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JURY FOR DESIGN CHAMPIONSHIP

Mr. Anand Dixit

Mr. Anand Dixit

Jury- Graphic Design

CorelDraw Master

Mr. Anand Dixit started his career in Advertising industry in 1983. He joined an advertising agency as a Media Executive. Since 1992 to 1993 his wife and himself, both have been running a design studio, mostly in print media.

Together with his wife, they created over 5500 pieces of art in the past 25 years, which averages to almost one piece of work per work day. These include most of the categories in print media, such as brochures, leaflets, corporate identity, designs for outdoor media, packaging designs, point of purchase materials, exhibition displays etc.

It was August 2007 his work and expertise was considered to be a member of World Wide Beta Testing Forum for CorelDRAW from the Corel Corporation. Anand has been on Advisory Counsil for CorelDRAW and is a Strategic Training Partner for India. He has been honored as CorelDRAW Master by Corel Corporation among eight world wide.

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Mr. Chaitanya Chinchlikar

Jury- Movie Making

Vice President (Strategy & Finance, Mukta Arts | Business Development, Whistling Woods International Ltd)

Born, brought up & educated in Mumbai, Chaitanya has had a multi-faceted career in Audit & Business Consulting, Event Management, Film & Media education & Digital Media with some time spent in amateur Journalism as well.

While in college, Chaitanya worked with The Indian Express group as Staff Writer. While being part of the launch team of Channel Y, their youth-focused section, he also contributed by writing film reviews, book reviews, event reviews and articles on current-affairs and social & youth issues.

Having spent 3 years in Business Consulting & Audit at Arthur Andersen, he moved into Event Management for a further 4 years, before joining the Mukta Arts Group, serving as Marketing Manager, Whistling Woods International, moving on to Vice President – Business Development. He has since, headed the Education businesses of Mukta Arts Ltd and, recently has been appointed as Vice President – Strategy & Finance, Mukta Arts Ltd as well.

Further, over the past 8 years, he has also acquired a deep understanding of the Media & Entertainment industry in the areas of Education, Film, TV, Animation & Digital Media.

He is an active speaker at seminars & conferences organized by FICCI, NASSCOMM, CII and ASSOCHAM speaking on multiple topics related to Education and the Film, Media & Entertainment industries.

He is an avid reviewer of films, restaurants & travel and has developed a robust following on several social media platforms. He is also an amateur photographer with a knack for being in the right place at the right time to capture some rather amusing images.

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Ms. Gauri Barve Kale

Jury- Graphic Design

Creative Director (Therefore Design)

Gauri is an Applied Arts graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, and has completed her Post Graduation in Visual Communication from NID. Armed with these prestigious degrees, Gauri has worked extensively in the fields of branding, packaging and communication design. She started her career with Elephant Design in 2006 and was soon promoted to the position of a senior designer, responsible for leading a team.
In 2009, Gauri went on to co-found Therefore Design and since then there has been no looking back! Gauri’s work spans many industries from FMCG to Healthcare and has worked with iconic brands like Haldirams, Godrej and Vadilal.
With almost a decade of experience in the field of design over a plethora of platforms, Gauri brings an arsenal of practical knowledge and skills to the table.

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Mr. Vijay Anand

Jury- Movie Making

Independent Film Maker

Mr. Vijay spearheaded as CEO of S16 Creative Labz and S16 Web & Graphic Designing School during 2007 – 2012. He took different path to pursue his interest as an Independent Film maker S16 FLICKS from 2012 till date. He has directed 8 short films and 4 music videos apart from few corporate films, documentaries and ad films to his credit.
He has won around 18 awards nationally for the films and few international nominations and screenings.
Mr. Vijay Anand is a B.E.CSE graduate from VLBJCET and has completed his M.B.A Marketing from Annamalai University 2012. He was awarded the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by Annamalai University in 2012.

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Mr. Vibhash Joshi

Jury- Game Design

Game Programmer (Sumo Video Games)

Mr. Vibhash Joshi a computer science engineer with 7 years of experience in game programming, and currently working for Sumo Video games.

He has in the past worked with Trine games and Reliance games on different platforms like PC, Consoles and Handheld devices. He has a keen interest in game architectures, AI development, graphics and tool development.

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Mr. Tejas Shirodkar

Jury- Game Design

Technical Director (Electronic Arts)

Tejas is a Technical Director at Electronic Arts. He has been making games for over 9 years and programming for over 16 years. He has worked on multiple platforms including PC, Handheld, Web and Mobile, most recently contributing to the soon to be launched worldwide game Plants Vs Zombies Heroes. When not making games, enjoys playing them (ccg, rpg, moba, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, et al), reads a lot of books – business, engineering, urban fantasy. Believes that plans are just the beginning and solid execution is what separates the average form the great.

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Ms. Poornima Seetharaman

Jury- Game Design

Lead Game Designer at GSN Games

Poornima has been part of the gaming industry since 2006 and has worked with some of the best names in the Indian gaming industry. She was the lead game designer for Bioshock mobile during her stint at Indiagames (now Disney India).

