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Saturday, October 1 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago: The (W)Indie City for Games

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Chicago: beneath the well-kept, shiny veneer of city life lives a darkness...a corruption...of GAMES. Follow us on a journey into the seediest of Chicago’s various, seedy underbellies; learn about Chicago’s game communities from various sketchy individuals allegedly involved in them; and perhaps even be drawn in yourself!!! [in the distance, you hear a high-pitched scream]


Moderators & Game Runners
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Heather M Decker

Lead Producer, Zynga
Heather is a Lead Producer at Zynga in Chicago where she manages the development of games for Facebook and mobile, helps coordinate studio involvement with Women at Zynga and Zynga.org, and drinks a lot of tea. She proudly serves her local game development community as Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), in addition to volunteering and collaborating with awesome game groups both within the Windy... Read More →

Speakers & Performers
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Kevin Fair

Founder, I Play Games
I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter, and tournament organizer Kevin Fair.  Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, and so bringing the joy of video game entertainment to greater video game community was a natural fit.Since 2009 I Play Games! has branched out into to several different areas growing their brand and presence in the video gaming community, with... Read More →
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Ross Hersemann

Founder, Loading Law
Ross is an attorney, author, and avid gamer. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School. Ross is the founding partner of Loading Law, a Chicago-based video game law firm, and the organizer of the annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit. His first book on video game law will be published in early 2017. Ross also serves as Board President of the VGA Gallery, Board Member of IGDA-Chicago, and Chair of... Read More →
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Keisha Howard

Founder, Sugar Gamers
Keisha is the founder of The BlazeBreakers, a small boutique marketing agency, and The Sugar Gamers, a passionate organization of trendsetters who are on a mission to make the worlds of tech, geek culture, and gaming accessible to like-minded women and other underserved demographics. 
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Sarah Sexton

Microsoft
Sarah Sexton is a dedicated advocate for technology, committed to highlighting strengths and seeing more women and minorities get involved in video game development. She is a co-founder of Voxelles, a group for women developers in Chicago. She is most passionate about diversity, inclusion, and communicating clearly. Her responsibilities at Microsoft include speaking to user groups, writing code, blogging and tweeting about Microsoft services, and... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Track Room located in the Culinary Studio (7th Floor) 111 North State St