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Keisha-Howard - 2023 ECGC speaker

Keisha Howard

CEO & Founder, Sugar Gamers

Keisha Howard is a highly regarded expert in the fields of video games and technology. With over a decade of experience in the gaming and tech industries, Keisha has a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the future of these fields. Her contributions to the gaming and tech communities have made her a sought-after expert, particularly in the realm of video …

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Joshua Hilton - 2023 ECGC speaker

Joshua Hilton


Joshua Hilton is the founder and operator of multiple gaming startups over the years, including League Coaching, Gamer Sensei, TrackingThePros, and Currently he’s building tools for esport coaches to manage …

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Ian Russell - 2023 ECGC speaker

Ian Russell

Videogame Actor/Casting, The British Voice LLC

Over the last 9 years, Ian has gone from complete unknown to established, award-winning, Voice Actor. Including Best Gaming performance at One Voice 2021. He has been featured in well over 100 games creating …

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Josh Ether - 2023 ECGC speaker

Josh Ether

Principal & Coach, Leadership Rules

I am a Humancentric, Versatile Agilist, Coach and Consultant with over a decade of experience developing people, systems & product. I engage through mutual partnerships with individuals, teams, and organizations.

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David Morris - 2023 ECGC speaker

David Morris

Experiential Consultant, NYCAP3D

A seasoned visionary, David produces and strategizes for brands and businesses all over the world. In the last 10 years David’s work has been focused on sports entertainment, immersive retail, and brand licensing. With years …

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Heather Cole - 2023 ECGC speaker

Heather Cole

Founder/Director, MonRiverGames

I am the Founder and Director of MonRiverGames, a non profit 501 (c) (3), whose mission is to provide affordable, professional experiences in Game Design. We service the Morgantown, WV area and surrounding locations.

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Randy Nash - 2023 ECGC speaker

Randy Nash

Principal Technical Designer, Arkane Austin

Randy has been in the game industry for 20 years covering a variety of Design roles but found his calling in Technical Design more than 10 years ago due to his love of solving technical problems and helping others. Getting …

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Amber Johnson - 2023 ECGC speaker

Amber Johnson

Art Lead, Cygnus Entertainment

She has worked as a level designer and environment artist since 2007 with a focus on efficient art that can run on any platform. She is also an Associate Professor at Wake Tech Community college where she teaches classes in …

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Stefan Hall - 2023 ECGC speaker

Stefan Hall

Chair, Game Design, High Point University

Stefan Hall is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Game Design at High Point University. Recognized in 2017 and again in 2022 as a Top 50 Game Design Program by The Princeton Review, Dr. Hall …

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Rachel Presser - 2023 ECGC speaker

Rachel Presser

Principal, Sonic Toad Media LLC

Rachel Presser is a game developer, writer, consultant, business educator, and speaker from The Bronx, now headquartered in Los Angeles. Former CFO and Executive Producer of Himalaya Studios …

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Branden Moore - 2023 ECGC speaker

Branden Moore

Attorney, Frascogna Law Group

Branden is an attorney at Frascogna Law Group, an Entertainment law firm. His years of experience working with trademarks, copyrights, artist portfolio management, and royalty accountings has given …

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Yiyi Zhang - 2023 ECGC speaker

Yiyi Zhang

PR + Community Manager, Heart Machine

Yiyi is a community organizer, artist, and human rights lawyer based in Brooklyn, NY. As a queer, immigrant, woman of color in this industry, she feels a strong sense of duty to advocate for the development of diverse …

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Caleb Smith - 2023 ECGC speaker

Caleb Smith

Founder & Owner, Triangle Esports Academy

Caleb Smith is a Triangle native who after graduating high school, decided to head overseas to play soccer in Germany. After a few years he returned to the United States and opened up the Triangle Esports Academy in Cary …

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Paxton Galvanek - 2023 ECGC speaker

Paxton Galvanek

CEO & Co-Founder, Studio Hermitage

Paxton Galvanek is the CEO & Co-Founder of the newly formed Amplifier/Embracer Group company called Studio Hermitage. Studio Hermitage is an NC-based transmedia company working on original IP for production across …

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Eli Harris - 2023 ECGC speaker

Eli Harris

CEO, Eli Harris - The Image Maker

Eli is an award-winning actor, voice artist, and director in the film industry. He is the current voice of LFA / UFC Fight Pass, and has voiced several games ranging from Elder Scrolls: Skyrim to the highly anticipated ARPG …

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Ryan Hoss - 2023 ECGC speaker

Ryan Hoss

VFX Artist,

Ryan Hoss joined the game industry in 2011 and is currently a Senior VFX Artist at Volition, where he has shipped titles such as Saints Row (2022) and Agents of Mayhem. Prior to Volition, Ryan worked for Vicious Cycle …

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Jeff Rodgers - 2023 ECGC speaker

Jeff Rodgers

Game Design Teacher, Atkins High School

Jeff Rodgers has never been known to sit idle. Professionally, he has worked in marketing and team development for over 20 years, managing and consulting with multi-million dollar companies to build successful …

