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
Oct 26th – A full day of game dev conferences & the opening of Hal-Con!
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 am: Animation and Spine 2D
Aislinn Nicholson, Animator, Rabbit Hole Studios
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!
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
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
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
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