GAConf 2021 first wave of speakers revealed for October event

The Game Accessibility Conference (GAConf) 2021 has its first wave of speakers announced ahead of its USA event in October.

GAConf 2021 will be returning as a USA-focused event on October 11 and October 12 and will, once again, be a digital event. The first wave of speakers have been confirmed and announced on the official website although more are still to be announced as we grow closer to the date. The speakers confirmed so far are,

  • Pierre-Antoine Cinquin and Cherry Thompson from Ubisoft,
  • Brian Allgeier from Insomniac Games
  • Karen Stevens from EA
  • Améliane Chiasson from Square Enix West
  • Tara Voelker from Xbox
  • Morgan Baker from The Odd Gentlemen,
  • James Rath, Steve Saylor, and Ian Hamilton as independent

Earlier this year the conference held an EU-focused event digitally and was more popular than the previous EU event that took place in London as an in-person event. There were live subtitles and BSL interpreters throughout the 2 days, and attendees were able to communicate with the speakers through Discord as they watched a series of pre-recorded talks.

In 2020, GAConf shifted to a digital-only format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and saw over 1200 registrations with some of the speakers listed above having their talks pre-recorded and broadcast through a live stream.

the GAConf 2021 event in October will also be free to attend to watch the talks, however interested attendees wanting to join in on the communication side of things can register for tickets to gain access to the networking chat area.

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