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Hunter Nance - 2023 ECGC speaker

Hunter Nance

AR Unity Developer,

I am a Unity AR developer who works for Lenovo on the interface for their ThinkReality A3 glasses. I’ve been in this position for nearly 5 years, but in 2021 outside of work I also started working on a game project online with a …

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Porrith Suong - 2023 ECGC speaker

Porrith Suong

Graphics Programmer, initialPrefabs, LLC

Porrith is an indie game developer at InitialPrefabs and is based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in high performance computing and graphics programming. His most recent works include developing a custom deferred …

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Seth Hudson - 2023 ECGC speaker

Seth Hudson

Associate Professor of Game Writing, GMU

Seth Hudson is Associate Professor of Game Writing in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, where he teaches Story Design for Computer Games, Research Methods and Criticism, the …

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Jesse O'Brien - 2023 ECGC speaker

Jesse O’Brien

Assistant Professor, School of Film & Animation - RIT

Jesse O’Brien is an Assistant Professor in the School of Film and Animation (SOFA) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Before joining SOFA he was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Interactive Games and Media …

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Steven Wyatt - 2023 ECGC speaker

Steven Wyatt

Software Engineer,

16 Years of Blender Experience. Worked on Hard-Ops addons for TeamC. Unity, Unreal, Maya, Substance experience. Taught Blender addon development courses online. Working on my BS in Mathematics. Also went to …

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Stephen Weese - 2023 ECGC speaker

Stephen Weese

Marvelous Spiral Studios

Stephen Weese got his start in the Hellsing Ultimate anime, and has been in several video games since then including the playable leader Dietrich in Shadowverse and Chundoon in the Blade & Soul MMO. Recently he has been in …

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Jesse Scoble - 2023 ECGC speaker

Jesse Scoble

Chief Narrative Designer,
Lightspeed (Tencent)

Jesse Scoble is a Chief Narrative Designer at Tencent for Lightspeed Studios, and has been working in video games for 15 years, and games overall for more than 20 years. Previously, he was lead writer on Hyper Scape …

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Glen Swan - 2023 ECGC speaker

Glen Swan

Bad Machines

Glen has almost 9 years of experience working in data with a focus on analytics, cloud architecture, data architecture, data science, and visualization. He also has almost 7 years of video game industry experience …

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Justin Achilli - 2023 ECGC speaker

Justin Achilli

Chief Creative Officer, Studio Hermitage

Justin Achilli is a games-industry veteran, with more than 25 years making commercial games. His resume includes stints at a number of studios and developers, including Ubisoft, Funcom, White Wolf, CCP …

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David Klingler - 2023 ECGC speaker

David Klingler

Solanimus Games

Hi, I’m David and I don’t write about myself in third-person. I’m a Believer, musician, game thinker, soul-searcher, and full-time friend. I founded Solanimus in 2011, founded NonZeroSoul in 2019, co-founded Integrity Metric …

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Ben Prunty - 2023 ECGC speaker

Ben Prunty

Ben Prunty Music

I’m a game musician and I made the soundtracks for FTL: Faster Than Light, Into the Breach, Subnautica: Below Zero, The Darkside Detective, and many others. I’ve been making game soundtracks for a little over …

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Michael Schmitt - 2023 ECGC speaker

Michael Schmitt

Indie Developer,
Too Much Tomato

Michael is an indie game developer and community organizer based in Durham, NC. He is currently working on the upcoming 3D Exploration + Card Battler game FORKLIFT FLOWERPOT. He also …

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Dylan Ascencio - 2023 ECGC speaker

Dylan Ascencio

Junior Serious Games Programmer, Virtual Heroes

I grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 2015. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout thereafter, majoring in Computer Science with a Concentration in …

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Justin Hellstrom - 2023 ECGC speaker

Justin Hellstrom

Narrative Designer,

Justin has 12 years’ experience in multimedia storytelling across games, novels, and audio fiction. He’s currently a Narrative Designer at Crytek on Hunt: Showdown. If you see him riding a dinosaur, you should …

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Saritdikhun Somasa - 2023 ECGC speaker

Saritdikhun Somasa

Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University

Saritdikhun Somasa (Sarit) has three degrees in Art Education, a BFA In Visual Design, and an MFA in Multimedia Design. Currently, he teaches 3D modeling, 3D design and prototype, 3D animation, and 3D rigging …

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Patrick Messenger - 2023 ECGC speaker

Patrick Messenger

Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Patrick Messenger is an associate in the technology transactions practice in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Palo Alto office. He advises public and private companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and other …

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Mary O'Brien - 2023 ECGC speaker

Mary O’Brien

Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Mary O’Brien is an associate in the technology transactions practice in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Palo Alto office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions. …

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Gary Greenstein - 2023 ECGC speaker

Gary Greenstein

Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Gary Greenstein is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the …

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Matt Dondelinger - 2023 ECGC speaker

Matt Dondelinger

Senior Developer Advocate, Unity

Matt is a senior developer advocate focusing on monetization and player engagement. Prior to joining Unity, Matt spent nearly 15 years in the video games industry working as a designer for …

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Jedidjah Noomen - 2023 ECGC speaker

Jedidjah Noomen

Game Director,

Jedidjah Julia Noomen is a game director, lead writer and narrative designer who has worked on multiple indie, mobile and AA+ games, as well as on immersive and multidisciplinary theatre and hybrid interactive projects.

