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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Research Triangle area’s growing videogame, digital entertainment and immersive learning sector will be on full display at the

In addition to a variety of speakers across several tracks of interest, the conference will also feature a “Career Lounge” at which job seekers can match up with companies that will offer advice and insight about possible gaming careers.

The event is set for April 7-8 at the Raleigh Convention Center and Marriott City Center.

Local Tech Wire is one of the media sponsors.

Speakers and panels will be offered on:

• Game development

• Engines and middleware

• Immersive learning

• The business of games

• Games and media

Game development speakers include: Chris Hazard, Hazardous Software; Ann Thai, Seasame Workshop; Jim Van Verth, Insomniac Games; Patrick Seabring, Atomic Games.

Engines and middleare speakers are: David Bruner, [TC]2; Dan Amerson and Jeremiah Washburn, Emergent Game Technologies; Rob Terrell, TouchCentric LLC; John Farnsworth, Epic Games

Immersive learning speakers include: Tony O’Driscoll, Duke University; Richard Kristoff, ARI; Jerry Heneghan, Virtual Heroes; Michael Rowe, IBM; Margaret Collins, Piedmont Triad Partnership

Business of Games speakers are: John Lyons, Digital-Roar Studios; Mike Rasmussen, Republic of Fun; Jason Della Rocca, Perimeter Partners; John Austin, Emergent Game Technologies

Games & Media panelists include: Alex Macris, Themis Group; Karen Albritton, Capstrat; Robert Rice, Neogence; Sue Bohle, Bohle Company; Dave Murray, Clear Image