Professor Richard Bartle
Richard Bartle is the co-inventor of virtual worlds and co-author of the first virtual world MUD; he currently teaches at the University of Essex and consults to the virtual world industry.
Richard is author of the book Designing Virtual Worlds.
Associate Professor Mia Consalvo
Mia Consalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University. Mia’s research focuses on women and games, the videogame industry, and pedagogical uses of games. Recent project have included studies of – video games in the media, user generated value, and comparative studies of eastern and western gaming industry and culture.
Mia is author of the book Cheating.
Mr Randy Farmer
Randy Farmer is co-creator of the virtual graphical virtual world Lucasfilm’s Habitat. Randy coined the term ‘avatar’ in relation to virtual worlds. Until recently Randy was in charge of identity issues at Yahoo! Randy has consulted on: Linden Lab’s Second Life; The Sims Online; Communities.com; The Palace and many others.
Associate Professor Thomas Malaby
Thomas Malaby is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where his research is on modernity, unpredictability, and technology, particularly as they are realized through games and game-like processes.
Thomas is author of the book, Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City and a forthcoming book on Linden Lab.
Ms Jessica Mulligan
Jessica Mulligan is a 20-year veteran of the online games industry. Recently as Executive Producer and Creative Director at Turbine Entertainment, she oversaw the award-winning MMORPG franchise, Asheron’s Call. Before Turbine, Ms. Mulligan held a number of positions within the games industry, including president of The Themis Group, vice-president of development for Engage Games Online, director of online services for Interplay Productions, a director on Ultima Online for Electronic Arts, and director of operations at MM3D, Inc on the Middle Earth Online project. Ms. Mulligan has been involved in the design, development or management of more than 50 online games, including a dozen persistent worlds.
Jessica is co-author of, Developing Online Games: An Insider’s Guide.
Professor David Pullinger
David Pullinger is a visiting professor at the University of Middlesex. David researches computer interfaces and is a member of the British HCI group. David also writes on the relationship between computing, ethics and faith.
David is author of, Information Technology and Cyberspace.
Associate Professor Melissa deZwart
Melissa deZwart is Associate Professor in Law at the University of South Australia. She is the author or numerous papers in the areas of Internet Law, Copyright and Internet Governance.