DreamHack
Sessions

DreamHack events give the community a chance to discuss the topics they care about. Learn something new by attending a panel where experts go into detail on topics like: gaming, esports, cosplay, tabletop, technology, industry, coding, and general geek culture! Most panels are interactive, allowing questions from the audience and time to talk with panelists at the conclusion of the panel.  
Keynotes

There are many talented individuals who are spearheading many of the games, books, movies, and other forms of entertainment we all love. It’s an honor to play host to them and invite them to the show and give us some insight on how they accomplish what they do and the passion they bring to each project. 

Panels

DreamHack panels are designed to give you access to the people you want to see talk about the topics you care about. We review community applications on a wide range of topics with the goal of curating a diverse schedule of content from every inch of the gaming ecosystem. 
Recent topics have included: body hacking, how to build cosplay armor, future of MMO's, Philosophy of Game Difficulty, Intro to Video Game Design, Rapid Game Prototyping, Building an Esports Bar, Building a Collegiate Esports Team, How Personal Branding Works, Japanese Fashion Show, Console Repair Made Simple, State of the Gaming Industry, Creating a Counter-Strike Level, Esports Psychology, How to Work in the Gaming Industry, and much more! 
We're excited to bring the voice of the community to DreamHack Austin! If you or someone you know would be an awesome addition to one of our panels, we'd love to slot you in before panel submissions close.

PANEL SCHEDULE  


FRIDAY, JUNE 1



Finding the Fun - The First Step in Game Design


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
12pm - 1pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Game Designer - Emma Larkins
PANELIST
Game Designer - Emma Larkins
PANEL DESCRIPTIONAn idea is hatched for a game, a mechanic, or a new type of sound. Frenetic action ensues. A prototype is released into the world. Its weird, its different, its ugly, its broken, and yet theres clearly something there worth bringing to life. In this panel, we talk about the experience of releasing those first threads of controlled chaos onto the world, before the balance, before the tuning, before the grind of working a game to perfection. http://www.emmalarkins.com/finding-the-fun-dreamhack-2018


The Man is Dead: Rise of the Indie Developers


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME 
12pm - 1pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
Black Shell Media
PANELIST
Co-Founder and CEO, Black Shell Media Raghav Mathur
PANEL DESCRIPTIONThe last ten years have resulted in a massive paradigm shift when it comes to the games consumers are playing. Gaming is no longer a market dominated by large AAA studios like Microsoft and Sony. Independent game developers account for such a large fraction of games on the market that it's no longer possible to push them under the rug. This session will explore the history of indie games, discuss the paradigm shift as game engines become more accessible, share personal experiences from developers in the trenches, advise those looking to become an indie developer or invest in them and generally share the business side of a dynamic subset of the enormous gaming industry.


Managing IRL & Online: Striking a Balance


PANEL DATE
 Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
1pm - 2pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Defend The End 
PANELIST
Keaton Moore, Amanda Soto, Anthony Reese
PANEL DESCRIPTIONCome join our experienced panelists to discuss having a healthy life while having an online presence. Hear first hand stories, jokes, and even occasional helpful advice.


1 Year Old Streaming House


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
1pm - 2pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
DownToQuest Streaming House
PANELIST
CEO & Owner Kevin Day
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWe got partnered in 8.5 months and want to share our story and answer questions. 


Blockchain: Hidden Keys to Career and Team Growth Success from Champions of Emerging Markets


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
2pm - 3pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY

PANELIST
Partner @ Incendia Partners Alvaro Cadena
PANEL DESCRIPTIONThe blockchain space has been a wild ride and continues to be one of the most promising areas of advancement/growth for the future.  The excitement and ambition for growth has certainly outpaced the growth in skills development needed to innovate at a significant pace. As mainstream adoption increases this creates a “catch 22” for industry leaders.  The struggle to balance productivity with future growth… is real.  

This unfortunate problem also creates an almost impossibly competitive landscape for newcomers looking to bring their own talents to the emerging market. Blockchain adopters looking to pivot skills and find their place in the industry are struggling to find organizations with the time to understand what they bring to the table. Meanwhile industry leaders seeking top tier talent are struggling to find new ways to identify the talents that will fill the gap. The truth is… this has happened many times before and catching up to trends, for most, has taken years when looking to prior emerging markets as examples.  It all comes down to this…. “Aint nobody got time for that!” and we all know that’s incredibly frustrating.

