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2021 Speaker Schedule - Saturday Aug 7th

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August 7, 2021

1:00 pm Randomized Drawing Exercise 1

Eric Knisley

Eric was born in 1961, began drawing shortly thereafter and can't seem to stop. He has self-published a couple of dozen comic books and crafted scores of CD and album covers, tee shirt designs, animation designs and more. He has also pursued a parallel career in high-tech graphics, including world-wide experience with immersive displays (domes and panoramas), including planetariums. He has deep experience in 3D modeling and animation, exhibit design, AR/VR and other tech. Eric currently works at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as an animator and general-purpose media wrangler.






Marx Myth

Myth is a lifelong artist and learner. His training took a path of a BFA in painting, certificates in Animation, and a Masters in Business (focused on the Animation Industry). His work experience has fallen into the realms of Games, Simulations, and Education, and he continues to work as a freelance Illustrator/Fine Artist. Myth currently teaches Media Design and Marketing at Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC.












4:00 pm Gaming on Linux - Open Source Options for Gamers

Joe Wright

Joe (Twocold) Wright, a lifelong gamer, was introduced to gaming on the NES and Sega Genesis 16bit. He's been in and around PC gaming for nearly 20 years, getting started online with Unreal Tournament and Quake III Arena on dial-up. Wright was interested in learning how computers and games work "under the hood" and has been working in numerous IT disciplines ever since; including hardware and software, Windows and Linux. An Open Source and Right to Repair advocate, Wright currently works as a Software Maintenance Engineer and contributor to advancing Red Hat's gaming industry interests and presence, and currently participates in the CEA with Red Hat's Overwatch team, the Rumblers.




5:00 pm What is a Game Designer and How to Become One

Evan Brooks

Evan Brooks is a professional game designer with over 10 years of experience working on professional and community projects as a game designer, level designer, and level artist. Evan specializes in crafting moment-to-moment gameplay experiences and comprehensive implementation through immersive level design and art. He views games as a powerful engine for generating emergent storytelling and believes strongly in the importance of player autonomy in facilitating that process.

Credited games include Conan Exiles, Orion: Dino Prelude, and Command and Conquer: Renegade X.




6:00 pm Indie Game Development Deep Dive

Barret Vasilchik

Barret Vasilchik in an independent game developer, automation engineer, and board game enthusiast. Currently, working on Calorie Defenders: an action tower defense platformer. He has worked in the games industry on titles for the Nintendo Wii, Ds, and PC. He also has worked on the gamebryo game engine which was used to develop many games including Fallout 3 and Oblivion.














 
 
2021 Speaker Schedule - Sunday Aug 8th

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August 8, 2021

12:00 pm Randomized Drawing Exercise 2

Eric Knisley

Eric was born in 1961, began drawing shortly thereafter and can't seem to stop. He has self-published a couple of dozen comic books and crafted scores of CD and album covers, tee shirt designs, animation designs and more. He has also pursued a parallel career in high-tech graphics, including world-wide experience with immersive displays (domes and panoramas), including planetariums. He has deep experience in 3D modeling and animation, exhibit design, AR/VR and other tech. Eric currently works at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as an animator and general-purpose media wrangler.






Marx Myth

Myth is a lifelong artist and learner. His training took a path of a BFA in painting, certificates in Animation, and a Masters in Business (focused on the Animation Industry). His work experience has fallen into the realms of Games, Simulations, and Education, and he continues to work as a freelance Illustrator/Fine Artist. Myth currently teaches Media Design and Marketing at Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC.












1:00 pm Branding Yourself, Getting a Job in Game Dev & Navigating the Industry

Paxton Galvanek

Paxton Galvanek is the HR & Operations Director at Funcom. Paxton oversees Funcom's Operations, Administration, and Human Resources specifically its recruiting/talent acquisition, talent management, and all general HR activities. Funcom was founded in 1993 and the Funcom team consists of over 250+ people located in 5 studios - Norway, USA, Portugal, Sweden, Romania plus an additional UI/UX hub in the UK. Funcom has made over 25 games, from Casper on the original PlayStation to NBA Hang Time on the SNES to Anarchy Online on the PC to more recent titles such as Conan Exiles, The Longest Journey, and Secret World Legends, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Moons of Madness, and are currently developing a DUNE game with Legendary Pictures.

Over the years and prior to joining Funcom, Paxton worked with various video game development studios including Activision, Take-Two/Firaxis, Respawn, Tripwire Interactive, Gameloft, and Pocket Gems. He holds degrees in Information Technology and Psychology from Rutgers University and has 20+ years of business management experience.


2:00 pm Video Game Company or Content Creator? Let’s Create a Game Plan for Your Reputation!

Kimberly M. Starks

Kimberly M. Starks, APR is an accredited public relations practitioner with a specialization in reputation management. She is the principal consultant of Blue Scorpion Reputation Management, a PR firm specializing in the areas of video gaming, agribusiness, pet health and wellness, and government contracting. She also is the co-founder and CEO of Immense DC, an esports consultancy. Prior to launching her firms, she served as the spokeswoman for the Georgia Lottery Corp. and was a print reporter at a number of newspapers throughout the Southeast. She is a board member of the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) and Positive Growth Inc., a residential care program for young men, located in metro Atlanta.





5:00 pm Collegiate Esports 101

Paul Christianson

Paul Christianson currently serves as the Head Esports Coach at Barton College. Coach Christianson carries substantial knowledge on the competitive esports industry and is a past winner of the D&S Beverages Madden Bowl and multiple local Halo tournaments.

Aside from his duties as Head Coach of the esports team, Coach Christianson currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Barton College and carries advanced coaching certifications from the American Sport Education Program, Australian Sports Commission, IMG Academy, and Titleist Performance Institute.





Chase Sommer

Wake Tech named Chase Sommer as the college's inaugural esports coordinator. A lifetime gamer, Sommer will organize practice, competitions, select team members, and help choose captains for each team.

Sommer, who lives in Raleigh, started in collegiate esports at the University of Iowa. He became the president of the student-led club and grew the organization significantly. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Analytics from Iowa in 2019.

Sommer started at Wake Tech in December 2020. He also works remotely as a junior project manager contractor/consultant for the Internal Revenue Service.



 
 
2020 Speaker Schedule - Day 1

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Jan 31st 7PM - Dungeon's & Dragons: Beginner's Essentials
Jan 31st 8PM - Advanced Streaming

Jan 31st 9PM - Notcho Friends Live
 
2020 Speaker Schedule - Day 2

Feb 1st 12PM - NC Esports Panel
Feb 1st 1PM - Exploring Mainstream Esports
Feb 1st 2PM - Esports Marketing & Branding
Feb 1st 3PM - Esports Legal Panel
Feb 1st 4PM - Commentating 101
Feb 1st 5PM - Women in Esports Panel
Feb 1st 6PM - Collegiate Esports

Feb 1st 7PM - Live Streaming 101

Feb 1st 8PM - Notcho Friends Live
 
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