Pushbutton and GEEX partner to provide premier digital media summit and gaming expo

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Three-day Event to Focus on the Intersection of Creativity Technology

Grow Utah Ventures has announced the 2011 Pushbutton Digital Media Summit (www.pushbuttonsummit.com), a digital media event focused on the intersection of technology and creativity. 

The three day event will be held October 13-15, 2011 at the South Towne Expo Center and Jordan Commons in Sandy, UT.

PushButton 2011 is a digital media summit where leading game designers, mobile app developers, digital animators, business executives, entrepreneurs, students and private investors come together to shape where technology and creativity is heading. Industry experts will give a first hand view into the forces and technology that are driving the future of the digital media industry.

This year, the Summit has been combined with GEEX Gaming Electronics Expo presented by MediaOne of Utah.  This partnership brings a high-energy consumer expo to the event where attendees can explore innovative game consoles, mobile devices, computers systems and the games, applications, services, and the tools built for them. All PushButton Summit attendees will get unlimited access to the Expo.

The Summit will consist of presentations from a number of industry professionals and experts, including Jon Dean, Executive Producer of EA Salt Lake, Geremy Mustard, Technical Director of ChAIR Entertainment, Vernon Wilbert, Commercial Director of Digital Domain and others from Sony, VentureBlue and more.

Topics covered at Pushbutton will include:

  • Capitalizing on mobile technologies
  • The impact of social gaming
  • Digital media’s use of the cloud
  • The melding of analytics and creativity

Along with the Gaming Electronics Expo, PushButton attendees will also get free access to the opening reception and awards ceremony at The Leonardo, a new innovation, technology and arts center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  An award for “Digital Leadership” will be given out that night as well as an exploration of creativity and technology.  The reception begins at 6:00 pm MST on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and ends at 9:00 pm MST.

“The inaugural Pushbutton Summit last year was a tremendous success,” said T. Craig Bott, president and CEO of Grow Utah Ventures and organizer of the event.  “We know that the digital media industry is booming and will continue to grow.  We know from the feedback we received from last years event that people want and need an event like this where they can see what colleagues are working on, discuss the industry and trends with peers and network to find the people that can help mentor and advance the industry.”

Pushbutton will begin on Thursday, October 13, 2011 with the welcome reception and continue throughout the following day on October 14th at Jordan Commons.  The Gaming Electronics Expo will run all day October 14th through October 15th at the South Towne Expo Center.

“Utah is an emerging hotbed for digital media and entrepreneurs, and serves as the ideal location to host a conference on the future of digital media,” said Jon Dean, of EA Salt Lake.  “Utah has a great legacy in digital media, but now we want to look forward and that’s what this Summit is all about.”

For more information about Pushbutton 2011 visit www.PushButtonSummit.com.

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About Pushbutton Summit 2011 PushButton Summit 2011 is Utah’s premiere Digital Media Summit for digital animation, gaming, mobile distribution, web development, movies and entertainment. The purpose of this two-day event is to bring together world-class industry and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, students and community executives to discuss the latest in what’s pushing the creation and use of digital media. It is also to create awareness in Utah’s digital media and entertainment industry and allow local talent, business leaders, investors and others to share ideas and collaborate around this growing industry.

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