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What We Are

Vector is a game conference to be held at Eastern Kentucky University on April 30 in collaboration with the EKU Gaming Institute, the Richmond office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, RunJumpDev, and TechBase 10. Vector is a celebration of local developers, a well as a chance to network with leaders and peers in the field of game design and development.

Vector will feature networking, talks from industry leaders, workshops and roundtable discussions.

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Industry Speakers

We are so pleased to announce the involvement of some brilliant, creative minds from the world of digital media. These speakers come from the world of triple A development, as well as talented indies and gifted innovators.

We are super excited to have Dan "Shoe" Hsu, Jerry Belich, Lisa Brown, and Ben Kuchera join us this year to discuss game development. We will also be featuring roundtables and panel discussions from community members.

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Student Showcase

Kentucky students are invited to participate in the Student Showcase, an exhibition of Kentucky student work. These admissions will be viewed and judged by a group of local developers as well as our guest speakers.

Are you a student? Submit your game to our Student Showcase.

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Network

Last year's event proved to be a successful networking moment for OHINKY (Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky) developers, and this years event promises to be much the same. Time is set aside for demonstration of games, but there is no expo hall floor. This means that you will have a chance to engage with developers one on one, rather than spending energy on self-promotion to a public audience.

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Workshops

At Vector there will be the opportunity to workshop with industry leaders and educators. We are offering an workshop introduction to the game engine Unity, offered here by talented professionals. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about the practical and theoretical elements of game design.

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Past Speakers

We have invited some fantastic speakers from all across the industry to talk to our audience. We will be announcing these speakers in the lead up to the event, so stay tuned.

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Dan "Shoe" Hsu

Senior Manager Partner Alliance at PlayStation

Dan “Shoe” Hsu is an 18-year veteran of the gaming press. He’s appeared in or on Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1UP, G4, CNN, NPR, Bitmob, VentureBeat, CNBC, ABC Radio, and more. During that time, Shoe has seen and coordinated every type of pitch, from the desperate pleas of a one-man indie developer to a worldwide exclusive debut of a triple-A, monster-budget sequel. Currently, he manages the Partner Alliance, Developer Relations department at Sony Computer Entertainment America, helping to support indie and free-to-play PlayStation developers through co-marketing.

Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Independent developer/Game Designer in Residence at Harrisburg University

Lisa Brown is an independent developer and the current Game Designer in Residence at Harrisburg University. She was formally a game designer at Insomniac Games and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Since going indie, she has released several experimental personal games (Imaginal, Lisa vs. the Tornado) and livestreams game development and game design analysis to help others get better at making games. Lisa loves advising students, participating in game jams, and exploring alternative control schemes for games.

Jerry Belich
Jerry Belich

Jerry Belich

Indie Developer/2016 Vernon Wilson Endowed Chair

Jerry Belich is an alternative game designer, using hardware, electronics, and software to create immersive interactive and storytelling experiences. He went independent in 2013 after a decade of professional software development, now consulting for other indies and companies in game design, narrative writing, and installation work. His first hardware project, the award winning Choosatron, has traveled all over the world, featured at dozens of events, and sparked imaginations all along the way! He plans on continuing creating his own inventions and games, and hopes to help many others to do the same through his talks, workshops, and through openness of his own work.

Ben Kuchera
Ben Kuchera

Ben Kuchera

Opinions Editor at Polygon

Ben Kuchera is the senior opinions editor at the video game and technology website Polygon.com, and has spent the past decade reporting on virtual reality at such publications as Ars Technica, Wired, and Penny Arcade. He lectures and moderates panels on the emerging field of virtual and augmented reality around the world when he’s not spending time in his own basement VR lab.

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Dan "Shoe" Hsu

Senior Manager Partner Alliance at PlayStation

Dan “Shoe” Hsu is an 18-year veteran of the gaming press. He’s appeared in or on Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1UP, G4, CNN, NPR, Bitmob, VentureBeat, CNBC, ABC Radio, and more. During that time, Shoe has seen and coordinated every type of pitch, from the desperate pleas of a one-man indie developer to a worldwide exclusive debut of a triple-A, monster-budget sequel. Currently, he manages the Partner Alliance, Developer Relations department at Sony Computer Entertainment America, helping to support indie and free-to-play PlayStation developers through co-marketing.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Independent developer/Game Designer in Residence at Harrisburg University

Lisa Brown is an independent developer and the current Game Designer in Residence at Harrisburg University. She was formally a game designer at Insomniac Games and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Since going indie, she has released several experimental personal games (Imaginal, Lisa vs. the Tornado) and livestreams game development and game design analysis to help others get better at making games. Lisa loves advising students, participating in game jams, and exploring alternative control schemes for games.

Jerry Belich

Jerry Belich

Indie Developer/2016 Vernon Wilson Endowed Chair

Jerry Belich is an alternative game designer, using hardware, electronics, and software to create immersive interactive and storytelling experiences. He went independent in 2013 after a decade of professional software development, now consulting for other indies and companies in game design, narrative writing, and installation work. His first hardware project, the award winning Choosatron, has traveled all over the world, featured at dozens of events, and sparked imaginations all along the way! He plans on continuing creating his own inventions and games, and hopes to help many others to do the same through his talks, workshops, and through openness of his own work.

Ben Kuchera

Ben Kuchera

Opinions Editor at Polygon

Ben Kuchera is the senior opinions editor at the video game and technology website Polygon.com, and has spent the past decade reporting on virtual reality at such publications as Ars Technica, Wired, and Penny Arcade. He lectures and moderates panels on the emerging field of virtual and augmented reality around the world when he’s not spending time in his own basement VR lab.

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