Special Spring Event for the West Virginia Cybersecurity and Game Developers Expo on April 16th, 2021.1

Huntington, W.Va. – The West Virginia Game Developer Expo and West Virginia Cybersecurity Expo will host a joint special virtual event Friday, April 16 

Professionals and students from the fields of game development, mobile app developmentand network cybersecurity will convene on April 16th for learning, hands-on demonstrations, showcases, and networking. This special spring expo will be virtual this year, catering to people from across the country.

Registration for the expo is currently open and free, with details found online at www.wvsgde.comEmails will be sent out to all registered attendees with instruction on watching the sessions Thursday evening. Sessions will start Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone). A schedule of sessions will be available at www.twitter.com/wvgde. 


Multiple keynote addresses will be given for the different disciplines.

    • 9:30 a.m. | Ira Winkler –Ira Winkler is the CISO for Skyline Technology Systems and author of You Can Stop Stupid. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. Ira will be talking about the cybersecurity field and how to protect yourself and your company.
    • 12:30 p.m. | Christian Allen – Christian is an evangelist for Epic Games, as well as an experienced and BAFTA award-winning AAA game designer and creative director. Christian will talk about how to get into game development and how Epic’s Unreal Engine can accelerate that process.

More information about the speakers can be found here: www.wvsgde.com/speakers2021spring

This is the first year we have added on a spring expo. Our goal with this spring expo is to educate potential students where to start when it comes to game/mobile app development and cybersecurity, but also have speakers versatile enough to appeal to professionals as well,” said Patrick SmithAssociate Professor and Expo organizer. Both of these fields have abundant job opportunities. Plus, the pandemic showed us that cybersecurity and software development continued, even while working remotely. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the job outlook for Information Security Analysts will grow by 31% in the next ten years, and for software developers, an estimated 22% growth. Many of those jobs will be right here in West Virginia or can be done from West Virginia.” 

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