Henk is a Dutch-born computer game designer and serialentrepreneur
known for producing Japan’s first major role-playing video game and
revolutionizing the video game industry by securing the rights to Tetris. He is
the Managing Director of The Tetris Company and chairman of Blue Planet
Software, the sole agent for the Tetris® brand.Henk dedicates much of his
time to his life’s mission of ending the use of carbon-based fuel and founded
Blue Planet Foundation for this purpose. Additionally, as the founder of
Hawaii’s first venture accelerator, Blue Startups, he is leading the growth of
Hawaii’s tech industry and its entrepreneurs.
Creative Producer at Kiyat Games, Inc.
Employee number one with Kiyat Games; collaborated on foundation of company’s business plan.
Ellis consulted on development of the core Kiyat marketing strategy, to ensure appropriate brand segmentation and acquisition tactics were executed.
She also eveloped business relationship with three exclusive licensing partners, signing deals to bring product to market.
Boardexecutive at Target Games
Thorsten Unger is a serial entrepeneur and an expert in digital media.
He is the founder of Wegesrand, a consulting company focusing on digital innovation.
As executive director of the association of the German gaming industry GAME,
he campaigns for the industries’interests with reference to the meaning of games in an
economic, social, political and cultural context. He also founded Zone 2 Connect,
one of the leading providers of serious games and gamification in Germany.
At Target Games he is responsible for business and strategy development.
Thorsten Unger is consulting the German government, institutions and companies as well.
He is a key-note speaker for games-related topics and has published contributions in
several books. Together with his long-time companion André Bernhardt he founded
Co-Founder at Target Games, Indie Advisor
André Bernhardt is extensively experienced within the video games business as
he has been a part of the German games industry for 16 years - online as well as offline
and mobile. In the beginning of his career he was a producer for classical boxed
console and PC-games business with the release of the Playstation 1 at
Sony Computer Entertainment. Afterwards he was working for German publishers, e.g
JoWood and Sunflowers, before joining RTL Games and focused on "next-gen" console
publishing (PS3, X360, Wii, DS, etc.). In 2009 he joined Travian Games in Munich.
Since 2012 he has been working as a freelance agent called IndieAdvisor, supporting
developers to find a publisher and vice versa. He also teaches at different high schools
and frequently lectures at games conferences. Together with his long-time companion
Thorsten Unger he founded Target Games.
Founding Partner at GTR Accelerator, TAB the Momentum
Danny is a Founding Partner at GTR Accelerator and at TAB the Momemtum, well known for accelerating and investing small and medium-sized firms. He
had professional careers as a game fund manager for &start (http://nstart.nhnent.com/), venture capitalist and professional angel investor for many years. He also experienced various business developments for game and non-game business industries.
Danny envisions in the advanced balance of the mobile game industry, so he has built the GTR Ecosystem with global mobile game specialists and people in relation to mobile games. GTR ecosystem will help indie mobile developers to get more beneficial opportunities for global business.
CEO at +822 / FT Accelerator
Richard Min is Managing Director and CEO of the Fashion Technology
Accelerator (FT) in Seoul, the world's first tech startup accelerator focusing
on the fashion vertical. FT in Seoul is part of the FT Group that operates in
Silicon Valley (US), Milan (Italy), and Seoul (Korea). He is also Flagship
Member of the Accelerator Leaders Forum formed by the Ministry of Future
Strategic Planning and ICT. He co-founded Korea's two premier startup
accelerator programs, Seoul Space and Kstartup in order to herald the
coming of great Korean innovations and disruptive businesses to the world
stage. The startups and programs have been growing locally and internationally, and
have received and investment and/or partnerships from
global brands such as: 500Startups, Google's Entrepreneurship Program,
Tony Hsieh, Samsung, NHN Investments, GS Investments, and more.
YEONG JIN BAE
CEO at Mobilfactory
Yeong Jin Bae is cofounder and CEO of Mobilfactory, a mobile game and
platform developer. The company has been developing Chinese culture
focused casual games, and completed its pre-A round of financing from NHN
Investment in 2013. Prior to Mobilfactory, he was an investment associate of
Nexon Korea Investment Division, and strategic investment manager of
Nexon China Strategic Investment Division.
Co-founder and CEO at AlcaCruz Inc.
Peter has more than 12 years of experience in start ups and marketing in Silicon Valley. He is currently the founder and CEO of AlcaCruz Inc., where his team is building a new eco system for children’s digital life. Prior to that he has co-founded 4 other companies and currently advises many local start ups in Silicon Valley and Seoul, such as Ipvive, Streamlyzer, StemGen and Manic Frog among others
His passion for game led him to co-found Fantage.com, a virtual world for children, where it competed with Disney’s Club Penguin. Since Fantage, his insight and networks has led to multiple investments and business development opportunities for game companies in Seoul, Shanghai and Silicon Valley.
He is also a founding member and past CEO of Bay Area K Group, the biggest Korean-American non profit organization in Silicon Valley.
Market Research Client Director at NEWZOO
Emily Souza is a market research professional, specializing in the analysis of
data and trends in the video game industry. She currently supports some of
the largest names in the industry as the West Coast Client Director for
Newzoo's San Francisco office.
Managing Director at Blue Startups
Farnsworth has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and venture investing.
She is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai‘i’s only venture accelerator.
Farnsworth also manages the Hawaii Angels investment network. She is the founder of
Hi Impact – an impact investment and social entrepreneurship organization launched in 2010.