Does this resonate with you or sound familiar?  It’s okay if it does, you’re not alone.  Through this conversation, I will share a few of the most effective techniques for saving time and increasing effectiveness when pursuing personal or organizational growth goals by;

•        Understanding growing opportunities in the blockchain space through a historical lens of emerging markets
•        Learning to filter through the noise and identify trustworthy allies on your mission to succeed
•        Utilizing the resources that are already at your disposal to optimize time, better assess growth paths and create a more memorable presence with those you want to impress along the way
•        Developing a mindset of learning through innovation/failure and understanding your value as an early engager… regardless of your current experience or situation.

This information will help you tap into a mission driven mindset built around leveraging your community to identify your own unique/underutilized advantages and assist in designing an action plan for dominating goals/growth.


Character Design and World Building


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
2pm - 3pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
Ink Rose Inc.
PANELIST
Ink Rose Inc Anastasia Snyder
PANEL DESCRIPTIONIn this panel, teen artist and YouTube producer, Anastasia (Ink Rose) Snyder  along with Sean Bellinger, lead artist at Six Foot, show you professional tips and tricks on creating, writing, and designing great characters and authentic worlds for your stories. Gain insights from the unique pairing of a up-and-coming college art student and a successful, professional video game art lead.


Esports in Texas: Past, Present, Future


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
4pm - 5pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
End Game Summit
PANELIST
Brennan Settles, Ethan Vinante, Ruben Garcia, Christian Gross, Kaitlin Teniente
PANEL DESCRIPTIONThe panel is comprised of several esports leaders in Texas with varying experience and history with gaming and esports within the state. The goal is to discuss the current state of esports in Texas and projections for the future based on the past and present.

+ Retrospective of esports in Texas (Pre Pax South, Pre DreamHack)
+ Overview o
f the current esports scene in Texas at all levels, local, collegiate, amateur and professional.
+ Projections of the future in esports, testimonials from industry professionsals.
+ Q&A with the audience, and open discussions with audience about future of esports in Texas.


"We're All Frauds!" - Succeeding Through Seld-Doubt


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
4pm - 5pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY

PANELIST
Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD ("Dr. B")
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWe all have self-doubts. It doesn't matter if you're a partnered streamer, indie developer, concept artist, community manager, or AAA studio employee. When is it too much doubt, and what's the difference between "impostor syndrome" and plain-old self-doubt? More importantly, how do you beat the doubt and continue to succeed? Join Take This and our panel of industry professionals, as we discuss their personal stories of doubt and triumph. 


How did CAL disappear.


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
5pm-6pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Founder & Greater Than Management
PANELIST
Founder/Greater Than Management Chad Koch
PANEL DESCRIPTIONHow a whole league could disappear over night. Can or will it happen again. As well as predictions of whats to come. 


Creating Table Top Games in Modern Market (Panel)


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
5pm - 6pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
Party People Games
PANELIST
Matt Feinberg
PANEL DESCRIPTIONDragons Lair Comics and Fantasy, an Austin staple of gaming for over 30 years will be hosting Matt Feinberg to discuss the creation of several of his hit party games and how the process for creating them went. Afterwards there will be demos available of the games including a preview of a new upcoming title. 


How to follow through with your dream.

PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
6pm - 7pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Mage's Sanctum
PANELIST
Mage's Sanctum Julian Eccleston
PANEL DESCRIPTIONProgession from gamer to business professional to business owner to contributor to others gaming.


Creating Table Top Games in Modern Time (Game Demo)


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
6pm - 7 pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
Party People Games
PANELIST
Matt Feinberg
PANEL DESCRIPTIONDragons Lair Comics and Fantasy, an Austin staple of gaming for over 30 years will be hosting Matt Feinberg to discuss the creation of several of his hit party games and how the process for creating them went. Afterwards there will be demos available of the games including a preview of a new upcoming title. 


