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Saturday, November 12
 

10:00am

Registration
Saturday November 12, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Registration 5309 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

10:00am

GaymerX Social Lounge
Saturday November 12, 2016 10:00am - 8:30pm
GaymerX Social Lounge 5201 - 5400 & 6201 - 6402 Conference Ambassador & Belasco 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Opening Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director
avatar for Toni Rocca

Toni Rocca

President, GaymerX
Toni Rocca is a feminist and an activist for creating inclusive spaces in gaming and other fandoms. As a trans woman, her expertise tends to revolve around queer issues and creating safer environments to foster creativity and enrich the culture of a space. She is known mainly for running the LGBTQ themed gaming convention GX (formerly GaymerX) in San Francisco alongside Matt Conn. Toni has most recently taken to consulting for various companies... Read More →
avatar for Adina Shanholtz

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She has a passion for Game Development, Internet of Things/Wearable technology, and empowering others through programming. In her spare time Adina likes to knit, practice her Japanese, and perform hoop and poi circus arts.


Saturday November 12, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Press Lounge
Saturday November 12, 2016 11:00am - 9:00pm
Press Room 6403 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Arcade
Saturday November 12, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
GaymerX Arcade 5112, 5106, 5202, 5203, 5304, 5305, 5313, 5315, 5317, 5319, 5321, 5323, - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Quiet Space
Saturday November 12, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Quiet Room 6106 Conference Chelsea 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Safe Space
Safe Space Schedule for Saturday:

Noon - 1:30pm Women Safe Space

1:30pm - 3:00pm Trans Safe Space

3:00pm - 4:30pm Ace Safe Space

4:30pm - 6:00pm POC Safe Space

6:00 pm - 7:30pm Disabled Safe Space 

7:30 - 9:00pm - Nonbinary Safe Space

Saturday November 12, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Safe Space 6110 Conference Jacobs - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Tabletop Headquarters & Free Play
Saturday November 12, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tabletop Headquarters 6203 Conference Broadway - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

1:00pm

Gaming Journalism from the LGBTQIA Perspective
TimesOUT the LGBTQIA affinity network for The New York Times would like to moderate a discussion about the LGBTQIA perspective in gaming journalism.

Moderators
avatar for Jude Biersdorfer

Jude Biersdorfer

Staff Editor, The New York Times
I write the Tech Tip column for The New York Times, as well as the Sunday Book Review’s regular “Applied Reading” column on ebooks and literary apps. I've been writing about technology for 20 years and am also the author or co-author of eight books from O'Reilly Media. In my spare time, I co-host the independent Pop Tech Jam podcast, moderate annual panels on queer culture at New York Comic Con and read as much as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →
avatar for Riley MacLeod

Riley MacLeod

Managing Editor, Kotaku
Riley MacLeod is the Managing Editor of Kotaku. Prior to working in digital media he taught writing workshops for trans writers and was the editor and co-founder of Topside Press, an award-winning small press focusing on trans fiction. His previous games writing has been seen at Offworld, Paste, Unwinnable, and Zam, among others.
avatar for Tim Mulkerin

Tim Mulkerin

Tech writer, Mic
Tim Mulkerin writes about video games for Mic.com. Before that, he worked for Business Insider, and has freelanced for publications like IGN, Paste Magazine, Kill Screen, DidYouKnowGaming, and Playboy. He has an academic background in art history, which he studied at the University of Arizona.
avatar for James Nieves

James Nieves

Event Organizer, NYC Gaymers
James Nieves is a lifelong gamer and an admin for the NYC Gaymers Facebook group. James has a particular passion for the classic era of console video games and hosts retro gaming events throughout the year. Follow @nycgaymers on twitter or join the Facebook group for information about their events.


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

1:00pm

Exploring Mental Health in Games: Why I made a Game about my Eating Disorder
In 2014 I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. In recovery from laxative addiction I developed and released a game. This talk will look at how and why games are great tools for exploring mental health and well-being as well as future directions.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ayres

Andrea Ayres

Writer / Dev, Independent
Andrea Ayres is a writer and game developer living in Palo Alto, California. She enjoys exploring the intersection of games, communication and political theory for places like Unwinnable, KillScreen, and TheAwl. Her first game, The Average Everyday Adventures of Samantha Browne, examines issues surrounding food and anxiety. Andrea is currently at work on the second episode in the Samantha Browne series.


