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Online Game Technology Summit: Optimizing Live Gameservers with Continuous Profiling

Speaker: Jordan Schidlowsky  (Winterpixel Games Inc)

Location: Room 3005, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Online Game Technology Summit: How to Design an Expressive and Efficient Matchmaking System

Speaker: Chris Molozian  (Heroic Labs)

Location: Room 3005, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: Simple DirectMedia Layer: Past, Present, and Future

Speakers: Sam Lantinga  (Valve Corporation), Ryan Gordon  (icculus.org)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Web3 Forum: How to Build Web3 Games That Are Actually Fun (Presented by Horizon)

Sponsor Speakers: Peter Kieltyka  (Horizon), Michael Sanders  (Horizon Blockchain Games), Roby John  (SuperGaming)

Location: Room 3009, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Design

Format: Sponsor Developer Summit

Open Source Game Development Summit: Evolve a Legacy Game Engine With Open Source Tools

Speaker: Kai Zhang  (Netease)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: Boosting XP by Contributing to the OSS Community

Summit Speakers: Andrew Poling  ([email protected]), John McGaraghan  (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: Agones and Quilkin: OSS Multiplayer Game Server Service Mesh on Kubernetes

Speaker: Mark Mandel  (Google Cloud)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: The Hidden Challenges of Growth Under Self-Governance

Speaker: Nathan Lovato  (GDQuest)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: Render Graph, a Data-Oriented Approach

Speakers: Zhenglong ZHOU  (Cocos Technologies), Huabin LING  (Cocos Technologies)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: Evolution of Open Source 3D Physics Simulators

Summit Speaker: Erwin Coumans  (NVIDIA)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Open Source Game Development Summit: The Future of Game Development Is Open Source

Speaker: Royal O'Brien  (O3DF)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Lecture

Discord Apps 101: Come Build! (Presented by Discord)

Sponsor Speakers: Shay DeWael  (Discord), Natalie Grant  (Discord), Ian Mitchell  (Discord), Brooke Travis  (Discord)

Location: Room 3022, West Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Design, Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Open Source and Disruption in the Game Industry Roundtable (Presented by the IGDA)

Speaker: Stephen Jacobs  (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Location: Room 211, South Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Squelching Harassment in the Ecosystem

Speakers: Steven Guris  (Unit 221B), Maria Thomas  (Unit 221B)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Lecture

Jacobs, Stephen

Title: Director, [email protected], Professor School of Interactive Games and Media

Company: Rochester Institute of Technology

Stephen Jacobs started in Open Source as a game professor running a class on educational game development for the One Laptop Per Child platform in 2009. He currently directs RIT's Open Programs Office and RIT's Immersion and Minor in Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture. He teaches courses in in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software, Game Design and a study abroad course on the Japanese Games Industry. He’s been a founder or executive committee member of five IGDA SIGS and is a Lifetime Member. He serves as Scholar-in-Residence for The Strong National Museum of Play.

Kieltyka, Peter

Title: CEO and Co-Founder

Company: Horizon

Peter builds successful companies, assembles teams from scratch, and ideates, architects and delivers powerful products to market. A key contributor to the Ethereum ecosystem and many open source stacks and libraries, Peter’s contributions are used by thousands of Internet companies, including Cloudflare, Heroku, MongoDB, Fastly, 99Designs, and many others. Prior to Horizon, Peter was co-founder and CTO of Pressly (acquired by Vision Critical) where he architected a rich communications hub for business communities like Rogers, Scotiabank, Deloitte, and Accenture. Before Pressly, Peter was co-founder and CTO at NuLayer (acquired by Score Media and Gaming), a software development company, where they built theScore sports app, which is in the Apple Hall of Fame and remains #5 in the App Store’s sports category after more than a decade. Now, Peter leads Horizon and drives web3 adoption by creating elegant architecture, tools and products that are easy and enjoyable for developers and end users.

Mandel, Mark

Title: Developer Advocate

Company: Google Cloud

Mark Mandel is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud for Games and a founder of two popular backend open source projects for multiplayer games, Agones and Quilkin. Hailing from Australia, but now living in San Francisco, Mark also spends his time being a GDC Advisor for the Online Game Technology Summit, playing with his dog and practising too many martial arts.

