Philly IGDA Elections

Posted: February 17, 2010 in Life, School/Work

So a few weeks ago I was asked by some of the members of the Philly IGDA to run for Chair. I thought about it for a while and realized that I could do a lot to help the local chapter, so I am putting my hat in the ring! This week is the elections and I was asked to provide a Statement for my position. If elected I hope that everyone reading this blog will help keep me accountable to what I say here. So here goes!

We are faced with a unique but exciting challenge with the Philadelphia chapter of the IGDA: that of a young, but passionate, and dedicated professional game development community. That is growing more and more every day. Almost every studio in Philly is building its business through their own hard work, passion, and through verbalizing the struggles and challenges they deal with. Philly has a lot of exciting developments happening in our schools at both the university and high school levels. The community is rapidly growing in both size and experience which is fantastic. If elected Chair I want to help take this growth to the next level. As Chair my number one priority will be to strengthen and grow the community. This will be accomplished in a number of different ways.

  1. Further develop and implement regular monthly meetings with high-quality speakers, panels, and round tables. These presentations will focus on building games and studios at the professional level.
  2. Formally implement social and networking events, which unify the community, and create professional connections and friendships.
  3. Work with studios, the government, and investors to foster the growth of the industry in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  4. Focus on helping local students learn about and break into the industry, by holding at least two special student focused meetings a year.
  5. Working closely with the national IGDA board of directors to give back to the community and strengthen local chapters

Now about me, I have loved games my entire life and first started making them when I was 12 years old. I attended Full Sail University and got my BS in Game Design and Development. After college I moved to the Philly area to work at local casual game studio Megatouch Games. I have been working there as a programmer, and more recently, as a designer. Along with local members of the IGDA I helped found the VGI Philly in May of 2009 to help foster growth of the industry. In 2009 I was a speaker at several conferences including: Wizard World, GDC, GameX and GCECS. I am focused on giving back to the student community by speaking at local schools and writing for If elected chair I will use all of this experience to help make the Philly IGDA a great chapter.

  1. Darius K. says:

    You have my (moral) support! I’d vote for ya if I could 🙂

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