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

1:00pm

Game Law 101
A panel of lawyers and lifelong gaymers will discuss legal issues relevant to the gaming community, using recent gaming news to start the discussion. Topics will include IP protection for games, fan games and fair use, and the First Amendment.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriella Ripoll

Gabriella Ripoll

Associate Counsel, Delos
I'm an attorney who currently works in the legal department of a company developing technology, consulting, research, design and innovative solutions for the built environment.
avatar for John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Associate, Arent Fox LLP
As a lawyer, I've worked as an associate in the New York offices of several large law firms, litigating a variety of matters. My favorite cases involve issues of copyright or defamation, or touch on the media and entertainment world in some way. I've also been a gamer my entire life, though what that means has changed over the years. I started on friends' NESes, then my own SNES, then got into collectible card games and building computers... Read More →
avatar for Gary Yen

Gary Yen

Associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lava LLP
I am a lawyer that practices intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, and trademark law. I am also a devoted gamer, and enjoy playing games across many genres, including RPGs, ARPGs, MOBAs, platformers, puzzlers, strategy games, and board games.


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:30pm

The last 10%: Secret Techniques to Spice Up Your Game
If you're not thinking about details beyond design, art, music, and code, you'll struggle with production and delivery of your game. Using real world examples, this talk will address commonly neglected subjects such as being your own producer, user testing, publishing, and what "polish" really means. Attendees will walk away understanding how to bring a game to fruition, beyond the fundamental design and development. Learn how much impact that last 10% of development has on quality and success.

Speakers
avatar for Adina Shanholtz

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She has a passion for Game Development, Internet of Things/Wearable technology, and empowering others through programming. In her spare time Adina likes to knit, practice her Japanese, and perform hoop and poi circus arts.


Saturday November 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:30pm

Version Control for Game Developers
At some point you or someone on your team will make a mistake. It’s a question of when, not if. Luckily, you can use version control! This talk will teach you what you need to know to use git and undo your development snafus.

Speakers
avatar for Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Saturday November 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dev Room 5306 Conference Imperial - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:30pm

How to Twitch Safely as a POC/LGBTQIA/Female ID'd Streamer
Streaming on Twitch can be fun, but it can also be perilous for some of us. This panel will bring you some tips and tricks such as using bots, human mods and other methods to make your experience as stress free as possible.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaylen Auer

Kaylen Auer

Freelance Writer
avatar for Benjamin Red

Benjamin Red

Game Dev
Benjamin Red worked in the AAA games industry for six years before going full-time indie. He makes games to improve the quality of life for those who play, focusing on themes of collaboration, crisis and adaptation. He hosts collaborative online game jams on his interactive game dev live stream. He also founded and organizes Open Beta playtesting group for digital and tabletop games in Manchester, NH.


Saturday November 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

3:00pm

Livestream: Playing with Pride
What does sexuality have to do with gaming? What's the point of LGBT game conventions? Do same-sex romance options matter? And can gamers find love on Grindr? Over the last two years, Matt Baume and James Morris have interviewed more than 100 queer gamers and developers across the country, capturing stories of navigating between subcultures, overcoming struggles, building communities, and changing gaming for the better. In a special livestream from their home base in Seattle, Matt and James will present video highlights of the interviews, featuring dozens of queer gamers who play with pride in two sometimes-contradictory worlds.

Stick around for a Q&A with Matt and James after the presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Baume

Matt Baume

Writer and storyteller. Creator of the podcast The Sewers of Paris (http://SewersOfParis.com), on which gay men tell personal stories about the entertainment that changed their lives. Author of Defining Marriage (http://DefiningMarriage.com), a book about people who fought to change marriage, and about how fighting for marriage changed them. Twitch streamer at http://twitch.tv/matthewbaume.


Saturday November 12, 2016 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

4:00pm

Create your own Interaction Fiction
Have you ever wanted to make your own "Chose your own adventure" style game, or interactive text story? This talk will teach you everything you need to know to get started using the Twine game engine. No code nor experience required.