Poornima chose game design as her career completely out of her passion for games and translated that passion further with her entrepreneurial venture, Pinaka Interactive.

After her stint as lead game designer for educational MMOs at Knowledge Adventure (JumpStart), she is currently exploring the Social Casino scene at GSN (Game Show Network).

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Mr. Kinshuk Sunil

Jury- Game Design

Owner (Hashstash)

Kinshuk started Hashstash in 2011 and led it to be one of the prominent indie game development companies in India.

As Hashstash, they released the critically acclaimed and award winning local multiplayer game – Circulets. The game was judged as the most innovative game at Casual Connect Asia 2013 and was placed third at the Best App Ever Android Awards 2014 (awarded by Steel Media; the game was ranked after Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans).

Following Circulets, the team released an innovative puzzle game – Huerons, in collaboration with Infinite Eurekas, that was published by the french publisher Bulkypix. Huerons was awarded the fourth place for Slide To Play’s (from the IndieDB group) Game of the Year.

They then self-published a challenging arcade platformer Splash Damage that was featured by Apple across Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Since then they have been working on a new original IP with an American publisher, which is a modern day reimagining of a classic board game.

Other than his adventures at Hashstash, he has been actively involved with the game development community in India, organising game jams and other community initiatives. He is also a part of the NASSCOM Gaming Forum, the industry wide trade body that works to promote and build the game development ecosystem in India. Over a career that spans 9 years, he has donned many hats – social marketer, community evangelist, product architect, entrepreneur, designer, and writer.

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Mr. Aman Rai

Jury- Game Design

Business Intelligence Analyst at Study Mode

Avid gamer, Sid Meier fan, game designer and data geek, who is currently essaying the role of Business Intelligence Analyst at Study Mode.

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Mr. Deepak Madathil

Jury- Game Design

Founder, Pixel Ape Studios

After almost a decade long stint helping technology giants create state-of-the-art enterprise software and one risky career jump later, now creating games out of pure passion. A one man army at Pixel Ape Studios found in 2015, with only one motive to create world class mobile & PC games for the global audience. With debut game Huemory, a nominee of multiple awards, national & international, now gearing up for the second game release, which is already in the watch list of multiple awards worldwide.

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Ms. Komal Sharma Iyer

Jury- Game Design

Games Head (Emotix)

A creative lead and a Games Head @ Emotix. Emotix is developing India’s first social companion for kids. Komal started her career as a graphics designer @Indiagames (now Disney). After spending a few sharpening years in the creative arena, she was managing the gaming studio for India Region. She also followed passion for T-shirt paintings.

Behind this no-nonsense strategist, lies a Komal who’s extremely passionate about path-breaking creativity. Her ability to blend sensible strategy with mad creativity helps build beliefs and deliver results, more often than not. Add to it her unassuming simplicity, May be that’s what charisma is.

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Mr. Ankush Madad

Jury- Game Design

Co-Founder & Business Head (Dropout Games)

Fresh out of the box, Ankush represents the new generation of entrepreneurs in the Game Development Industry. He is two time College Dropout by education and a self-learnt game designer by profession.

In 2014, Ankush co-founded Dropout Games, his independent game studio venture. The studio has made two games so far, namely Blyss and UNWYND. Apart from critical acclaim and numerous International Award nominations, both Blyss and UNWYND have received consecutive Editor’s Choice release on Apple AppStore, a first for any Indian Studio.

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Mr. Chris Lee

Jury- Game Design

Chris Lee serves as the founder and CEO of Funizen Solutions Pvt. Ltd., where he leads a team to maximize the company’s technology efforts and expand capabilities to provide players with seamless experiences. Chris’s impressive 16+ year career in gaming expertly positions him to provide world-class technology leadership as Funizen continues to expand its digital entertainment portfolio. Over the course of his 8+ year tenure at Funizen, Chris also headed the Online Gaming division at Sify. His passion led him in getting a holistic experience of the industry.

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Ms. Moumita Paul

Jury- Game Design

Moumita is a result oriented, process driven professional with 9 years of experience and a proven background contributing to revenue growth and product efficiency. She has been recognized for commitment to deadlines, requirement documentation, new features design and monitoring data-driven success metrics in the product. She has demonstrated commitment to effective data analysis, setting KPIs, creating a roadmap, pitching product demos and making product enhancements.

Mr. Anil Wanvari

Mr. Anil Wanvari

Jury - Movie Making

Anil Wanvari, is the founder, CEO and editor in chief of the Indiantelevision.com group & AnimationXpress.com group. He has spent more than 37 years in the media industry and is considered India's foremost analyst, consultant and catalyst for the media sector.

He is also a well known Television/Digital Producer known for producing The Indian Telly Awards for the last 16 years and oodles of digital content.

The Indiantelevision.com group and AnimationXpress.com group was set up with a mission to educate, engage, entertain and enrich the audiences it serves via its various verticals .

It achieves this through its various B2B and B2C portals: indiantelevision.com (for the cable, satellite, OTT, production, advertising, marketing, media industries), tellychakkar.com (TV show and actor news for TV fans), AnimationXpress.com (for the VFX, comics, gaming, and animation segments) and radionandmusic.com (for the FM radio, digital music and music industry).

