Microtalks at Austin City Hall

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10 minutes to speak with authority about what matters. Friday, August 9. Austin City Hall, 2nd and Lavaca, council chambers.

On-site parking is available for free! Approach City Hall on the south side along Cesar Chavez and turn north onto Lavaca, then immediately turn left toward City Hall and drive down to the underground parking garage. Parking stubs will be validated for all attendees. Enter through the front doors.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing. Speakers will start at 8 p.m. After-show socializing will be at The Ginger Man, 2 blocks north of City Hall along Lavaca.

Speakers, in no particular order:

Alicia Andrew, studio director, art director
Jesse Sosa, creative director/co-founder, Dinosaur Entertainment
Aaron Standridge, sound designer/programmer, Rogue Operative Studios
Chad Mossholder, composer and sound designer, Sony Online Entertainment Austin
Lance Myers, game and film animator, Spacetime Studios, Lance Fever
Chilimbwe Washington, filmmaker, Mocha Latte Productions
Geoff Yetter, animation/video game industry liaison, Texas Film Commission

Microtalks in Studio 6A: Everyone’s Back to School

Coming THIS FRIDAY! Sign up on Facebook!
Everyone’s looking forward to the end of summer in Austin, except maybe those going back to school. But there’s no reason not to look forward to the start of a new school year, especially when MICROTALKS IS COMING WITH IT.
This is a FREE SHOW. IGDA membership is ENCOURAGED, but NOT REQUIRED. Microtalks is a speaker symposium in the vein of TED, O’Reilly’s IGNITE or pecha-kucha, where each speaker gets a limited amount of time (10 minutes) to speak with authority about his or her chosen subject.
Our focus is insight into video game development and the industry thereof, and reasons to appreciate Austin and what it has to offer said industry and those who are part of it.
If you haven’t been to KLRU Studio 6A, GET FAMILIAR WITH THE LOCATION AND SCOUT IT OUT FIRST. While the event is free, parking likely will not be. We’ll have refreshments available, and we’re hoping to line up a sponsor to cover costs.
Speakers to include:
Chris Kokkinos – Gamesalad designer, audio guy, occasional bartender
Shay Pierce – mobile game developer and occasional headline-grabber
Sheri Graner Ray – speaker, author, game designer, race car driver, no one’s novelty
Billy Joe Cain – not just the Rock Band guy, seeker of Better Ways
Dan Magaha – the boss you wish you had, and that he’d wish to be
Larry Kleinkemper – laser beams and community building
with musical guest, Amanda Lepre ( www.amandalepre.com )!
Please help us spread the word! We want to pack as many seats as we can!

Microtalks coming back, May 11!

Microtalks is coming back to Studio 6A, KLRU, on the UT-Austin campus, on Friday, May 11. Rock Band is coming, too!


Special thanks to our sponsor, DeVry University!
Free drinks and fun networking! Bite-sized insight from hand-picked experts with stuff to say relevant to game development, in Austin and beyond!
Facebook signup page. Help us keep track of guests!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: (and it’s OK to be a little late to this)
5:30 p.m.: Doors open!
6 p.m.: Rock Band 3 with the Oh S–t! I Didn’t Mean To Do That Band, with AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!
8 p.m.: Speakers!
10 p.m.; Clear out! (too many parties to mention otherwise)
SPEAKERS: (Google them!)
Moises Chiullan – all about crisis communications
Sheri Graner Ray -“fitting in” as part of a creative team
Alexander Brandon – remote game production
Jon Jones – checking the health of your employer
Jorie Stuckwisch – workplace wellness from a dietitian

Microtalks presentations and docs (6-24-11)

The video has yet to be edited, but I’ll get links to Youtube up when they’re available. Anyone with useful commentary on any of these subjects is encouraged to join in.


Jon Jones – The Art of Getting Noticed (link to blog post, with link to PPT slides as well)

Denis Loubet – How to Sink Your iPhone App Without a Ripple (no slides, but fascinating!)

Sara Jensen Schubert – Simple RPG Math (DOC)

Fred Schmidt – Opportunities to Build Austin’s Creative Industries (PDF)

Damion Schubert – About Innovation (no slides yet!)

Quoc Tran – From Startup to Survival (PPT)

Carl Canga – Investment Planning (ODP)



Carl’s linked slides are not actually the slides he wanted to use, which ended up not working at all. He was so practiced at the speech, and spoke well enough that it ended up not mattering. The slides come from Ameriprise Financial, where he works as a planner.

Quoc’s slides were originally presented in KeyNote, but we didn’t have an adapter for his MacBook, and for some reason his export wouldn’t open in Microsoft PowerPoint. However, the same file he exported got recognized by Google Docs right away.

IGDA-Austin Microtalks returning to Studio 6A

KLRUIGDA-Austin Microtalks is coming back to KLRU Studio 6A, the historic original home of the Austin City Limits music show on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

It’s the same format as before: Local experts with insight into video game development and the business thereof, seven (7) in number, given only 10 minutes apiece to make their case.

Speakers list:
Jon Jones (art outsource manager/producer, smArtist) – Presenting Yourself as an Artist for Hire
Denis Loubet (legendary artist of both Origin and Steve Jackson Games fame) –
How to Sink Your iPhone App Without a Ripple
Sara Jensen Schubert (design lead, Kingsisle) – Quick & Simple RPG Combat Design
Quoc Tran (engine programmer, GameSalad) – Common Features of Successful Startups
Fred Schmidt (CEO, Portalarium) – Opportunities to Build Austin’s Creative Industries
Damion Schubert (systems design lead, Bioware Austin) – Understanding Innovation
Carl Canga (financial advisor, Ameriprise Financial) – Hows and Whys of Saving Money

Microtalks videos posted!

The videos for our first Microtalks session at KLRU Studio 6A are now posted. Click here for the playlist of the six videos.

Unfortunately, this was an event with seven speakers, and the speech by Aaron Romo went unrecorded. But this is the best video quality and tv-studio-quality audio we’ve had for these yet. Plans are afoot for a proper page to showcase the videos and profile the participants, so watch the site for more!

Also thinking seriously about having Q&A “interrogations” with the speakers be directed to the forums in the near future. Lurkers are encouraged to register profiles on the forums so they can take part at a later time.