RPG's Pen and Paper 101 with the GamerMasters


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
7pm - 8pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Presented by Dragons Lair 
PANELIST
Dragons Lair RPG DM's 
PANEL DESCRIPTIONCome learn the 101 on how to get good at RPG Table top games, Pathfinder, DND, StarFinder RPGS will be talked about here. 


Growing Twitch Channel, Road to Partnership


PANEL DATE
Friday June 1st
PANEL TIME
7pm - 8pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 2
COMPANY
Ryan McNamee Twitch Partner, Esports Caster
PANELIST
Twitch partner Ryan McNamee
PANEL DESCRIPTIONI give a presentation on 3 key ingredients in being a successful Twtich streamer, how to present yourself when applying for sponsorships and a great way to explore and grow your channel


SATURDAY, JUNE 2



So, You Want To Develop A Collegiate Varsity Esports Initiative


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
 12pm - 1pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY

PANELIST
Justin Patry, Gidd Sasser, Daniel Clerke, Kevin Hoang, Julian Cantwell, Natalie Clayton, Dylan Liu, & Sam Mayo
PANEL DESCRIPTION
The panel is a discussion of the development needs facing collegiate esports today, in particular those of developing a collegiate varsity esports initiative. As the realm of collegiate esports looks toward future development, stabilization, integrations of infrastructures and applications several quandaries arise, such as funding future development, developing practical workable standards, devising meaningful varsity leagues, operating around several levels of collegiate populations, structuring involvement, developing a meaningful campus esports culture, and operating in a manner that runs counter to current collegiate athletics standards. The panel members walk through where collegiate esports has been, currently is, and is going. The panel members discuss developing collegiate varsity esports initiatives and their benefits with insightful commentary. 


Make It, Test It, Break it, Fix It - Prototyping and Feedback in Game Design


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
1pm - 2pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY

PANELIST
Game Designer - Emma Larkins
PANEL DESCRIPTIONhttp://www.emmalarkins.com/make-it-test-it-dreamhack-2018 As designers, we build, we destroy, we learn - and then we start the cycle over again. We have many tools and systems that let us share our work with the world and collect reactions from our communities throughout this cycle. The key to good design is to filter this feedback and turn it into a powerful tool as we balance our vision with the needs of the players, progressing our designs based on a blend of data and personal intuition.

More panelists coming soon! Currently in talks with:

- Nathaniel Chambers, game audio (Primordia, Shardlight, Particle Mace, Outpost Delta), Bubble Pipe Media
- Michael Molinari, game maker (Overpass, Choice Chamber), Twitch partner
- Patrick Curry, CEO of FarBridge, Mentoring for VRAustin, Past: Unity, Marvel, Disney, Midway, Frog"


Brawlhalla: Audio for Competative Games


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
2pm - 3pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Team Audio
PANELIST
Sound Designer - TEAM AUDIO Kat Wenske, Ariel Gross - President, Chris Rockwood - Composer
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWhether its a quick warning of a devastating ability or the punchy impact of being knocked into the next arena, audio plays a key role in selling critical moments to both players and spectators. Join three experienced game audio developers as they discuss how Pavlovian sounds are approached in e-sports and its ability to tilt the scales of a competitive match.


Twitch Streaming - From Hobby to Job


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
3pm - 4pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Streamer - Zeenigami
PANELIST
Streamer - Zeenigami
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWe will discuss general tips for starting out a youtube channel or twitch stream. They will include how to decide what game to play, how to network with other streamers, and how to define your personality online. I will go into details about treating online broadcasting as a business, and not just a hobby. Realistic expectations would be set about how fast someone can grow, and about setting obtainable goals in reasonable time frames.Any remaining time would be spent answering audience questions about getting into streaming on twitch in general.


Armor Making with Worbla and EVA


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
4pm - 5pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Epix Cosplay
PANELIST
Laynie McClelland
PANEL DESCRIPTIONThis panel is an introduction to cutting, shaping and painting EVA foam an Worbla. They go hand in hand or an always be separate depending on what you’re wanting to do! We can also learn how to safely seal worbla and foam so the paint doesn’t melt off or melt totally in the Texas heat. 


