SUMMITS AND FORUMS

The LGF HUB will welcome 50 different speakers to its stage over two days with talks and panels on games design, working culture, artificial intelligence, and much more

   
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MONDAY, 9 APRIL

VISION  PANELS

Four forward-looking discussions covering esports, interactive story telling, games design and more


GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR  ESPORTS

Monday 9 April, 10am: Global esports experts share their vision for what's the come for competitive gaming and how world capital cities can play a role in this 

Speakers include: Gregory O'Dell (President & CEO, Events DC), George Osborn (Event Director, Gamesforum - Session Chair), Jane Hague (Head of Business Development, ExCeL)

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INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING: THE NEXT CHAPTER

Monday 9 April, 10.45am: Hear from leading London-based games companies exploring new frontiers for narrative in games

Speakers include: Gina Jackson (Head of Games, Imaginarium) Caroline Marchal (Founder & Creative Director, Interior Night) and Jack Attridge (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Flavourworks)

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V&A VISION: FUTURE OF BRITISH GAMES DESIGN

Monday 9 April, 11.30pm: Ahead of the gallery's first major exhibition covering video games, the V&A leads a discussion on the future of games design in the UK

FIRESIDE CHAT: TBA

Monday 9 April, 12.15pm: TBA

WORKING CULTURE FORUM

Monday 9 April, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Looking at how games studios can build environments to encourage high-quality creativity with perspectives from up and down the business - from an individual developer, a team leader to and a studio CEO

Speakers include: John Earner (CEO & Co-Founder, Space Ape), Anna Hollinrake (Game Artist), Andreas Gschwari (Associate Creative Director, Splash Damage), and Laurence Bouvard (Voice Artist and Performer)

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BLOCKCHAIN FORUM 

Monday 9 April, 4pm to 5.30pm

Want to go beyond bitcoin? A series of short talks examining what blockchain technology really means for games, covering digital assets, contracts and staffing plus areas like virtual worlds

Speakers include: LK Shelley (Managing Partner, Affiniti Ventures|AV(M) & IPC, Forum Chair), Paul Durrant (Founder and CEO - UK Games Talent and Finance CIC) Mark Hogarth (Director - UK Games Talent and Finance CIC) and Alex Amsel (Founder, Ownage)

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TUESDAY, 10 APRIL

PLAY INNOVATION SUMMIT

Tuesday 10 April, 10am to 1pm

A conference looking at how the latest tech is shaping the toys and games of the future, and changing the ways in which kids (and big kids) play - programmed by festival partner Mojo Nation

Speakers include: Silas Adekunle (CEO and Co-Founder, Reach Robotics), Valerie Vacante (Founder, Collabsco), Phil Sage (Senior Director - Design & Development, iPlay at Hasbro), Alex Fleetwood (Founder & CEO, Sensible Object), Filippo Yacob (Founder, Primo Toys) and Billy Langsworthy (Co-founder, Mojo Nation; Summit Chair)

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GAMES FINANCE WORKSHOP

Tuesday 10 April, 10.30am to 2.30pm

A morning of seminars and lectures on games funding and pitching skills, covering pitch hacks, Finance 101, VGTR and an AMA session with key investors and mentors

Book now: Workshop tickets are £50 each

Speakers include: Andy Payne, Pam Dalton (Managing Director of Media Investments, Oxford Capital), Natalie Griffith (Founder, Identity Spark) and Shahid Ahmad (Founder, Ultimatum Games)

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AGENDA 10.30 Shahid Ahmad’s Pitch Hacks 11.30 Finance 101 with Nick Button-Brown 12.30 Video Games Tax Relief (Speaker from Moore Stephens) 13.00 Break 13.30 Games Business AMA panel – Andy Payne, Pam Dalton (Oxford Capital), Nat Griffiths (Identity Spark), Mark Phillips (Harbottle & Lewis) 14.30 Close

SPECIAL SHOWCASE

Tuesday 10 April, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Check back soon to find out more about this 90 minute showcase featuring announcements, live music and gameplay - all from one of the hottest games ever produced in London

A.I. SUMMIT

Tuesday 10 April, 3.30pm to 5pm

Exploring where technology meets games in the era of digitised thinking and autonomy - including a special focus on direct applications of cutting-edge AI research in some of the UK’s biggest games

Speakers include: Diego Perez-Liebana (Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London), Andy Bray (Lead AI Programmer, Creative Assembly), Tim Gosling (Lead Campaign AI Programmer, Creative Assembly), and Joshua Crompton (Programmer, Sports Interactive) and Dr Jo Twist OBE (CEO, Ukie - Summit Chair)

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