ID@Xbox director Chris Charla explains how the democratization of game development tools is leading to an explosion of more diverse games with richer narratives. Chris believes we've entered a golden age where the next great game could come from a major studio or a twelve year-old on a laptop.
Alan Gershenfeld and Amy Fredeen— World Games
Gaming industry veteran Alan Gershenfeld partnered with Amy Fredeen of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to transform IÐupiaq stories into an award-winning video game.
Jade Raymond, Group General Manager for Electronic Arts, has overseen the development of some of the gaming world’s most successful franchises and explores what it means to blur the line between creator and audience.
David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines, looks ahead to the future of publishing and digital strategy, while reflecting on how he guided the world’s largest publisher of monthly magazines through its transition to the digital age.
D. Fox Harrell, Professor of Digital Media in Comparative Media Studies and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, is working to create new forms of computational narrative that are free from human biases and stereotypes.
Sam Gustman – Preserving the Stories of Our Past for the Future
In his work as Chief Technology Officer of the USC Shoah Foundation, Sam Gustman has pioneered data preservation techniques that will allow the testimonies of 55,000 genocide survivors to exist and be accessible for future generations.
Marije Vogelzang uses food as a storytelling device to explore people's memories and communicate their stories, taking advantage of taste and smell's unique power to bypass the processing parts of our brain and connect with our emotional self.
Candice Faktor - Mobile Storytelling: The Rebirth of Reading and Writing
“People say teens don’t read…I have some evidence to suggest completely otherwise,” says Candice Faktor. Wattpad has revolutionized the way novels are created and consumed. As a social platform, Wattpad offers writers an outlet to share their voice and have their stories resonate with a larger community, while allowing global access through mobile devices.