Next Utrecht speaker
JP van Seventer is Managing
Director at Dutch Game Garden (Utrecht, The Netherlands) where he directs the
first dedicated game incubator-accelerator in Europe, arguably in the world. He
boosted the starts of game companies such as Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts),
Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing) , Abbey Games (Reus, Renowned
Explorers) and Digital Dreams (Metrico)
He frequently lectures at the Faculty of Game Design, Utrecht University of the Arts and Technology (HKU; Utrecht, the Netherlands) and other universities. He has nearly two decades of experience in entertainment game development on PC, PlayStation, Wii and mobile platforms in the disciplines of design, art, and management as well as business development. He co-founded W!Games (i.e. Mistbound, My Horse and Me, Atari), a predecessor to Vanguard Games, and he has worked on games on the Knight Rider and Fearfactor IP. He’s a member of the council at Creative Council Topsector Creatieve Industrie, an alumni member of the Dutch Game Awards jury, an alumni member of the GATE game research board of advisory and frequently speaks at events on the subjects of improving the business of game development and the growth and status of the Dutch games industry. In recent years he has been a driving force behind several applied games and healthcare innovation projects (i.e. Business Model Canvas the game bootcamp) as well as developing the professional version of the game jam leading to game IP innovation.
JP holds a bachelor degree in industrial design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and has studied Mechanical Engineering at Framingham State College, Massachusetts and Calvin College, Michigan USA. www.dutchgamegarden.nl
Saskia Ebeli is a Dutch writer and a freelance creative. She investigates the influence of shame and the power this secretive emotion can have over our lives. Saskia is driven by the urge to unmask our most uncomfortable feelings, to be able to grow. Even, or maybe especially, when things go bad.
Last summer, Saskia’s book: Je lijf, je looks, je leven (Uitgeverij Scriptum 2017), was
released. It’s the first
self-care and lifestyle book for women with cancer. In her book, she promotes
information, dignity and self-care as the tools to fight the stigma and shame of
Saskia debuted as a theatre writer with: Sssst NIET ZINGEN AUB, an interactive multimedia production she developed with singer and performer Lilian Hak. The show was programmed in 2017 by De Parade, Solar Roermond and Valkhof Nijmegen. Saskia was selected for the Rose Stories Kinder Verhalen Traject 2017, and is currently working on a new book.
“Say ‘no’ to most things, and ‘YES!!’ to the few things that matter most.”
Hendrik-Jan Grievink is researcher and designer at Next Nature Network, the international network that stimulates debate around the impact of technology on the relation between people, nature and technology through multidisciplinary projects, publications and events. Among other projects, Hendrik-Jan is designer of the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, an award-winning cookbook that explores the future of lab grown meat through 45 speculative recipes. Hendrik-Jan created the Pyramid of Technology, a conceptual model and design tool that visualizes how technology can become nature. Hendrik-Jan organizes interactive workshops and currently leads the Reprodutopia project, a research into how emerging reproductive technologies (such as artificial wombs) will impact the way we make babies, experience intimacy and build relationships in next nature.
‘Is it fair and just to place all risks and burdens of producing a new generation of humans only on the female part of the population?’
- HENDRIK-JAN GRIEVINK -
photo credit: Raymond van Mil
Dymphie Braun is a programme maker, researcher, and curator with over 10 years of experience in media and the cultural / creative sector. She is part of the programme team of Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, where she organises events, talks, and workshops about design, technology and entrepreneurship. A silent rebel and art lover, who not only shares the (key to) success stories of disruptors and changemakers but also tries to open up the conversation about the things we fear the most: fucking up. Dymphie is one of the Dutch team captains of FuckUp Nights, a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in 252 cities across the globe, brave FuckUpreneurs get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled - living life without filters.
“Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you”
December is Context with Dan Hassler- Forest.Media scholar and science fiction expert Dan Hassler-Forest teaches and writes about the intersection between politics and popular culture. He has published books and articles on superhero movies, Star Wars, and zombies, and is currently focused on the digital culture of the global Far Right. Join us Friday, 15 December. Doors open at 8.30 AM, talk starts 9.00 AM sharp! Limited tickets available.
September is Compassion with Jochem WeierinkMusic always played a big role in his life, which was almost inevitable being the child of two musicians. Influenced by John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Howard shore he decided to pursue a career in composition for film and he got the chance to study composition for the media at the HKU.
Currently, he writes music for films, commercials, and film-trailers and at this point, he is honored to say that academy award winning films such as The Imitation Game and Ida have used his music in their film trailers.
Join us Friday, 29th September.
Doors open at 8.30 AM, talk starts 9.00 AM sharp!
Limited tickets available
Hans-Peter van Velthoven
Music photographer Hans-Peter van Velthoven got the opportunity to take his career beyond the beaten track when he was pulled on stage by Bono in 2001.
Today he is working directly for musicians like James Bay and bands like Muse and Stereophonics.
There is even a Muse film coming up which he is developing together with the band.
“The camera is of the mind.. The picture of the soul”
Join us Friday, 28 April @creativemorningsutrecht
Watch the inspiring talk that Katrien van Beurden gave us last Friday at CreativeMornings Utrecht.
‘If the world would be a hotel, what archetypical character
would you be and what would be your position in this hotel?’
Katrien van Beurden travels the world with this question and
creates imaginary hotels with actors from around the world.
She traveled from warzones to Wall street, to countries like
Palestine, America, Iran, India and Ghana.
In November 2017 the show ‘A Room with a View’ will have
its world premiere in Amsterdam. In which the audience will
witness people from all layers of society: managers, cooks,
cleaners, soldiers, immigrants, politicians, secret lovers,
homeless looking for a place to sleep, people who are
oppressed and others who are oppressing.
Visit: https://www.theatrehotelcourage.com/ for more.
This February is Moments with drones and Jelte Keur.Jelte studied at the University of Arts and worked seven years as an actor on stage, before his hobby and interest in film and photography was going to change his life.
When the first drone options came on the market, he extended his hobby and soon visualized a certain video that he was going to make.
One morning, he looked out his window and knew it was going to happen. The drone video of the Dom tower went viral and Jelte started to get a lot of offers.
Today he is working fulltime as a drone pilot in his own company and has already worked in several countries around the globe.
We’re excited to welcome Jelte Keur on Friday, February 24.
Love to see you there!