Steven Siegel

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

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 Hersemann

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.

Jeremy Patterson

Jeremy Patterson is the lead of the User Experience Technology Research and Development team at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has been involved in the world of interactive and application design and development at organizations including Netscape, America Online, The Ohio State University, and Tracermedia Interactive. Jeremy is a published author, holder of numerous provisional patents, and serves as a Lecturer at his alma Mater, The Ohio State University. Jeremy enjoys and has been involved in a broad range of interactive projects including games, rich-media web experiences, custom robotics and hardware, mobile applications.

Henry Bawden

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

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.