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Behind the lectern was:

  • Nathan Mayfield
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  • Suzanne Stefanac
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  • Dibakar Bannerjee
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  • Josh Shore
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  • Jeff Gomez
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  • Lisa Gray
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  • Christy Dena
    Christy is the director of Universe Creation 101, specializing in the design and production of Trans/Cross-Media Projects. Clients have included NokiaABC, andAFTRS.
  • Morgan Jaffit
    Morgan is one of Australia’s leading Game Developers, shipping millions of units across every major platform. He has worked with such names as RelicUbisoft, PandemicElectronic Arts and more.
  • Jarod Green
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  • James Franklin
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  • Gavin McGarry
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As stated by Ruth Harley, CEO of Screen Australia:

Collaboration between skilled people with different expertise is key to ensuring Australian projects make full use of digital opportunities to get their screen content to audiences.

A brilliant opportunity for networking and meeting potential collaborators, X|Media|Lab offers so much more than what I’ve been able to briefly share here. However with quite a pricetag to attend it’s difficult to warrant it unless you’re definitely looking to get into the industry. With a broad range of skills being utilized in Transmedia and Cross-Media Solutions ranging from game development to fantasy mythology development, mobile apps, websites and television/film; therein lies the opportunities for a potential job in an industry you may not have considered or an avenue you may not of heard of.

For more information check out http://www.xmedialab.com.