Speakers
avatar for Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dev Room 5306 Conference Imperial - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

4:00pm

Miss Representation
Women from diverse backgrounds discuss the terrible job that media does of representing us and others from marginalized backgrounds. We focus on discussing women, but we'll discuss all genders, and sexualities.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for N.K.Jemisin

N.K.Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  Her latest novel, THE OBELISK GATE, came out in August of 2016.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

4:00pm

Press A to Orate: Public Speaking for Beginners
You have something important to say and we're here to help you say in front of entire crowds! Learn strategies and tips from experienced speakers on how to level up your presentation game.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Algoo

Chris Algoo

Co-Founder, Brooklyn Gamery
avatar for Becca Hallstedt

Becca Hallstedt

Freelance Concept Artist
Becca Hallstedt is a concept & texture artist residing in Chicago, IL finishing her Bachelor's at Columbia College Chicago. She has worked at Netherrealm Studios on Injustice 2, at High Voltage Software on Dragon Front and Damaged Core, and on a slew of smaller projects. She currently is freelancing stylized designs for multiple indie games, and she loves to speak about creativity, concept art, and encouraging youth and minorities to find their... Read More →
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).
avatar for Catt Small

Catt Small

Product Designer, Etsy
Catt is a product designer, game maker, and developer. She is currently making awesome things at Etsy. | | With a design career spanning over ten years, she has done design work for companies of all sizes including SoundCloud, Bedrocket, and Nasdaq. She started coding around the age of 10 and designing at the age of 15. In 2011, she graduated from SVA with a BFA in Graphic Design and later received an MS in Integrated Digital Media from... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:30pm

Gaming With Words: The Beauty Of Text Based Video Games
Removing graphics reveals the core of what a good video game really is--game mechanics and storytelling. In this talk I'll discuss how to make memorable characters, engaging mechanics, and devastating storylines using text and subtle visual effects.

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Corfman

Abigail Corfman

Owner, Open Sorcery Games
I am a writer, programmer, and game designer. | | I work in Twine, which is the most beautiful design medium I have ever experienced. | | My first game, Open Sorcery, has been exhibited at PAX West and IndieCade. It recently won 'Most Innovative Game' at the Meaningful Play conference. | | Please talk to me about Twine and text-based games.


Saturday November 12, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:30pm

Gaming in Nightlife Events and Shows
NYC nightlife personalities Shane Cherry, Avant Garbage, Crimson Kitty, and Erika Klash discuss their experiences including such topics as the challenges of video games in nightlife, identity during youth, and development of gaming in drag.

Moderators
avatar for James Nieves

James Nieves

Event Organizer, NYC Gaymers
James Nieves is a lifelong gamer and an admin for the NYC Gaymers Facebook group. James has a particular passion for the classic era of console video games and hosts retro gaming events throughout the year. Follow @nycgaymers on twitter or join the Facebook group for information about their events.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Cherry

Shane Cherry

NYC Gaymers
Shane Cherry is the preeminent nightlife promoter for video game players in NYC, with 6 years experience in providing an alternative to typical nightclub events. He hosts two weekly events for gaymers and has created the Miss Nerd New York drag pageant.
avatar for Avant Garbage

Avant Garbage

Drag Queen, Avant Garbage
New York City's premiere trash queen. | | Avant Garbage was the first ever Miss Nerd New York and current reigning Lady Liberty. | | Avant has been an avid gamer her whole life and when not killing it in smash bros, she is making all of her wigs and outfits out of garbage!
avatar for Crimson Kitty

Crimson Kitty

Drag Queen, LadyQueen
Called the female-on-female drag pioneer by TimeOut, Miss Crimson Kitty is taking drag culture by storm one perfected lip-synch at a time! The drag daughter of Rebecca Glasscock of Rupaul's Drag Race The Lost Season, she has created a haven for other queens at LADYQUEEN which is NYC's only all female drag revue and created an education revolution by creating LadyQueen University; A 6 week workshop designed to turn any Lady into a LadyQueen... Read More →
avatar for Erika Klash

Erika Klash

Drag Queen, Erika Klash
Erika Klash is NYC's resident video game, anime, and harajuku drag queen, and the current reigning Miss Nerd New York. Her unique signature look and campy, high-energy performance style have made her a fixture of NYC nightlife. | | Erika is well-known for her drag cosplay (crossplay) looks and her character illusion makeup looks of noted video game and anime chatacters, as well as her "kawaii desu" series, through which Erika mashes up... Read More →
avatar for Jason Romas

Jason Romas

Bar Manager, Rockbar


Saturday November 12, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:30pm

The Many Faces of Gamer Diversity
What does a truly diverse (ethnicity/gender/LGBTQ/age/experience) gaming group look like? How does it come together? How is diversity reinforced and relationships strengthened by the gamer's characters? Explore these questions and more with us!

