Bringing together makers, doers, and thinkers in digital games.
GlitchConnect features two packed days of powerful keynotes, panels, exhibits. This festival serves as a catalyst for digital innovation that focuses on building connections between industry leaders and emerging creative technologists.

Opening Performance by Richie Branson

As a composer, Richie has worked on a multitude of notable projects, including providing additional score for the hit MMORPG Marvel Heroes, and producing soundtrack for the mobile game Mission: G-ROK, backed by Grammy award winning rapper T.I. and legendary music mogul Russell Simmons.

After his nostalgia-filled videogame influenced raps went viral on various major gaming blogs (including Kotaku, IGN, Destructoid, and more), Branson began an intense study curriculum in computer programming. Armed with experience coding in C# and Javascript, he began developing his own games in late 2014.

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Keynote & Guest Speakers

Bill Heinemann

Bill Heinemann

Co-Creator & Programmer, The Oregon Trail

Bill built a 35-year career in computer business as a Database Specialist and Systems Programmer at companies like Univac, Sperry, and Unisys. Bill continues to inspire young learners by teaching chess at summer camps, coaching math teams, and solving puzzles with his grandchildren.

Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace

Features Editor, Game Informer

Before joining Game Informer and becoming their resident JRPG expert, Kim Wallace wrote freelance pieces for a variety of publications including Official Xbox Magazine and Joystiq. She later became a staff member of RPGFan.com where her love of story and character driven games propelled her writing.

Michelle Hoffman

Michelle Hoffman

Senior Public Relations Specialist, Gage

Michelle is a Senior Public Relations Specialist at Minneapolis marketing agency Gage who got her start on the West Coast in video games. What started out as a job turned into a passion for interactive entertainment and a career in helping dozens of video games, such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, DanceDanceRevolution, Castlevania, and Silent Hills get noticed.

Tyler Stefanich

Tyler Stefanich

Lab Manager, UCLA Game Lab

Tyler Stefanich is the manager of the UCLA Game Lab and is an artist and designer. Through installations and performances, his work uses software-based systems to explore issues related to history, memory and identity. Stefanich received a BFA in Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and earned an MFA from UCLA in Media Art.

Who Else is Attending GlitchCon?

We promise that this list of amazing individuals won’t disappoint – go ahead, take a look for yourself.

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Minnecade is your one-stop arcade to jump in and play exciting independently made games of all genres and chat directly with their creators.
Bite-size Presentations
SpeedTalk is a series of bite-size presentations given by members of the community- that means you. Each speaker will have exactly 5 minutes and 10 slides to tell a story and share ideas. Enlighten and engage, but be brief about it!