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Developer Day

October 19, 2017

Developer Day

About

Join us at the first ever Developer Day at TwitchCon! A day dedicated to helping game creators and stream-tool developers build their businesses in one of the largest and most engaged communities in the world.

  • LOOK under the hood at the new Twitch API
  • HEAR from game developers about best practices in building engaged communities
  • FIND out what drives your players; who they’re watching, and what brings them back
  • REACH a greater audience beyond the community that already embraces your game
  • DISCOVER new ways to deliver unique player and viewer experiences throughout the game lifecycle by using solutions from Twitch and Amazon Game Services

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to amp up your game!

Schedule Overview

  • Registration

    • 1 HR
  • Opening Keynote

    Developers and Twitch: Building Our Shared Community

    Twitch executives share their vision for a thriving developer ecosystem

    • Emmet Shear

      CEO

      Twitch

    • Ethan Evans

      VP Commerce and Devs

      Twitch

    • Kathy Astromoff

      VP Developer Platform

      Twitch

    • 1 HR
  • Lunch

    • 30 MIN
  • Sessions: Amazon Game Services, Ecosystem Developers, and Game Developers

    • 4 HRS
  • Cocktail Reception

    • 1 HR

Sessions

Technical Track
Room: Pike
  • Engaging Twitch Streamers, Viewers, and Players with Metastream

    Learn how to give streamers the ability to create custom overlays that highlight real-time stats from your games using Lumberyard and Metastream.

    Speakers:
    Ross Gardner

    Software Development Manager

    Amazon Game Studios

    Suhaib Sarmad

    Software Development Engineer

    Amazon Game Studios

    • 1:00 PM
    • 45 MIN
  • Under the Hood of the New Twitch API

    The road to a better API for Twitch developers: learn about our API Gateway technology, how it works, and why we built it this way.

    Speakers:
    JN Vollmer

    Engineering Manager for API Infrastructure

    Twitch

    Jos Kraaijeveld

    Engineering Manager for API Product

    Twitch

    • 1:45 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Getting Hooked on Twitch’s Webhooks

    Discover the value of webhooks and how to integrate them into your products.

    Speakers:
    Jordan Potter

    Senior Software Engineer

    Twitch

    • 2:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Extensions 101: Building Interactive Experiences

    Learn about Twitch Extensions and how to build one to create a more interactive experience for your community.

    Speakers:
    Pat Sanchez

    Engineering Manager of Extensions

    Twitch

    Greg Humphreys

    Technical Lead of Extensions

    Twitch

    • 3:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Enable Drops to Increase Your Game’s Engagement

    Discover how Drops can increase engagement and bring back lapsed players through this technical implementation session.

    Speakers:
    Travis Brown

    Lead Integration Success Engineer

    Twitch

    • 30 MIN
  • Using Twitch Commerce to Sell Your Game and Items

    Take a deeper dive into the technical details of using Twitch Commerce to sell your games and items on Twitch. What are the options and tradeoffs? What code do you need to write? Come on in! The water's fine.

    Speakers:
    Jon Pulsipher

    Integration Success Engineer

    Twitch

    • 4:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Twitch Extensions with Deep Game Integrations

    A demo of how game developers can leverage Twitch Extensions to create engaging experiences between streamers and players.

    Speakers:
    Shuichi Sekino

    Product Manager

    Amazon Game Studios

    • 4:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
Building Streamer Tools Track
Room: Broadlind
  • The Future of the Developer Ecosystem on Twitch

    Get a first look at the tools Twitch will ship to fuel the developer ecosystem.

    Speakers:
    Ivan Santana

    Senior Director of Product Management

    Twitch

    • 1:00 PM
    • 45 MIN
  • Best Practices for Building Extensions

    Explore design and implementation best practices for building extensions that users will love in this non-technical product talk

    Speakers:
    Ryan Lubinski

    Product Manager of Extensions

    Twitch

    • 1:45 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Building a Business on Twitch Extensions

    Learn how you can monetize your business leveraging the power of Twitch Extensions.

    Speakers:
    Rita Sachdev

    Product Manager of Monetization

    Twitch

    • 2:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Using Twitch Data to Improve Your Solution

    Learn about the APIs that provide data about Twitch’s content and social graph, as well as how you can leverage this information to help streamers succeed on Twitch.

