Raised in Reston, Virginia and best known for his 19 years of experience and leadership in the interactive entertainment industry. Gordon was the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association from August 2010 until July 2012.
Mattie Brice is a play critic, designer, and activist. She focuses her writing on diversity initiatives in the games industry, often bringing in the perspective of marginalized minority voices to publications like Paste, Kotaku, The Border House, and Pop Matters. Mattie also consults, speaks, and teaches about play. Her studies have led her to explore narrative design and plans to push the borders of how we think play.
Jaime Woo is a Toronto-based writer, game developer, and community organizer. He is the author of "Meet Grindr" and contributor to Boys, an anthology of queer male authors. His game Gargoyles has been shown in festivals in London, New York, and Los Angeles. He is a board member of Ten Oaks Project, which creates safe spaces for youth who are LGBT or from LGBT families and communities. Finally, he is director and co-founder of Gamercamp, Canada's leading games festival held annually in Toronto.
David Gaider is a Canadian writer and game designer, working for Edmonton, Alberta-located game developer BioWare since 1999.
Startup guy making the world suck less: reddit, Breadpig, hipmunk, Y Combinator. Investor, speaker, host of Small Empires, author of Without Their Permission.
John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an American science fiction author and online writer, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, at which he has written daily on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fanwriter in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several prominent charity drives. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, and writing, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.
Zach Weinersmith is the creator of the comic strip Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. He has a degree in literature and 3/8ths of a degree in physics. He published a science fiction gamebook entitled "Trial of the Clone," and is currently running a kickstarter for a book of science themed comics, called "Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543." He also co-hosts "The Weekly Weinersmith" with Kelly.
Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series. Ellen McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box. McLain sang the ending credits song to Portal, "Still Alive" and Portal 2, "Want You Gone", both written by Jonathan Coulton. She also sang the opera-style turret song featured at the end of Portal 2, referred to by fans as the Turret Opera.
John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock 'n' roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.