The
Future of
Entertainment

For the second time in a row, UNWRAP. brings together the entertainment industry to explore the future of games, music, film, media and -moreover- the untapped potential of their crossovers. 
A two-day festival with speakers from various backgrounds painting their picture for the future of entertainment.

Tracks

Conference Be amazed and inspired by international speakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry: intimate sessions or keynotes? You choose. 

Career Fair A dating place for highly skilled talent and companies on the lookout for employees & interns.

Investor Track A curated selection of startups pitch to a select group of investors and industry captains.

Festival Play games, have a beer, enjoy music performances, discover the craziest projects and most inspiring entrepreneurs out there.

HIghlights
& FIRST SPEAKERS

Tracks

Conference Be amazed and inspired by international speakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry: intimate sessions or keynotes? You choose. 

Career Fair A dating place for highly skilled talent and companies on the lookout for employees & interns.

Investor Track A curated selection of startups pitch to a select group of investors and industry captains.

Festival Play games, have a beer, enjoy music performances, discover the craziest projects and most inspiring entrepreneurs out there.

HIghlights
& FIRST SPEAKERS

Rami Ismail

Rami Ismail is a Dutch-Egyptian industry ambassador & independent games developer with over 20 titles across PC, console, web, and mobile. His development of tools like the industry-standard dopresskit.com, his prolific & popular public speaking, and highly-regarded consultancy and insights have helped shape industry opportunities for game communities & independent game developers of any kind, in any situation, and anywhere.

Thursday 13.10

Nicolas Vereecke

Investor at Bitcraft Ventures & host of the Metacast

Nico is an Investor at BITKRAFT Ventures, where he works with founders at the intersection of Blockchain and Gaming. Deeply curious about how new technologies can help build great games, he founded the Future of Gaming, a DAO that explores just that. He also hosts the Metacast - a podcast exploring how emerging technologies will impact the games of tomorrow.

Thrusday 13.10

Laura Nys

Google Industry Manager Gaming & Apps, Northern Europe

Laura joined Google 7 years ago to partner with the largest Belgian advertisers across industries like travel and retail. Equipped with a solid understanding of data-driven marketing, she dove into the world of mobile gaming in 2019 and never looked back!

Thursday 13.10

Sandra Smedegaard Mondahl

Studio Manager IO Interactive

As Studio Manager of IO Interactive in Sweden I’m passionate about team, project, and personal growth in our global teams. I’ve worked with teams such as Tom Clancy’s The Division 1 & 2, The Avatar Project, The Hitman Trilogy, Project 007, and multiple technologies to support these amazing IP’s.

Thursday 13.10

Dirk Van Welden

Founder of I-Illusions

Dirk Van Welden founded the independent game studio I-Illusions ten years ago. The studio makes entertainment games where innovation, technology and gameplay always come first. Their game Space Pirate Trainer became one of the most successful VR games in the world. He is also co-founder and project lead at FoamPunch, known for Shredders, a successful next-gen snowboarding game released in March 2022.

Thursday 13.10, Friday 14.10

Dominique Buttiens

Principal Environment Artist at The Chinese Room

Dominique Buttiens has been part of the Video Game Industry since 2015, currently working at The Chinese Room as a Principal Environment Artist. He has worked on over 10 titles including ‘For Honor’, ‘Hyperscape’, ‘Synced: Off-Planet’ and ‘Disney Infinity’.

Thursday 13.10

Frank Voet

Sound Engineer at Mono Soundteam, Cofounder of Alaska Studios

Frank Voet has been working as a sound engineer for 20 years, and is creating a new music sound complex in Belgium, including an immersive mix room. The last 24 months he and his partner in crime Peter Philips have mixed the Dolby Atmos releases of Artists like Stromae/ Damso/ Charlotte Adigéry/ Selah Sue/ etc. They are deeply involved in the audio post production of the Tomorowland Digital editions.

