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July Meetup - Game prototyping in KineticJS

Our last few events have focused on the design and business aspects of game development. So, we thought it was time to present a more tech-oriented talk and that's exactly what we have in store for this month.

Our July event will feature Brandon Wiley, a local developer and PhD student who builds games in his spare time. He'll discuss using KineticJS, an HTML5 Canvas Javascript framework, to prototype game ideas. Brandon has been using this approach to quickly experiment with different mechanics and solidify his designs before building native mobile versions of his games.

Obviously, there continues to be a loud debate online about HTML5 vs. native development. We feel like Brandon's approach blends the best of both worlds, leveraging the strengths of each environment to his advantage.

Brandon is a seriously talented developer with a diverse background. Back in[masked], he was a Director of Product Management at BitTorrent, where he worked on a peer-accelerated content delivery service. Since 2009, he's been a PhD student at UT's School of Information where he's currently researching cloud computing, video search, communication tech for developing countries, peer-to-peer, anonymization, and censorship resistance. 

As for his game dev experience, Brandon recently spent a summer working with the folks at Minicore Studios. In addition, he spends much of his free time participating in game jams and initiatives like One Game A Month. Our schedule for this event is:

  • 6:30pm - Arrival and socializing
  • 7:00pm - Brandon Wiley talk begins
  • 7:45pm - Audience questions
  • 8:15pm - Head downstairs for more socializing


Special thanks to Robot Swarm Entertainment!

This event will have free pizza and beer thanks to generous sponsorship from Robot Swarm Entertainment. They're opening a new studio in Austin soon and are looking to hire 3-4 engineers and 3-4 artists to build a PC game (with publisher backing). If you're interested or have questions, please email  [masked].

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  • Greg M.

    Presenter did a great job introducing KineticJS, and I was able to meet new developers in Austin.

    July 24, 2013

  • Brandon M.

    I'm going to use this library for something soon. I don't know what.. but I'll fit it in somewhere.

    July 23, 2013

  • Paul

    Hi everybody -- someone was asking about the openings at Robot Swarm, and I hope it's OK if I take a moment to answer here. This is indeed a real opportunity; we have a Professional Employment Organization taking care of our health care and benefits package.

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Todd S.

      I've worked with Paul at a couple of different game studios in town. He's a great guy, talented AI programmer, and recently graduated with a technology management MSE from the Wharton School of Business. I'm excited to see what Robot Swarm ends up doing!

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Please note that we'll now have free pizza and beer courtesy of Robot Swarm Entertainment. See the event description for info about some open positions they're looking to fill!

    4 · July 22, 2013

  • Brent K.

    Love it!

    July 15, 2013

  • Sam P.

    Nice! Looking forward to it

    July 15, 2013

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