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    Speakers

    Selective last year’s speakers are invited to participate in this year’s event, scheduled for March 26-27, 2011. Speakers and program are subject to change without notice.  For details and up-to-date information, please revisit us, or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter (please use links on left).

    Highlighted below are notable first-time mentors, speakers and speakers with updated bios.

    Dave Castelnuovo Dave Castelnuovo, Founder, Bolt Creative.

    Dave is a veteran flash developer, entrepreneur and consultant, and is half the team behind the iPhone sensation Pocket God. Castelnuovo founded Bolt Creative in 2001 as a flash development company and game studio, and helped to lead the indie charge onto the iPhone in 2008 and 2009. Castelnuovo has worked with a variety of internet technology companies throughout his career, as well as leading game publishers such as Electronic Arts.

    Dave’s “advice to entrepreneurs would be to think long term. You may or may not hit it out of the ball park at first, but just try and stay in the game and eventually you will find success. It took me 18 years and 4 companies to get to where I am. Many people hit success even later in life. Also, don’t second guess the market and get into a business just because you think it will do well. Find an idea that personally drives and inspires you; success will come naturally.”

    Allan Dye Allan Dye, Founder, Bolt Creative.

    Allan is an award winning animator and has specialized in E learning game development. You can see his short, the Adventures of Jane, at http://allandye.com

    Jason Oberfest Jason Oberfest, VP, Social Applications, ngmoco : )

    Jason is VP, Social Applications at ngmoco:), one of the leading iPhone game developers. ngmoco:) has released 12 games to the Apple App Store, among them the critically acclaimed Rolando, Eliminate (#1 Free App and Top 10 grossing app), Star Defense and Touch Pets Dogs. The company is backed by investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Norwest Venture Partners and Maples investments.

    Prior to ngmoco:) Jason served as SVP of Business Development at MySpace where he worked with Zynga, Playdom, Playfish, Twitter, RockYou, Slide and other partners to launch the MySpace Open Platform and grow the platform to over 30 million monthly active users in nine months.

    Jason has lectured at Stanford University and has been a frequent speaker at industry events including South by Southwest, Social Gaming Summit, Silicon Valley Microfinance 2.0 Summit, GamesBeat, TieCon, Digital Hollywood, SNAP Summit, OMMA Global, Engage Expo and AdWeek DC. He has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mashable, PaidContent, The Wall St Journal, BusinessWeek, Variety and CNET.

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