It engages with industry by organizing thought leadership forums under its various verticals: Video and Broadband Summit, VidNET - The largest OTT summit, RadioConnex Awards, News Television Awards BrandVid,The Content Hub, Kids Animation & More and Ann Awards.

The group also executes market engagement activities for industry clients – both online and offline through road shows and events and online campaigns.

Mr. Sudhanshu Dogra

Mr. Sudhanshu Dogra

Jury - Graphics Design

I am skilled in taking complex technical ideas and distilling them into user-friendly visuals for high impact business presentations. I have completed my graduation in Animation & Design with a specialization in User Experience and Interaction focusing on marketing and graphic design projects centred around modernizing consumer & client experiences.

With over more than 5 years of experience working with leading Management consulting firms with certifications in Design-Led Strategy from the University of Sydney and Adobe Creative cloud.

Mr. Yogendra Singh

Mr. Yogendra Singh

Jury - Game Design

Tech specialist as well as a unity 3d software professional, therefore he have a decade of experience in designing and developing serious & Entertainment games. Being at the forefront of the latest innovations within the Virtual and Augmented Reality space, he specialize in these domains and has demonstrated my expertise in the form of outstanding work for an array of respected multi-national clients such as Coca Cola, Schneider Electric, Phillips, and GE. From a training perspective, He delivered countless workshops and courses to around 50 prestigious schools and colleges across India; such as DPS, Modern School, BITS, Jamia Millia and Delhi University to name a few. Yogendra worked for UNITY TECHNOLOGIES - as TECH EVANGELIST. He Completed his Graduation in Animation and Multimedia from BIT (Ranchi / NOIDA), and professionally I have been started my own Company named” E9OGRAL Technologies Private. Limited. the recipient of some of the most coveted awards in Innovation and Creativity. Yogendra also in the field of AR/VR and Gaming Technology, & he did author India’s first book (now entering publication, design depicted below) in the same domain through which demonstrate my masterful command over the subject of game development and design using Unity 3D software.

Mr. Prakash Lall

Mr. Prakash Lall

Jury - Movie Making

Prakash is an animator by heart and an educator by soul. He has worked in numerous animation projects in different platforms. Working as a lead artist for many broadcasting animated series, he has learned the craft of movie making. More than 12 years of experience in the animated industry, made him expand his creativity with short film production. Being behind the camera is his hobby and profession. Photography is part of his work and over the period he has turned in to portfolio photographer. In the field of K-12 education, he has not only developed content by involving 3d animation but also worked over to improve the over all pedagogy for a better deliverance. He has also participated to train differently abled kids on different digital tools. He has always been associated with different institutions, to share his knowledge and experience with the passionate generation.

Mr. Dhinesh  Ram

Mr. Dhinesh Ram

Jury - Movie Making

Ardent world cinema buff with affinity towards film making. Been training video making technology like editing and compositing tools relevant to industry standards. Collects cameras from different times which includes various 35 mm film cameras too. Loves to shoot movies and photos both in analog and digital way. Passionate film appreciator and critic.

Mr. Pratik Shah

Mr. Pratik Shah

Jury- Graphic Design

CorelDraw Technical Evangelist

Pratik Shah, has been into graphic design since 1994. Being inclined towards arts and drawing, he often expressed, his ideas in creative form. While pursuing graduation, he simultaneously started taking computer classes in graphic design and soon realized CorelDraw was the best avenue to achieve his goal. In 1998, he started his own company, Graphix. He also taught graphic design to scores of students over the years. For the past eight years, he has been engaged in web design, catalogue and book design for publishing companies. Most importantly, he has being a part of the Beta testing team for CorelDraw X5 and X6, and a member of the advisory council for CorelDraw X6.

Today, he has been awarded and recognized as Technical Evangelist for CorelDraw by Corel (India).

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Mrs. Goutamee Kangne

Jury- Industrial Design

Industrial Designer (Future Factory)

Goutamee has been inclined towards Designing since 2009. She Pursued Bachelors in Designing, Product Design from NDMVPS College of Architecture & Centre for Design

Further she started her career in Product Designing. She worked in VIP as a Product Designer for 5 years. She has designed various reputed products like SKYBAGS & Many More

She has also been working as an Industrial Designer at Future Factory Mumbai for Godrej & Eureka Forbes.

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Mr. J Siva Prasad

Jury- Graphic Design

Creative Head

Mr. Siva Prasad is a passionate and creative designer with more than 15 years of experience in graphic designing both in print and digital media. He has worked extensively in the construction industry and has produced high-quality end to end business and consumer facing designs.

Currently he is working with Hitha Design Science Pvt Ltd since 2000 as a Creative Head. He has a track record of enhancing the customer satisfaction and attracting more business through his contemporary designs.

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Mr. Druhin Mukherjee

Jury- Game Design

Development Director (GodSpeed Gaming Solutions)

Druhin has been in the games development industry for over 12 years. He has worked across the globe in UK, Belgium, Holland, USA on AAA titles for Xbox 360 and PS3. He has also worked as a Senior mentor in New Zealand’s biggest University for games’ development for 3 years. Currently, he is the Development Director of GodSpeed Gaming Solutions located in Pune, India.

