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Tuesday, August 4 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Fast Forward Africa - A Digital Movement moderated by Thorsten S. Wiedemann, Founder and Artistic Director of A MAZE.

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This panel is brought to you by A MAZE. and will give an overview about the fast growing game developer scene and starting game industry in Africa. Not many people know that there are more and more talented and creative game developer having their studios in Nigeria, Uganda, Togo, Senegal and South Africa. It is a very moving time when innovation labs are popping up, coding and digital art schools are opening doors and universities adding game design courses to their existing interactive design program. Goethe-Institut will bring 15 protagonists of the african digital movement to Cologne. We've taken the chance to invite five of them to the panel in order to get some insights of structure, present status and the future goals. 

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Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Founder and Director, A MAZE. GmbH
is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he created two annual international festivals to present independent games culture and playful media. He generates new controversial formats (e.g. A MAZE. Magazine, A MAZE. Pop-ups) and... Read More →

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Adebayo Adegbembo

Chief Executive Officer, Genii Games
Adebayo Adegbembo is the founder of Genii Games Limited, a company based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the lead programmer and 2D animator for the company’s Asa brand; a range of interactive mobile apps and videos driven towards promoting and preserving indigenous African Cultures among kids using a combination of games, voice, sounds, graphics and text. Adebayo, a self-acclaimed African Cultural Evangelist consistently works to promote and... Read More →
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Kaggia Andrew

Senior Game Developer, BLCK Division
Black Division Games seeks to establish itself as an authoritative game development company in Africa through developing high quality, culturally relevant and uniquely engaging products. Our first title, Nairobi-X, is Kenya's first multi-platform 3D first person shooter experience. Now available on PC and Android platforms, Nairobi-X can be downloaded for free at and Google play. Making awesome games is our passion... Read More →
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Binta Coudy

Co-founder, Jjiguène Tech Hub
Coudy is a computer science engineer, co-founder of the hub and a technology lover. Based in Dakar, Senegal, she’s determined with Jjiguene Tech Hub to increase the number of women in tech so as to reduce the gender gap. Coudy has a special interest on the usage of technology for small businesses and is involved as a volunteer in any initiative aimed at raising the level of Technology in West Africa. 
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Nick Hall

Chairperson, MakeGames SouthAfrica
Nicholas Hall is the chairperson of Make Games South Africa, an industry body that strives to develop and grow the game development industry in South Africa. Make Games hopes to make contact with other industry stakeholders who would be interested in partnering with Make Games and its many development programs. Make Games wants to promote South Africa as a destination for outsourced game development work and showcase their locally produced... Read More →
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Bayo Puddicombe

Chief Executive Officer, Chop up
I run a mobile gaming company. At ChopUp, we develop entertainment content primarily for an African audience. Mobile is the most pervasive tech media in Africa and games are quite popular. However, culturally relevant game content is in short supply. Our objective is to create game-based experiences that are relatable for our target audience. We truly believe that games are a powerful means of interactive communication and we are exploring... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Respawn Stage 2

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