Matthias Buehler - Head of ICE
After graduating from ETH Zurich (MSc Arch ETH), Matthias has worked in landscape architecture, architectural visualization and then has been part of the CityEngine development team for almost 5 years. He has a profound knowledge of 3D Modeling, Rendering, Visualization, Digital Sets and VFX in general.
In the field of 3D Urban Design, 3D Geodesign, 3D Facility Management and Master Planning, he has designed key workflows and pipelines. He was responsible for CityEngine services, consulting, training, procedural city modeling, custom CGA rule development and advanced visualization.
At Scanline VFX, a high end-Visual Effects vendor, he worked in the creation of 3D landscapes and cities for film, on the film 'Independence Day Resurgence' (among others).
Matthias founded vrbn studios (say 'urban') as a content and service provider to push 3D design and content creation technologies in multiple sectors, such as Games, VFX, Architecture and XR.
Mike Hermes - Head of Event Production
Mike Hermes is a Canadian raised 3D Artist, currently living in the Netherlands. Mike has been teaching younger generations the fine art of 3D modeling and animation as well as photography and cinematography for years. In addition, due to his 25+ years of experience as a Sr Manager / Director at enterprise level corporations he is uniquely qualified to help businesses make the transition towards digital workflows and embrace new technology in this ever changing world..
Honesty and simplicity is something that will show in all his work. Whether you are looking at his tutorials or listening to one of his lectures. Pure, simple and direct is his motto. Good or bad, let your piece be true and honest and reflect reality, whatever that reality may be for you….
During his very diverse career he has traveled the world many times over and had the opportunity to visit and experience many countries and cultures and as a result it is no surprise that this shows in his work.
Mike's youtube channel
Prof. Thomas Gronert - Head of Advisory Board
Prof. Thomas Gronert is Dean in the Department of Digital Film Design (Animation/VFX) at Mediadesign University in Munich.
As managing director of Missing Link Software Solutions GmbH, he is also involved in numerous media productions and software development projects. Thomas Gronert has been supporting animago since 2010 as the person responsible for program development and speaker selection.
In his spare time, he is a passionate soccer coach, tennis and table tennis player.
MD. H Munich
Missing Link Software Solutions
Kate Edwards - Advisory Board
Kate Edwards is a 27+ year veteran and an outspoken, multiple award-winning advocate of the game industry and the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam, as well as the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). She is also a professional geographer and corporate strategist who pioneered and specializes in content culturalization. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Ubisoft, LEGO, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and many other companies. She was also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play, and was most recently honored with the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2020.
Global Game Jam
Take This, Inc.
International Game Developers Association (IGDA)