8 - 10 June 2018 / Kotka, Finland
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Anton Albiin (Sweden)

Anton grabbed a bachelor’s degree in work and organization 2012 and has since then acted as one of the founders of Diversi and now works as a project manager at Dataspelsbranschen. Diversi is a collaborative force designed to create greater diversity in the games industry, while Dataspelsbranschen is dedicated to collecting, unifying and communicating the game industry’s voice to the media. He is strongly focusing on analysing and improving the state of the industry. He has remarable experience acting as a judge for Swedish Game Awards.

Walid O. El Cheikh (Finland)

Walid works with entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and startup programs at Aalto EE, focusing on developing strategic, business and leadership skills, know-how and experiences. He is involved in several programs such as the Game Executive, Innovation in Education, Strategic Foresight, Startup Leadership, Sales Executive Bootcamp and Stora Enso Accelerator Program: a corporate accelerator with an executive education and leadership training twist. Walid works closely with executives and startup founders in the video games, ICT, Cleantech and education industries. He actively speaks in various conferences and participates in pitching and demo events as a judge. Walid helps corporate executives and startups to adopt entrepreneurial mindset and skills at Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship. In addition, he facilitates several workshops such as “Pitching & Networking”, “Happiness in Entrepreneurship”, “Entrepreneurs & Failure” and “Ideation & Creativity”. Walid has been involved in Aalto University’s entrepreneurship ecosystem since 2008 as a founder, student and program manager. He holds a MSc in Entrepreneurship with a minor in International Business from Aalto University.

Arto Käyhkö (Finland)

Mr Arto Käyhkö (MSc. in business law and MSc. in Communications) is seasoned games business veteran. For the past 10 years he has been working with game companies in multiple roles from investment consulting to UA and monetisation strategies. Arto is a regular speaker and panelist in many of the industry events and pitching competitions like in QuoVadis, Berlin game week, GIST-Gaming Istanbul and GamEX Game executive training by Aalto University.  He has been working in leading Nordic and international ICT and financial companies such as Google, Nokia, TeliaSonera, Pollen VC and Softability Group. Arto is now working as a partner and Vice President of Apprien Ltd. (Part of PHZ Group of Companies) and he is developing with his team a new way of defining pricing for IAP products for mobile games utilising #AI and #ML and based on dynamic pricing modelling. Arto is happy to coach companies in #monetisation #UA #Pricing #marketing #investments and #GoToMarket related issues. He speaks Finnish, English, Swedish and some German.

Elviss Strazdiņš (Latvia)

Elviss Strazdiņš is a game developer, programmer and a founder of the Latvian Game Developers Association. As most of the game developers he started by drawing board games and moved on to video games in early 2000s. Won the Latvian nation game development competition Indago in 2005. and started working as a game developer soon after. Elviss has founded two independent game development studios and finished dozens of games since that. Currently working on the Bearslayer and developing his open-source game engine Ouzel.

Sven Illing (Estonia) 

Sven Illing is an early stage investor and adviser of numerous startups.  During last 10 years he has helped over 100+ teams and invested into 70+ companies, including ca 30 startups in gaming. He is a co-founder of GameFounders, one of the first gaming startups accelerators in the world.

Juha Huhtakallio (Finland)

Juha Huhtakallio is a game industry veteran with 100 published games and 30 awards. After his game design career, he has been responsible in building Finland's biggest game education for Metropolia. He is also an international juror, mentor, start-up advisor, entrepreneur and member of Neogames board.


Open until 30 April 2018


Kotka, Finland

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