At The Gathering 2005 we will host several exciting seminars and workshops. Check this page for details and the main schedule for times (will be updated with showtimes closer to the party).
These are a few of the selected speakers / topics:
VALVE SOFTWARE - JESS CLIFFE AND MIKE DUSSAULT
Jess Cliffe and Mike Dussault from Valve Software will be at The Gathering.
Jess Cliffe is perhaps best known for being the co-creator of the hit game Counter-Strike, and has since then worked on gamedesign for Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Mike Dussault has worked on Team Fortress, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source and of course: Half-Life 2.
They will be hosting a seminar (limited seating - signup will be announced at TG) on their experiences from starting one of the worlds most popular MODs to working on killer games at Valve Software.
They will also be spending two days at The Gathering, talking to people, giving interviews, handing out prizes and helping the crew out with cool stuff, yet to be announced. :)
OUTRACKS - LEARN HOW TO MAKE DEMOS
The programmer behind last years winning demo will show you how to get started with demos. He will also give you coding-tips and hand out a free "getting-started"-pack for you to play with. If you like demos, do not miss this!
For more information about Outracks, please visit their website at www.outracks.net
PLUTOLIFE - SO, YOU WANT TO CREATE MOBILE GAMES?
Plutolife will host a seminar about how to create a mobile game. More information will follow shortly.
Plutolife is the result of a June 2004 merger between Plutonium Software (established 1999) and Live the Game (established 2000). Both companies known as true pioneers in developing mass-market mobile entertainment. Live the Game's success in SMS-based games and dating services combined with Plutonium's unique expertise in JAVA-games, glued together with a common vision and world-wide distribution network, sets the stage for a new Star within the Mobile Entertainment Industry.
For more information about Plutolife, please visit their website at www.plutolife.com
FUNCOM - PREVIEW OF "DREAMFALL"
FunCom will host a closed preview of their upcoming game "Dreamfall". This will be a limited seat event and not shown on the WebTV, so if you'd like to sneak a peak at what's coming, you'll have to secure a seat at the preview. More information will follow shortly.
For more information about FunCom, please visit their website at www.funcom.no
MICROSOFT - HOW TO MAKE GREAT WEBSITES
Microsoft will host a seminar on webdesign. More information will follow shortly.
For more information about Microsoft, please visit their website at www.microsoft.no
OPERA SOFTWARE - A NORWEGIAN SUCCESSTORY
Håkon Wium Lie, Chief Technology Officer at Opera Software will be talking to you about Opera Software, how it began, what made it a success and what lies ahead. You might even get a glimse of some cool unreleased new software! More information will follow shortly.
For more information about Opera Software, please visit their website at www.opera.no
FLIPSIDE - HOW TO MAKE YOUR MUSIC SOUND GOOD
Alexander Odden, known as Flipside or Alx O in the norwegian music scene, will be hosting a short seminar on how to fatten up your music with simple mixing techniques. Tips and tricks will be shown, and he will take you through the making of a tune, from scratch to finished product.
Alexander Odden won last years High-Quality Music competition with the tune "30000 and counting" (download MP3)
For more information about Alexander Odden, please visit his website at flipside.ono.no
IDEFAGSKOLEN - 3D ANIMATION PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES
Representatives from Idefagskolen are going to teach those who are keen on 3D animation and animation in general to do things right.
For more information about Idefagskolen, please visit his website at www.idefagskolen.no
HYPERION - WHAT IS HYPERION?
Hyperion - Norsk Forbund for Fantastiske Fritidsinteresser (N4F) was established in 2002 to gather all fantastic hobbies and interrests in a larger organization. Hyperion is based on volunteers and is a non-commercial organization. In just two years Hyperion has gained over 75 sub-groups and over 10.000 members.
There is great potential in fantastic hobbies, and Hyperion is here to show you just why it matters to organize. More information will follow shortly.
For more information about Hyperion, please visit their website at www.n4f.no
EFN - THE "MP3 LAW" AND THE GREAT RIGHTS ROBBERY
An update from EFN about the new "mp3-law" and how the international entertainment industry is trying to steal away YOUR rights and access to digital works. The new proposed law is about much more than copying CD's to mp3.
Your rights to own and use music, video, computer games, E-books, CD's, DVD's, mp3 files and many other things are threatened by the lobbying efforts of the entertainment industry.
They work hard, both technically and politically, to obtain special privileges and to eliminate your rights in the process - whether you are a customer or user, or if you are an independent creator or performer. Your rights are being erased both online and on your own machine at home. Which rights do you actually have, and which ones are you about to lose?
Thomas Gramstad and Knut Yrvin from Electronic Frontier Norway (EFN) and Tom Fredrik Blenning Klaussen from the EFN Youth group will host the seminar. EFN is a Norwegian civil liberties organization working to protect and promote important rights and freedoms such as freedom of expression, privacy, the right to access and copy stuff you rightfully own, open standards and open media formats etc.
EFN has been active for over 10 years, and founded a youth organization in 2003.
For more information about EFN, please visit their website at www.efn.no