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Kaitlyn Jones

Kaitlyn Jones

Kaitlyn Jones is a Program Manager on Xbox’s Gaming Accessibility Team at Microsoft, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, an Director of Clinical Outreach for the accessible gaming non-profit organization Warfighter Engaged. Her primary roles at Microsoft include driving accessibility initiatives across Xbox hardware and platform programs and creating accessibility resources for game developers including the award-winning Microsoft Gaming Fundamentals Training and recent updates to the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines. Kaitlyn is a life-long gamer and passionate advocate for the creation of accessible solutions within all mainstream technologies.

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.