The Future Of Games – Kaye Elling

Kaye Elling (@k_0); with over twelve years of games industry experience, working as an artist, Lead Artist and Art Manager for Infogrames, Sony, Acclaim & Blitz Games.

Her title history includes diverse titles such as GTA2 (Take 2), the Premier Manager series (Gremlin), Colony Wars: Red Sun (Sony), Formula 1 (Sony) and most recently the Bratz series (THQ) and The Encleverment Experiment (Blitz), with experience in computer game development for the PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox360 consoles, the PC and the Wii. Continue reading

Democracy PR – Jennifer O’Grady

Jennifer O'gradyJennifer O’Grady (@jenniferogrady) has been at the forefront of the PR scene in Manchester, scooping up awards for great work in PR, events and marketing.

In 2008, she launched Democracy PR, a new agency created to blend traditional PR skills with social media opportunities. Their approach delivers clients creative, reputation making campaigns that embrace the power of a brand’s democracy to deliver accountable results.

She speaks on how to use PR skills to manage your own personal profile online, offers practical tips on how to protect yourself against risk and showcases some examples of those who get it right (and those who get it spectacularly wrong).

SeedCamp – Reshma Sohoni

Reshma SohoniReshma Sohoni (@rsohoni) runs Seedcamp on a day-to-day basis as its CEO.

She joined Seedcamp from the venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions.

Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking (Broadview) and venture capital (Softbank).

Open Source: Men, Women & Coding – Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan; (@emmakmcgrattan) is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Ingres. She is responsible for the development and integration of the Ingres database and associated products and technologies. A leading authority in DBMS technologies, Emma has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the Ingres product line. Emma joined Ingres from CA

where she held a similar position and was responsible for the Ingres family of relational database management products. She started her career with Ingres in 1992, and has held a variety of senior development and management positions.

Not only a talented engineer and manager, Emma is also a great communicator as transpires from her blog and many speaking appearances. Balancing intelligence with humor, she is known to have been referred to as a “firecracker” at more than one instance.

Born in Ireland, Emma earned a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University. Recognized for having open source development at heart, she is also a member of the board of directors for the Eclipse Foundation.