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.
Keynote & Guest Speakers
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.
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.
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.
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.