I’m pleased to announce our very first ALL gaming themed event sponsored by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. AIE is Australia’s leading educator for the Computer Game Development and 3D Digital industries. The really know games and have helped put together an amazing list of speakers.
Sign up now: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4519281292
Thursday 18th Oct 2012, 6pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Level 1, Wentworth Park Grandstand,
Wattle Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Alanna Mondon – Learning games development from the ground up
While Alanna was at school she loved being creative - always doodling on her books rather than doing any class work. With a love for games and being creative, there was no better option for Alanna than to get into game development. She found out about AIE and signed up the next year. Alanna has learned of the wonderful world of digital arts and met some great people along the way. Now that she’s finished her game development degree, she’s involved in the Incubator Program also run by AIE which has helped her team found “Pear and Melons” and kickstart their business and get out there into the wonderful world of game dev!
Stephanie Bendixsen – What is a ‘Game for Girls’? – The gender divide and how it’s changing
Stephanie Bendixsen – also known by her gamer tag ‘Hex’ on ABCTV’s Good Game and Good Game: Spawn Point – has been sharing her love of video games on the popular tv shows since 2009. Passionate about all things Sci-fi and Fantasy, her roots are firmly planted in nerd culture… and she endeavours to bring a little bit of that escapism into each day. Stephanie adores books, games, graphic novels… Even firing off a few arrows at her local Archery Club. She’s also the proud servant of her two feline overlords, Gandalf and Merlin.
Phuong Tran – The life of an artist in the games industry
Phuong Tran is a graduate of AIE Sydney Campus. Pretty much every aspect of her life revolves around games or something geeky. She’s played video games for as long as she can remember, she podcasts about RPG video games and reviews video games for a website called Gameolio; Phuong also regularly attend conventions (and cosplay). Currently Phuon works at Blowfish Studios as a 2D/3D generalist, specialising in texturing and UI graphics.
Rebecca Fernandez – An introduction to game engines and other game dev tools
Rebecca Fernandez is the CMO of Convict Interactive, an independent game development studio based in Wollongong, NSW. She has a Masters degree in Computer Science, currently teaches programming at the University of Wollongong and is heavily involved with IGDA Sydney. Though her background is mostly in programming, as an indie Rebecca has had to wear many hats and has taken on the role of marketing and PR for Convict Interactive. They are currently working on their first PC release, Triangle Man.
We hope to have one or two more speakers for the night plus the AIE students will be showcasing their games for you to play!