Warren Spector will be a keynote speaker at the inaugural event.
The City of Austin will be in the spotlight again as its newest digital entertainment conference, Captivate, premieres Sunday, October 6. With the move of GDC Online to its new home in Los Angeles as GDC Next, the time is ripe for a conference that not only hosts game community legends – but also convenes creative minds from the worlds of music, film, games and mobile.
Captivate is about the future of the digital entertainment industry—where trending topics including voiceover contracts, micro-transactions, crowdfunding, augmented reality, and 3D printing converge. It's also about where digital entertainment is today—including best practices in product launches, community building, user discovery, monetization techniques, production, and more.
Held at the Palmer Events Center Sunday, October 6 through Tuesday, October 8, Captivate will feature more than 100 sessions and speakers focusing on all areas of digital entertainment – including film, games, music, and mobile. Keynote speakers Warren Spector (Disney Interactive, Junction Point, Ion Storm), Gary Hoover (Bigwig Games, Bookstop, Hoover’s), and William Hurley (Chaotic Moon) will discuss topics such as leadership in the arts, keys to building a lasting business, and how innovation can create opportunity—adding to an already spectacular lineup of speakers and panelists.
“We decided to launch Captivate because we realized that there was a void we needed to fill,” said Executive Director Jennifer Bullard. “Unlike many conferences that bring independent creative professionals together, Captivate focuses specifically on the skills needed in order to thrive at the cutting edge. With hands-on workshops, interactive sessions, and practical advice, Captivate delivers proven knowledge and best practices you can use today to create the future you want tomorrow.”