Marketing Your Indie Game & VR Demonstration

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StartUP FIU - West Kendall

14591 Southwest 120th Street

Miami, FL 33186

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So you have developed this awesome game… now what? How do you market your game effectively and get airtime with the press? Nick Calandra - owner & lead interviewer of Gameumentary and former owner of OnlySP gaming news site, will be giving some insights on how to get your indie game in front of the press.

Following Nick’s presentation, Helm System’s will be showcasing the newest and unreleased VR content from their game, SoulKeeper. You won’t want to miss this hands on demonstration of the latest in-game renderings Soul Keeper has been working on.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 - Nick Calandra; “How to Get Your Indie Game in Front of the Press”

8:00 - Helm System’s Hands-On Demonstration with SoulKeeper

What is #MakeGamesMiami?

#MakeGamesMiami is Gametrep’s coordinated campaign to help strengthen the emerging game industry in South Florida! #MakeGamesMiami is an all inclusive effort for all groups pointed towards this goal and, is the spring-board for all things game in one place!

The current community groups involved with #MakeGamesMiami include: Florida Game Developers Association, International Game Developer Association, Miami Game Developers Meetup, Miami Game Meetup - MAD Games Mixer, Miami-Dade College, University of Miami, Florida International University.

What is Helm Systems?

Helm Systems is an interactive software & entertainment development studio located in Southeast Florida. Founded in 2005, they have been around long enough to be featured in mainstream online and printed press, receive award nominations, build proprietary technologies and apply their interactive software development skills in multiple industries. Their biggest passion is to bring their customers the most innovative, qualitative interactive entertainment, while utilizing the newest and most advanced technologies.

Why focus on gaming?

Gaming is one of StartUP FIU WEST KENDALL’s core pillars and important in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The gaming industry is increasingly gaining an integral position in our society, especially when combined with disruptive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. The gaming industry is an evolving industry that will continue to impact our lives and change the way in which we learn, interact and play together.

Working within the gaming industry encompasses game design, software development, amination, professional gaming, project management, business development and much more. The industry, therefore, demands a variety of individuals with different core skill sets and expertise.

Our goal at StartUP FIU WEST KENDALL is to give the South Florida community the knowledge and skills to enter the gaming industry.

What is StartUP FIU West Kendall?

StartUP FIU West Kendall is committed to the learning, developing and testing of emerging technologies. Open to the community; we host workshops, hold events and have co-working space free of charge. We aim to foster the tech community and create more opportunity within tech in Miami emphasizing our five pillars: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Gaming, Robotics, and Blockchain.

What are Emerging Technologies?

Glad you asked. Emerging Technologies are technologies that have perceived capability of substantially altering the business and social environment. According to the World Economic Forum, we are currently in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a “period of change driven by unprecedented technological development.” Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Autonomous Cars, Blockchain, 3D Printing and Biotechnology will have a significant impact on society as we know it.

Why West Kendall?

78% of West Kendall residents commute to work outside of the community. With a population of roughly 40,000 living in West Kendall, that’s around 31,000 people driving across Miami every day. We want to fix that problem by fostering an innovative tech community to eventually bring high-paying jobs back to West Kendall to make your commute a little more bearable.

Who is in our space?

We share our space with:
Alienware – a computer hardware company specializing in gaming
Topp Solutions – a certified repair facility servicing manufacturers, insurance providers and mobile network operators
Life Wallet – a provider a powerful solution to assess and monitor the health of their population.
Dell – a multinational computer technology company
You - Lastly we want YOU, the community to use our space and learn, grow and develop with us

Follow us at @StartUPFIU
Got any questions, concerns or fresh ideas? Email us at!! We would love to hear from you!

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14591 Southwest 120th Street

Miami, FL 33186

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