    Speakers:
    Ivana Savic

    Senior Product Manager of Applied Machine Learning

    Twitch

    Olivia Grace

    Product Manager of Social

    Twitch

    • 3:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • How to Benefit from Building Extensions on AWS

    Join to learn best practices for building extensions on AWS and understand the benefits AWS can provide for scaling to meet user demand.

    Speakers:
    Emily Rose

    Developer Advocate

    Twitch

    Rob Schoeppe

    Head of Worldwide Business Development of Games

    Amazon Web Services

    • 3:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Building Apps that Streamers Want

    Get insights into what Twitch streamers have to say about Twitch-integrated solutions from the developer community, what’s most valuable, and what they’re excited about in the future.

    Speakers:
    Cheri Saito

    Sr. Product Marketing Manager of Developers

    Twitch

    Capn_flint

    Sevadus

    tehMorag

    • 4:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

    Meet Twitch’s product management team and get your questions answered.

    Speakers:
    JT Gleason

    Director of Integration and Developer Success

    Twitch

    Andrew Foster

    Product Manager of Game Solutions

    Twitch

    Mikey Chang

    Senior Product Manager of Identity

    Twitch

    Ryan Lubinski

    Product Manager of Extensions

    Twitch

    Rita Sachdev

    Product Manager of Monetization

    Twitch

    Jung Suh

    Head of Product of Commerce Store

    Twitch

    Ivan Santana

    Senior Director of Product Management

    Twitch

    • 4:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
Games on Twitch Track
Room: Bixby
  • Exploring the Intersection of Viewing and Playing

    Learn about interactive viewing on Twitch, how it benefits game developers, and ways you can encourage interactive viewing with your game.

    Speakers:
    Andrew Foster

    Product Manager of Game Solutions

    Twitch

    • 1:00 PM
    • 45 MIN
  • What Great Twitch Integrations Look Like

    A showcase and analysis of some of the best Twitch integrations from the last year, with emphasis on what makes them effective and what other developers can learn.

    Speakers:
    Shaun McInnis

    Strategic Partnerships Manager

    Twitch

    • 1:45 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Why Game Developers Care About Twitch

    Learn what popularity on Twitch can do for sales and retention of your game and how developers are fostering active communities. Featuring a case study on PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS.

    Speakers:
    Brendan Rocks

    Data Scientist of Developers

    Twitch

    Ian Murray

    Lead Data Scientist of Community, Social, and Discovery

    Twitch

    • 2:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Building a Community on Twitch While Building Your Game

    Explore the benefits of creating games on Twitch and how to work with streamers to build your community

    Speakers:
    Jason Maestas

    Senior Director of Partnerships

    Twitch

    Zeke Sparkes

    Executive Producer

    Blue Mammoth Games

    Pokket

    • 3:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Using Twitch to Differentiate Your Game with Streamers

    Every successful streamer is an entrepreneur looking for the best content to build their business on. Learn how to leverage Twitch to add your game to their library.

    Speakers:
    Stephen Wang

    Director of Game Solutions

    Twitch

    • 3:30 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Use Twitch Commerce and Twitch Prime to Fuel Your Community

    Get the latest on how Twitch Commerce and Twitch Prime can help you grow and engage your community on Twitch.

    Speakers:
    Jung Suh

    Head of Product of Commerce Store

    Twitch

    Lenny Simon

    Senior Director of Business Development

    Twitch

    • 4:00 PM
    • 30 MIN
  • Mods and UGC in Games

    Learn about Mods and UGC in games which help increase the engagement and longevity of titles.

    Speakers:
    Tim Aldridge

    Director of Mods

    Twitch

    • 4:30 PM
    • 30 MIN

Keynote Speakers

Emmett Shear

Emmett Shear

Emmett is the founder and CEO of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers and creators. Emmett is also a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises fledgling startups on product and strategy. Prior to launching Twitch in 2011, he co-founded its Justin.tv predecessor in 2007. Emmett graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in computer science and in 2012 was included in Forbes Magazine’s annual 30 under 30 list.

Kathy Astromoff

Kathy Astromoff

Kathy is VP of Developer Success at Twitch. She has extensive experience in game developer relations and B2B marketing, including stints at SEGA, AGEIA, and GDC parent UBM. Kathy has contributed to the IGDA in various roles, including Foundation trustee, board chair, and women's SIG contributor. She follows Cal football through thin and thin, and her favorite scotch is not too peaty.