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Mr. Abhisake Goyal

Jury- Game Design

Game designer

Amalgamation of creativity with technology has always been Abhisake’s ongoing passion and currently, as a game designer with YesGnome, Hyderabad, he is getting to do just that. In the quest to be closely involved with all aspects of gaming, he has contributed to design, art and development in various capacities. Always immersed in ideas which would create the perfect gameplay experience for his players, Abhisake loves keeping himself up to date with the latest technological developments, gaming news and steam sales! With a vision to create a community of gamers and foster a vibrant gaming culture, he can often be seen at the forefront of organizing game jams and video game tournaments in office.

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Mr. Zainuddin Fahad

Jury- Game Design

Co-founder (Ogre Head Studio)

Zain is the Co-founder, Creative and Business guy at Ogre Head Studio, a two man indie game company based in Hyderabad, India where they make games all about Hack, Slash and everything EPIC!

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Mr. Rishikanth Somayaji

Jury- Game Design

Mobile game producer and Designer (Dumadu Games)

Rishi has an innate interest in media in general, he is a graduate in Animation, ran a youtube channel creating short movies and acclaimed music videos and he is currently a mobile game producer and designer at Dumadu Games and working on a multi lingual word game called “Jalebi”.

He is quite fond of side scroller games like Limbo, Tower Fall and bigger fan if they are independent in nature. Also a big fan of different FPS’s and FIFA.

He is a big fan of travelling, socializing and meeting new people to exchange experience and on his own interest travelled to various conference across the world and experimented on different AR, VR and other IOT technologies.

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Mr. Sumit Soni

Jury- Game Design

Co-founder ( Blacklight )

Sumit, is a co-founder at BlackLight, a Noida based game development house. BlackLight’s games and recent success was the highlight story in Google’s Android Skilling program in India. Sumit’s learnt from games like Farmville, Everquest 2, Star Wars Galaxies Online, Up Movie game, Cars Movie game before setting up his own game dev house.

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Ms. Seema

Jury- Game Design

Indie

Seema has more than 15 yrs of industry experience in the areas of data centre performance, data analytics, wireless communication and networking. She worked as an Architect in Yahoo before she decided to pursue her interest in mobile game development. She started developing games about a year back and her recent game “Jhulo” was one of the finalists at PGC, Bangalore.

Seema holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an M.S in Computer Engineering from Washington University in St.Louis.

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Mr. Amit Goyal

Jury- Game Design

Co-founder, SuperSike Games

Amit Goyal has been associated with the gaming industry for the past 5 years. Before co-founding his own studio, SuperSike Games, in 2013, he was a part-time game journalist at indianvideogamer.com. At SuperSike, Amit handles game design and production. He is also a published author, with his first and only book till date, The Lost Story, releasing in 2012.

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Mr. Raoul Nanavati

Jury- Game Design

Co-founder (BYOF Studios)

Raoul Nanavati is a co-founder at BYOF Studios and part of a small team dedicated to spreading happiness through fun casual experiences on mobile. He believes building successful games is as much of a science as it is an art.

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Mr. Vaibhav Chavan

Jury- Game Design

Vaibhav is a Game Designer, Business and Marketing guy at Indie Game Studio, underDOGS.
He calls himself a “Product Guy” with keen interest in detailing products/games – played with lot of roles from Software Programmer to Game Designer/Producer before starting my own venture.
Currently acting as a CEO, handling various aspects like Business along with Creative and some amount of coding too. UnderDOGS Gaming is focused on making high quality fun games for mobiles/tablets and PC globally.

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Mr. Hrishi Oberoi

Jury- Game Design

Hrishi is the Founder and CEO of Photon Tadpole Studios. Photon Tadpole Studios is a Mumbai based game developer and publisher with a focus on creating high quality original IP game content for the Indian market. Photon Tadpole focuses on creating original content as well as publishing and distributing local developer’s games on alternative distribution channels in India.

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Mr. RAJA RAMADURAI

Jury- Graphics Design

Raja Ramadurai is Founder & Managing Director of Maniratna Mediaworks (MMW) Pvt. Ltd., a multidisciplinary design studio based in Hyderabad & Mumbai. MMW offers comprehensive design solutions in the areas of Visual Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Branding & Entertainment Design.

As an Art Director & Designer with 18+ years of hands-on experience in various areas of design, Raja’s portfolio of work includes a wide repertoire of projects spanning across a variety of business verticals in realms of design ranging from Interaction & Visual Design to Architectural & Entertainment Design. He is proficient in spear-heading R&D-driven projects as much as crafting seamless, immersive, cross-media experiences combining various domains of design.

As Managing Director of Maniratna Mediaworks, Raja is committed to delivering valuable design content with state-of-the-art design experiences for discerning clients; he has executed design and interactive product development initiatives for small startups and well-established enterprise corporations.

Raja Ramadurai has graduated with Master’s degrees in Visual Design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai, and with Master’s degree in Fine Art from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), located in Hollywood, California.

