RICHMOND, Ky. (April 3, 2017) — Eastern Kentucky University will host the second annual Vector conference, a celebration of developers from the Midwest and southeastern U.S., from April 21-22. The conference is a partnership of the EKU Gaming Institute, the Richmond office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, RunJumpDev of Lexington and Tech Base 10.
“This event will more than double the activities from last year, said Dr. George Landon, director of the EKU Gaming Institute. “This year we are looking to solidify Vector as a premier game development conference by expanding our offerings while continuing to cater to students, professionals and hobbyists. We have maintained our focus on game development while expanding our offerings to include game art and programming workshops, a concert and a film screening.”
Vector is also an IdeaFestival event, part of a “year-round celebration of ideas to foster creativity, curiosity and disruptive innovation.”
The two-day conference will feature a student game showcase and portfolio reviews, as well as talks from representatives from Ubisoft, Bungie, Google, Devolver Digital and others. California-based publisher Black Shell Media will sponsor a game idea pitch contest, with the winner receiving $500. The Unity Certification Exam, an industry credential available for the first time in Kentucky, will be offered.
At 7 p.m. on April 21, there will be a game music concert with Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld, best known for his work on Minecraft, and Matt “2 Mello” Hopkins. On April 22, at 5:30 p.m., the film “The Lost Arcade” will be screened at the adjacent Hummel Planetarium, followed by a talk by Director Kurt Vincent.