This week, our main speaker is
Andrea Phillips, co-designer and writer of
America 2049, a transmedia project/Facebook game/ARG by human rights group
Breakthrough. Lasting for 12 weeks, the game incorporated websites, live events, and starred actors including Victor Garber (Alias), Harold Perrineau (Lost), Cherry Jones (24) and Margaret Cho.
Andrea's other transmedia and ARG projects have also included Routes, The Maester's Path (Game of Thrones), and Perplex City. She'll be joining us from New York via the magic of Skype!
Our two (update: three!) other speakers will be:
Alexis Kennedy, talking about Varytale, 'an open, and
intensely sexy, platform for building (and monetising) interactive stories.' Alexis is the Chief Narrative Officer and Chairman of
Failbetter Games, the company behind the award-winning
Noam Sohachevsky, providing a brief history of
Picklive (a very cool real-time fantasy football game) and what they've learnt over the past 2 years about designing for split attention. He'll also talk about different patterns within TV programmes that one should consider when creating a 2 screen or split attention project. Noam is Product Director at Picklive.
Julian Phillips (BBC) and
Matt Wieteska (Six to Start) will introduce The Code, a groundbreaking TV documentary/treasure hunt airing this summer that combines Lost, Masquerade and online gaming into a heady and fun mix.
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