04 April 2017

Graduates return for 20 Years of Games Pecha Kucha

Graduates return for 20 Years of Games Pecha Kucha

Some of the world’s premier computer games creators will return to Abertay University to present quick-fire talks during a special 20 Years of Games Pecha Kucha evening.

Designers and programmers from across the globe are part of a star-studded line-up for the free event on Saturday May 6, celebrating two decades of games education at Abertay.

Held during Abertay Digital Graduate Show – which runs from May 5-9 – the session is being organised by Creative Dundee and all speakers are graduates of the University who have gone on to influence the games industry.

The event will see speakers show 20 images, each for no more than 20 seconds, as they share experiences and journeys since graduating or collaborating with Abertay, charting the history and future of the games scene.

Brian Lawson of Dundee’s Reagent Games, who has worked at a host of studios including Popcap, Realtime Worlds, Ubisoft, and creators of Lemmings, DMA Design, will give a presentation.

Caitlin Goodale, User Experience Designer at King – the makers of Candy Crush Saga - will travel from Malmo, Sweden to speak.

Danny Parker, Head of Mobile Technology at Dundee-based Ninja Kiwi forms part of the line-up as do International Game Developers Association Scotland chair, Timea Tabori, and board member Zoe Sams.

Prominent designer Amrita Bharij will speak at the event, with European Community Manager for Epic Games, Jess Hider and Abertay PhD student Mona Bozdog completing the list.

Gillian Easson of Creative Dundee said: "Abertay University has been critical to the city being recognised as a renowned video games hub over the last two decades.

“The city has an important digital heritage and great future ahead for the sector.

“Creative Dundee is delighted to be bringing Pecha Kucha to the University to celebrate this impressive 20 year games education achievement."

Pecha Kucha, or ‘chit chat’ in Japanese, was developed by Klein Dytham Architecture, in Tokyo back in 2003 and events now run all over the world in more than 900 cities.

The 20 Years of Games evening runs from 5.30pm to 8pm in the main lecture theatre of Abertay’s Kydd Building on Bell Street, Dundee.

To book visit http://bit.ly/20GamesPK.

For more information check out #GamesPK or look out for the flyer, the artwork for which was created by Abertay 4th year Computer Arts student Yannic Kawan.

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