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.


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. 

John Meister Intro to Unity Slides Now Available

The slides from John Meisters workshop presentation Intro to Unity are now live. Always wanted to see this Unity thing that everyone has been talking about? Super interested in making games, and want to see more about Unity? Here’s a great starting point.

John has 15 yrs of experience as a software engineer, developer and project leader. Before co-founding Super Soul, he spent 9 yrs as a software architect. John is also Founder and President of RunJumpDev, a non-profit that promotes game development in Lexington, KY.

Intro to Unity slide

You can see the full slideshow here. And you can also check out more about John Meister through his company Super Soul.

AJ Ryan Game Accessibility Slides Now Available

AJ Ryan was one of our speakers at Vector 16, and while we weren’t able to capture the audio in his room, he has been kind enough to offer us his presentation slides for his discussion on Game Accessibility.

AJ started Inclusive Games so that gamers that require accessibility options, like himself, can be represented in the industry while having fun experiences one can expect with any great video game. When he was younger, games without accessibility options frustrated him. As we move into a new era of video games, he’s going to make sure accessible gaming is a part of it.


You can see and download the PDF version of his slides here. You can also find more about AJ on twitter at @ONLYUSEmeFEET.

Wrap-Up Video for Vector 2016

Vector ’16, a collaborative game development show put together with the folks from TechBase 10, the Richmond office of the Kentucky Innovation network, and EKU Gaming Institute. This is our thank you/wrap up video of our 2016 event. We were blown away by the attendance, the speakers, the students who showed off their games at the Showcase and every one of our sponsors. Thank you for coming out to the event and making it such a success, and if you weren’t able to attend this year, be sure to come out to Vector 17!

One Week Left for Standard Admission Tickets and Schedule Announcement

If you’ve kept up to date with our awesome blog posts, you’ll know that we’ve been announcing some amazing speakers. In the last week we’ve announced Ben Kuchera of Polygon as well as Jake Elliot from Cardboard Computer. We’ve already lined them up for some pretty great talks, including discussions about virtual reality, the K-12 game development career pathway and Unity workshops. Seriously, it’s a pretty great schedule, and you can check it out on

You can also check the schedule out here.

This is also a reminder that prices for tickets are going up this Saturday at noon EST. We are purchasing lunch for all attendees, as well as some pretty cool customized badges. Because of that, if we don’t have the numbers in soon the price hikes for us. So if you’re on the fence about grabbing a ticket, be sure to do so before the prices go up another little bit. You can check out the tickets here. We are also still offering academic discounts and diversity scholarships, so please reach out to us if you are interested in either of these things! We really want you to be there, and we would be super bummed if you didn’t make it because of money.

This is the home stretch folks! Under a month and we’ll be piled together at the Perkins building talking about games. So come out and be awesome! Tell your friends.

Speaker Announcement: Ben Kuchera

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Hey folks! We’ve got less than a month before Vector and we’ve got another speaker announcement for you. We’re super pleased to announce Ben Kuchera, who is joining our super awesome group of keynote speakers.

Ben Kuchera is the senior opinions editor at the video game and technology website, 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.

Ben will be joining our pretty esteemed set of speakers, folks like Dan Hsu, Lisa Brown, and Jerry Belich. It’s a pretty neat lineup.


Tickets are still available to Vector, if you’re interested in attending. We are currently offering student and academic discounts, as well as a diversity scholarship for diverse applicants of all ages. Please contact for more information.

Student Showcase Sponsor – Why I Need Diverse Games

We here at Vector are super excited to announce our first sponsor, I Need Diverse Games!
INDG icon wocI Need Diverse Games is sponsoring our Student Showcase, which will allow us to give free tickets to all participants in the Showcase! We’re extremely excited to partner with I Need Diverse Games.

Don’t Know I Need Diverse Games? You should. 

Their info:

We are dedicated to helping those that want to bring more diversity to the art of gaming. We will do this by sponsoring attendance at diverse gaming conventions, promoting those that are making diverse games, indie projects and presenting on the topics of diversity in gaming at conventions. One of our goals is to have more articles, to pay people for their contributions, and to do more tangible things for the community.

We also want to help others get to conventions, share their work if funding is an issue. We would love your support to send aspiring game devs to conventions like GDC, IGDA events in their city, GeekGirlCon, HavenCon, GaymerX, and other places where gaming and diversity are parts of the conversation. We want to do this by highlighting work by marginalized, underrepresented people in the industry, getting their voices heard and their work seen be it a game, articles, etc.

Find out more about I Need Diverse Games at their website or follow them on Twitter!


If you’re a student and haven’t had a chance to sign up for our Student Showcase, you can do so here.

Speaker Announcement: Dan “Shoe” Hsu

DanWe are pleased to announce our newest addition to our industry speakers, Dan “Shoe” Hsu.

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.

We’re pleased that Dan will be bringing his years of experience, both in independent and AAA games, as well as industry press to the developers at Vector.

Remember, you can buy your tickets still for early bird pricing until February 15!

Speaker Announcement : Jerry Belich


Vector is pleased to announce that independent game designer Jerry Belich will be one of our keynote speakers! Jerry will also be working this semester as the Vernon Wilson Endowed Chair of Game Design at Eastern Kentucky Universities Gaming Institute. You can read more about that on the EKU Gaming Institute’s blog post.

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.

We are very pleased that Jerry will be joining us at our April 30th event, and are incredibly excited that he will be spending time with the students at EKU!

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Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale

We are excited to announce that Early Bird tickets are currently available! If you’ve been watching updates for Kentucky’s game developers conference and thinking “oh man, I have got to go to that” then check out our tickets!
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These tickets are for a short time only. After February 15, we’ll be changing to regular price admission. So if you want to get in while the going is hot and get your advance tickets, you can use that fancy Eventbrite ticket button above or click here.

We could not be any more excited about our upcoming April 30th convention, and we hope that you are too! We’re getting ready to announce speakers, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open.


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