Jan is a writer and producer with a focus on games, mental health and emerging technologies. His first game, “Professor S.” won the German Computer Game Award and a nomination for the European Innovative Games Award. His work has been recognised by the German government and the Ashoka Foundation. Jan studied philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Mental health is a topic rarely discussed but it has now become more important than ever, especially in the games industry. In this talk, you will learn how to build practices and routines that help improve your life and stay sane in challenging situations. I will share my own experience of building a regular yoga and meditation practice whilst managing a busy game studio. I will talk about how it impacted my own life and how it helped me navigate my own project from financing through to release.
Running a business is risky and we face doubts on a daily basis. Will I get investment for my project? Will I be able to ship the game in time and will people like it?
But on a deeper level, many of us experience stress for all sorts of reasons.
Yoga and meditation can help you stay positive and productive in the face of these challenges.
I will share my own journey with you and show you examples from my asana, meditation and breathing practices. I will also give simple, practical tips on how you can build your own practice. It’s a topic I am excited about and I love to share because it has worked for me and I hope it will work for you too.
A personal and practical look at how to integrate small but powerful yoga and meditation practices into the busy life of a game developer.
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
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
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!
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.
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.
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Ian Livingstone, CBE
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
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.
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