Alice Taylor Confirmed for NEoN Digital Arts Festival‘09

Dundee Tuesday 6th October– NeoN Digital Arts Festival, the newest calendar event for the digital media industry has today unveiled the latest addition to its diverse event schedule, which will take place across the city of Dundee Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November.

Commissioning Editor, Education for Channel 4 and iconic figure in the games industry Alice Taylor has been confirmed to deliver a speaker session at the festival. Alice is also the founder and editor of the popular Wonderland gaming blog as well as being named as one of the game industry’s 100 most influential women by Next Generation Magazine in 2006. Alice was also a member of the first UK Quake team in 1997, leading to her prominence in the video game industry.

Alice joins a jam-packed roster of speakers that includes Pixar character designer Bud Luckey, academic manager for Microsoft Andy Sithers, Dave Jones of Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds, Simon Parsons of the BBC and many more.

Project manager for NEoN Donna Fordyce welcomed Alice into the event line-up:“Alice has been a highly influential figure within the games and wider digital media industry for years, so naturally we are very pleased to have her on board. I am positive that digital media professionals and academics will learn a lot from what Alice has to say as she is always ahead of the curve in terms of spotting innovation and underlining emerging issues that come out of the sector.”

Tickets for NEoN Digital Arts Festival are available now from the official event website at http://www.northeastofnorth.com and additional, up-to-date information can be found on the official festival Twitter feed at weareneon.

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For more information on NEoN Digital arts Festival, please contact:

Donna Fordyce

Project Manager - Industries

Scottish Enterprise

Enterprise House

3 Greenmarket

Dundee DD1 4QB

T:01382 305585

F:01382 201319

E: donna.fordyce@scotent.co.uk

W: www.scottish-enterprise.com

Dave Cook

Managing Director

Ink Media

m: 07525-358-281

w: www.ink-media.co.uk

twitter: davescook

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