Speakers
avatar for Hayley Dahle

Hayley Dahle

Menswear Designer
avatar for Arturo Garcia-Costas

Arturo Garcia-Costas

Environmental Program Officer, The New York Community Trust
I have been gaming for nearly 40 years, and helped to beta test Advanced Dungeons & Dragons before it was published. I grew up in Indiana playing AD&D in my basement with a handful of friends, so you can imagine the nostalgic kick I got out of Netflix's Stranger Things. I am an environmental policy wonk, a theosophist, and a globetrotter who's been to some very unusual places on this big blue marble.
avatar for Jayson Lazaro

Jayson Lazaro

Head Designer, Lazer Jeans
Well besides being the head designer for new young mens brand called LAZER Jeans, I happen to be a huge D&D/Fantasy, Marvel fanboy unicorn in the fashion industry. I have been playing table top D&D since 1990 and love the Forgotten Realms and Eberron settings and all the fiction that Wizards has published for both - basically I'm an aspiring scribe to Candlekeep :) I have also been very lucky to have had the some of the most diverse , loyal... Read More →
avatar for Eric M. Rodriguez

Eric M. Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Psychology, City University of New York
I’m a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at CUNY (City Tech) where my published research focuses on LGBTQ people of faith. I’m also the Church Council President at Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria/LIC. With all that religion in my life, you’d think I’d shun ecclesiastical issues while gaming but that’s totally not the case. Even when playing AD&D as a kid, I’ve always been the cleric. I’m one of those D&D geeks who... Read More →
avatar for Eugenio Vargas

Eugenio Vargas

Performer
Actor/music director in the theatre community in New York City. Been gaming since I was a kid, mostly console video gaming. About two years ago, I joined a Dungeons & Dragons group and fell in love with tabletop gaming. In the last two years, I've really dived into TRPGs head first, becoming a DM for a few groups and, most recently, publishing my first homebrew adventure on the DMs Guild website ("A Haunting in Brenton" on dmsguild.com). I'm so... Read More →
avatar for Adam Womer

Adam Womer

Shipping Manager
I've done things, been places. Now I am here doing this.


Saturday November 12, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:30pm

Grey Gaymers
A mixer for older Gaymerx attendees - to discuss and explore age representation. What does it mean to be an older gamer? Are there challenges? So many paths bring us here - let's talk about what happens as we journey to adulting and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Tod Companion

Tod Companion

Gaymer, geek, recovering scientist. Buddhist, brony bear. RPGs, FPS, 3DS, vida, xbox, xbone, ps3


Saturday November 12, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meetup Room 6305 Conference Rogers - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

7:00pm

Dark Corners: Finding Ourselves in Horror
This talk will focus on LGBTQ representation in horror media (comics, video games, etc) as well as non-representation turned into representation (monsters, headcanons, etc).

Speakers
avatar for Lucian Clark

Lucian Clark

Owner, GenderTerror
Lucian is a queer non-binary horror enthusiast. They recently started GenderTerror, a queer horror site for and by queer people, which features exclusive art, stories, reviews and more. They are also an avid gamer who loves rats and werewolves.


Saturday November 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

7:00pm

Stay This Color
An examination of biracial interactions within inner city ghettos, the biases and expectations of communities and how to give more choices to underserved communities.

Speakers
avatar for Maneco (Nico) Marcano

Maneco (Nico) Marcano

Cacike, HurakanWorks
Maneco, better know as Hurakan or Nico, is a non-gendered Taino game designer, writer, and programmer raised in the "Alphabet City" slum in lower Manhattan. They have traveled extensively to reconnect with various tribal people and study history and worked for most of their career in AAA studios like Rockstar and 2k Games. Maneco has most recently been working on Treachery in Beatdown City, a tactical brawler, along with NuChallenger... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

7:00pm

404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet
404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet is a comedy show that features a panel of experts who break down the best the internet has to offer. We focus on the weird and wonderful, and none of the jerky YouTube comments.

