Austin Yarger

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” - The gaming industry is ripe for disruption and these experts can talk about how to be a part of the revolution in the Midwest!

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@austin-yarger-a7ba5566

Austin is an international educator and Lecturer of Game Development / XR at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, co-founder of the International Game Developers Association (Ann Arbor Chapter), and President of Arbor Interactive, a local game and software development firm (https://www.arborinteractive.com). His students have gone on to leadership at Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studio, Unity, Niantic, Epic Games, and Riot Games among many others.

Sessions

Catch the speaker at these sessions

October 11, 2023
A Gaming Revolution in the Midwest: "It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this."

The gaming industry is ripe for disruption and these experts can talk about the local change happening and the opportunities for wide impact. Michiganders have played a pivotal role in computer gaming and with developments in AR/VR and AI, there are more avenues for this industry than ever before. Hear from experts across the Midwest who have founded gaming companies and studios and worked for the likes of Electronic Arts, MI Game Design and Netflix about the opportunities for talented people from all backgrounds to be part of the next wave of development happening right here in the Midwest!

Sessions

Catch this year's 70+ speakers at MTW 2023 from October 9-12.

Where’s the event?
MTW 2023 will take place at the University of Michigan football stadium - Big House! - on Oct 9-10 and at Venue 4M on Oct 11-12. Doors open at 8:00 am and the event programming experience will run from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST.) 

Food & Drinks will be provided!

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 9
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
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October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Sharon Matusik

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Peter Walker

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kathryn Snorrason, David Woessner, Sasi Prabhakaran PhD, Rahul Gayam, Rasmus Bendvold

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Carla Walker-Miller, Lisa Lunsford, Maria Thompson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Charles Hudson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Jenn Onwenu & Tim Lewis

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lara Pender, Alison Accavitti, Edi Demaj, Kevin Heras

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Chase Lee, Ben Chehebar, Matthew Burns, Adrian Fortino

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch October 10
12:30:00 PM - 1:30:00 PM
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October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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James Meeks

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Margarita Hernandez, Kalyan Handique, Roger Newton, Len Middleton, David Bloom

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lisa Katz, Sarah Gretter PhD, Maragarita Hernandez PhD, Tom Steward, Joe Thiel

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Chris Yeh

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (Optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
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October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 10
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Hilary Doe, Mayor Christopher Taylor & Mayor Mike Duggan

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Corporate Networking Suite
10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Stacy Brown-Philpot, Greg Schwartz

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Morning)
11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch & Networking October 10
11:40:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Devon Townsend & Mike Vichich

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Johnnie Turnage & Hill Harper

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Afternoon)
2:30:00 PM - 4:30:00 PM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Justin Turk, Chelsea Plant, Kurt Baumgarten

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
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October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Wednesday October 11 Lunch
11:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
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October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Austin Yarger, Vanessa Lane, Natalie Fang, Ben Kvalo, Fred Schmidt

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Terrance J.L. Reeves, Ashton Keys, Shalanda Armstrong

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Fireside Chat with Dhani Jones
2:15:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM
Speakers:

Dhani Jones & Ted Velie

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kelly Sexton, Jeni Olney, Kristen Wolff, Stewart Thornhill, Kurt Skifstad

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Michigan Entrepreneuer Summit
4:00:00 PM - 5:15:00 PM
Speakers:

Ryan Morrison, Michael Meadows, Melanie de Vries, Jonn Behrman, Ian Washington

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 12
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
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Mobility EXPO
9:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Meagan Ward

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Nia Batts & Sophia Bush

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Ryan Landau, Chening Duker, Deirdre Roberson, Terra Osman

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lindsey Kilbride, Will Fung, Alison Todak, Jim Tenzillo, Chris Thomas, Joe Kaiser

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
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MTW 2023 Now On Sale

Body: Tickets are on sale now until October 8. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Student Ticket
$99
Purchase Ticket
General Ticket
$199
Purchase Ticket
Want to attend Michigan Tech Week but concerned about the price tag?

Good news! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets for individuals to attend MTW 2023. If you would like to request a scholarship ticket, please complete this form and our selection team will contact you if you are eligible for a scholarship ticket.

If you’re interested, tell us about yourself by submitting a scholarship application by 10/4!