Prof. Emma Westecott
OCAD University, Toronto
Emma is Assistant Professor in Game Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University in Toronto, Canada (http://www.ocad.ca). She has worked in the game industry for over 17 years: in development, research and the academy. She achieved international recognition for working closely with Douglas Adams as producer for the best-selling CD-ROM Adventure Game, Starship Titanic (1998, Simon & Schuster). Since then, Emma has built up a worldwide reputation for developing original as well as popular game projects.
Emma has been invited to present her work at many prestigious venues including BAFTA, the Tate, the Banff Centre and DIGRA (http://www.digra.org). Between 2001-4, Emma directed the zerogame studio for The Interactive Institute (http://www.tii.se) in Sweden, where an impressive body of applied research was created under her leadership. More recently she has been Games Research Fellow at NSAMD, UWN where she ran both Synergy (http://synergy.newport.ac.uk) and organized 2007’s Women in Games conference (http://www.womeningames.com).