|Yuliya Moshkaryova (The Netherlands)|
Yuliya manages the international Indie Prize stimulus package for triple-i independent developers as well as the Game Nation community worldwide. She travels around the world to play games and meet indie developers from every corner of the globe to invite them to join the international Indie Prize scholarship. Indie Prize was founded by CGA to discover and support the brightest and talented independent game developers
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.
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.
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.
|Christopher Hamilton (USA/Finland)|
Christopher is a producer at Rovio Entertainment and is passionate about empowering teams to improve from good to awesome. He joined the company's third party publishing arm Rovio Stars managing external development teams and has moved on to the company's cloud services unit designing tools to help teams manage live operations. He started his game development career in Russia providing culturally adaptive translations in English later grew into positions in partner relations, product management and publishing. He is passionate about game development communities and is serving as a board member or adviser with IGDA, IGDA Finland, and the Finnish Game Jam.
|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.
|Pauli Jutila (Finland)|
Pauli is a co-founder and CEO of Headnought. Headnought is a mobile game studio, founded in 2013. It released it’s first game, WoodChopper, in late 2014 to critical acclaim. The game launched exclusively on Windows Phone 8 devices as part of the AppCampus program. The latest project is an arcade-style driving combat game called GunTruck. In between it’s own game projects, Headnought has done contract work for various clients, as most self-funded studios do. In his former life Pauli was a software engineer and a gamer since 1986 when he got his first computer, a Commodore 64.
Markus Levander (Finland)Markus is a Producer for Nitro Games and specially working with the Medals of War game which was released on iOS and Android during fall 2017. Nitro Games is a 10-year-old free-to-play mobile game developer and publisher. Nitro Games has co-operation projects with Wargaming and Netmarble. Markus is also co-founder of Clusterloop indie game studio behind upcoming Medical Force mobile game. Markus has also worked as a producer with streaming services and all around media industry before working full-time on games. Markus is also involved with IGDA by being deputy board member for Expa Game Industry Hub in Central Finland.
|Erna Gronow (Finland)|
Erna is the community manager for LevelUp startup accelerator. She's very experienced in working with startups especially in the ICT sector.
|Heidi Sjögren (Finland)|
Heidi is the head of LevelUp startup accelerator and runs the startup growth services at Cursor. She's been working closely with the games industry in Finland and abroad.
8 - 10 June 2018
Game Camps Kotka 2018