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Gabi Michel

Gabi Michel

Gabi Michel is the Director of Accessible Accessories and a hardware development program manager in Microsoft Devices. She has spent the last 9 years leading the development of a wide variety of devices from Xbox Controllers to a Surface laptop. Her most prominent products are the Xbox Adaptive Controller and the new Microsoft Adaptive Accessories. Gabi has become a strong advocate for bringing accessibility to mainstream consumer electronics and embracing inclusive design in all things. Gabi is also an avid gamer and has been gaming since she was very young.

Xalavier Nelson Jr.

Xalavier Nelson Jr.

Xalavier Nelson Jr. is a BAFTA-nominated studio head, narrative director, and writer, with dozens of titles under his belt including Reigns: Beyond, Hypnospace Outlaw, An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs, Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator, and El Paso, Elsewhere. He also makes strides in a burgeoning storytelling career outside of games, with releases such as the cult hit comic Sherlock Holmes Hunts the Moth Man.

Meghna Jayanth

Meghna Jayanth

Meghna Jayanth is an award-winning narrative designer, writer and speaker. Her work is focused on subverting the capitalist-colonialist fantasies, pleasures and designs that dominate the imaginaries of video games. Her work includes anti-colonial adventure 80 Days, Sable, Horizon: Zero Dawn, This War of Mine and Sunless Sea. Her latest announced title is Thirsty Suitors, a fantastical game of battling your exes, disappointing your parents and finding yourself, with Outerloop Games.

Holly Nielsen

Holly Nielsen

Holly Nielsen is a historian, writer, and narrative designer based in London. She is currently completing her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis is titled 'British Board Games and the Ludic Imagination, c.1860-1960'. Alongside her academic work Holly does writing and narrative design for video games. Before pivoting to academia and games, Holly was a journalist and arts critic, with bylines including The Guardian, The New Statesman, and Vice, among others.