2017 PixelPop Speakers
PixelPop Festival 2017 features two full days of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and Let’s Play demonstrations. Our speakers include industry professionals across a variety of disciplines from around the country, plus educators, content creators, and more.
Finji Founder & CEO
We are very excited to welcome Rebekah Saltsman as our Keynote Speaker!
Rebekah is the founder and CEO of Finji, mom-and-pop indie game label based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rebekah manages the console and storefront relationships for all of Finji’s internal and partner publishing projects along with guiding all teams through the long years of development via design, production and publishing. Since 2014, Finji has published award-winning indie games including Feist, Panoramical, and Night in the Woods, and are currently hard at work on Overland (2018).
Lead Community Manager at Twitch / Content Creator
Erin “Aureylian” Wayne started her career in gaming as a personality/content creator in 2012. While she currently works full time as the Lead Community Manager at Twitch, you can continue to find her on many platforms, from the Disney Channel to Verizon’s Go90 to Twitch. Many people’s favorite girl minecrafter and Sims player, Erin is a multifaceted, successful gamer and streamer, working towards educating other content creators as the Secretary of the Internet Creator’s Guild, increasing inclusion via work with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Love Has No Labels campaign, and supporting children’s charities like Extra Life.
Some things that he likes to tell people when he feels like he has to defend his professional life are that he’s spent 5 months on the road with MTV, he’s worked with Adult Swim on their Carnival Tour, he (with his band) opened for musician Dan Deacon, and he once traveled to Dubai for a week to film an extremely lavish wedding reception – “it was nuts and lasted nearly 16 hours”.
If he were to die at the time of writing, he’d be survived by his beautifully intelligent and intelligently beautiful wife, Kristen, his three cats (Rosemary, Francois, and Pia in chronological order), and his super cute Shiba Inu, Jerry.
If you asked him about his life as a creative, he’d let you know that he’s traveled with NBC, worked for a number of years at St Lou Fringe leading their Artist Services department, and has had the supreme pleasure of directing a number of theatrical productions in the St. Louis area.
James wants it to be known that he’ll do impressions upon request, although he does not claim to have any good ones. He thinks you’re a really cool person for being here right now – and would love to say hello to you after the film.
Spenner lives and games with his wife and five cats: Voltaire, Gershwin, Brahms, Rousseau, and Apollo. Their favorite games are the ones with shiny pieces to steal.
Kirk co-authored two books on patent law and is a mentor for local startups with Gateway Volunteer Mentoring Service. He also works with startups in other areas including issues related to crowdfunding campaigns and additive manufacturing (3D Printing). Kirk is also an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, where he was formerly the Chairman of the Committee for Emerging Technologies. He is also involved with the Intellectual Property Committee of the IEEE.
Kirk was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars® 2010 and 2013.