Speakers
avatar for Pat Baer

Pat Baer

Technical Director, UCB Theatre NY
Why hello! I'm the Technical Director at UCB NY. Across the country I perform the show/panel 404ing It, which is a comedy show aimed at shining a light on great stuff from the internet!
avatar for Danielle Riendeau

Danielle Riendeau

Managing Editor, Waypoint
Hi! I'm the brand-spanking new Managing Editor at Waypoint, Vice's new gaming site, formerly of Zam and Polygon! I also host the Idle Weekend Podcast on the Idle Thumbs network, teach game design at the Berklee College of Music, make tiny games, volunteer as an EMT, run many miles, enjoy combat sports and talk way too much about my adorable pets.
avatar for Austin Walker

Austin Walker

Editor-in-Chief, Waypoint
Austin is an academic, a games critic, and, sometimes, an independent designer. While his academic work explores the relationship between play and labor, his popular writing has touched on everything from race to dehumanization, from formalism to failure. You can find his words at GiantBomb.com


Saturday November 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036
 
Sunday, November 13
 

10:00am

Registration
Sunday November 13, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Registration 5309 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

10:00am

Press Lounge
Sunday November 13, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
Press Room 6403 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

10:00am

GaymerX Social Lounge
Sunday November 13, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
GaymerX Social Lounge 5201 - 5400 & 6201 - 6402 Conference Ambassador & Belasco 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Getting Better Through First Drafts and Failure
Failure is terrifying, but it's also crucial to getting better at something we're passionate about. Join our panelists as they discuss how failure and iteration have helped them improve their craft, then let them help you get better yourself!

Speakers
avatar for Pat Baer

Pat Baer

Technical Director, UCB Theatre NY
Why hello! I'm the Technical Director at UCB NY. Across the country I perform the show/panel 404ing It, which is a comedy show aimed at shining a light on great stuff from the internet!
avatar for Alex Zandra Van Chestein

Alex Zandra Van Chestein

Game Designer, Independent
I've been a game designer, writer and artist for the past 20 years, the last 6 of which were with a large studio where I worked on many PC, console and mobile games, with teams ranging from handfuls to hundreds. Having recently returned to independent work, I now create prototypes and games (havochq.itch.io), stream gameplay and game analysis (http://tinyurl.com/zandrayoutube), and produce online comics and art... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Riendeau

Danielle Riendeau

Managing Editor, Waypoint
Hi! I'm the brand-spanking new Managing Editor at Waypoint, Vice's new gaming site, formerly of Zam and Polygon! I also host the Idle Weekend Podcast on the Idle Thumbs network, teach game design at the Berklee College of Music, make tiny games, volunteer as an EMT, run many miles, enjoy combat sports and talk way too much about my adorable pets.
avatar for Nicole Tompkins-Hughes

Nicole Tompkins-Hughes

Office Manager, Groove Events
I'm a freelance journalist specializing in gaming, technology, and the people involved in those worlds on all levels. I'm also a podcaster in the same world, as well as the world of the differences between people and how we can figure them out and appreciate them! I love games of all kinds, and tons of SciFi/Fantasy Fandoms. | | I love indie games and the entire world of indie creation, and am always looking for opportunities to Beta test... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

LARP As Alternative Spaces: Improvising In A Blank Slate
Live action role-play games create fantastic new worlds for participants to immerse in and experience. But what presumptions do we bring to our games that mirror the preconceptions and biases of the real world? How do we design to queer our LARPs?

Speakers
avatar for Shoshana Kessock

Shoshana Kessock

CO-Founder, Phoenix Outlaw Productions
I am a game designer and writer who's been focusing on creating live action and tabletop RPGs for the better part of 10 years now. When I'm not creating live action games like SERVICE, Keeping the Candles Lit, The Last Ten Minutes, and Dangers Untold, I'm writing for John Wick Presents' 7th Sea tabletop RPG line. I also write academically and speak publicly about representation in games and media. I live out in Jersey City.


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dev Room 5306 Conference Imperial - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Polygamer: A Podcast of Equality and Diversity in Gaming
Polygamer was launched in 2014 as a platform for marginalized voices in gaming. How has gaming culture changed in that time? What have we learned, and what steps can we take next? We'll hear from Polygamer alumni in this live podcast recording.