Ethan Evans

Ethan Evans

Ethan is the SVP of Twitch Commerce and Developer Success where he oversees all commerce activities including Twitch Prime, Cheering & Bits, and Subscriptions, as well as technical integration with Game Developers. Prior to Twitch, Ethan served as the Vice President of the Amazon App Store. Ethan also led Amazon’s first game studio, formed by the acquisition of Reflexive Entertainment. Ethan holds a MSEE in Robotics from Purdue University and a BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Session Speakers

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster is a Product Manager at Twitch where he builds the platform for interactive tools and features that enhance the content viewing experience on the site. Prior to Twitch, Andrew served as a Product Manager at Amazon and before that, a Financial Auditor at Liberty Mutual Group. Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business and a BS from Northern Michigan University.

Brendan Rocks

Brendan Rocks

Brendan is developer success' data scientist, helping product teams understand what their users are doing, and the relationship between watching, playing, and buying games. Prior to Twitch, Brendan was Head of Data Science at Satmetrix. In his spare time he enjoys cats, books, and being terrible at CS:GO.

Chris Gamble

Chris Gamble

Chris Gamble is the tech lead for the Helix team at Twitch. In his 4 years at Twitch, he's worked on projects such as the Xbox One App and Two-Factor Authentication and founded the API team in 2016. When he's not emulating Atlas, Gamble enjoys playing PUBG with friends, making his own indie games, traveling the world and hopefully one-day going scuba diving again.

Emily Rose

Emily Rose

Emily Rose is a transhumanist with a passion for unusual and emerging technologies. They are currently experimenting with ambient intelligence, adaptive automation, and evolving interfaces. Emily is a world-class speaker who has brought humor and enlightenment to audiences across the globe. Content creator, co-host of San Francisco's premier waffle-based tech meet-up, and one of the most interesting individuals in the known universe, Emily is an unnatural force of pure, unbridled creativity and charm.

Greg Humphreys

Greg Humphreys

Greg is the technical lead of the Twitch Extensions team. He is a former professor of Computer Science at UVA, and still resides in Charlottesville, VA. Greg earned his Ph.D. at Stanford in 2002, and received an Academy Award in 2014 for his transformative work in photorealistic CGI.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray

Ian Murray leads the data science team for Community, Social, and Discovery features at Twitch. During his time at Twitch, he’s worked on the development of Friends, Pulse, AutoMod, and Twitch Desktop. Outside of work, Ian plays and coaches teams in Overwatch, grinds the PUBG leaderboards, and is an avid cyclist.

Ivan Santana

Ivan Santana

Ivan Santana leads the Developer Success product team at Twitch. Before joining Twitch, he led various product teams at Twitter. While there, he shipped the ads products for Twitter's Live Video streaming partnerships. Before joining Twitter, he worked in product at Hipmunk, Zynga Poker and Mint Bills. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Ivana Savic

Ivana Savic

Ivana Savic is the Senior Product Manager for the Applied Machine Learning group at Twitch, where she translates machine learning and computer vision technology into products users love. Prior to Twitch, Ivana was a Director of Product Management at ClipMine, an AI startup in the video indexing space. Ivana's background is in user research and experience design and she hold an MFA degree in Design from the University of Minnesota.

Jon Pulsipher

Jon Pulsipher

Jon Pulsipher is an Integration Success Engineer at Twitch where he helps developers integrate Twitch APIs and services into games. Prior to Twitch, Jon worked with developers and online services as Lead Solution Architect of Appstore Games at Amazon and Sr Program Manager on the Xbox Platform and XDK team at Microsoft.

Jordan Potter

Jordan Potter

Jordan Potter is a Senior Software Engineer at Twitch building their API platform. Prior to Twitch, Jordan built insurance technology in Africa and founded Koality, a software testing platform that was acquired by Docker in 2014. Jordan holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

JN Vollmer

JN Vollmer

Jean-Nicolas 'JN' Vollmer is an Engineering Manager at Twitch, where he oversees a team of Software Engineers building the Twitch API Platform and Infrastructure. Prior to Twitch, Jean-Nicolas was an Engineering Manager and Group Tech Lead at Ooyala, a white-label video platform company. He was also the second engineer at HookLogic, an NYC adtech startup acquired by Criteo in 2016. Jean-Nicolas holds an MS in Computer Science from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France. When not in front of his computer, he's usually trail running, hiking or climbing somewhere in the mountains.

