An arts and cultural festival celebrating digital games and play
Explore three packed days of powerful keynotes, panels, arcades, exhibits, quests, and challenges.This festival serves as a catalyst for digital innovation that focuses on sparking conversations between leaders and emerging creative technologists.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Rebekah Saltsman

Rebekah Saltsman

CEO, Finji Co.

Rebekah started her career as a technical writer and product manager in the photography software industry. She moved into games in 2008, managing the finances and porting partnerships for Semi Secret Software. Rebekah contributes to Finji’s internal design efforts, as well as providing financial services to other startups and working with nonprofits. She is a writer, an avid distance runner, and mom to two exuberant (read: chaotic unlawful) boys.

Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman

Director, Finji Co.

Adam entered the game industry in 2006 as a freelance 3D modeler and released his first notable independent game, Canabalt, in 2009. His Flash game dev library Flixel remains a popular tool for both commercial and personal game releases. Adam serves as an advisor to Femicom Museum and the NYU Game Center Incubator, as well as helping organize GDC, Fantastic Arcade, & Juegos Rancheros. He is currently working on a new survival-strategy game called Overland.

Heather Kelley

Heather Kelley

Professor & Experience Designer, Carnegie Melon University

Named in 2013 as one of the five most powerful women in gaming by Inc. magazine, and in 2011 by Fast Company as one of the most influential women in technology. Heather Kelley is an award-winning experimental game designer, artist and curator, and professor at Carnegie Mellon University The latest project from her game collective KOKOROMI is the retro-futuristic VR puzzle game SuperHyperCube.

Akash Thakkar

Akash Thakkar

Composer & Sound Designer

Akash Thakkar is an award-winning composer, sound designer, and public speaker within the video game industry. He is a graduate from the Berklee College of Music where he was both an instructor and leader of the game audio community. He has worked on everything from full orchestral pieces to explosion sound effects for dozens of video game projects such as Hyper Light Drifter.

Featured Sessions

GLITCHCON BREWERY TOUR

Play a sample of previous Minnecade games. Win a pair of GlitchCon17 tickets during video game themed trivia. Eat, drink, and be merry. 7-11pm at participating brewery partners below.
A New Arcade
Select Screen is an international curation of digital games embodying this year’s theme, Neon Noir. Play games with eye-popping visuals, meet makers from all around the world, and more.
Explore Alternate Realities.
Explore the New Dimensions Exhibit, where the latest technologies take center stage. Experience new degrees of immersion, advances in technology, and see where the future of games are heading
No Coins Necessary
Minnecade is your one-stop arcade to jump in and play exciting local, independently made games of all genres and chat directly with their creators.
Bite-size Presentations
SpeedTalks 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!