Schedule

Day 02: Saturday, February 3

Make like your laptop charger and plug in, because today is all about serious fun. Discover what goes into video game development, explore the world in a new way with the latest in augmented and virtual reality technologies, and play the day away our Indie Game Arcade.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

9:00am - 10:00am

#MadeinSAV

Hostess City Successes in Building & Scaling Consumer Product Brands

Made in Savannah, sold everywhere. Hear the stories behind these Savannah powerhouse brands and learn about the unique challenges these founders have faced in building nationally recognized consumer brands.

 

The Arena

The Guild Hall

11:45am - 12:45pm

The Art of User Experience

The essence of user experience is how a person feels when interfacing with a system. Ironically, it is something we never think about unless the process is broken and it is not easy to use a particular product. Join this panel of user experience experts as they discuss projects ranging from video games to mobile apps to B2B sites and hear about their process of designing human centered experiences and products. Learn about the processes and tools that they use to figure out how a user should interact with a product, including user research, interviews, data analytics, algorithms and more.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Cryptocurrency Crash Course

Colloquially referred to as “crypto,” cryptocurrency is setting the stage for major economic and technological changes that will impact the way we do business. Join this panel of enterprising crypto enthusiasts to learn what exactly cryptocurrencies are and how they are enabled by the underlying blockchain technology.  This disruptive technology will very likely affect our lives and communities in the not-too-distance future, so join us to discover what it all really means.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Breaking into Tech

Tools & Opportunities

As the tech industry grows in Savannah and across the globe, more and more workers from different industries are being pulled in to work for tech companies: programmers, marketers, product managers, and designers are just some of the roles required to create and sell technology.

Join this panel of mavericks and hear about how they got into tech, the latest and greatest software tools that they use every day, and opportunities for others to work in this growing industry. Plus, hear about all of the opportunities in Savannah to get plugged in, learn to code and get a job. Our panel will include a senior developer, CEO of a tech company, UI/UX designer and product manager, offering a cross-section of people needed to build technology.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Savannah Tech Corridor

Uniting the Technologist & Game Dev Communities

The technologist and game development communities in tech — even in the world’s leading tech centers — often operate in isolation. Join us for this exciting final panel of Geekend 2018 where we will discuss why this isolation exists, how Savannah is uniquely positioned to bridge that tech industry divide, and how that fits into the city’s strategy as an emerging tech corridor.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:30pm

ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards

Join us for the ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards, where we’ll celebrate the indie games from the Geekend Indie Game Arcade and the talented local and regional developers who made them. ProjectMQ’s Malcolm Howard will present the People’s Choice Award, and attendees will have a chance to win games, merchandise, and even a Nintendo Switch, sponsored by Savannah-based Avant Games.

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