Pair headed to video game con­fer­ence

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

Two Hawaii en­trepreneurs were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the Game De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence to be held Feb. 27-March 3 at the Moscone Cen­ter in San Fran­cisco.

The state an­nounced Thurs­day that Kauai res­i­dent Tracy David­son, whose busi­ness Tracy’s Map pro­vides pro­mo­tional maps about Hawaii, and Oahu res­i­dent Stacey Hayashi, whose ed­u­ca­tional game app “Jour­ney of He­roes” shows World War II through the eyes of a Ja­panese-Amer­i­can, were cho­sen by men­tors to at­tend.

The two are fel­lows at Cre­ative Lab Hawaii, a state pro­gram set up to de­velop and train tal­ent in the cre­ative in­dus­tries. “The Game De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence is the largest gath­er­ing of game de­vel­op­ers, pro­duc­ers and pub­lish­ers in the world, and we are ex­cited to pro­vide Tracy and Stacey with the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the con­fer­ence,” said Michael An­dres Palmieri, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cre­ative Lab Hawaii. “By at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence, our fel­lows will have the op­por­tu­nity to meet in­dus­try de­ci­sion-mak­ers, at­tend work­shops that in­crease their un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness, and net­work with like-minded cre­ative en­trepreneurs.”

The con­fer­ence hosts more than 27,000 at­ten­dees in­volved in the cre­ation of in­ter­ac­tive games and vir­tual re­al­ity. Launched in 2013, CLH is de­signed to pro­vide ac­cess for en­trepreneurs to in­dus­try de­ci­sion-mak­ers through men­tor­ing in a year-round pro­gram, as well as week­end boot camps on screen­writ­ing, pro­duc­ing, broad­band, new me­dia, in­ter­ac­tive me­dia, an­i­ma­tion, mu­sic, de­sign and fash­ion.

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