Jun 16, 2018

Second Annual M+DEV Conference to be held in Madison

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA), in cooperation with the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), is following up on the success of its 2017 event with the second annual M+Dev Conference in the Madison Region on October 19. To be held at the Alliant Energy Center, the conference expects to attract more than 500 engineers, designers, and coders from across the Midwest. Early bird tickets will be available until August 1 and can be purchased at mdevconf.com.

“With the success of our inaugural conference and the rapid progress the WGA has made in the months since, we are excited to showcase the achievements of our members, companies, and organization at M+Dev 2018,” said Tyler Krucas, executive director at the Wisconsin Games Alliance.

2017’s inaugural game developers conference provided an experience our 400+ attendees could find nowhere else in the Midwest. The conference offered the first real opportunity for much of the industry to come together in one place, creating a unique and effective networking experience.

“This year’s event will feature new sessions on a variety of topics, including design, development, software engineering,” explained Tim Gerritsen, studio head for Fantasy Flight Interactive. “We are currently seeking presenters and are working to attract speakers from all categories of games development companies.”

According to the recently released Madison Region Economic Development Guide, the Madison Region has long been known for its innovative businesses in the information technology sector, including many games development companies.

“Our first foray into a conference on game development proved to be wildly successful. We now have an opportunity to build on that by drawing even more people and attention to the great things that are going on in the region and through the WGA,” said Paul Jadin, president of MadREP which developed the Wisconsin Games Alliance. “We are much further ahead than we expected to be when we created the alliance in 2016.”

Current conference sponsors include Adtalem Global Education, Alliant Energy, Epic Games, Fantasy Flight Interactive, Filament Games, Gear Learning, gener8tor, Guild Software, Human Head Studios, Lost Boys Interactive, PerBlue, University of Wisconsin–Stout, WEDC and Madison Region Economic Partnership; additional sponsorships available. Visit mdevconf.com to learn more.

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 About Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)

MadREP is the economic development agency for the eight-county Madison Region, founded by business and community leaders to create a dynamic environment where people and businesses prosper. MadREP and its partners aim to proactively and strategically position the region to take advantage of economic and business development opportunities. www.madisonregion.org

About Wisconsin Games Alliance

WGA is a statewide network of over 200 active participants representing game studios, independent developers, faculty, investors, and economic development organizations with the shared mission of promoting Wisconsin as a premier site for game development and design. www.wisconsingamesalliance.com

For Further Information:

Jessica Reilly
608.571.0407
jreilly@madisonregion.org

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