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Mostafa Haque - 2023 ECGC speaker

Mostafa Haque

Game Designer, Sony San Diego Studios

New York based narrative designer originally from Bangladesh. Formerly mobile developer. Currently working on MLB:The Show for Playstation.

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C J Kershner - 2023 ECGC speaker

C J Kershner

Studio Head, Polyhedron Productions

C.J. Kershner is the head of Polyhedron Productions, an independent studio and narrative consultancy located in the wilds of upstate New York. Since the studio’s founding in 2015, C.J. has contributed narrative to …

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Max Litvinov - 2023 ECGC speaker

Max Litvinov

Senior Gameplay Engineer, Red Storm | Ubisoft

Max Litvinov is a gameplay engineer. He has previously worked on a wide range of gameplay systems and mechanics for the following games: Cookie Jam Blast, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Assassin’s Creed …

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Michelle Clough - 2023 ECGC speaker

Michelle Clough

Writer/Narrative Designer,

Michelle Clough is a freelance game writer, editor, and narrative designer, and a partner in the game narrative co-op Talespinners. Her work includes Destruction All-Stars, Purrfect Date, Choices, Albert Wilde …

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Barret Vasilchik - 2023 ECGC speaker

Barret Vasilchik

Developer/Designer/Owner, Seedful Games

Barret Vasilchik is a Full Sail University Game Design graduate with extensive games industry experience in design, QA, and game engine support. He has a passion for video games, technology, and board games, …

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Joshua Perry - 2023 ECGC speaker

Joshua Peery

Instructional Technology Lead, ECU

Joshua Peery is a 18 year video games industry veteran with several game titles launched, including the AAA and indie titles: WildStar, Fallen Earth, Imagine Town, and Knee Deep. Lead Game Designer at East Carolina …

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Garrett Swanson - 2023 ECGC speaker

Garrett Swanson

Co-Founder & CEO, World to Build

Garrett Swanson leads the World to Build team as an engineer and as the CEO. Swanson has been working with various game engines and creating quality games since before the age of 13 starting on Roblox and …

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Bonnie Mauldin - 2023 ECGC speaker

Bonnie Mauldin

Investor/Entrepreneur/Producer, The Mauldin Group

Bonnie Mauldin is indeed a prodigy. She is a successful author, professional speaker, and top marketing consultant. Today, Bonnie provides clients with marketing, coaching, and speaking services. Her book, “Harmonic …

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Heather Albano - 2023 ECGC speaker

Heather Albano

Senior Narrative Designer, Volition

Heather Albano likes telling stories. In her 13 years in the industry, she has created interactive novels with Choice of Games, interactive radio dramas with EarPlay, pen-and-paper tabletop games with Pelgrane …

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Allen Oliver - 2023 ECGC speaker

Allen Oliver

Lead Engineer-Porting, Cygnus Entertainment

I am a multi-disciplined developer from Kingsport, Tn. My last position was at Cygnus Entertainment as a Lead Engineer focusing on console porting. I did ports of Colossal Cave for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One …

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Chris Alvarez-Russell - ECGC speaker

Chris Alvarez-Russell

Senior Engineer, NVIDIA

Chris is a software engineer with 16+ years of experience in software development and prototyping related to 2D/3D interactive media (videogames, streaming and augmented …

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Ken Hubbell - 2023 ECGC speaker

Kenneth Hubbell

CPO, Soffos Inc.

I am a pragmatic futurist. I design for today and build for tomorrow. I have a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design, video production, and game design with a Masters in educational technology and innovation. An early adopter of Alexa and …

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Suzanne Peterson-Warr - 2023 ECGC speaker

Suzanne Peterson-Warr

Narrative/Author, Contract

Suzanne Peterson-Warr is an author, narrative designer, and up and coming game designer, as well as developmental editor. As an author she primarily writes middle-grade fantasy, but she’s also published a dozen short …

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Jesse Henning - 2023 ECGC speaker

Jesse Henning

Senior VFX Artist, Atomic Arcade

Being an avid gamer his whole life, Jesse originally picked up his first 3D program, Blender, in 2010 to make video games, but found another passion as well – filmmaking. Through his filmmaking endeavors he …

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Austin Caskie - 2023 ECGC speaker

Austin Caskie

Graduate Student, NCSU College of Design

Austin Caskie is a graduating Master’s student from North Carolina State University College of Design focusing on technical and 3D environment art. For his thesis, he programmed an interactive-knot tying simulation …

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