JT Gleason

JT Gleason

JT Gleason is the Director of Integration and Developer Success at Twitch. He has been writing software and managing software engineering for 20 years. He started at Twitch in 2011 soon after its official launch as one of the company’s first full time Engineers focused only on the Twitch platform. He helped Twitch integrate with key partners such as ESL, Valve, Blizzard, and many others. He leads the Integration Engineering team for Twitch's Developer Success division, helping developers use the tools that the Twitch platform provides. JT Gleason lives in San Francisco, California.

Lenny Simon

Lenny Simon

Lenny is Senior Director of Business Development at Twitch. A native New Yorker, Lenny has been in the games industry since he got out of corporate law over a decade ago. He has worked on the developer, publisher, and platform sides of the business with a focus on delivering content portfolios to launch new platforms. He has a history of building relationships across the industry and negotiating complex deals intended to highlight the unique talents of game developers alongside the new technologies they breathe life into. He has worked at Xbox, Harmonix, Amazon, and Twitch. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, two kids, and the Luna dog.

Mikey Chang

Mikey Chang

Mikey Chang is the Senior Product Manager for the Twitch Identity team, a Developer Success team that spans Twitch connections and logins, user personalization, and player insights. Prior to Twitch, Mikey has worked in product for EA, Google, Zuora, and GoPro. He enjoys trying new foods, is addicted to coffee and Marvel Puzzle Quest, and loves spending time with his wife and 3 kids.

Olivia Grace

Olivia Grace

Olivia Grace is a Product Manager at Twitch, and owns Friends and Presence, Events, Whispers and other Social and Discovery features. Before moving to Twitch as part of the Curse acquisition, Olivia was a Product Manager on the Blizzard Esports team, a Product Manager on a TenCent gaming website platform, and a video and written content creator for various gaming sites and channels. Before moving into gaming, she was the Director of an International Asset Management firm in Private Equity Real Estate.

Pat Sanchez

Pat Sanchez

Pat Sanchez is the Engineering Manager for Extensions at Twitch where he oversees a team of Full Stack Software Engineers. Prior to Twitch, Pat was the Product Manager at Second Street. Pat holds a BA in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis with the original intention of becoming a lawyer. Outside of the office, Pat spends most of his time theorycrafting new builds in Path of Exile.

Rita Sachdev

Rita Sachdev

Rita Sachdev is the Product Manager for Monetization at Twitch, helping developers and content creators create sustainable businesses on Twitch while providing a rich, interactive content experience to their viewers. Prior to Twitch, Rita worked at BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch rolling out new financial products and solutions globally. Outside of work, Rita enjoys traveling, mentoring young kids, and summiting new peaks.

Rob Schoeppe

Rob Schoeppe

Rob is a game industry veteran with 17+ years of gaming experience. Rob joined Amazon Web Services in 2016 as Head, WW Business Development, Games leading market development efforts within the gaming industry and finding new and unique ways to leverage the power of the cloud. Prior to AWS Rob has held multiple executive positions within the gaming industry including being a founding member of the Namco Bandai Games mobile division in from 2004 - 2011 holding multiple roles including global ownership of global product development and later licensing and acquisitions credited in 25+ mobile titles. In 2011 Rob left Namco and joined Sony mobile where he was Director of Content Business Development owning the mobile gaming and content strategy for Sony across multiple platforms.

Ross Gardner

Ross Gardner

Ross Gardner is a longtime game industry veteran working on titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He joined Amazon’s Lumberyard team early in 2016 and has since been working on Script Canvas, Audio, Physics, Networking, and Twitch.

Ryan Lubinski

Ryan Lubinski

Ryan Lubinski is the Product Manager for Twitch Extensions, a platform for interactive tools and features that enhance the content viewing experience on the site. Prior to Twitch, Ryan was the Director of Product Strategy at SEGA Networks, SEGA's mobile game division, and Senior Market Analyst at IDG Consulting, a gaming-specialized consulting firm.

