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11 / 9 / 2016
WAGE 16 Conference and Exhibition
WAGE 16 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Co Founder ChopUp Games
Zubair is a technology entrepreneur, TED Fellow and ASPEN Action Forum participant. A two-time Future Awards nominee and a member of the exclusive 100 ‘Guardian of Future’ group conferred by President Goodluck Jonathan. He is a passionate believer in the power of technology to promote positive change and create wealth. In 2011, he started an initiative now know as Constitution for All that has enabled over a million Nigerians have access to the constitution anytime, anywhere, on their mobile phones. He has also served through Pledge51 as a consultant to WorldBank’s infoDev.
Zubair recently co-founded ChopUP, a mobile social gaming company building locally relevant games for mobile Africa. They have released titles such as Danfo Reloaded II, Table Soccer, Sambisa Assault, Oya Run with Friends and Jagun – Clash of Kingdoms. In addition to designing and producing web and mobile apps, he also helped build one of Nigeria’s biggest information portals- ConnectNigeria.com. Zubair previously worked at Chevron Nigeria and IZY Brand
Field Engineer, UNITY Technologies
Born between Atari2600 and Commodore64, I studied in France, Switzerland and Canada and worked the last 13 years as a software engineer on professional flight simulators graphics engine and games middleware (Kynapse and Autodesk Navigation). I am now Field Engineer for Unity, based in France, helping users over EMEA and making the link between users, devs, marketing and sales. I love music, photography, sketching, reading, and video games that make people enjoying life.
Account Executive, UNITY Technologies
Johana (JoJo) is an account executive and has been the education and small studios face for Western Europe & Africa, since joining Unity in 2014. Born and Raised in France (Guadeloupe & French Guyana included), customer interaction and sales was the main reason for her International Business trade education.
JoJo loves African and Caribbean history, cultures, musics, dances and food. She is interested in self development and motivational coaching.
co-founder at GAMeS (Global Assembly Marketing eSports)
Mlondi Mashinini is a co-founder at GAMeS (Global Assembly Marketing eSports), an eSports consultancy and digital brand agency that provides a beachhead for corporates into the eSports landscape, giving strategic perspective and creative direction on how to use eSports to reach new audiences. Mlondi has worked with some of the biggest traditional sports teams around the world including Real Madrid (La Liga) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL). Mlondi leverages his experience from traditional sports to assist eSports properties build an audience, understand customer behaviour and create value for brands/sponsors. Here are links to two companies Mlondi has co-founded: www.gamesagency.co and www.fanbaseanalytics.com
Head Of RDM Ringier Digital Marketing
Zubby is a software designer and social media expert, with over 8 years of commercial web development and digital marketing experience. He believes in the supremacy of user experience in digital technology and seeks to facilitate this through functional design and expert coding.Zubby has a background in Computer Engineering, and Computer Information Systems. He is passionate about actively engaging the African youth in tech and media as a base from which to develop the continent. As a successful IT entrepreneur in both the UK and in Nigeria, Zubby has garnered a record of exceeding customer expectations, as well as a reputation of providing tasteful aesthetics according to client specifications.In his leisure time, Zubby enjoys reading tech and futurist blogs, searching for opportunities to meet new people, as well as gain exciting experiences.
Cukia "Sugar" Kimani was born in Kenya but has lived all over Africa. He's best know for his game, Boxer. Which he created alongside Ben Crooks. Boxer won the inaugural A MAZE. / Johannesburg Award in 2015. Since then Cukia co-founded Nyamakop with Ben Myres. Nyamakop is an independent game development studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nyamakop is set to release their debut title, Semblance in 2017. Cukia holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Digital Arts. He is also a public speaker having spoken at various events around the world including A MAZE. / Berlin and Respawn.
Business Development Manager
For the past 16 years I've worked in technology companies from bandwith optimisation, motion capture and now to middleware here at Unity since 2011. I oversee Business Development for Western Europe and Africa at Unity looking after our developers and being a bridge between them and our teams to ensure their success in their development. Outside work I love art, movies and books and will love to have my own contemporary art gallery one day.
