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Speaker Announcement 2017: Nigel Lowrie

A picture of Nigel Lowrie. He is wearing a paper crown and holding up a large tankard, both of which are labeled "medieval times." This year we’re pleased to announce another Keynote speaker, Nigel Lowrie! Nigel will be joining us for Vector 2017 this year and we’re incredibly excited to announce his involvement in our conference.

Nigel Lowrie is a partner in boutique game label Devolver Digital and has worked with independent developers like Croteam (The Talos Principle), Dennaton (Hotline Miami), Dodge Roll (Enter the Gungeon), Free Lives (Broforce), and Flying Wild Hog (Shadow Warrior 2). Prior to that he worked in advertising on such brands as 7-Eleven and Hot Pockets so you can see why he moved into video games.

 

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We’re really excited that Nigel will be joining us! If you haven’t grabbed your tickets yet for Vector 2017, you can do so on our Eventbrite. Don’t forget we have special prices for students and educators!

Vector Offering Unity Certified Developers Exam

Vector is offering the Unity Certified Developers Exam, Friday, April 21, 2017. This exam is offered at a discount for Vector conference attendees, $200 including a 2-Day pass to the conference itself.

The Unity Developers exam is a way to show employers that you have the knowledge and skills in this common games engine. Eastern Kentucky University Gaming Institute will be proctoring the examination.

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To find out more about the Unity Certified Developers Exam, be sure to read the FAQ. If you’re interested in participating in our test site at Vector 2017, be sure to buy the tickets in advance. There will be no at the door admissions for the test at the conference. You must pre-register.

Announcing $500 Pitch Contest

We are incredibly pleased to announce the first year of our $500 Pitch Contest, made possible by the games publisher Black Shell Media. This pitch contest will be 3-4PM on Friday, April 21st and is open to all Vector conference attendees. All you have to do is make your pitch and be heard by our panel of expert judges.

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Winners of the Pitch contest will receive $500 as well as the opportunity to pitch their game to publisher Black Shell Media. This is a great opportunity for young and professional developers alike, and we’re incredibly excited to offer it this year.
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Coming from a Distance? Why Not Stay at a Holiday Inn Express?

Hey folks! Coming from a distance to our games conference? Why not stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Richmond, KY?

We have blocked off a group of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at a lower, group rate. This means you can stay for a little bit less, and other traveling game developers are bound to be staying there as well. All you have to do to get this lower group rate is to call the hotel directly at 859-624-4055 and mention that you are with “Vector Video Game Design Conference” when you set up your reservations.

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Holiday Inn Express in Richmond is located at:

1990 Colby Taylor Dr

Richmond, KY 40475

 

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Haven’t purchased your ticket yet? There’s still time (til March 1) to get that Early Bird discount. Check out our Eventbrite for more information.

Speaker Announcement 2017 – Aleissia Laidacker

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We’re pleased to announce our next keynote speaker, Aleissia Laidacker!

Aleissia is a game programmer-designer-director who has been working as a programmer for 16 years and developing games at Ubisoft for 10 of them. She was Lead AI on multiple Assassin’s Creed games. Her passion for design has pushed her teams to think about why we are developing our games rather than just how we develop them. She empowers her teams to think outside of the box through game jams and experimentation. As part of the Diversity Committee at Ubisoft, she mentors kids and gives talks at schools to inspire young girls to pursue careers in tech and games.

We’re super pleased that Aleissia will be joining us this year!

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You can still buy tickets for Vector ’17 at discounted, early bird pricing. You can find out all the ticket prices at our Eventbrite.

Speaker Announcement 2017 – Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld

A photo of DJ Daniel C418 Rosenfeld performing in front of a screen ad holding multiple tablets and macbooks.A photo of DJ Daniel C418 Rosenfeld performing in front of a screen ad holding multiple tablets and macbooks. He is youthful and smiling at one of the macbooksWe are very pleased to announce speaker and performer Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld.

Daniel Rosenfeld is a composer, game designer and consultant. In 2008 he teamed up with Markus “Notch” Persson to become the sound designer and composer for Minecraft. He’s currently working hard releasing the third and biggest Minecraft soundtrack, while also developing his own games with a heavy focus on sound design. He’s also a big dumb nerd.

In addition to leading  a talk at Vector 2017, Daniel will be performing at a concert on Friday April 21 at Eastern Kentucky University. Tickets to the concert are going to be considered a part of admission when you purchase tickets for the event as a whole.

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You can purchase Early Bird tickets for the event through March 1 on Eventbrite.

Now Accepting Round Table Submissions

We are super excited to announce our round table and talk submissions portal for Vector 2017. We use roundtables both as traditional round table discussions as well as openings for people to talk about information.

Vector is a game conference held at Eastern Kentucky University on April 21-22, 2017 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 features networking, talks from industry leaders, workshops and round table discussions.

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For this upcoming event we are issuing a call for round table discussions. These will be informal discussions where the person submitting the talk would lead a discussion about the submitted topic. Topics can be diverse; specific or highly general. We will look over the submitted talks and make a decision in the coming year depending on submissions and interest.
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Speaker Announcement 2017 – Mark Mandel

a picture of a man, Caucasian, smiling at the camera. He is Mark MandelWe are super excited to have Mark Mandel back for Vector 2017.

Mark Mandel is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform and one half of the Google Cloud Platform Podcast. Hailing from Australia, Mark built his career developing backend systems for over 15 years and authoring and contributing to several widely adopted open source projects. When he’s not building infrastructure in the cloud for games, he’s constantly looking for new and interesting things he can do with Docker containers, playing with his dog and reading too much fantasy literature.

This year, Mark will be leading a talk on Scaling Multiplayer Games with Open Source.

“Awesome! You’ve built the next Overwatch! You have your game client and your dedicated game server ready to power game sessions as your players duke it out in your new amazing PvP tournament or MOBA death match.

Now you’ve just got to write code to spin up a game server for each match, power up machines to run those game servers, autoscale them based on server load, handle log aggregation, health checking, deploying new versions of your game servers, and…

Wow. That’s a lot.

In this talk we will look at open source projects we will use to automate scaling both our game servers and their supporting infrastructure, with relatively low effort compared to coding this infrastructure by hand. Finally we will run a Unity based multiplayer game on our newly built infrastructure, so you can see it all in action!”

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We are incredibly excited to have Mark again this year! You can still purchase your Early Bird tickets on Eventbrite now.

Speaker Announcement 2017 – Lisa Brown

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Lisa Brown is an independent developer, formerly 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.

Lisa has a pretty awesome website, where you can check out her games and Patreon and see all of the cool stuff that she’s into.

We’re super excited that Lisa is joining us for the second year! She was a fantastic speaker last year and we’re very excited that she will be joining us again.

 

You can pick up tickets at Early Bird pricing now!

Vector Keynote Talks Now on YouTube

Hey folks!

We are pleased to announce that the Vector 2016 Keynote talks are now live! That includes most of the talks (except for the last one) that were featured in the main conference room. The talks are all included in a single playlist for your viewing convenience, which you can see here.

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The talks included in the video playlist are as follows:

We are also pleased to announce the dates for our upcoming convention, April 14-15, 2017. 

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