We are very happy to announce our first speakers: Kate Edwards (Geogrify), Daniel Dociu (Amazon Game Studios), Dajana Dimovska (NapNok Games), Dominik Gotojuch (Robot Gentleman), and Julie Heyde & Horatiu Roman (both VRUnicorns)!
Kate is the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy for content culturalization and is the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
In addition to being an outspoken advocate and industry leader that serves in several advisory/board roles, including Take This, she is an applied geographer, writer, and corporate strategist. She worked at Microsoft for 13 years and since leaving, she has provided guidance to many companies on a wide range of geopolitical and cultural issues and she continues to work on a variety of game franchises
In October 2013, Fortune magazine named her as one of the “10 most powerful women” in the game industry and in December 2014 she was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year in the game industry.
As the pioneer in content culturalization strategy, Geogrify’s goal is to maximize the global reach of your content. From digital content to maps to video games to enterprise products, Geogrify applies nearly 30 years of expertise in corporate policy, distribution strategy, and hands-on guidance in world-building and content design to identify, assess and resolve content risks and opportunities to help your content meet local expectations.
Daniel Dociu is an award winning sci-fi and fantasy artist in the interactive entertainment industry. Born and raised in Cluj, the capital of Transylvania (Romania), Daniel studied art, architecture and industrial design, earning his degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in his home town in 1982. He started his career as a product designer, then moved on to teaching at the same school. He relocated to the US in 1990 and he has lived in the Seattle area for over 26 years. After briefly working as a toy designer, he took an opportunity to break into the video games industry. He has held art director roles for Square, Zipper Interactive, Electronic Arts, Studio AD for Arenanet, chief Art Director for NCsoft West.
He is currently overseeing visual development across all development teams under the Amazon Game Studios umbrella, in a Director of Art capacity.
In his spare time Daniel is a prolific freelance artist, contributing to numerous publications, advertising, film and speaking engagements world-wide.
Company: Amazon Game Studios
Dajana is Co CEO and Bizdev at NapNok Games (formerly KnapNok Games).
NapNok Games is an award-winning console games studio with a mission to create groundbreaking local/ social multiplayer experiences driven by novel interfaces and new technologies. The studio is known for the unreleased Playlink title Frantics, and the award-winning exclusive WiiU titles Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party and Affordable Space Adventures.
Beyond this, as a co-founder of the Copenhagen Games Collective and one of the founders of the worldwide Game Jam movement, she remains committed to helping to build the indie community.
Dajana worked on: Frantics, Affordable Space Adventures, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party, Dark Room Sex Game
Company: NapNok Games
Dominik originally intended to become an actor, but after getting a job at Lionhead Studios, it took him just a fortnight to realise what he really wanted to do for the rest of his life – develop games! And so he did as an AI programmer for the AAA award-winning titles Fable III and Witcher 3. With enough experience under his belt, he decided to pursue creating games the indie way. Thus, Robot Gentleman was founded.
Company: Robot Gentleman
Julie Heyde is the #ChickenBitch of VRUnicorns and has a crush on semi-realistic VR sports games with a twist of dark humor and brutality . IRL she is with her unicorn Shayla or sporting in the ocean.
Horatiu Roman is the Chief Technical Unicorn of VRUnicorns, bringing prototypes and crazy ideas to life. He is often found jamming on a game or on a jazz tune at his piano.