Dr Jim Purbrick has a wealth of experience building world class software and engineering teams including the MASSIVE-3 virtual environment system; Prix Ars Electronica-winning mixed-reality games with IGDA award winners, Blast Theory; networking and load balancing technology and scripting engines for Warhammer Online and Second Life and the CREST API used to connect EVE Online with the PS3 console game Dust 514. Jim set up Linden Labâ€™s Brighton studio, helped grow Facebook London from a handful of engineers and is now working on social VR experiences while helping to grow the AR/VR team at Facebook London.
Networked games provide people with entirely new worlds full of wonder, possibility and adventure where new friendships can be formed irrespective of real world geography, but they can also feel scary if the right tools are not provided to help people manage their encounters with strangers. This talk will cover the challenges inherent in keeping people safe in networked virtual worlds and some of the tools and best practices for designing safety in to networked immersive environments with a particular focus on our experience building and running Oculus Venues.
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It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
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:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
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
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
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