With regards to expertise in software programs, Raja has worked with Corel tools for the last 15 years or so. He has used CorelDraw Suite and allied programs extensively for concept art, graphic design, illustrations, entertainment design, industrial design, print and pre-press, and a variety of other areas of design.

Mr. Suraj Dhanuki

Mr. Suraj Dhanuki

Jury- App Design

Working as Professional UI/UX Designer (Web & Mobile) & Graphic Designer at GP Global Soft Tech. He brings an unique and a fresh approach to create an experience people love to use. He is a self-taught designer, and made a career for himself out of his hobby. With a strong background of media studies, and with 4+ years of experience in his domain, he's quite competent in all aspects of the design process. Modern, Minimal and Clean are the three perfect words to describe his design route. Few of his notable projects include 'Leoprime, Invoke 360, We Clearing' etc..

And Crypto is his latest feather in the hat which is awaiting its release

Mr. Imran Desai

Mr. Imran Desai

Jury- Graphics Design

As a Graphics and Print Evangelist Corel, I am responsible for promoting Corel's Print and Media solutions Across India .His responsibility is to develop an understanding of the design processes of prospects and clients, and deliver business solutions and presentations to the decision-makers. He is also responsible to enable potential customers adapt Corel Solutions into their pipelines. My areas of focus include Pre-Sales and Post-sales support.

An Autodesk & Corel Certified Instructor with a Professional background in Production Training, Content Development,& Teaching. Apt Communication Skills and my experience in the field of Media, Design and Education has helped Him in pursuing a career in Evangelism. Have been a part of this industry from more than 15 years and still have an urge to do something more..

Ms. Nikita Mhatre

Ms. Nikita Mhatre

Jury- Game Design

Nikita is a Computer Science graduate and a self-taught game developer. She content designer for game design & development. She has a keen interest in game architectures, AI development, and graphics development for games.

Mr. Amit Naik

Mr. Amit Naik

Jury- Movie Making

With almost 2 decades plus of experience in Animation & visual effects industry. Having worked on the creative side as well technology side of the the entire spectrum. Currently working as Key Accounts & for Foundry at ARK INFOSOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.

Aarti Gaur

Ms. Aarti Gaur

Jury- Game Design

Aarti Gaur is an art director, technical game artist and a co-founder of Big Boot Games.She began her career at Disney India as simulation animator and R&D support, taking care of cloth and hair simulations. After leaving Disney India she worked for Shemaroo games where she worked as an animator and technical artist on side-scrolling platformer for Xbox Live. From there she moved on to work for Design unlimited where she created - 'custom art asset pipeline between Maya and unreal' and 'worked on shader creation techniques'. After her stint at design unlimited she started working independently. Monkonomix was the first game she released under the Big Boot Games banner. Currently the Big Boot Games team is working on METEORA - a Fast-paced Combat racing experience where players get to play as a METEOR.
The game is inspired by ancient space and classic racing games. She is involved in the project as a visual designer, creative lead and artist.
Aarti has a background in English Literature and History of indian Art & Architecture. Her current studies are towards shader development and optimisation

Mr. Samit Shetty

Mr. Samit Shetty

Jury- Movie Making

Sr. Technical Specialist (Autodesk)

Since 1999, Mr. Samit Shetty started his career in Animation & Visual Effects for Films & TV Commercials. He worked on 3D software’s and eventually on job, explored different other products used for Visual Effects. As a Visual Effects Supervisor, he worked on many big budget films & commercials.

Mr. Samit wanted to share his knowledge further to the new upcoming talents & hence started teaching in various Animation & VFX schools helping to create fresh new talents for the industry.

Currently working with Autodesk India PVT LTD since 2008 as a Sr. Technical Specialist for their Visual effects products, supporting various studios in building a strong pipeline for their online & visual effects projects.

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Mr. Amit Inamdar

Jury- Industrial Design

Technical Design Manager

Amit is a Design Manager with the ambition to make ideas into reality. Along with being a qualified Mechanical Engineer, he holds a Masters in Product Design and Management. Amit has rich experience working on various projects in Engineering, Product Design, Transportation Design and Medical Product Design.

Amit aims to bridge the gap between Design and Engineering, using his experience he helps designers to understand the engineering constraints to allow them to create ideas which are not just inspiring but are market ready. He also has extensive experience in 3D CAD modeling and enjoys working 3D printing technologies.

He also has great passion for sustainable product development and has been consulting numerous companies for more than four year to help them reduce their carbon footprint.

His own venture called ‘PlusONE Initiative’ works in up-cycling of non-recyclable material. PlusOne is giving a new lease on life for a discarded material, while making a colorful impact on the society and the planet for a better tomorrow. PlusONE recently was acknowledged with an ‘Entrepreneurial Award’ by the British Council.

Outside design, Amit is a wildlife enthusiast and has great passion for outdoor sports like trekking, climbing and hiking. On weekends, he loves to take his bike and explore different places, meeting new people and understand different cultures.

