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Game Design From Best Mind

800 Birds (Startup Community)

Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Palo Alto, CA

Game Design From Best Mind

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Startup Founder/Geek/Slave
Are you into awesome game design? Mobile of course!
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Late Bird
If you try this hard, you shall get it!!
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Demo Table Ended $50.00 $2.24

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"Game Design From the Best Mind"

Date/Time:  Thursday, May 23, 2013, 5:30 -  9:00 pm

Place:  Office of WePay, 380 Portage Ave, Palo Alto, CA

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So there is a whole thread on Quora called "Who is the best expert on social gaming, gaming mechanics or gaming dynamics?”.  Two of those in Silicon Valley constantly being mentioned are Nicole Lazzaro, founder/CEO of XEO Design, and Dave Maestri, founder/CPO of  Metamoki.  Rarely do they speak about their best techniques and practices in the same room!   

Our May 23 event will be like a workshop to get deeper into the game design mechanics, psychology, etc.  from  Nicole and Dave.

About our speakers:  

:: Nicole Lazzaro is a world-renowned game researcher, designer, and speaker who makes games more fun. She discovered the Four Keys to Fun in 2004, a model used by hundreds of thousands of game developers worldwide. She used this model to design the iPhone's first accelerometer game in 2007, now called Tilt World which aims to plant 1 million trees in Madagascar. Nicole has been named one of the most influential women in the gaming industry by Fast Company, Forbes, and Gamesutra.  

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Her “4 Keys to Fun” whitepaper is widely cited by many game designers. 

Nicole's work on user experience and emotion spans over two decades and has worked with some big names such as EA, Ubisoft, D.I.C.E., and The White House. Not only she is making games more fun, she is driving the cause to unlock human potential to improve our world.

::  Dave Maestri is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Metamoki.  He oversees the game production and specializes in making great, free-to-play games on Facebook, iOS, Android, and other destination platforms, distributed worldwide.

 In 2008 Maestri created "Mob Wars," the first text based crime RPG on what was then a new, untested platform for games: Facebook. The game was a phenomenon and within months started drawing millions of players from all over the world. Three years after its launch, Mob Wars continues to have a strong community.  

He was investor at Kano Applicatio and founder of RealEditor, Javascriptogrpaher, Gearblaster and BookChangers.  


5:30 - 6:30 pm  Come and socialize over pizza and drinks

6:45 - 8:45 pm

Short talk by: Justin Hovey from Pillsbury on Doing No Evil with Startup

Game Design by:

Nicole Lazzaro , XEO Design

Dave Maestri, Metamoki

8:45 - 9:15 pm You are the star, share your experience


Venue and Food Sponsor:
This event is generously and kindly sponsored by our friends at WePay.  A virtual terminal in your pocket. Accept payments wherever you are - in the office or on the go. WePay's virtual terminal lets you quickly enter a customer's credit card information and process a payment.

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Come hang with us and share your stories too.  

Want to know who else is coming? Go to Facebook and find out!

/Shirley Lin
Chief Squawker, 800 Birds

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WePay Office
380 Portage Ave,CA 94306
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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800 Birds (Startup Community)

Birds of a feather flock together.

We are an organically grown startup community with friends from all over the world. Monthly events featuring special guest speakers and demos from early stage startup are held in the heart of Silicon Valley at San Francisco and Palo Alto alternately. 

We love startups and invite you to participate, come speak and make friends beyond just exchange business cards.

::: Membership criteria:::

Founder, Entrepreneur, Developers, Self-inflicted-slave-driver? you must play at least 3 out of the four leading title roles above. Honestly, if you are not, you'll get seriously bored by our meetings. 

We have a lot of energy, abundant of passion and enthusiasm and this is a genuinely peer-to-peer sharing and learning community. Don't come in as a salesman just to pitch. If you do, you'll be disliked instantly. 

The philosophy applies as follows. 

We believe that entrepreneurs deserve more than just 30 seconds or 3 min. to tell their story of their ideas and the product out of their love of technologies, sleepless nights and showerless days!

Based in Silicon Valley, we meet every month gathering startup founders/geeks with more focus on social apps, to genuinely share ideas, technical expertise, business experiences, to vent on the platform guys for keep changing their policies, and of course to network. 

Different from other tech events, at our events, each entrepreneur is given spot light, either as speaker to demo or as participant. 

Our live demos are for the real internet products. Our speakers usually talk shop about the technologies of their products and share their entrepreneurial experiences - whether good or bad. 

We welcome entrepreneurs and geeks to join, so long as you are genuinely willing to share your experiences and knowledge too. 

Formerly known as ERT which was originally started by only a handful of some really smarites Facebook application developers including John Fan, Flora Sun, Teck Chia, Waleed Waleed Abdulla, Dave Westwood, SueZanne Toh and frequented by founders such as Aihui Ong, Meng-you Yang, Yong Su Kim, Chris Cinelli, Robert Yau. The group started with only 3 -4 geeks eager to share and exchange technical tips and knowledge in the early days when Facebook first open up its APIs. 

Shirley joined in late 2007 and have been a loyal member since. She started curating the monthly gathering since mid-2008. 


Our events have become one of the top 5 Silicon Valley best events, due to its well delivered no-nonsense content, high quality speakers as well as participants that have made the deeper networking and bonding among its thousands of attendees.

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