Today I was invited, along with my son, who at 14 has been a videogame developer for years, to attend the Intel Buzz videogame developer workshop. It was not only a lot of fun, but WONDERFUL to attend with him!
Although a small event, it ended up being extremely interesting, with an area to try indie games and new technologies, and a long list of talks and panels, including one-on-ones.
Almost all of the indie games showcased were really good. My favourite was Elise: Unpainted Memories:
The speakers were amazing, like:
- Ed Fries, Co-founder of the Xbox Project and Microsoft Game Studios
- Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
- Oscar Clark, Evangelist for Everyplay & UnityAds, Unity Technologies
Penka Kouneva, Game Composer (Prince of Persia, Transformers), leader in Game AudioWill Eastcott, CEO and co-founder of PlayCanvas
The talks and technology were really interesting, and the games and technology we tried (like the Rovr) were super cool. But the two main conclusions are: VR is all the rage, and it’s going to be everywhere soon (coming to Chrome for Android in October!), and there were a lot of women attending (which is great, and hopefully a sign that gender equality is finally arriving to the tech industry).