Sacramento Developer Collective is proud to announce the theme for our inaugural Capital Creative Showcase event. This year's theme will be "Women in Games" and will feature some of the regions hard working women in the video game or creative industry.
We've assembled a variety of speakers, panels, and discussion topics to celebrate all women in the industry, reflect on the challenges of being a woman in a game related occupation, and to hear the stories and advice of the successful women we've assembled for our themed events.
If you are a woman, young or old, who loves video games and would like to know what it's like to develop a game, play them competitively, or talk about them while streaming on Youtube or Twitch, you'll find our program valuable and filled with information to help you pursue your dream. If you have questions, are unsure if this is the field for you, or just want to hear from other women who have broken the mold and made their own place in the industry, then don't miss this opportunity.
Our theme this year isn't just for women, but for everyone who is working in, or interested in the video game industry, or just simply loves to play games. Men will find their stories and advice as valuable as the women do, and listening to a woman's perspective, and understanding their position may just be enlightening.
Help us celebrate women in games this year at Capital Creative Showcase, September 7th, 2019 at the West Sacramento Community Center. Get your tickets now while they last, and we'll see you at the show.
Early-bird tickets are on sale until June 30th for $5 off the general admission price. There is a limited supply, so get your discounted tickets now before they're all gone!
Laura’s passion for startups was fueled by her experience working for a technology startup from its early stage to its successful exit five years later. She’s been involved in the Sacramento region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for over a decade and is highly engaged with many entrepreneurial support organizations in the region. In 2016, she joined Jeff Bennett as the cofounder of StartupSac, a California non-profit organization with the mission to accelerate the Greater Sacramento region’s startup and innovation ecosystem by informing, educating, empowering, and connecting its startup founders and innovators.
Michelle Hill is a former IGDA scholar that graduated from Academy of Art University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Game Design with a concentration in Animation and Rigging. With her experience ranging from indie, mobile and AAA, her passion lies in creating meaningful character performances. She is a Motion Capture Production Manager at 2K games and has shipped multiple AAA titles ranging from NBA2k to XCOM 2.
Hailing from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Coraly’s adventure started over 12 years ago when she first took interest in graphic design and teaching. Later, her innate interests naturally evolved into a love-affair with UI/UX in games, working with companies like Beyond Games (Brink of War), Fingerprint Play (Samsung Kids), and continuing to teach others about user research and experience design in the games industry. She is currently the Senior UX Designer on the Wheel of Fortune team at Scopely.
Meet and listen to some of today's women in eSports including Aryn Rozelle of the SF Shock, Donna "Basic Taq" Walters of the CSUS Stingers, and more. Interested in being a woman professional gamer? Don't miss this great opportunity to ask how these women got started, or what it's like to be a woman in the world of professional and collegiate eSports.
Deborah Lemon is a professor at Ohlone College where for the past 6 years she’s been the Renegade Esports Advisor as well as advocating for and building the Department of Esports which launches Spring 2020. She recently became one of the first women to complete UC Irvine’s Esports Management program and receive professional certification in Esports Management.
She has a background in defense industry, social media, online learning communities, content creation, and participates in thinktanks.
NRG SF Shock
Social Media and content creator for SF Shock and NRG! DPS main for all girls/nb Overwatch team @Licoricewhipgg. Incineroar main in Smash Ultimate. Actor for voice and screen- Selene in Edge of Eternity, Aryn Vance in Stardrop. Game Dev with Raindrop Games. Studied kendo and BJJ. Competed internationally in baton twirling. On a good day I can do 30 full push ups. ;)
Co-founder and Vice President of Stinger eSports at California State University, Sacramento; CORSAIR Student Ambassador; full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Organization Behavior, Donna is breaking barriers in Sacramento's esports scene. With support from industry leaders, a background in community development, and an unparalleled dedication for helping others achieve their goals, she is successfully merging esports with academic programs to help reignite a passion for education.
Carrissa is currently a first year student at California State University Sacramento pursuing a degree in Computer Science. She's been interested in gaming all of her childhood and you could find a controller in her hands since she was about 8 years old. She currently plays a variety of games on her PS 4 and tries to stream on Twitch when she finds the time. Once she was accepted into Sac State, she joined the esports club so she could get a look at what the competitive side of gaming is like.
In this panel, we explore women working in the gaming industry. Paneled by professional women in various fields, including Ashley Alicea from Unity, Ashley Silva-Howe from EA Capital Games, Kara Greenfield from Midnite Lunch Studios, and Kelsey Coffman from Other Ocean Interactive. If you dream of being an indie developer, starting a business, or working in the gaming industry, this is the panel for you.
Bay Area Women in Games
Kelsey Coffman is a game developer in the SF Bay Area who currently works as an Associate Producer at Other Ocean in Emeryville, CA. On her spare time, she runs the group she cofounded with Catie Gutierrez called SF Bay Area Womxn in Games (aka Bawgames), works on a VR indie game called Tornado Tower, and twitch streams at night under the username lightincloud_.
EA Capital Games
Ashley Silva-Howe is a part of the Development Team at Electronic Arts, Capital Games for the game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. She works as a Product Support Expert and Community Specialist. She likes to tell people her job is somewhere between being Sailor Moon and Judge Dredd. She handles player investigations for suspicious activity and manages any account suspensions or bans. While swinging the ban hammer is part of her day-to-day routine, she also partakes in many community related tasks.
Midnite Lunch Studios
Kara Greenfield was born and raised in Sacramento and has been an avid gamer since she was able to hold a controller. She is a mother of three little gamers and works in public service for the State of California. She graduated from the Art Institute of California – Sacramento with a Bachelor’s of Science in Game Art and Design in 2017 and co-founded Midnite Lunch Studios in October 2018. Her company is presently working on developing several small games for release this year.
Sophia Stanley Steinvorth studied 2D & 3D digital arts in Costa Rica at Veritas University, simultaneously interning with Psiontech S.A. as a video game artist and designer for their game "Soul Shards: Ice Void," which is available on Steam.
She moved to Sacramento, planned to attend the Art Institute, and followed her professor over to SCC when the school closed. She plans to pursue her Bachelors degree in Animation & Digital Arts at USC with a minor in Game Design next year.
Alisia Martinez is a VR/AR Designer and Developer with experience in automotive, healthcare, gaming, and academic research. She currently works for Volkswagen Group of America designing virtual cockpit experiences. She is also the cofounder of Top Floor Studios where she is the
lead VR designer of Lift, an interactive narrative where the player is an elevator operator who’s actions influence the fate of the hotel. When not developing games, you can find her seeking out dogs at the park.