Friday 14.10

Louis Larsson-De Wet

Lead Programmer at The Chinese Room

Louis is lead programmer at The Chinese Room in sunny Brighton on the south coast of the UK. The game Little Orpheus , released during the pandemic in 2020, received many accolades, but specifically won the Apple Design Award for Delight And Fun and Best Mobile Game at the Develop Star awards in 2021.

Thursday 13.10

Marc Bogaerts

Choreographer, Artistic director at Bogaerts Productions

Marc Bogaerts was born in Belgium, lives in Berlin and is at home in the rest of the world. 10 years in New York are as much part of his artistic background as extensive creative work in over 20 countries worldwide.

Thursday 13.10

Nick Pechenin

Lead Systems Designer at Larian Studios

Nick Pechenin is leading a team of game systems designers that strives to provide players with the feeling of ultimate freedom by building game systems that promote player choice, systemic reactivity, character progression and cooperative play.

Thursday 13.10

Rob Boone

Co-Founder & COO of TruePlayers

Rob Boone is Co-Founder and COO of TruePlayers Ltd, a UK based Mobile game studio that raised half a million pounds in pre seed funding in 2022. In January 2021 he started TruePlayers alongside his co-founder Adrian Ruiz and closed a publishing deal for their studio's first title UnderKnight: One Thumb Warrior, currently in early access.

Friday 14.10

Tomorrowland

The beautiful trailers and richly decorated stages are known by many people. But, who or what is behind all of this? For once, we ignore ‘keep the magic secret’ and give you an exclusive look into the world of Tomorrowland.

Thursday 13.10

DJ B00NKB0TS

Electronic Music Duo at Mumbai Science

Mumbai Science Electronic Music Duo / creators of B00NKB0TS Jonas Kiesekoms and Maarten Elen have an unwavering love for the dancefloor. Recently, they created B00NKB0Ts, an NFT series focused on generative dance music.

Thursday 13.10

Tara Voelker

Senior Xbox Game Studios Accessibility Lead

Tara is currently the Senior Xbox Game Studios Accessibility Lead. In this role, she conceptualizes strategic programs and spearheads development initiatives to establish and promote a superior yet accessible gaming experience across all Xbox Game Studios titles.

Friday 14.10

Anne McKinnon

Cofounder and CEO of Ristband

Anne is cofounder and CEO of web3 experience platform Ristband. Create experiences, play games, and hang out with friends in Ristband. Get the tools and insights you need to launch campaigns, monitor results, discover new talent and apply your skills to defining the next era of interactive entertainment.

Friday 14.10

Tsar B

Self-taught producer and singer-songwriter

A classically trained violinist, a self-taught producer and singer-songwriter: Tsar B is a one-stop-shop that combines all of her loves and talents in her work.

Thursday 13.10

John MacInnes

Award-winning producer, writer and director, founder of MacInnes Studios

Award-winning producer, writer and director, founder of MacInnes Studios, working in movies, games, and XR for the likes of Activision, HTC Vive, Verizon, Sony, Netflix and the US Department of Defense. John first gained recognition as a screenwriter, writing CALL OF DUTY, ADVANCED WARFARE, the biggest selling video game of 2014. He is currently working on a feature film made entirely in the Unreal game engine.

Friday 14.10

Gwen Raymond

Technical director Rev Rooms

Gwenifer Raymond worked on a broad field of programming disciplines, with a special focus on audio, AI and gameplay. She is now the technical director for UK game audio development studio, Rev Rooms.

Thursday 13.10

Juan Cañada

Engineer Director for Graphics at Epic Games

Juan Cañada is the Engineer Director for Graphics at Epic Games, where he leads ray tracing development in the Unreal Engine engineering team.

Friday 14.10

More to be announced soon

PRACTICAL

When October 13-14th 2022

Where Belgium, Kortrijk, Kortrijk Weide

Accessibility 10 minutes walk from Kortrijk railway station

Parking: Parking Haven or Parking Kortrijk Weide

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