Fak’ugesi Arcade: Futures and Networking
The Futures and Networking event at the Fak’ugesi Festival 2019 aims to address the issues and opportunities in and around the game development sector in Johannesburg, Southern Africa and the African region. Experienced game developers, as well as novice participants who are eager to get into the game development community, are invited to be a part of the conversation about sustaining the game’s industry and community, expanding it, as well as making connections with regional partners.
In 2019 The Futures and Networking event will be hosted by Ben Myres – the co-founder and creative director of the Johannesburg-based games studio, Nyamakop. Throughout the event, multiple African-based developers will be invited to speak about gaps and issues in their respective game development industries and communities, and which supporting structures and mechanisms could potentially assist.
This year, The Futures and Networking event will review discussions from the 2018 Futures and Networking event, which produced a substantial strategic report and then continue to outline and define current wins and concerns.
Regional African Guests include:
MARS MAASAI & DR. AKATI KHASIANI from HEVA in Kenya.
SITHE NCUBE from Nelson Mandela University
This is a free public event – you are all invited, but please book due to limited space!
Guest Facilitator Bio’s:
Mars Maasai is the Insights Manager at HEVA Fund, East Africa’s first creative economy catalyst. He brings her extensive experience in research and analysis to HEVA’s policy development and ecosystem building work with stakeholders: public and private sector, international partners, practitioners and investees.
Built on his mathematical background, Mars’ role involves research and study into HEVA’s internal processes and external engagements with students, investees and industry practitioners/professionals, as well as state, philanthropic, developmental and corporate stakeholders at all levels. His findings and continued analysis inform our program strategy with regard to policy discourse both locally and regionally, and practical engagement with the wider HEVA community. Mars is co-author of HEVA’s Creative Industry Ease of Doing Business Reports: Stimulating Kenya’s E-sports and Gaming Industry.
DR AKATI KHASIANI
Dr. Akati Khasiani is the Relationship Manager at HEVA Fund, East Africa’s first creative economy catalyst. She brings her extensive experience in project management, research and administration to HEVA’s policy development and ecosystem building work with stakeholders: public and private sector, international partners, practitioners and investees.
She is instrumental in designing support programming for creative businesses, and is part of the strategy team for OTA, HEVA’s programmatic focus on women-led businesses. She is the project lead for HEVA’s Cultural Heritage Seed Fund, which supports, among others, cultural practitioners in gaming and virtual/augmented reality. Dr. Khasiani conducts research and analyses for HEVA’s newsletters, reports and studies and is co-author of HEVA’s Creative Industry Ease of Doing Business Reports: Stimulating Kenya’s E-sports and Gaming Industry.
Sithe believes that more Africans should have a visible stake in the game development industry and benefit financially, culturally and socially from telling their own stories. She does her part in encouraging more people to make games by facilitating introductory game development and interactive fiction workshops. Her favorite event is an annual workshop she hosts for young women in Lusaka, Zambia called ‘Games Plus Girls’.
Sithe also enjoys promoting the growth of game development by connecting more Africans to the world’s biggest game development event, Global Game Jam, as one of the Sub-Saharan Africa regional organizers for the event. Sithe is currently a postgraduate Computer Science student at Nelson Mandela University and is the founder of Ubongo Game Lab and prosearium.net
Partners & Funders:
This Futures and Networking Event is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH) and Wits Digital Arts.