ISNS & Hal-Con Sci-Fi Fantasy Association present GameDev Atlantic

A first for Nova Scotia, GDA is a game development conference designed for industry members, both present and future. This conference will feature panels from various local studios, covering a variety of topics.

GDA also offers and encourages the opportunity for networking and mentorship opportunities. Do you have a portfolio that you’d like someone in the industry to take a look at? Bring it along and sign up for one of the all-day slots that will be available not just on Friday, but through the rest of the weekend as well. Artists, Programmers, Writers, and everything in between; We want to meet you!

Studios of all sizes are encouraged to attend, as are students, game enthusiasts, and aspiring video game industry members!

GDA & Hal-Con – World Trade and Convention Centre – 1800 Argyle St, Halifax – Oct 26th

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Oct 26th – A full day of game dev conferences & the opening of Hal-Con!

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8:00 am: Registration, Caffeine & Networking

Come join us for a caffeinated beverage of your choice! Meet and mingle with those in the industry as we get ready for the day’s events.

10:00 am -11:00 amAnimation and Spine 2D

Aislinn Nicholson, Animator, Rabbit Hole Studios

(Room 106/107)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Art + Design of Monstro City: Rampage!

Join Shawn Woods, founder and Creative Director of Alpha Dog Games, as he explains what went into the creation of Monstro City: Rampage!

(Room 108)

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Art as a Career

Speakers: Pierre Raveneau – Art director, Ubisoft Halifax, Weihao Wei – Concept Artist, Ubisoft Halifax,  Kira Wigg, Illustrator – Ubisoft Halifax

(Room 106/107)

9:00 am: Introductions and Instructions

Curious as to who our speakers are? Wondering about how to sign-up for a one-on-one mentorship slot during the day? This is where you’ll find all your answers.

10:00 am -11:00 am: 3D Game Production Pipelines

This talk is designed to give attendees a clear starting point for making 3D games, including techniques, terminology and software.


Speakers: Jed Hubric – Technical Lead, REDSpace, Jessica Shields – 3D Interaction, REDspace

(Room 108)

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch Break

The panels are paused, but the networking continues! Slots will be available all day long, including through lunch.

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Women in Games

A round table discussion for anyone interested in hearing from the woman who work in our industry. All are welcome!

Speakers: Shannon Hilchie, Community Manager, Ubisoft Halifax – Jennah Keast, Lead QC, Ubisoft Halifax – Sophia Lamar, Senior Programmer, Alpha Dog Games – Kirsten Tomilson, Producer, Current Studios
Moderator: Selena Landon

(Room 106/107)

9:30 am: Key Note: State of the industry in Nova Scotia

We’re kicking off our event with a round table discussion.
Speakers: Gwenael Heliou – Ubisoft Halifax, Darryl Wright – Gogii Lighthouse Studios, Shawn Woods – Alpha Dog, Selena Landon -Ubisoft Halifax
Moderator: Jeff Cameron – Alpha Dog Studios

11:00 am -12:00 pm: So you want to be in the Games Industry!

If you’ve played a video game and wondered “Hey, how can I do this too?”, this panel is for you! We’ll be exploring the paths you can take that will lead you to a career in game development.

Speaker: Darryl Wright – Gogii Lighthouse
(Room 106/107)

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: VR Round table

Local tech leaders who are engaged in VR/AR development will talk about the state of the industry, the technology and the future of immersive technologies.

Round table discussion – Speakers: Ryan Cameron, Electric puppets – Devin Horsman, Arcturus – Mike Rizkalla, Brave New World – Emily Smits, Modest Tree

Moderator: David Colter, Beacon Labs

(Room 106/107)