Co Founder Gamfari Souftware
Emmanuel is currently the COO of Gamfari Softwares, an E-Sports Platform he co-founded. He is a Self Taught Game Developer and has been in the industry for close to 3 years. He has worked with major Game Development pioneer companies in Nigeria and understands firsthand the Industry.
|9:00 – 10:00||Registration and Coffee|
|10:00 – 10:05||Welcome to WAGE 16|
|10:05 – 10:30||Conference Talk:|
|Gaming and Education / E Learning|
|10:30 – 10:45||Code Session:|
|Center 4 Tech|
|10:45 – 11:00||Conference Talk :|
|Ultima Limited (Makers of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire)|
|11:00 – 11:45||Code Session:|
|The educational program brings order to chaos|
|Talk Abstract :|
|From students to institutions Heads, passing by development studios, the demand for an educational structure is increasing. Unity Education released a much sought after program to suit everyone's needs and requirements.|
|11:45 – 12:30||Code Session :|
|Social Media and End User Interaction In Gaming|
|12:30 – 1:00||Pitch A Game :|
|Do you believe you have what it takes to build a blockbuster game??? Why not come on stage and pitch your idea|
|1:00 – 1:15||Conference Talk :|
|Why UNITY is the regions preferred games development engine|
|I could say the Game Development Industry in West Africa is fairly young. Although we have some very talented individuals in the industry (Developers and Artists). It has not really gotten to the point where the profession itself is well known. I have come across situations where I had to convince people that “Yes there are Game Developers in Nigeria and I am one of them”. On Numerous occasions even. But gladly I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. A lot of awareness is slowly being seen in the industry and as such more developers and artists are being attracted to it. My goal here will be to tell you why you shouldn't have to go through a rough time trying to select the best tool to get into the industry. I and a lot of other developers in the region has already discovered it.|
|1:15 – 2:00||LUNCH|
|2:00 – 2:30||Conference Talk :|
|Nyamakop (The Story So Far)|
|Talk Abstract :|
|Cukia will discuss his journey so far in game development with an African perspective. He will present the challenges we've faced at Nyamakop as a game development start up and how we've gone about solving them.|
|2:30 – 3:15||Panel Session :|
|Hosted by Vortex|
|Animation and Comics|
|Talk Abstract :|
|*Mumu Sare - Mumu Juju (Infinite Runner)|
|*Strike Guard - The Animated Series|
|*Spirit Wars - Mobile / PC Fighting game|
|*Papa Ajasco - The Animated Series|
|3:15 – 4:00||Code Session :|
|Android and Online Games Development|
|4:00 – 4:30||Conference Talk :|
|Ringier Digital Marketing|
|4:30 – 5:00||Panel Session :|
|Women In Gaming and Animation|
|Akouvi Ahoomey ( UNITY )|
|Ejidayo Oguneye ( Nory Media )|
|Eguvwe Majomi Yugbovwre ( Ajebo Toons )|
|5:00 – 5:45||Conference Talk :|
|Developing Sponsorship Strategies For Gaming and Esport properties|
|Talk Abstract :|
|In 2016 the Global Gaming Market will reach $99.6 billion in revenues, according to Newzoo, with mobile gaming generating 37% of that amount, a larger share than PC games revenues, for the first time. Africa is known as a mobile first continent, smartphone penetration within the continent is also on the rise, which represents an opportunity for African gaming developers. This talk will explore strategies developers can utilise to build customers bases for their games and monetise them. Further the talk is aimed at introducing both gaming endemic and non-endemic brands to the industry, focusing on how they can use gaming to reach a millennial audience. We shall explore the best strategies, sponsorships and activations to advance entertainment and brand engagement among African consumers.|
|5:45 – 6:30||Code Session:|
|The mandatory talk everyone using Unity should watch|
|Talk Abstract :|
|Artists, game designers and programmers should all understand what the CPU, GPU and memory are doing, what makes an application big or small, and how to make all this the most optimized.|
|6:30 : 6:45||KEYNOTE|