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Peter Vesterbacka leads first PG Connects San Francisco 2018 speakers announcement

Peter Vesterbacka leads first PG Connects San Francisco 2018 speakers announcement

We're hardly bird watchers, but it's difficult not to get excited at the prospect of kicking off the first of our Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco speaker announcements with Rovio's former Mighty Eagle and all-round industry legend perched atop the list.

Now at Lightneer, Peter Vesterbacka will be joining us in California on May 14th to 15th and, with respect to his industry peers, we're delighted to be able to add his unique insight to an agenda that also welcomes:

  • Natalie Portier, Appodeal
  • Philippe Dao, Asmodee Digital
  • Brian Bowman, Consumer Acquisition
  • Mark Robinson, DeltaDNA
  • Tim Merel, Digi-Capital
  • Josh Burns, DigitalDevConnect
  • Sjoerd De Jong, Epic Games
  • Maria Swift, Facebook
  • Nicolas Nottin, flaregames GmbH
  • Aurora Berg, Megacool
  • Tarika Soni, MoPub
  • Bill Grosso & Ted Verani, Scientific Revenue
  • Remco Smit, Tapcore
  • Slava Taraskin, Unity Ads
  • Kimberly Culp, Venable LLP
  • Tim Shepherd, Wooga

Together with another yet-to-be-announced 90 brave souls they'll deliver a 10-track programme to 1,000 delegates from every corner of the sector that'll focus primarily (but not exclusively) on:

  • Influencer marketing
  • Cryptocurrency/blockchain/ICO
  • Company culture
  • Big data
  • Industry trends
  • Development knowhow (live ops, game mechanics, audio, narrative, UX)
  • Indie success stories/postmortems
  • Monetisation

(Got knowledge on the above to share? We're still considering speaker submissions.)

Fine and crucial as the track content will be, we also know many of our conference attendees come for the networking. And here, too, we'll adopt our 'bigger, better' ethos and deliver significantly more networking opportunities as a result of a reworked approach for 2018 – whether that's new fringe events, restructured and re-engineered timings, or even something as straightforward as more meeting space for our free and unlimited matchmaking system.

Today, though, it's about the first (of many) speakers. Want to join them and us? The Early Bird ticket rate is live now.


With three boys under the age of 12, former Edge editor Joao has given up his dream of making it to F1 and instead spends his weekends transforming his living room floor into a venue for hosting increasingly complex Scalextric tracks. When in work mode, he looks after the production (aka the behind-the-scenes magic) of Steel Media's series of conferences.

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