McGaraghan, John

Title: Member

Company: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

John McGaraghan is a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. John's practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and licensing, and the drafting and negotiation of strategic commercial contracts. John has deep experience in assisting companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing matters, and other complex business transactions involving technology and intellectual property that build and protect enterprise value. John is a subject-matter specialist in the area of open source software licensing, advising a variety of companies, including open source software vendors, on issues associated with open source software that arise in day-to-day operations (both with respect to ingestion and use as well as contribution to and distribution of open source software), as well as in the context of acquisitions and other corporate level transactions. He is certified as a Black Duck Legal Professional. John's practice includes comprehensive coverage related to the use and distribution of open source software, including advising on the implementation of ingestion and contribution policies, audit and remediation in connection with corporate transactions, and the establishment and ongoing management of open source software projects. John represents public and private companies through all stages of growth in the software, SaaS, media and content, big data, AI and automation, advertising, hardware, and semiconductor industries. Before attending law school, John worked as a software developer and as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and performer.

Mitchell, Ian

Title: Senior Product Marketing Manager, Developers

Company: Discord

Ian is a Sr. Software Engineer on the Developers & API team at Discord where he specializes in front end development. He has been a long-standing member of the Discord Developer community and has developed several popular bots and open source libraries. In his free time, Ian enjoys being a mediocre Magic: The Gathering player.

Molozian, Chris

Title: CEO

Company: Heroic Labs

Avid mobile gamer, gamedev optimizer and database fanatic, co-founder Heroic Labs, makers of the Nakama open source game server.

O'Brien, Royal

Title: Executive Director & Open 3D Foundation

Company: O3DF

As a business and engineering veteran with over 30 years of experience in the corporate enterprise and video game industries, Royal O’Brien has founded several companies, helping develop, license and patent multiple technologies to various Fortune 500 organizations. As a part of the Linux Foundation, Royal works with the community and its partners to create business opportunities that are synergistic with open source practices for initiatives within the Open 3D Foundation. Prior to his tenure at the Linux Foundation, he served as the Game Tech Chief Evangelist at Amazon, working directly with product leads and the executive team to define the overall vision and strategy for the Open 3D Engine. He was responsible for delivering the open-source project, plan, license, timeline, and features for the preview and final release. Before his time at Amazon, Royal served as an executive and serial entrepreneur responsible for corporate development, VC funding, and enterprise negotiations focused on strategic marketing initiatives. He has also proudly served our nation as a US Marine.

Poling, Andrew

Title: Senior Counsel

Company: [email protected]

Andrew Poling is senior counsel in the Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the technology transactions practice. He specializes in strategic commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions for technology companies, and advising clients on open source issues. Prior to law school, Andrew was a software developer and database architect developing e-learning websites, programs, and games for training pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device sales teams. Andrew is an avid gamer. He especially enjoys open world and kart racing games.

Schidlowsky, Jordan

Title: CEO

Company: Winterpixel Games Inc

Jordan is the previous CEO and co-founder of Noodlecake Studios Inc (2011-2020). Known for somewhat being a 'jack-of-all-trades', he was born and raised in Saskatoon and holds a B.Sc honours in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to Noodlecake Jordan worked as a programmer analyst and systems analyst at various technology firms before taking a big plunge into the mobile gaming industry. As well as managing 6 major game developments at Noodlecake, Jordan also spear-headed the creation of a publishing division responsible for the publication of over 200 titles on various gaming platforms. Jordan led the development of all key projects at Noodlecake Studios during his tenure as CEO. He's looking forward to the next big challenge at Winterpixel Games, and is currently focused on building scalable multiplayer gaming platforms based on the Godot and Agones open source projects.

Thomas, Maria

Title: Investigative Lead

Company: Unit 221B

Maria Thomas is an investigator who has been involved with cybersecurity for three years. She specializes in Open Source Intelligence, drawing on her background as a behaviorist to follow the trails people leave across the internet, and always wants to know the “why” behind her targets’ actions. Thomas works as a Cyber Detective at cyber-investigation company Unit 221B. Thomas has been known to participate in Hackfests from time to time, as well as TraceLabs’ OSINT Search Parties. In her spare time, Thomas plays video games, reads books, and does art.