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Ms. Saumya Iyer

Jury- Game Design

Producer (EA Games)

Saumya Iyer is a producer at EA games with an 11 year career in online video games under her belt, spanning genres from hard-core MMORPGs to casual mobile games, in roles as varied as community management, content and feature design, and writing. Rabid Dragon Age fan.

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Mr. Dhanan Sekhar Edathara

Jury- Game Design

CEO (Dhanew Research)

Dhanan is the Founder and CEO of Dhanew Research, an Indie game studio from Kerala, India. He has been involved with game development, publishing and related business activities since 2009, started with digital versions of traditional indian board games, then moved to casual mobile games. He is a programmer and professional painter. Enjoys promoting technology entrepreneurship among youngsters in his spare time.

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Ms. Asmita Madhusudhanan

Jury- Game Design

Gaming Producer

Ms Asmita Madhu is a Gaming Producer, working on Games with Indian themes and soon taking up couple of movie based gaming projects.

She is a Senior Independent Visual Effects (Computer Graphics) Producer for Domestic and Hollywood Films. Her hobby of writing, with a background of The Time of India and Viacom 18, she happens to be a popular Blogger (www.acemat.in), writing on Food, Fashion and Lifestyle.

Well known for her VFX projects like Justin Timberlake’s ‘In Time’, Jake Black’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’, Ajith’s ‘Billa 2’ and many other VFX and Animation shows, Gaming has now taken over as priority as her focus.

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Mr. Shabeer Ali Khan J

Jury- Movie Making

Director of Photography (Founder of ADCOLOUR)

Mr. Shabeer Ali Khan has graduated from a private film institute in advanced cinematography and has worked with renowned Cinematographers such as Mr. Om Prakash, Mr. Rajkumar. C J, Mr. Kannan.B from South Indian Film Industry.
With more than 12 years of experience in the field of motion and digital cinematography, Naan Ponn Ondru Kandein was his debut movie as an independent Cinematographer. He has worked on few other Tamil Films such as Theppakulam, Saranalayam and Chakkarai Nimidangal and also on numerous Television commercials, Corporate films, Short films and Documentary.
He is the Founder of ADCOLOUR – To Your Business, Advertising agency at Coimbatore and has also worked as a Senior Faculty for Film Making & Photography.

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Mr. Yadu Rajiv

Jury- Game Design

Professor at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Yadu is an academic by day, gamedev by night. He teaches game design & development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology.

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Ms. Rashi Chandra

Jury- Game Design

Artist

Rashi is a self taught artist who has been creating artwork ever since she can remember. She found her niche in 2D Game Art and since then there has been no looking back! She loves playing video games.

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Mr. S. Veeraraghavan

Jury- Game Design

Co-founder (Roosh Interactive)

Srini is Co-founder & Coding Overlord at Roosh Interactive, a new startup made up of experienced game developers! He has been working in the mobile games industry for 16+ years. Currently working on some awesome games at Roosh, some of the mobile titles he has worked on includes Sniper Deathmatch, Nitro Rush, Bioshock 3d for mobile, Bruce Lee Iron Fist, IPL Cricket and many more.

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Mr. Alexis Madenir

Jury- Game Design

Veteran Game designer and half programmer turned Creative Director and CEO with only one goal, make the best games possible. He excels in both technical design, design and production management.
Using both his managerial and design skills he can easily switch from a creative director position to a Studio manager position to ensure the best quality for the game. With more than 16 years of experience in game development and video games, he can adapt any project’s size and scope.

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Mr. Karan Khairajani

Jury- Game Design

Karan is a Games designer and developer. He also excels in Web designing. He combined these skills to make 5 mins to kick off, a FantasyFootball Game. Recently, Karan co-developed a Fantasy IPL game as well.

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Ms. Meher Zariwala

Jury- Industrial Design

Mehar Zariwala describes herself as a creative design enthusiast and learning evangelist. Fortunate to have spent the last 15 years in the space of learning and development she has been the chief content developer for Institute of Experiential Learning, an institute dedicated to the cause of hands on learning, an outdoor and wilderness facilitator with Wind Chazers an organization she started at the age of 24 and champion of learner – centric environments in everyday life.

She believes that learning can never be restricted to within classroom walls, promoting the concept of lifelong experiential learning through her work and her life.

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Mr. Assad Dadan

Jury- Movie Making

Assad Dadan is the entrepreneur behind the culinary induced digital venture ‘Medium & Rare’ that specializes in Food Photography and produces food & travel web-series ‘ I Was Here ’. Prior to starting Medium & Rare, Assad has worked in the 3D and Visual Effects industry for eight years, from starting his career as a background design artist to leading an animation studio specializing in Blender.

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Thomas Dal

Jury - Graphics Design & Industrial Design

Thomas Dal
Director & Dean
Strate school of design Bangalore

Thomas is a trained transportation designer from Institute Superieur de Design ISD -France where he graduated best overall in 1999. Thomas is also a master graduate from Ecole d'architecture de Paris La Villette, specialisation Naval architecture in 2006 After working 10 years as design manager in the car industry, developing projects for mostly all the European car makers, Thomas re-orient its career towards education by starting from scratch the Well known DSK-Rubika school of design in 2008.
In 2011, Thomas quit DSK-Rubika to go back to France and start working for Decathlon as Head of design and Innovation from 2011. In 2017, Dominique Sciamma, head of Strate school of design Paris approached Thomas to offer him to open and head the Asian branch of Strate school of design in Bangalore.
Driven by challenge and understanding that the future of our world depend on education, Thomas jumped on the occasion to come back to India and to Education in order to be a "designer of designer" and set up one of the best design school of INDIA : Strate school of Design Bangalore.

