Friday, October 26, 2012

[PANEL] Is the Mobile / Web World for You?

Panel: Is the Mobile / Web World for You?

9:00am – 10:00am

Web professionals meet together to share their wisdom and advice on how to best advance your abilities to secure a successful career in the world of web.
Students: Want to show off your gaming portfolio to the industry professionals from Antic Entertainment, Big Blue Bubble, Big Vioking Games and Digital Extremes at DIG 2012? Further your career and register for Canada's got Game Talent online at
1. Moderator Hanan Lutfiyya, Western
2. Panel: Jeremy Prevoe, rtraction
3. Panel: Michael Grant, Digital Echidna (photo: YES)
4. Panel: Jon Clark, Hall mc
5. Panel: Jim Cooper, Fanshawe College

1. Moderator: Hanan Lutfiyya
Organization: Western
Bio: Hanan Lutfiyya is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Computer Science at Western University. She has been recognized for her research, teaching and service with a Western Faculty Scholar Award. She has been on the University Students' Council Teaching Honour Roll.

2. Panellist: Jeremy Prevoe
Organization: rtraction
Bio: Jeremy Prevoe is a Code Monkey who works away in rTraction’s brightly-lit development mines. Having studied at the University of Waterloo, Jeremy moved to London to join its vibrant technology community. He loves to work on anything that faces users, and is always looking for something new to challenge him. Case in point: Jeremy got his start in game development before making his move to the digital agency world. He now spends his hours pumping out interactive websites like the one you're looking at right now.

3. Panellist: Michael Grant
Senior Consultant
Organization: Digital Echidna
Bio:Michael Grant at is the Senior Consultant at Digital Echidna, an industry leader in providing full service open-source digital marketing solutions. Michael combines pragmatism with over 15 years of interactive design, development and marketing experience to offer innovative solutions his clients.
Michael's rich experiences in both the entrepreneurial and agency worlds have given him the opportunity to work with both local and global clients that include RIM - Blackberry, Wyndham Hotel Group, CBC’s PlayOn!, Maple Leaf Foods, Symantec, Western Fair District, Roxul, Yamaha and many more.

4. Panelist:  Jon Clark
Organization: Hall MC
Bio: Jon is a web developer at Hall Marketing Communications, a digital and traditional advertising agency that's been doing business in London for almost 40 years. He has a broad interest in the web, from user interface design to the more technical aspects of application development. Jon is a graduate of the collaborative program between Western and Fanshawe called Media Theory and Production, and was employed at Western developing administrative tools before joining

5. Panelist:  Jim Cooper
 Organization: Fanshawe College
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

[PANEL] So you want to make Games?

Panel:  So you want to make games?
900 am – 10:00 pm
Salon A/B

Game professionals meet together to share their wisdom and advice on how to best advance your abilities to secure a successful career in gaming.

Students: Want to show off your gaming portfolio to the industry professionals from Antic Entertainment, Big Blue Bubble, Big Vioking Games and Digital Extremes at DIG 2012? Further your career and register for Canada's got Game Talent online at

1. Moderator: Mike Katchebaw Associate Professor Western
2. Panel: Mat Tremblay Art Director Digital Extremes.
3. Panel: Robyn Bremner QA Tester Big Blue Bubble
4. Panel: Ryan Ferguson Programmer Big Blue bubble
5. Panel: Dan Rickard Professor Fanshawe College

1. Moderator: Mike Katchebaw
Department of Computer Science                   
Organization: The University of Western Ontario
Bio: Michael Katchabaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario and a game development expert.
Session title: Tools of the Trade for Programming Video Games

2. Panelist: Mat Tremblay
Art Director
Organization: Digital Extremes
Bio:In the 14 years Mat Tremblay has been with Digital Extremes, he has mastered every aspect of the 3D art trade. From textures to models, he can create it all and has for the majority of the games the studio has developed over the years including all iterations of theUnreal® franchise, Dark Sector®, the multiplayer portion of BioShock®2 and most recently,The Darkness II. Entirely self-taught, his easy going yet driven spirit and eye for detail led him to his current role as Art Director where he’s busy fine-tuning the art style forStar Trek, the game planned for the upcoming movie sequel.

