Media, data, streaming, cloud … are these words familiar to you? Attention to all of you hungry for quality content, the 2015 NAB Show is the right place to satisfy your appetite!

At the cutting edge of creative innovation and next-generation technologies, the NAB show is a must-see to breathe fresh life into content: from broadcast, digital media, entertainment and telecom to advertising, IT, post-production and more.

The NAB show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada April 11-16. It will feature more than 1,700 exhibitors as well as conferences, lectures, and round-tables. Talks will cover the latest trends in multiplatform content monetization, advances in advertising technology and best practices in the industry.

Interested in the greatest products and next-generations companies? Looking to build your network? See you in Vegas!

Get ready for NAB 2015

Belgian Cinema in Los Angeles: Not My Type

Attention Los Angeles film enthusiasts! The Belgian Consulate in Los Angeles is hosting their monthly film event to showcase current Belgian cinema. Wednesday, March 18 they will be showing Not My Type, a 2014 film by director Lucas Belvaux.

Philosophy professor Clement (Loïc Corbery) misses the Paris nightlife when he is transferred to Arras for a year … until he meets Jennifer (Émilie Dequenne). They soon fall in love, but with  their different backgrounds – she’s a hairdresser who’d rather read the tabloids than Proust – can they make it last? This appealing romance will have you rooting for the couple thanks to charming performances from Corbery and Dequenne

Belgian beer reception to follow!

Wednesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Free tickets are available to the first 75 people to respond (1 guest allowed)
Click here to RSVP and use password hairdresser
Complimentary tickets need to be picked up by 7:15 pm.
Free parking is available after 7PM in the neighborhood north of Montana Avenue

Ask Baudouin: Real Estate in San Francisco

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Q: What’s happening to the real estate market in San Francisco?

A: During my time in San Francisco, I have learned a lot about the tech and startup culture, but I have also learned that there are very few places in the world that are more expensive.

Based on a Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey of 360 cities in 9 countries showed that San Francisco was the third most expensive place to buy real estate, just behind Hong Kong, at number one, and Vancouver, at number two. The research used a metric called a median multiple, which compared the average house price with the median yearly income for the market. Using this calculation, Hong Kong’s average home price was 14.9 times its median income. Vancouver came in at 10.3, and San Francisco unfortunately had a 9.2, up sharply from 7.8 last year.

Based on information from AreaVibes, it is about 1.5 times more expensive to live in San Francisco than it is to live in New York. If you take a cost of living index that is based on a national average of 100, you will reach a score of 233 for New York and a skyrocketing score of 339 for San Francisco.

Let’s look on a graphic provided by Paragon Real Estate.

Chart

Having a quick look on the Case Shiller Index (widely considered as a reference), we can see an increase of 45% in the real estate market for the SF and the Bay Area. If we focus on just the city of San Francisco, the increase in price is even more impressive: between 2012 and 2014, real estate prices have increase by 70%, and by 20% just in 2014.

Based on the following three factors, it is very hard to believe that this upward trend will be stopping anytime soon.
1) The traction of San Francisco is just enormous
2) The interest rates are low and even if they increase, it shouldn’t be a steep increase
3) The stock of real estate property is very limited. So a very small offering and a huge demand have created skyrocketing prices

But if you are still convinced to buy real estate in San Francisco, be prepared to pay between $10k-13k/m2 around the Belgian Trade office in the Financial District. However, if you want to add a nice view on top of a skyscraper, the price will be around $21,500/m2 which makes about $4.7 million for 250m2 in downtown SF.

And what if earthquake happens? But no risk no fun.

GDC Interview by Cedric Godart

Belgian companies have been making waves at GDC 2015! Journalist Cedric Godart discussed the GDC and some of the Belgian companies attending on RTBF. You can listen to the interview below.

“Video games have not had their last word. Proof can be found at the GDC (Game Developer Conference) 2015 in San Francisco, where people are talking about a market of 90 billion euros for this year. From Belgian to Chinese, from TV decoders to virtual reality headsets, what are the trends for this year?” -Cedric Godart

Video of GDC European Pitch Night

Here is a quick souvenir from last night’s GDC European Pitch Night. Eight European gaming startups pitched including Belgian companies Fishing Cactus and Graphine Software. We hope you enjoy the Belgian soundtrack :)

GDC European Pitch Rehearsal

Last night we did a rehearsal at swissnex with all of the pitching companies in preparation for the GDC European Pitch Night. Belgian companies Graphine Software and Abrakam both did a run through of their pitches for the event. Check out the video and get a small taste of what to expect tonight!

GDC Belgian Night at the Cigar Bar & Grill


Our second GDC event of the week will be a soirée at the Cigar Bar & Grill with our exciting Belgian gaming companies. As one of our blog readers, you’re invited to come and celebrate the end of the GDC in Belgian style! If you would like to join us, please send an email to sfo@belgiantrade.org to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 5
7:30pm at the Cigar Bar & Grill
850 Montgomery St., San Francisco