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iFEST 2012 events in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

When and Where:

Canberra - 1 July
Canberra Technology Park
49 Phillip Ave
Watson ACT

Melbourne - Sat 7 July
State Library of Victoria
Experimedia Room
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney - Sun 8 July
Wentworth Park Grandstand
Wentworth Park Rd
Ultimo NSW

The iFEST 2012 indie games festival is kicking off this Sunday in Canberra, so if you haven't registered already, please do so now! The Canberra iFEST Program is available and they've got a bunch of interesting sessions available including:

  • A postmortem on EPOCH - Andrew James, Ed Orman and Ryan Lancaster, Uppercut Games
  • Smashing out fun: Making awesome gameplay from start to finish - Daniel Fisher, Half Brick Studios
  • Making Indie Games Massive - Alistair Phillips, BigWorld
  • The Amnesiac’s Guide to Game Development - Paul Sztajer, SeeThrough Studios
  • Triangle Man: The Pre-Postmortem - Rebecca Fernandez, Convict Interactive

The keynote speaker is none other than Trip Hawkins, founder of EA, who will be appearing in all the upcoming iFEST festivals in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney in the next few weeks...

(From the press release)...

Working with Steve Jobs and Apple from 1978-1982, Hawkins helped define and deliver products that came to define the industry. In 1982, he founded and spent 12 years building and leading Electronic Arts to become the largest independent game publisher. After Electronic Arts, Hawkins returned to the hardware platform business with 3DO, a pioneer in network content and delivery, digital video, graphics, and optical storage before founding Digital Chocolate in 2003. Digital Chocolate has made more than 100 award-winning social and casual games and is a high-volume publisher for Facebook, web and smartphones.

"It's great to be able to connect with Australian developers and I'm looking forward to giving audiences hands-on practical value from my presentation" enthused Hawkins who will be speaking about the business of game development, game design and the opportunities for innovation in games.

Also joining Trip as speakers at iFEST events will be celebrated Aussie developers Half Brick studios, developers of the massive hit 'Fruit Ninja', Uppercut Studios, developers of the acclaimed 'Epoch', and Brawsome, developers of the award-winning 'Jolly Roger'.

iFEST is a free indie games festival running on the 1st of July in Canberra, 7th of July in Melbourne and 8th of July in Sydney. iFEST is intended to support new and emerging developers as well as anyone looking to take that first step into creating their own games. These events give participants the opportunity to connect with other start-ups, aspiring developers, game design students and related creative professionals.

iFEST is proudly supported by BigWorld, PlayStation, StormFX, State Library of Victoria and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE).

For more information about iFEST or to register for free, head to