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2017 IGDA Colorado Board of Directors Election

Posted By tristin hightower, Tuesday, January 24, 2017

There are 5 candidates running and the top 3 vote-getters will be elected to Board. Review each candidates' video statements.

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.


Please note that individuals with Student Memberships are not eligible to vote.

Election will close 30 January.

To vote: http://www.igda.org/surveys/?id=2017_CO_Election






Kit Burgess

Text transcription provided by Kit Burgess. (video)

Greetings! My name is Kit Burgess.

I have been serving the game development community here in Colorado for over seven years. I have a deep fondness for this community, and I’d like your help to continue supporting it.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the CGDA, IGDA Colorado, CiGDA, and other local groups. I plan to work with other leaders to unify this fractured community. Yes, I’d like to consolidate where possible, but not at the expense of any group’s independence. Special interest groups such as VR, Unity, and Indie development are already thriving without any oversight. Instead, I’ll work towards making IGDA Colorado a central hub where all community events can be posted and where resources and information about each of these local groups can be found.

The game industry in Colorado is growing faster than ever and that progress is shaped by our community leaders. So please cast your vote for one or more of the passionate, driven individuals on the ballot. My name is Kit, and I hope to see you at the next IGDA Colorado event.



Robby Dran

Text transcription provided by Robby Dran. (video)

Hi my name is Robby Dran. I’m a candidate for the Colorado IGDA and a longtime volunteer and member of the community.

As a candidate for the IGDA board, I strongly believe in engaging and empowering the Colorado game development community. Here are three things I plan on implementing:

  1. I have a strong relationship particularly IGDA headquarters, IGDA other chapter leaders, Colorado game developers outside the IGDA, and with my fellow candidates. I want to leverage these relationships to help bring a voice to Colorado and help us communicate as a community.
  2. I have a strong understanding of IGDA events, opportunities, and benefits. It is our goal as a board to utilize these benefits and opportunities for our members here in Colorado.
  3. Most importantly I want to be accessible to you. You can have my phone number or email anytime. I am 100% open to your feedback. Empowering Colorado game developers and helping bring together this powerful community while come before any personal goals.


Renee Nejo

Text transcription provided by Renee Nejo. (video)

"As a board member, how will you help ensure that members all over the state have a voice?"
This is really a question about accessibility, and those fixes need to start internally with the IGDA Colorado Chapters. Part of that is re-establishing an infrastructure for communication of members to reaches the leaders of their community and that won't funnel into private interests, monetization platforms, or other conflicts of interest. If the policy is always for inclusivity, we won't turn anyone away, student's or non-members. IGDA is intended to build a community to support local Devs, both working professionally and up-and-coming. If it turns out our community grows large enough, new branches can be established but only if our core is stable and structurally sound.

"As a board member, how will you help rebuild the IGDA's name in Colorado?"
First, IGDA has to own it's mistakes. I happen to believe we already are, or I wouldn't be running. Second, we can't take it as a threat or competition if people want to form sub-groups or smaller meet-ups. The IGDA should support these very legitimate communities as a larger part of the game development echo system here in Denver. If there's anything that I've heard consistently across the board about where people have been most unhappy with meet-ups in general are the nature of cliquey-ness that happens within them. I would like IGDA Colorado to be exceptional in this way. Third, we simply must have a policy of putting the interest of the devs first. If we adopt a policy that is always looking out for it's individuals, we can build a community they will want to be a part of. We can't change the name that IGDA Colorado has made for itself in recent years, without changing individual minds first. That is only done with action and consistency.

"It has been shared that the IGDA board needs to be accessible and willing to meet and build the community, often times in lieu of promoting their own products and agenda for the good of our community. Do you agree with this statement, and how do you see serving in this capacity?"
The IGDA Board should never use the IGDA's brand or platform to promote personal ventures. If the IGDA was successful in creating a community in the first place, than there would be successful gatherings and showcases where it's accessible to demo and talk about work. The Boards priority needs to remain in community building.



Benjamin Sloboda

Text transcription pending. (video)



Zhenghua Yang

Text transcription provided by Zhenghua Yang. (video)

Hey everyone my name is Zhenghua Yang also known as Z, and I'm the founder of Serenity Forge.

I've been an active IGDA member for over 5 years and I’ve been working constantly to help grow the game dev community here in Colorado. I started the Colorado game developers Slack channel earlier last year and since then we've grown the community to over 200 active members, connecting through new business, education, or simply just to chat.

I believe that this is only the beginning. As a candidate, I plan on improving IGDA Colorado into a hub of resources not only for professionals, but also the VR/AR enthusiasts and all the development hobbyists out there.I will begin by turning the IGDA Colorado website into a hub, an updated list of all companies, schools, events, and other opportunities around the state. This way with all the new resources, whether if you're a company looking for hires, student looking for educational programs, or an event organizer looking for exhibitors, you'll have direct access to the most up to date information to find new opportunities in the state.

Colorado is awesome and we have tons of potential to turn our state into the next big hub for the game industry. The tech and startup communities in our state had been growing like crazy for the past few years. I think given the support that it needs, the game dev industry in the state can really evolve into something amazing. Thank you everyone for your time and let's work together to create a new IGDA Colorado.

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