3. Panelist: Robyn Bremnar
QA Tester
Organization: Big Blue Bubble
Bio: Robyn got her start in games as a Quality Assurance Analyst. She has since held the positions of Technical Designer, QA Lead and is now an Assistant Producer at Big Blue Bubble. She has shipped a wide variety of titles including My Singing Monsters and Resident Evil. Robyn is graduate of York University with an interdisciplinary degree in Communication and Psychology.

4. Panelist: Ryan Ferguson
Organization: Big Blue Bubble
Bio: Ryan is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Computer Science and Game Development. After graduating a year and a half ago, Ryan was immediately picked up by the team at Big Blue Bubble and has worked on multiple released titles for the iOS and Android platforms

5. Panelist: Dan Rickard
Organization: Fanshawe College
Bio: Accomplished 3d artist in animation and character design -has worked on close to 40 games -Batman Arkham City / Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Battlefield series and more.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[PANEL] The Evolution of Web Design

Panel: The Evolution of Web Design
4:00pm – 5:00pmTheatre

1. Moderator: Justin Ogglesby, Hall mc

2. Panel: David Billson, rtraction

3. Panel: Andrew McClenaghan, Digital Echnidna

4. Panel: Jonathan Kochis, Resolution Interactive Media

Moderator: Justin Ogglesby
Hall MC
Bio: Associate Director of Digital Media, Raconteur, Oldest Sibling, Wanna Be Athlete, Community Volunteer, Socialite, Human Being

Panelist: David Billson
Bio: David Billson is husband to one, father to six and employer of 20 in the London region, through his role as President of rTraction Canada, Inc, a digital agency interested in positive change. As a local entrepreneur in the online marketing and web development space for over 15 years, David has worked with a wide spectrum of businesses from dot-com start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He also serves as Vice President of the Pillar Nonprofit Network Board of Directors.

Panelist: Andrew McClenaghan
Digital Echidna
Bio: Owner and Lead Developer, Andrew McClenaghan, holds a Bachelor of Mathematics majoring in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. He has worked full-time in small and large companies throughout his career, founding Echidna in 2001. McClenaghan has experience managing all aspects of software development from requirements analysis to software production to quality assurance and deployment. Andrew is a father of two young children and currently sits on the Fanshawe College Board of Governors.

Panelist: Jonathan Kochis
Resolution Interactive Media
Bio: Along with Brendan Farr-Gaynor, Jonathan is a founding partner of ResIM; a web and mobile development and marketing firm with offices in London and Toronto. Since launching ResIM full-time in 2006 Jonathan has helped grow the business from three to 13 employees with a client list that includes Samsonite Canada, 3M Canada, Staples, Seneca College, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the London Health Sciences Centre. In his account management and strategy role Jonathan is responsible for sales and helping clients plan and execute project and campaign strategies. Finally, Jonathan is an accomplished bio writer and enjoys doing so on behalf of Andrew Procter and Geoff Villeneuve.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[SPEAKER] Michael Feeney on An Hour in the Life of a Game Programming Student

See Michael Feeney speak on November 14, 2012 at the DIG Conference

Name: Michael Feeney Jr.

Organization: Fanshawe College

Title: Coordinator, Game Development - Advanced Programming

Bio: Michael is the coordinator of the “Game Development – Advanced Programming” graduate certificate program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

Track: Student, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
TOPIC: An Hour in the Life of a Game Programming Student
Many students with a desire to “get into the game industry” are often unclear about the specific role they are aspiring to fill. Modern game development teams are divided into fairly specific disciplines including: producers, artists, designers, programmers, etc. We will look at what a typical “game programming” student would experience, by walking through the development and modification of a small C++, DirectX 11 game.

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Early Bird Registrations are available until October 31, 2012.

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