Kurt is the founder and CEO of Mokuni LLC. Mokuni is a New York based gaming company producing video games and also utilizing VR/AR. Their game “Kitty in the Box” has been featured on major platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and Microsoft Store, and has tens of millions of downloads. Kurt is a strong believer in using games for social change, he has been constantly exploring on using gamification for neuro-rehabilitation. Kurt holds a MFA in Computer Art degree from the School of Visual Arts. Prior to founding Mokuni, he has worked professionally in Shanghai.
Amara is a Developer Advocate with IBM. Before her step into developer relations, she was an enterprise web application developer focusing on line of business applications and assisting developers across various teams on implementing proprietary and open source solutions. She’s passionate about UX, technical communities (both online and offline) and excited to see where advances in AI take us. In her spare time she experiments in the kitchen and plays console video games.
Kati Nawrocki is an award-winning multi-disciplinary creative based in New York City. Originally from Germany, she came to the United States to study drawing at Pratt Institute.As creative lead at Brooklyn based Computerlunch Games, she worked on titles including MamaHawk and SwingStar VR. Kati is also Global Creative Director at The Economist Media Businesses, a founding member of Studio 1482, and a contributor to the drawing tutorial One Drawing A Day (Quarry Books). When she has time, Kati contributes to her drawing tumblr, Big City Tales, and seeks out unusual licorice candies from around the world.
Luke Schantz is a multi-disciplinary creative and technical professional at IBM who works to bridge the gap between enterprise innovation, startups and reality. Through partnerships and authentic community building, he facilitates scalable solutions and healthy ecosystems. He is passionate about his work and strives to provide value through every interaction. In addition to his professional work, Luke is active in a variety of social impact, educational, maker and creative engineering endeavors. Notably, Luke spent 5 years working with the Blue Man Group and his creative work with them has been seen by millions of people worldwide. He has also taught courses in multi-media programing, 3D design, animation, 3D Printing and electronics and has given guest lectures at NYU, , The New School and Temple University. He and his wife were the first couple ever 3D laser scanned on their wedding day. He also makes robots.