Smosh Gaming


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
5pm - 6p,
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1


How to get Started in the Esports Industry


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
6pm - 7pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Panda Global
PANELIST
David Wu
PANEL DESCRIPTIONEsports is the current hot buzzword for a brand new industry. How do you get started in building a career in the space? I plan on going over general practices, Jobs in need, and how to get your foot in the door. 


Building a Career in Games/Esport


PANEL DATE
Saturday June 2nd
PANEL TIME
7pm - 8pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Arkane Studios, one-Sided Die, Beyond the Summit, Elo Entertainment LLC
PANELIST
Ricky Llamas, Al Svaell, Colin Bashor, Sabina Hemmi
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWe all love playing games, but have you ever thought about what it would take to work in games? From AAA to indie to esports, our panelists will talk about how they got started working in games and some of the challenges they’ve faced in the industry. We’ll go over vital skills to have, finding or creating your dream job, and strategies for being successful in one of the fastest growing industries in the world.


SUNDAY, JUNE 3



How to Convince your Parents to Support Your Esports Career


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
12pm - 1pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Kazap Studio
PANELIST
Karen Synder, Peter Perez
PANEL DESCRIPTIONBreak out the strategy notebook; it’s time to gather pro-gamer tips coupled with instructional tactics that can assist you in proving to your parents, once and for all, that a career in esports is a viable occupation. Esports Advocate & Host/Emcee, Peter Perez, along with Full-Motion Video Game Producer, Advocate and Mom-Gamer, Karen Snyder (KYS Realm), offer a power-packed hour detailing a master plan to woo your parents. Video insights from pro-gamers will also be incorporated, and you will be provided with a walk-away action plan. Take ownership of your destiny -- with your parents’ permission!   


YaYa, Meg, Jennifer Cosplay Judges


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
1pm - 2p.m
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1


In the Belly of the Industry: Gamee Development Insights and Musings


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
2pm - 3pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
TEAM AUDIO, Twisted Pixel Games
PANELIST
Kat Wenske, James Shea
PANEL DESCRIPTIONJoin Kat Wenske and James Shea as they delve into the the inner workings of the game industry, pipelines, processes, and non-glamorous knowledge.


Dealing with PR as a Content Creator


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
3pm - 4pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Constantly Calibrating
PANELISTJosh Silverman, Vanessa Marie, Blake Dove, Chris Hernandez
PANEL DESCRIPTIONOne of the hardest things for most new content creators is how to work with PR, Publishers, Devs, and Industry people in general. This can be due to lack of knowledge, lack of awareness, or any number of reasons. This panel features people who have been on both sides of the equation, from content creators to PR representatives. Through their experience they'll discuss the best practices of working with PR, and maybe even share their best horror and not-so-horror stories.


The Constantly Calibrating Podcast: How to Podcast for Streaming


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
4pm - 5pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Constantly Calibrating
PANELIST
Josh Silverman, Christ Hernandez, Jenn VanGemert, Blake Dove
PANEL DESCRIPTIONOver 6 years and 260+ episodes the Constantly Calibrating Podcast has seen it all. Due to the nature of running a weekly streamed podcast -- first on Twitch and now on Mixer -- the team at ConCalPod has experienced many things. Now watch them do their show live on stage and discuss the pitfalls of doing a live show, and what they I've learned on the journey. (Yes, this is some meta-esque stuff happening here.)

And dont worry, like most Constantly Calibrating Podcasts, nothing will go according to plan here either.


Voice-Over for Video Games


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
5pm - 6pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Kazap Studio
PANELIST
Phil Snyder, Michelle Fitzgerald
PANEL DESCRIPTIONWhat does it take to launch a voice-over career? From developing a reel, to finding an agent, to managing fans --  take your dreams further by gleaning insights from professional voice-talent, Phil Snyder (voice of Disney's classic cartoon character, Jiminy Cricket recent "Kingdom Hearts" video games), along with casting director and Emmy® winning producer, Michelle Fitzgerald.


The Artist that Brought Pinky and the Brain To Life


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
6pm - 7pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Greater Austin Comic Con
PANELIST
Greg Peters


RPG's Open and Paper 101 With the GameMaster


PANEL DATE
Sunday June 3rd
PANEL TIME
7pm - 8pm
PANEL LOCATION
Panel Room 1
COMPANY
Dragon's Lair




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