Jade Raymond, group general manager for Electronic Arts’ PopCap Vancouver and Motive Studios, has been announced today as the latest keynote speaker for this year’s Develop:Brighton conference and expo at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in July. Jade will also be awarded the inaugural Develop Vanguard Award at the Develop Awards organised by Future Publishing on Wednesday evening.
Famed for her role in the creation of Ubisoft’s enormously successful Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises, Jade Raymond also founded Ubisoft’s Toronto studio, which developed blockbuster titles like Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist under her direction. In 2015 she formed Motive Studios with Electronic Arts, where she’s currently developing original new IP. Jade also oversees PopCap Vancouver and is responsible for the HD Star Wars portfolio across EA.
During her keynote titled Industry Vanguard Jade Raymond Talks About Her Past and A Galaxy Far, Far Away, Jade will talk about her career, which began as a programmer for Sony, her journey so far as a developer and her views on the future for her and the industry.
Jade Raymond is the third keynote speaker to be announced for Develop:Brighton and will deliver her keynote on Wednesday 11 July. Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Shuhei Yoshida will deliver the opening keynote on Tuesday 10 July and Bossa Studios’ Chet Faliszek completes the line-up and will deliver his keynote on Thursday 12 July.
“It is with great pleasure we announce Jade Raymond as our day two keynote,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Develop:Brighton organisers, Tandem Events. “Jade is one of the most respected developers in today’s global market. She has worked for some of the biggest companies in the industry, creating some of the most successful franchises and her keynote will be a unique opportunity for Develop:Brighton delegates to learn and gain insights from an industry legend.”
Develop:Brighton, Europe’s leading game developer conference and expo, will consist of eight tracks: Design; Art; Audio; Business; Coding; Evolve; Indie and Discoverability across a new three day format with the expo open on Wednesday and Thursday. The full conference programme is now live and can be viewed on the website.
Other sessions already announced include:
[KEYNOTE] Fireside Chat with the President of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Interactive Entertainment
[KEYNOTE] The Future of AI in Games Creation
Chet Faliszek, Bossa Studios
[BUSINESS] Five Stars – The Best Video Games of 2018 (so far)
Jordan Erica Webber, Games Journalist
[BUSINESS] Cryptocurrency in Gaming: Today and Tomorrow
Alex Amsel, Fig
[DISCOVERABILITY] Community Management in the Memeverse
Grace Carroll, Creative Assembly
[DISCOVERABILITY] Your Game Isn’t Going to Sell. Let’s See What We Can Do About That
Mike Rose, No More Robots
[EVOLVE] Artificial Stupidity to Killer Robots: The Evolution of AI
Ian Shaw, Games Technology Consulting
[EVOLVE] VR and Disability: An Overdue Love Story
Paolo Torelli, Programmer and UX Expert
[INDIE] Do Switch Quick, Get Rich Quick?
Tony Gowland, Ant Workshop
[INDIE] What To Do When That One Big Deal, Doesn’t Turn Into The Next Big Deal
Aj Grand Scrutton, Dlala Studios
[CODING] AI In Your Pocket: Character-Based Conversational Sims
Mitu Khandaker, Spirit AI
[CODING] Enhancing Your Game’s AI Using Unity Machine Learning Agents
Alessia Nigretti, Unity Technologies
[DESIGN] Design Workshop: Advanced Paper Prototyping
Dr. Mata Haggis-Burridge, NHTV
[DESIGN] Leveraging Culturalisation for Building Better Game Worlds
Kate Edwards, Geogrify
[AUDIO] Challenging Videogame Music Troops
Olivier Deriviere & James Hannigan, Composers
[AUDIO] Horizon Zero Dawn – Dealing with Scope and Scale in a Brand New Open World
Bastian Seelbach, Guerrilla Games
[ART] Solving an Invisible Problem: Designing for Colour-Blindness
Douglas Pennant, Creative Assembly
[ART] Physically Based Workflows Explained
Claudia Doppioslash, Contafoe
Registration is live for Develop:Brighton, with Early Bird tickets on sale until 6 June at www.developconference.com.