Kieran began his career at British developer Rare in 1997 as a software engineer on the multi-million selling Nintendo 64 platformer Banjo-Kazooie and proceeded to ship a series of high-profile projects for Xbox and Xbox 360, later as part of the Microsoft Studios European Publishing team. In 2011 he joined the former Xbox Live studio, Soho Productions, with its mission to reinvent TV for Microsoft devices most notably resulting in the BAFTA award-winning Kinect Sesame Street TV. Kieran is now part of a key new initiative shaping the next generation of Windows apps and experiences for Microsoft at Lift London, which is home to a growing collective of world-class artists, software engineers, designers and creative technologists.
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I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
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