In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai‘i-based venture capital firm that invested
$50 million into Hawai‘i-based technology start-ups. Prior to that she provided strategy
development and business planning consultation for start-up companies and high-growth
businesses through her company Farnsworth Consulting. She has held positions in health
policy and legislative affairs in Hawai‘i and Washington D.C. Farnsworth has served as
chair of the Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, director of the Hawaii Women’s Business Center and
judge and coach for the University of Hawai‘i business plan competition.
Farnsworth earned a BA in political science from the U.C. Santa Cruz and an
executive MBA from the University of Hawai‘i.
Founding Partner at Big Basin Capital
Phil is a General Partner of Big Basin Capital. He founded Big Basin Capital in 2013 to invest
in early-stage startups in Korea and the US. Previously, he was the Investment Director at
Walden International, a global VC headquartered in Silicon Valley, where he led the firm’s
investment in SundayToz (KOSDAQ IPO) and HiDeep. Prior to Walden, he was with
Intel Capital in Santa Clara, CA. Earlier in his career, he was a software developer at an
EDA startup Neolinear, and a technical sales lead at Cadence.
Phil holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University,
and an M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
He also received an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School
of University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Creative Director at Humble Bundle
Robert has spent the last 3 years building an independent video game studio from zero to fifty-five full time employees; with the creation of multiple original IPs for Xbox One, PS4, WiiU, PC, and mobile.
With nearly a decade’s experience managing the multi-billion dollar entertainment brand of Call of Duty, Robert has straddled the creative and business sides of the entertainment industry while building creative IPs from concept to over $4 billion dollars in global sales.
Robert's experience benefits from building not just original IPs but also several companies from the start-up phase to established studios responsible for billions in global sales and crafting $40 million dollar+ partnerships with major brands such as Pepsi, Co., Doritos, and JEEP.
However, business is merely a means to allow for the creative freedom for Mr. Bowling to concept and execute on original IPs and innovative new proprietary technology in which to build them.
VP of Publishing at MorningTec Information Technolgics CO. Ltd
Director of BD & Marketing, Mobile at Nexon China
"Over 6 years’ working experience in wireless internet industry especially in mobile game and mobile service provider sector. 4+ years’ experience in B2B marketing.
Specialized in mobile game licensing and publishing, user acquisition and marketing. Deep understanding of the eco-system of the industry. Good connections with mobile game distribution channels, developers, billing gateway, as well as promotional platforms."
Captain at kunabi brother GmbH
Under the moniker “kunabi brother”, Denis Mikan and his brother Davor work together to make things fun and worthwhile.
After they both got a degree in computer programming, they focused on different things. Along with his programming work, Denis has written short stories for various anthologies and literary magazines. His novel “Emil” was published in 2002. Besides, He knows how to build and true a bicycle wheel.
Sun (Hyunsun) Cho
CEO & Founder at Kiyat Games
Sun Cho has over 14 years of success in managing, marketing, and developing business for free to play online video/web browser/mobile gaming products.
Her expertise is in creating partnerships and licensing agreements that grow revenue for client downloadable, web browser, and mobile games.
Sun Cho is particularly strong in collaborating with internal and external teams of developers and distributors to launch gaming platforms and products worldwide.
Founder of RELOAD STUDIOS
Founder of Reload Studios. James has worked on creating products for some of the most influential game companies in recent years. As a developer for core and casual games, he has garnered invaluable experience and practical knowledge in the development and production of interactive media.
Reload Studios is a brand new independent game development studio made up of some of the most talented people from the entertainment industry. They are a VR priority game studio that makes sure their content is optimized to run well on both VR and none VR platforms.
Former Korea Business Manager at Oculus VR
Dillon is Proactive, energetic, approachable, analytic and goal driven.
He was Korea Business Manager of Oculus - developers of the highly anticipated virtual reality(VR) headset, Oculus Rift, which launched on Kickstarter with the support of top video game developers worldwide.
He organized Oculus South Korean Office and coordinated with local developers interested in working with the new tech.
Nicole A. Velasco
Executive Secretary, Neighborhood Commission at City and County of Honolulu
Nicole believe the future of Hawaii hinges on the integration of traditions, innovations, and unique island culture. With respect and collaboration, They will build a better Hawaii. With a staff of 15 fine team members, She oversee the operations of the Neighborhood Board System comprised of the following: a 9-member Neighborhood Commission; 33 active Neighborhood boards; and 439 volunteer board members.
The NB System covers the entire island of Oahu and is the only government-founded civic engagement system in the State of Hawaii.
Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism at State of Hawaii
Executive-level professional with 20+ years of experience in the public and private sector with a demonstrated record of achievement and success in both growth and turnaround environments. Led the development and execution of multi-billion dollar budgets dealing with complex situations and with significant financial and organizational results. Developed and managed multi-disciplinary teams to successful execution of projects, achieving tangible outcomes and positive performance. Results-driven individual with the technical expertise and vision to formulate strategic plans and execute on them effectively and efficiently
Entrepreneur, Advisor & Philanthropist
Don currently is helps as advisor (Mentor), in many companies such as JoyCity Corp.(KOSDAQ listed, PC Online and Mobile game developer/publisher), NinjaMetrics( data analytics platform to catch Social Whale), BlueStacks(next generation platform to bring Android apps to PC and Mac) and Leaders(NGO, provider of FastForward, the first start-up accelerator in Palestine).
He was former CEO at Com2us USA leading Com2us' global business and partnering with many top Silicon Valley start-ups resulting in Com2us' success to exceed $1B market cap and positioning as one of the most successful Korean mobile game companies in history.