The World In Ten Blocks

Participants’ Choice Award winner

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Team: Jack Cody, Stan Dyro, Marc Serpa Francoeur, Hank Knaack, Robinder Uppal.

About the Project: The World In Ten Blocks is a first person point of view experience in which the user explores one of the world’s most diverse neighbourhoods through the stories of immigrant small business owners and their surroundings.


  • Adobe Photoshop: Image manipulation, resizing.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: Video/Audio editing.
  • Adobe Illustrator: Graphics
  • Skrollr: Stand-alone parallax scrolling JavaScript library
  • JavaScript: Dynamically insert and scroll through image sequences
  • jQuery: Manipulating DOM elements
  • CSS3: Positioning elements
  • HTML5 Video: Video playback on web
  • GitHub: File sharing

Photo: Peter S. Medina

Jack Cody (Technologist) is a Developer at Sky MacKai LLC. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Economics.

Photo: Stan Dyro

Stan Dyro (Technologist) is a web engineer at PK4 Media, a digital media company in the advertising technology industry with a platform that maximizes the value generated by video views across online, tablet and mobile devices. He started his career at Apple Retail, and since then has worked for companies big and small such as JWT, Leaping Brain Labs, and Primary Color.

» Stan Dyro on Github
» @standyro

Photo: Robinder Uppal

Originally from Calgary, Serpa Francoeur (Media Maker) studied screenwriting, language and creative non-fiction writing in Vancouver. After several years in Central America, he moved to Toronto to complete an MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Past projects have covered subjects as varied as agriculture in Punjab and gold mining in Nicaragua.

Photo: Alisha Siegel

Hank Knaack (Technologist) is a UX researcher and designer. His background in TV and film production informs his work in creative advertising for nonprofit and community-based organizations.

» @hanknaack

Photo: Thea Park

Robiner Uppal (Media Maker) is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor. Uppal holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, completed with the support of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Uppal has shot and produced documentary films in India, Central America, and Canada. Born and raised in Calgary to parents from Punjab, India, his current work builds on a lifelong interest in issues of diversity and multiculturalism.


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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.