Hi, I'm Brie. I'm a speaker, writer, AI programmer, and the CEO and creative director of Tru Luv Media, a video game studio making games with people who don't like games. I love video games but my friends find video games boring, and I want to fix that. And I love to talk about it.
I'm available for speaking at universities and games, tech, culture, art, business and media events. I'm interested in topics related to diversity, innovation, and the future of games and tech and art. My style is motivational/personal.
I especially like to speak with students and developers in emerging, non-Western game development communities. My fee can be waived for events in these communities.
Loneliness and Heartbreak in Game Development
3-5% of game programmers are women. For the first five years of my career I was the only woman programmer in both companies I worked for. Fifteen years into my career I'm still often the only woman in the room. This is lonely and this is heartbreaking. Still, I can't imagine any career I would enjoy more. I love video games! This talk goes over everything I've learned about being outnumbered and how to survive it. If you are lonely in your career or know someone who is, this talk might help.
Video Games Are Boring
Video games are bigger than movies. Everyone's a gamer. But... most of my friends don't like video games. Why? Maybe everything we know is wrong. Maybe the multitudes of white masculine gamers who dominate the games industry have made games that are relevant to them, but not to most people. In a world where we are all overwhelmed with constant shock and change, what are my friends looking for in their entertainment? What video games would be more culturally relevant to more people?
My friends aren't interested in adrenaline. In a world where we are all overwhelmed with constant shock and change, my friends are looking for relief. They are looking for video games about care and characters. But it's not only for cultural reasons that my friends prefer care to shock. There's also an underlying physiological reason why this is so. It has something to do with stress reactions. And this holds the key to the future of the industry.
The Best Candidate Is a Lie
What do you look for when you are building a team? Do you choose people who demonstrates they fit the job description the best? For example, the best programmers from the best schools with the best track records you can find? Do you choose people who have the same successful traits you value in yourself?
You've recruited a team of superstars and you have a solid process that has already proven itself. And then you fail. There are many, many factors that can contribute to this. One factor can be the failure to take in account that group intelligence is more than the sum of individual intelligence.
In this talk I go over theory and techniques about building intelligent teams for innovation and problem solving.
The How to Write a Talk Talk
I'm shy, technical, and terrified of public speaking. Yet I've spent the last year and a half of my life traveling the world by speaking at conferences. I've begged some excellent public speakers for mentorshop. I've made a lot of mistakes. I've had some successes. And after each talk I've refined my process.
This is my seven-step process for writing and delivering talks.