“Surviving the 21st Century as a Thought Worker”
Chairman of the International Game Developers Association
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation
We live in a new century, which represents a new way of doing business and a new way of being employed. It’s highly likely that you won’t work in the same field for your entire career, and the rules are changing radically. The video game industry is one of the most rapidly changing and innovating industries in technology. It’s ultra-competitive with more than five times the number of applicants annually as there are jobs. The people who survive understand the skills and competencies that make them valuable during light speed technology changes.
The skills needed in the 21st century are rooted in entrepreneurism: communication, critical thinking, team work, adaptability, motivation, and so many more. Each competency can be learned on the job, but to really thrive, you need to find ways to develop these competencies on your own, and hone them continuously. In this talk, Jennifer Bullard will provide a roadmap to keep your career on track.
Jennifer Bullard is a long-time veteran of the video game industry, having developed more than 20 games during her career. She has worked on titles like Heroes of Might & Magic, The Sims II, and many more. Her career started in Los Angeles working initially in QA, then design, and then eventually headed into production. After six years, Bullard moved to Austin and became more active in aspects of development, managing a new department, and building large teams.
Bullard is the chapter chair for IGDA-Austin and works regularly with diverse groups to support game developers, studios and students in greater Austin. She also leads efforts on the Texas Creative Incubator and the Captivate Conference. Jennifer’s goal is to create a business ecosystem that supports an ever-growing community of digital media creatives. In short, Bullard wants to make Austin “The Creative Capital of the World”.