Next up in our ongoing speaker highlights is Rebecca Fernandez, from Australia. Rebecca and a group of friends set up her own company, and she’ll be talking about that process in a session titled “Starting and running a company, from a programmer’s perspective.”

Almost two years ago now, my friends and I decided to start our own company and make video games. As a group of programmers, we had no idea how to run a business – none of that was covered in any of our university degrees or previous game development experience. We’ve had to teach ourselves, and we’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way!
I’d like to share some of what we’ve learned so far. I’d like to talk about business plans, financing, available opportunities and just general hints and tips. If you’re just starting out and want to learn more about setting up your studio, then this talk is for you!

Here’s Rebecca’s bio:

Rebecca Fernandez is the CMO of Convict Interactive, an independent game development studio based in Wollongong, NSW. She has a Masters degree in Computer Science, currently teaches programming at the University of Wollongong and is heavily involved with the IGDA Sydney. Though her background is mostly in programming, as an indie Rebecca has had to wear many hats and has taken on the role of marketing and PR for Convict Interactive. They are currently working on their first PC release, Triangle Man.

We’re also posting this speaker highlight on Rebecca’s birthday, so from all of us at AltDevConf, “Happy birthday Bec!”.

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Rebecca’s session is just one part of what’s promising to be an excellent event. You can learn more at the conference mini-site, and we really hope that you will join us November 10th and 11th to learn more from these excellent speakers.