A collaboration between SoCoEco, UMass Dartmouth, and The Becker School of Design & Technology at Clark University as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at UMass Dartmouth.
Sponsored by the Charlton College of Business.
A collaborative conversation about the future of the Massachusetts Game economy and gametech ecosystem - its art, design, development, and programming
Hosted via Zoom
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00-7:30pm - Collaborative roundtable conversation
Krysten Lynch Callina, Mastermind Adventures: Krysten Callina, Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC, a talent management agency for professional game masters of tabletop role playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons). Krysten helps people find connection and community through games so they can embrace their creativity and individuality and have more fun. Her goal is to create the industry standard for professional game masters and to establish a vibrant, safe community of fans of role playing games. Examples of non-traditional game applications developed by Mastermind Adventures are Quest! Adventure Game for Social Skills Mastery to help kids improve their social emotional skills, and The Game of Influencers, a unique training program for businesses to learn about how to use influencers as part of a marketing strategy. Mastermind Adventures is currently developing programs that will serve as inroads for young people into the gaming industry - especially for kids in marginalized communities. Krysten is a serial entrepreneur, loves cooking, gardening, photography, interior decorating, nerd topics and whiskey.
Ryan Canuel, Founder Petricore: Ryan Canuel currently serves as CEO of Petricore, Inc., the company he co-founded in 2015 just before graduating from Becker College. Petricore develops digital games and software applications for worldwide clients in the digital
games, augmented reality, and advertising spaces. The company has released numerous games including, Mind the Arrow, Gelato Flicker, and Battery Boy. All have
earned various accolades, and share more than 750,000 downloads. Ryan was named 2015 entrepreneur of the year by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a 2018 40 under 40 by the Worcester Business Journal. Ryan also serves on the board of advisers for MassDiGI
Alan Ritacco, Alan Ritacco is the Associate VP for External Relations , and Senior Fellow for Electronic Arts, Computer Science and Esports at Clark University. Previously Alan served as the Dean of the Dean of School of Design and Technology, where he led the Game Design program to #2 Ranked in the world and created the 1st in the nation Esports Management degree program. Previously Alan led the statewide High Performance Computing and Research / Scientific teams for the UMASS system. Alan has a PhD in Computer Science from WPI.