Gokul Raj

Gokul Raj

Jury - Movie Making
I am Gokulraj, founder of Different banner media. My goal is to provide the customers with unique media solutions. In the beginning it was small scale business but at the year 2016 I had a huge step up with more than 15 members who under me for different locations related to media. My company was awarded as Coimbatore's best event management company at the year 2018. From 2016 I stepped in to the field of movie making. I have Directed more than 5 advertisements and 10 Corporate and short Movie so far.

Ameya Munde

Mr. Ameya Munde

Jury - App Design
An Automation Engineer by profession with nearly 8 years of working experience in Instrumentation & Automation and Mobile App design across academia and Industry. Ameya worked an Application Engineer for NI LabVIEW software & various NI Hardware. Currently Working as an educator to create design thinking based curriculum for K12 education. During this tenure, have implemented various industrial projects on automation, Vision inspection, App Design & IOT. Also conducted workshops, online webcasts & training on automation platforms in 30+ institutes from North & West India for students as well as faculties. He is also part of various App design Projects along with design thinking based UI/UX design

Nehal Joshi

Mr. Nehal Joshi

Jury - Industrial Design
Nehal is a digital design professional with over 16 years of experience in various design disciplines and education. A design thinker who believes in a data driven approach to solving complex problems to improve people’s lives.

Naveen Pathania

Mr. Naveen Pathania

Jury - Graphics Design
A focused 2D and 3d Artist with Diploma degree in Animation engineering (DAE) specializing in Digital Animation.
Naveen Pathania worked as an artist and senior trainer for 1year in Arena animation Aptech Pvt. Ltd.
For 2 years as 3d Animator in. Purple line studio Delhi. He is having 7 years’ experience with 2000+ Students in North India and still working to evolve the Indian education and Schools .
In 2018 He designed a logo for "Ministry of Home affairs "and won first prize Now Govt.of India cyber department is using his logo "Cyber Dost" officially.

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Mr. Ramesh Manickam

Jury- Industrial Design

CEO – Centroid Design Pvt. Ltd.

Ramesh Manickam an alumnus of IIT Delhi with specialization in Industrial Design is the founder and CEO of Centroid Design, providing services in new product design and development. He was also instrumental in starting the Design studio at Royal Enfield and designing the Legendary Thunderbird Motorcycle.

He started Centroid in 2005, with a passion to do good design and vision to make a mark in the Design field creating an Indian Identity in Product Design. With over 20 years of experience in designing over 400 products ranging from Tractors to pens in the automotive, heavy and light engineering, consumer durables, electronics and FMCG segments is now concentrating his activities on universal design.

Ramesh was the National finalist and represented India in the International Young Design Entrepreneur of the year 2006 in London, award conducted by British Council to nurture design entrepreneurship.

The product Halo Life Cell, a mobile security device designed at Centroid won the Communication product of the year at IFSEC Security Industry Awards 2008, that took place in Birmingham, UK. The product “Namma Toilet”, a public / community toilet designed by Ramesh for Commissioner of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu was launched in February 2013 and in 2015 – Prime Minister announced the Namma toilet as a reference design to be implemented all over India under Swatch Bharat Scheme. The Wheel loader designed for L&T won the India Design Mark Award in 2014.

Ramesh is a TED fellow and was part of the TED India event held at Mysore in 2009. TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, to share ideas worth spreading. He is an avid speaker on design, innovation and entrepreneurship.
A visiting faculty at MIDAS – Architecture College in Marg Swarnaboomi and also motivating student entrepreneurs as a part of NEN – Entrepreneurship programs. He was a jury member at India Design Mark Award, 2015.

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Mr. Mandar Kale

Jury- Industrial Design & Graphic Design

Head of Product Design at Strate School of Design

Mandar Kale holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pune and a Masters degree in Industrial Design from IDC IIT Bombay and has a varied experience of more than 10 years in the fields of industrial design and design education. He has worked on a range of projects, from medical solutions to public sector transport, from consumer products to visual development scenarios. Currently he leads the foundation studies at Rubika ISD, hosted on the DSK International campus, Pune.

A keen observer by nature, design for him is a juggling act of creation, communication and implementation, with user emotion at the core of all activities.
He is passionate about sharing his experiences, and mentoring designers in the making. His focus areas are design methodology, creative ideation, and mentoring across domains. When not at his desk sketching, he can be found reading science fiction or photographing the sky!