Speakers
avatar for Francesca Carletto-Leon

Francesca Carletto-Leon

Co-Founder/Artist, Contigo Games
@ceschiii | Francesca is the co-founder of Contigo Games, a small indie studio focused on creating multiplayer experiences to bring players together! Contigo will be exhibiting at GaymerX, showing an alpha version of their game about magical girlfriends in space. | Francesca is also currently employed at Proletariat, Inc. in Boston as a player support representative. She likes green tea ice cream and dogs.
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Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
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Ken Gagne

Host, Polygamer
Host of the Polygamer podcast, a biweekly show celebrating equality and diversity in games and the gaming community.
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Khadeja Merenkov

Contracting VO Artist and Interculturalist
Half a decade ago, Khadeja the interculturalist walked into a bar to study indie game devs in the Boston area and has never left the industry, eventually following her lifelong dream of becoming a voice over artist. However, she refuses to abandon her academic past, giving talks on a variety of diversity-related topics at local events. | Some Fave games: Grim Fandango, Valiant Hearts, Broken Sword 1, The Banner Saga, Cook Serve Delicious... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

What Playing RPGs Can Teach You About Yourself
Playing an RPG is a great way to explore someone else's mindset for a few hours a week, but the characters we make can teach us about ourselves too. A bard might show you love helping people out, or a sorceress might help you realize you're a woman.

Speakers
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Jake Alley

Jake Alley is a game designer, writer, and activist who has never been particularly good at self-promotion, and instead tries to focus on uplifting, supporting, and providing more representation for people who thanks to marginalization don't have as much representation in games or the industry that makes them as we all deserve.
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Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →
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Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Arcade
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
GaymerX Arcade 5112, 5106, 5202, 5203, 5304, 5305, 5313, 5315, 5317, 5319, 5321, 5323, - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Expo Hall & Indie Space
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Expo Hall 5411 & 5412 Conference Music Box & Winter Garden - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Quiet Space
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Quiet Room 6106 Conference Chelsea 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Tabletop Headquarters & Free Play
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Tabletop Headquarters 6203 Conference Broadway - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:00pm

Safe Space
Safe Space Schedule for Sunday:

10am - 11:30am Nonbinary Safe Space

11:30am - 1:00pm Disabled Safe Space

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Trans Safe Space

2:30pm - 4:00pm Women Safe Space

4:00pm - 5:30pm Ace Safe Space

5:30pm - 7:00pm POC Safe Space 

Sunday November 13, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Safe Space 6110 Conference Jacobs - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:30pm

Nostalgia: An Enemy to Progress
Old video games still pull on our heartstrings, but appealing to nostalgia in game development runs the risk of under-representing, offending, or excluding marginalized players. This hour will be devoted to examining this dilemma.

Speakers
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Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.


Sunday November 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

12:30pm

Please Stop Making Me Kill Myself: On Arab Representation in Games
In this talk I dive in depth into gaming's relationship with arabness pre and post 9/11, drawing on my personal experience and that of other arab gamers from the Middle East's, and the brutal shift in the nature of these experiences post 9/11.

Speakers
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Dina Abou Karam

Artist/Game Designer, Indie
Dina is a game artist and narrative designer from Lebanon with 8 years of industry experience in mobile and console games. She's worked in the German, Japanese and Middle Eastern games industry and is currently developing a VR game about being Arab in the aftermath of a bomb going off in your city. Ask her for a selfie together!


Sunday November 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:00pm

NESpectre - The Massively Multi-Haunted NES
Learn about how we utilized Node.js, socket.io, and Azure to create an interactive multi-user experience in which the audience manipulates a modified NES game console in real-time. Audience members will use their mobile devices to influence the outcome of several live demos. This is a great session for hardware hackers, homebrew cartridge enthusiasts, JavaScript and Python geeks, and anybody who loves a good story about random, 48 hour collaborations and the magic of game festivals.

Speakers
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Andrew Reitano

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
I'm an Electrical Engineer from New York City. | | My main line of work involves FPGAs, embedded programming and PCB design. | | I dig computer architecture, specifically the C64/NES (6502) and the Sega Genesis (68K/Z80). Most of my personal electronics involve a classic computer in some way. I've had fun leveraging the power of modern microprocessors to create "what if" peripherals for these machines that would have been too costly... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:00pm

Writing A 'Real' Fictional World Using Current Theory of Culture
What is culture? How do individuals represent their culture? And how can you be inspired by real cultures without being disrespectful? A sociologist and a game dev team up to talk about research, respect, and worldbuilding from theory to practice.

