Hello there, I’m Grant Shonkwiler I love the IGDA and I’m running for the Board of Directors of the IGDA in 2011.
Now a bit about me
I have loved games my entire life and first started making them when I was 12 years old. I attended Full Sail University and acquired my BS in Game Design and Development. After college, I moved to the Philly area to work at a local casual game studio, Megatouch Games. I started with the studio as a programmer, and I am currently a designer. I have shipped over 30 titles, in my career. Along with local members of the IGDA, I helped found the VGI Philly in May of 2009 to help foster growth of the industry. In 2009, I was a speaker at several conferences, including: Wizard World, GDC, GameX and GCECS. I am focused on giving back to the student community by speaking at local schools and writing for GameCareerGuide.com. I have also volunteered at GDC as a CA for the last 4 years. In 2010, I was elected as Chair of the Philly IGDA chapter and have helped make that chapter awesome with the rest of the chapter leadership. I have helped grow the chapter by almost 50% and have instituted both regular monthly meetings and other exciting events for the area. If elected to the board, I will use all of this experience to help make the IGDA even better.