Travis Brown

Travis Brown

Travis Brown is a Lead Integration Success Engineer on the Developer Success team. He wrote his first game, a text-based adventure, at age 12 and he's been a developer ever since. Before coming to Twitch, he worked at Intel as a Lead Engineer, and Amazon Web Services as a Solutions Architect specializing in Security and Gaming. Since joining Twitch, he's been able to help dozens of game developers use Twitch to make their games more enjoyable and their players more connected. Travis lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two cats, and when he's not playing video games, he's restoring arcade games and volunteering time and expertise as the Technical Director of the Video Game History Foundation.

Shaun McInnis

Shaun McInnis

Shaun McInnis is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at Twitch, helping top publishers and developers make the best use of Twitch’s platform integration products. Prior to Twitch, Shaun worked with indie game developers at Amazon AppStore and spent several years writing for GameSpot. His hobbies include running, reading, and explaining the relative strengths and weaknesses of all three Dark Souls games. You can follow him on Twitter at @smcinnis, but you should probably know in advance it’s mostly just pictures of his cats.

Shuichi Sekino

Shuichi Sekino

Shuichi Sekino is a product manager at Amazon Game Studios. Prior to Amazon, Shuichi was a product manager with Origin, EA’s PC digital distribution platform, where he worked on building an in-game commerce solution, and EA’s PC gaming subscription, Origin Access. He holds a BS in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen Wang

Stephen Wang

Stephen Wang is a game industry veteran with over 17 years of experience building online experiences at Sony, Activision, and Amazon. He is currently the Director of Game Developer Solutions at Twitch where he works to open the power of Twitch for game developers one endpoint at a time.

Suhaib Sarmad

Suhaib Sarmad

Suhaib Sarmad is a graduate from Imperial College London and an engineer working on Lumberyard at Amazon Game Studios. He has a passion for gameplay and interaction and is one of the engineers behind the Twitch Metastream and ChatPlay features. More recently, he has been enjoying working on Lumberyard’s powerful new visual scripting solution, Script Canvas.

Tim Aldridge

Tim Aldridge

Tim Aldridge is the Director of Game Mods at Twitch, where he is responsible for the game mod platform, CurseForge. Before coming to Twitch, he was the Director of Web for the Curse App and the Engineering Manager for Gamepedia at Curse.

Travis Brown

Travis Brown

Travis Brown is a Lead Integration Success Engineer on the Developer Success team. He wrote his first game, a text-based adventure, at age 12 and he's been a developer ever since. Before coming to Twitch, he worked at Intel as a Lead Engineer, and Amazon Web Services as a Solutions Architect specializing in Security and Gaming. Since joining Twitch, he's been able to help dozens of game developers use Twitch to make their games more enjoyable and their players more connected. Travis lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two cats, and when he's not playing video games, he's restoring arcade games and volunteering time and expertise as the Technical Director of the Video Game History Foundation.

Zeke Sparkes

Zeke Sparkes

Zeke is best known as the Lead Designer on the MMO Neverwinter, but has been a design lead on several other hit MMOs including Star Trek Online, City of Villains, and Champions Online. Zeke got his start working on the RPG Deadlands. Predictably, he also plays fiddle and banjo.

Jung Suh

Jung Suh

Jung came to Twitch with over 20 years of gaming experience having worked for companies like Activision, Disney Online, EA, and starting GameFly.com - the leading video game rental service.

 

Registration

Tickets for Developer Day also include a three-day pass to TwitchCon. It’s a great way for developers to get more from the overall TwitchCon experience! If you DO NOT pick up your tickets to TwitchCon at Developer Day, you will have to purchase new tickets at the door. 

Registration for this event has now closed. Thank you for your interest!

FAQ

Do I need to be a game developer or programmer to get into Developer Day  at TwitchCon?

Not necessarily. Attendees involved are developers and programmers who’d like to build their businesses with Twitch, including developers working on streaming-tools.

What if I have already purchased my ticket to TwitchCon?

You can still request a ticket to Dev Day. If you receive a ticket, this will be added to your overall pass.

I cannot attend, are there ways for me to participate in other ways?

Portions of Developer Day will be live streamed on our TwitchDev channel. The sessions we can’t stream live, we will post as VOD. You can also Sign Up for the Twitch Developers newsletter for updates where we will showcase a range of solutions to help you make innovative and shareable content.

When will the Sessions be announced?

Since this is our first Developer Day at TwitchCon, we’re hand-crafting the finest content as we speak. Be sure to follow @TwitchDev on Twitter and Sign Up for the Twitch Developers newsletter for updates. When its ready, we'll post it here.