Speakers
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Khadeja Merenkov

Contracting VO Artist and Interculturalist
Half a decade ago, Khadeja the interculturalist walked into a bar to study indie game devs in the Boston area and has never left the industry, eventually following her lifelong dream of becoming a voice over artist. However, she refuses to abandon her academic past, giving talks on a variety of diversity-related topics at local events. | Some Fave games: Grim Fandango, Valiant Hearts, Broken Sword 1, The Banner Saga, Cook Serve Delicious... Read More →
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Carolyn VanEseltine

Game developer, Sibyl Moon Games
Carolyn VanEseltine (@mossdogmusic) is a professional game developer and award-winning interactive fiction author with over 14 years of experience at studios including Harmonix, Simutronics, and Giant Spacekat. She's also on the Board of Directors for the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF), a nonprofit which supports free IF technology and platforms such as Twine. She has previously spoken on game development topics at GaymerX... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

2:00pm

Your Story Doesn't Need Cis Straight White Dudes
Tired of hearing about how some setting has no one like you because "the lore?" Let's talk about stories where people like you (or like someone else) get to be the default, and straight white cis men are rare or not even present for a change of pace!

Speakers
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Jake Alley

Jake Alley is a game designer, writer, and activist who has never been particularly good at self-promotion, and instead tries to focus on uplifting, supporting, and providing more representation for people who thanks to marginalization don't have as much representation in games or the industry that makes them as we all deserve.
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →
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Dina Abou Karam

Artist/Game Designer, Indie
Dina is a game artist and narrative designer from Lebanon with 8 years of industry experience in mobile and console games. She's worked in the German, Japanese and Middle Eastern games industry and is currently developing a VR game about being Arab in the aftermath of a bomb going off in your city. Ask her for a selfie together!


Sunday November 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

3:00pm

Hug-It-Out Meetup
This is a meetup for anyone who just needs to hug it out.

We're all here together for each other, this is a safe space to gently vent and get some well needed hugs.

Hugging is optional and consensual hugging only, of course!

Sunday November 13, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meetup Room 6305 Conference Rogers - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

3:30pm

Writing Game Rules
The rules of a game literally define it. In videogames, they are intrinsic limitations. In tabletop, players must enforce them. In all games, players need to learn them. Let's explore how to write (good) game rules.

Speakers
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Scott Rubin

Featured Panelist, GeekNights
GeekNights is a talk radio show for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, twonights a week for your listening pleasure.


Sunday November 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

3:30pm

Finding & Uprooting Toxic Masculinity and Heteronormativity in Game Design
We will analyze common game design conventions that can be based on problematic gender and sexuality norms, followed by discussion on what we can improve and how new designs could break from toxic versions of masculinity and heteronormativity.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel T. Schermond

Daniel T. Schermond

Professor of Sociology
Geek and gaymer. Academic and sociologist. Queer and furry. That's me! | | I currently teach college full time and hold a Ph.D. in Sociology. I teach courses in general sociology, sexuality, gender, race, and a variety of other topics related to social inequality. I've been gaming since I was a wee bugger including computer games, tabletop RPG games, LARPing, card games, board games, and so on. I've helped playtest several systems, and... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

3:30pm

Innovating Empathy in Video Games
The prevalence of empathy in games has come to evolve our medium. Looking at empathy in games as a vehicle for storytelling, design, and even as it's own mechanic. Join our discussion on the innovations of empathy in video games.

