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Friday, May 11


Creative Tech: Drones & Interactive Art Conversation and Showcase
Interactive conversation around the potential of creative technology. This will include a showcase of Drones by local startup Infinite Impact and an Interactive VR Art piece created by Bryan Moss, the featured artist in the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus campaign. Come discuss the future of Creative Tech with the entrepreneurs and artists pushing the boundaries of technology.

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Mike Cairns

Co-Owner, Infinite Impact & Aerial Image Solutions
Mike and his business partner Victor Brewer lead the Infinite Impact team in their mission to provide unparalleled marketing services with a specialty in drone media video and advanced marketing services such as 360 aerial photos and video production, to Reality Capture and VR experiences... Read More →
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Bryan Moss

Artist in Resident, Greater Columbus Arts Council
Bryan Christopher Moss is a Columbus-based painter, illustrator and arts educator.  Born in 1981, Bryan has developed a trademark style that he can call his own and takes much pride in being self-taught. Bryan pursues an independent route to carve his own future and has worked on... Read More →


Immersive Technology
Virtual Reality is turning empathy into a form of communication.

By now, we are all tired of hearing the meme of 'empathy machine' used to describe Virtual Reality, but in fact, this description of the technology rings true now more than ever.

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Will Burrus

Founder & CEO, Immersive.is
Will Burrus is a visionary technology entrepreneur and executive, known for taking highly complex technology concepts and translating them into practical and accessible business opportunities for everyone. He has built a successful career out of leveraging his extensive infrastructure... Read More →


6 Legal Steps to Startup Success
You started your business to pursue your dream – not worry about legal problems. Join Porter Wright for the “6 Legal Steps to Startup Success,” a fun, informative program that will ease your mind about the law. Attorneys Brett Thornton and Jack Gravelle will break down the legal trends affecting startups so you can minimize risk and focus on what you do best.

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Jack Gravelle

Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Jack Gravelle is a partner practicing in Porter Wright’s Corporate Department. He helps emerging, high-growth and sustaining businesses raise and attract capital by providing legal advice about angel investment, venture capital, private equity investment, and strategic joint ventures... Read More →
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Brett Thornton

Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
A resourceful facilitator for emerging businesses, Brett Thornton is chair of the firm’s Entrepreneurship & Startups practice group. He helps entrepreneurs with the multitude of formation, growth and business operational issues confronting early stage companies, such as capitalization... Read More →


Playing Together
Hosted by William Evans of Black Nerd Problems. This panel will look at the power of play and games to bring people from across the globe together to communicate, share, and work together in a way no other medium is capable of.

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William Evans

Editor In Chief, Black Nerd Problems
William Evans is a writer and nerd connoisseur from Columbus, OH. He is the co-founder of Black Nerd Problems. In addition to authoring three manuscripts, he is a freelancer contributing to various publications including a monthly column for Columbus Alive.

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Bria Davis

Narrative Designer, Multivarious Games
Bria Davis is a game developer, digital artist, and social media expert. A lover of inclusive storytelling and a good pun, she currently works as a narrative designer for Multivarious Games. Bria graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Communication and a triple... Read More →

Ethan Rivera

Ethan Rivera is a Columbus gamer who has been playing video games since 1995. His first console was the NES, but he fell in love with video games with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. He is a Destiny Raid Champion and still plays Destiny 2 regularly, don’t @ him. He loves... Read More →
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Dinte Woods

Student, Columbus State Community College
Donte Woods-Spikes is speaker, videographer, and mentor to teens through out the city of Columbus. He is a part time student at Columbus State seeking his degree in social work. He plans to take his educational background and fuse it with his personal experiences to help improve schools... Read More →


The Many Elements of Games
Description: Gaming and Creative Technology by being on the cutting edge of technology come in a variety of forms. Jesse Fox, researcher at OSU, will lead this panel about the numerous aspects of the industry, including its impact on Art, Healthcare, E-Sports and more.

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Jesse Fox

Associate Professor & Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab, The Ohio State University
Jesse Fox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University and Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab. Her research interests include communication in online environments including... Read More →

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Marcus Cenci

Principal Outsource Manager / Outsource Area Owner, Deep Silver Volition
Marcus Cenci is a 15 year vet  in the games industry where he’s worked on multiple projects as an Art Director and Lead Artist including the Saints Row and Madden NFL franchises. He’s currently working at Deep Silver Volition focused on Art Outsourcing for their latest title... Read More →
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Justin Kogge

Owner/Co-Founder, Game-Arena
Justin Kogge is a serial entrepreneur that spends most of his time working in the startup community on his own or others projects. He created an mobile game development company called Game Dive while he was getting his Marketing Degree from The Ohio State University. The app is available... Read More →
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Cody Starcher

Cody is the Partner/Producer at local Creative Tech Studio Multivarious, a Co-Organizer of the Annual GDEX Gaming Expo, a Co-Organizer of The Central Ohio GameDev Group, and a Games Writer for Columbus Underground. He and the team at Multivarious are dedicated to making Columbus the... Read More →
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Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, connects rehabilitation science to the creative arts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Seeking to make physical rehabilitation following CNS injury more engaging and more data-driven, Worthen-Chaudhari applies principles from dance... Read More →


Goal Setting for Your Startups Success
Henry will be speaking about setting goals and developing a startup. He will begin with an explanation of the current state of the game industry, and its importance in every industry right now. He will then give a practical approach to setting and accomplishing goals that can be used to develop your new startup. He will then finish by giving some additional advice on company development best practices.

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Henry Bawden

Lead Instructor of Video Game Art and Animation, Columbus State Community College
Henry Elmo Bawden has been a professional in the video game industry since 2006, working on titles such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Tale of Despereaux", and "Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair". He is currently in charge of the Video Game Art and Animation program at Columbus State... Read More →