Dr. Farhad Javidi

Founder and CEO of Simbryo

Dr. Farhad Javidi is the founder and CEO of Simbryo, a North Carolina-based game company that has published more than 200 video games and mobile apps. He has been an executive board member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for the past three years and is a board member of American Field Service, Greater Charlotte Area. He is a professor and the chair of the Simulation and Game Development program at CPCC, and established the first state-approved associate degree program in Simulation and Game Development in the United States. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science departments at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of South Florida, and in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Johnson C. Smith University. He is an author, a nationally-recognized conference speaker and, for three consecutive years, a judge for Microsoft’s ImagineCup World competition in the areas of Game Development and Mobile App Development. Dr. Javidi’s team won the US ImagineCup competition for two consecutive years and advanced to the finals of the World competition. He is a judge for Serious Games and the Smithsonian Museum’s Arcade.

Summit Description:

Indie Game Development Summit
(Speaking with Brandon HuffmanChris CooperKathleen Riley)

April 17TH, 2018
9:00am – 3:00pm

ECGC’s Indie Game Development Summit will explore a variety of topics related establishing and operating an independent game studio. Get legal tips for starting a company and learn how to protect your creations. Learn how to obtain funding for projects and what it takes to run a healthy company.  Indie developers share their insights and experiences, and take your questions.

Talk Description:

Game Development Education

Game education has entered a whole new dimension with industry standardized tools and certifications as learning measures. And yet, many schools already teaching game development have not enhanced their curriculum to this new level of standardization, and are not taking advantage of many existing grant opportunities to improve their labs and research initiatives. In this session, we will discuss these changes and opportunities.

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