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Mr. Norbert Cellier

Jury- Game Design

Head of Studies / Principal ( SUPINFOGAME RUBIKA – DSK International Campus)

He is an accomplished Senior Executive with over 20 years of experience in managing internal development team, executive production and publishing lineup direction. He started working for INFOGRAMES/ATARI as computer engineer on Amiga and Atari consoles in 1989 then produced famous titles like Alone in the Dark, Prisoner of Ice or Heart of Darkness. He has a strong experience in producing video games based on European and International movie and cartoon licenses like the Looney Tunes or Superman. He then created a company called ELEKTROGAMES based on a new business model inspired by the movie industry.

He joined SUPINFOGAME RUBIKA INDIA in 2011 as a passion to share his experience to fresher students as future industry players.

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Mr. Soumalaya Chakraborty

Jury- Game Design

Game Designer

A game designer by profession, Soumalaya’s tryst with video games began at a very early stage when he delightfully received a Nintendo gaming console as birthday gift when he was in the 4th standard.

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Mr. Lino Stephen Peter

Jury- Game Design

CEO (Centaur Digital)

Lino Stephen Peter has profound experience in performance capture motion picture and entertainment field. He is also a founder and CEO of Centaur Digital Studio which does game art outsource, Virtual reality contents for ride films and 3d scanning for video games, music videos and movies. His past experience includes executing technology pipeline for Kochadaiyaan 3d film as a Technical director and vfx 3d technical director for The Robot, Kuselan etc.

Hari Haran

Mr. Prabhakaran Hari Haran

Jury- Game Design

Facial Animation Consultant

Hari started his career as a VFX supervisor. He has contributed to many international ad campaigns such as Volkswagen Passat, Sony Ericsson W550i, Mazda, Chang Beer, Neo Sports commercial & Air Force Pakistan. He also worked as a facial animation consultant for Image Metrics & Counter Punch Studios & worked with them in Dhoom-3.

He is currently working as facial animation consultant for Vishwaroopam 2 as well as directing the animation feature film in Hollywood titled “Woolfell” – where the look and feel is inspired from games.

He also heads the creatives, look & feel, and game level design for the mobile based 3D games: Super Dodger & GCC Racing.

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Mr. Marappan

Jury- Graphic Design

Technical Lead

Mr. Marappan an energitic and young graphic lead in the industry
with more than 6 years of experience. In this short term he was
involved in multiple 2d & 3d interactive e-learning application for
both desktop and web.

His team successfully launched an e-greeting web application and it
yet to get fame. He has hands on experience in designing logos,
corporate identity, advertisements, sales collaterals, catalogs,
client presentations, newsletters, etc.

He is also interested in developing single page applications using
scripting languages. He is also playing a role of technical lead in
his current concern.

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Mr. P.Deepak Aravind

Jury- Game Design

Co-Founder, Director and CEO of Creative Monkey Games & Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Deepak is a B.Tech Computer Science Graduate with around 8 years of Industry exeperience. He has worked in over 50+ games as Game Developer, Designer, Producer and Director. His areas of expertise falls in Game Conceptualization, Game Designing and Direction.

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Mr. Rajat Ojha

Jury- Game Design

CEO (TAGS and Games4)

Rajat Ojha is CEO of The Awesome Game Studio and Games4. Rajat Ojha has been making games for last 20 years and worked on earliest days of cross platform gaming. Rajat has worked in multicultural teams with UBISoft, Toshiba, NTT and various global companies in past. Recently Rajat partnered to roll out world’s first video game theme park in Dubai called Hub Zero and working on the next one in Sydney. TAGS has a team of creators from Age of Empire, Command & Conquer, Star Wars series games, Tomb Raider and many more.

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Ms. Gayatri Kodikal

Jury- Game Design

Alumni (National Institute of Design)

Gayatri Kodikal works with moving image, sound and game worlds, with a foundation in psychology and cinema. She is an alumni of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and later dabbled in film preservation. Her research and inquiry into breaking anthropological concepts of time, memory, decay and storytelling have led her to make works on stories that come from the sea and the people and beings who inhabit them.

Her documentaries and films that have been screened at various international festivals, later morphed into creating game worlds and game concepts. She has been an artist in residence at the first Game residency at Khoj International Artists Association where she made the video game TTH:ALDAS.

She is currently working on an interactive installation that is a board game – film hybrid about the true story of a 17th century Georgian Queen’s hand which arrived from the sea and is within the ruins of the Island of Velha Goa. The project is called The Travelling Hand. This project is made possible by a grant from India Foundation for the Arts with support from Tata Steel. She is interested in cooperative games, how stories take form within game structures and how unique game worlds emerge.

Chaitanya Hiremath

Mr. Chaitanya Hiremath

Jury- Game Design

Chaitanya has always been updating himself about technology and related trends. A Delhi University graduate, holds a M.Sc. International Business from Czech Republic.

He holds expertise in mixed reality, gaming, marketing and enterprise; building a diverse team and increasing technological adoption of mixed reality across the market.

Creating use-cases for upcoming technological platforms and developing relevant strategies for their implementation. He consults companies looking to build products and innovative marketing campaigns that appeal to diverse audiences, track success, and deliver relevant actionable content. Building content and games to life, real life in immersive ways through the magic of mixed reality.

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Ms. Laxmi Desai

Jury- Game Design

Laxmi Khanolkar, CEO and Co-Founder, