THIS YEARS AWESOME SPEAKERS
Executive Director – Global Game Jam
Steven Siegel is the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam. She has experience in all sectors, including academia, nonprofits, for-profit, and government. Throughout her time traversing sectors, Steven always came back to games and social impact, with a focus on social entrepreneurship. The end result, was finding a place within the nonprofit game space. Steven holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management and a Masters in Public Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and a B.S. in Game Design from Champlain College.
Sarah Sexton is a Technical Evangelist, a dedicated advocate for technology, committed to highlighting strengths and seeing more women and minorities get involved in game development. Her responsibilities at Microsoft include public speaking, writing code, blogging and tweeting about cool services, and interacting with communities in the Midwest. She helps developers find success on Windows platforms through meetups, conferences, university workshops, and game jams. She is also a co-founder of the Voxelles: Chicago’s Women in Game Development. She is most passionate about diversity, inclusion, and communicating clearly.
Ross is an attorney, writer, and gamer. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School. Ross is the founding partner of Loading Law, a Chicago-based video game law firm, and the organizer of the annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit. His first book on video game law will be published in early 2017. Ross also serves as Board President of the VGA Gallery, Board Member of IGDA-Chicago, and Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Creative Arts Committee.
Henry Elmo Bawden has been a professional in the video game industry since 2006, working on titles such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, “Tale of Despereaux”, and “Knock ‘Em Downs: World’s Fair”. He is currently in charge of the Video Game Art and Animation program at Columbus State Community College and teaches game design, storytelling, drawing, 3D content creation, and game production courses. He also runs his own game development company, Bawden Studio.
Sean Beeson is a composer, producer, owner of Sean Beeson Studio LLC, and Senior Composer at Neoglyphic Entertainment. He has scored hundreds of games, films, and other multimedia projects, and his music has received over 75,000,000 views on YouTube.