and helped broadcast over 60 of SA's most prominent artists over this period since the Covid pandemic. 

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