Phil Spencer Will Deliver Opening Keynote for D.I.C.E. 2018, Sharing How Microsoft Continues To Evolve


D.I.C.E. 2018, the event organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, between February 20th and 22nd 2018. In a press release, the organizers confirmed that the conference's opening keynote will be delivered by Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft. With a talk entitled “Building a Living and Learning Company Culture”, Spencer will share his thoughts on how a large company like Microsoft continues to learn and evolve. He’ll explore the importance of a purposeful company culture and how it defines not only the work environment but also how it informs strategy and impacts business growth.

Additional speakers confirmed for the 2018 D.I.C.E. Summit event are Chet Faliszek (Creative Director at Bossa Studios and previously writer at Valve), who will be presenting “AI for Storytelling, a talk that will delve into the use of Artificial Intelligence to create deep, meaningful stories not created by designers, but by the player’s own actions; and Lidwine Sauer, Director of Insights and Trends for Ubisoft's Strategic Innovation Lab.

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Sauer will reprise her session from September of this year as the “Best of D.I.C.E. Europe” discussion. She will be presenting on how to “Navigate the Rapid currents of Change,” in a time of accelerated disruption and transformation, where innovations that originate in one industry can very quickly upend many others. Unexpected events have almost become the norm. Faced with rapid and regular revolutions, how do you anticipate the opportunities - and the risks - that the future holds? How do you drive forward-thinking change in a creative organization?

Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, said:

The D.I.C.E. Summit has always strived to unite the game industry around ideas of positive growth and change, and our theme Made Better will look to amplify this. We hope that our diverse line-up of amazing speakers will inspire our attendees to do great things.

You may find more information about D.I.C.E. 2018 on the event's official website. In case you're planning to attend, do note that prices for tickets are expected to go up on January 19th, 2018.