Speakers
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Rachél Bazelais

Indie Game Developer
Rachél is a front end web developer and game designer in pursuit of that sweet spot between interactivity and user centered design. With experience in both front end web development and game programming, this award winning developer creates narratives through a multidisciplinary lens. Aside from making interactive sites and games, Rachél also teaches game development and web development through organizations like Code Liberation and ScriptEd... Read More →
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Michelle Ehrhardt

Game Critic/journalist, Freelance
Michelle Ehrhardt is a transgender videogame critic and journalist living in New York. She started out with an internship for Out Magazine, before moving on to intern for independent game magazine Kill Screen. It wasn't long before she became a staff writer for Kill Screen and proceeded to write for other outlets such as the Advocate and The Atlantic. She prides herself in taking a critical eye to the media she loves, and in celebrating nerd... Read More →
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Jenny Jiao Hsia

cuteness consultant, hexecutable
Jenny Jiao Hsia is a 21 year-old Chinese-American game developer, born and raised in New York City. She is currently finishing up her BFA in game design at the NYU Game Center and has been making games for two long years. Her capstone project is called Consume Me and it is a personal game about literally balancing your diet. Her work has been featured at festivals such as the IGF, IndieCade, and Fantastic Arcade. Nearly all of her games are... Read More →
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Catt Small

Product Designer, Etsy
Catt is a product designer, game maker, and developer. She is currently making awesome things at Etsy. | | With a design career spanning over ten years, she has done design work for companies of all sizes including SoundCloud, Bedrocket, and Nasdaq. She started coding around the age of 10 and designing at the age of 15. In 2011, she graduated from SVA with a BFA in Graphic Design and later received an MS in Integrated Digital Media from... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:00pm

Life After GaymerX - How to Join or Start Your Own Geek/Gamer Community
Are you looking for a local geek/gaming community to join or are thinking about starting one yourself? This panel of leaders in the NYC Geek/Gaming community are here to speak with you on ways you can get involved and start your own community.

Moderators
Speakers
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Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
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Joey Stern

President, Geeks OUT
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Jennifer Vargas

CEO, GGVogue
Jennifer is an Esports marketing agent for multiple brands including the North American multi-level Onslaught Esports Team and social media marketing manager for Ronin HQ. She has worked with Riot Games, ESL One, 2k, Blizzard, DTN, and many local gaming communities to produce community events, after parties, major/minor tournaments, and diverse social initiatives for gamers.


Sunday November 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:00pm

Creating a Digital Portfolio or Website
More than ever before your online presence needs to stand out in order to be noticed. Luckily, it's also easier now than ever before to create a high quality digital portfolio or website.

Dave Voyles and Tobiah Zarlez will show you how their digital content and blogs allowed them to reach new audiences and grow their communities.

The presentation will include an overview of the cloud, illustrate how to host a Wordpress website on Azure, and showcase some of the most useful plugins so you can hit the ground running with the least amount of work possible. No previous development experience necessary.

Speakers
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Dave Voyles

Tech Evangelist, Microsoft
I am a video game and web person at Microsoft. Also, a fan of old video games! Let's talk podcasts, retro gaming, and building a more inclusive gaming community!
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Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Sunday November 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Panels C 6604 Conference Radio City - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

5:00pm

AESTHETICS, GENRES, DETAILS: WE WANT THE FUNK
Games are bigger than their genre focus but the conversation about why we create them is often very dependent on that discourse. This will be a multimedia presentation looking at art/music and more to examine the importance of how we make our games.

Speakers
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Shawn Alexander Allen

Director, Nuchallenger
Artist. Writer. Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Thinker. Philosopher. Wannabe poet. Occasional demagogue. Working on Treachery in Beatdown City. Support #blackgamedev


Sunday November 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Panels B 6501A Conference Central Park East - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

7:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Join us in closing the ceremony with some of the GaymerX Staff and the wonderful Katherine Cross!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
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Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →
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Toni Rocca

President, GaymerX
Toni Rocca is a feminist and an activist for creating inclusive spaces in gaming and other fandoms. As a trans woman, her expertise tends to revolve around queer issues and creating safer environments to foster creativity and enrich the culture of a space. She is known mainly for running the LGBTQ themed gaming convention GX (formerly GaymerX) in San Francisco alongside Matt Conn. Toni has most recently taken to consulting for various companies... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Panels A 6501 Conference Central Park West - 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

9:00pm

GaymerX After Party and SAMMUS Concert!
After the event, we will be moving to a new venue to party and jam and hear some amazing tunes by the brilliant and lovely SAMMUS!

The GXEast After Party is being hosted at Iron Bar starting at 9pmThis party is exclusive for attendees, and includes drink tickets! If you do not have a GXEast badge you will not be granted admission, and the venue is 21+. 

Artists
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SAMMUS

Performer, NuBlack Music Group
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 9:00pm - 11:30pm
TBA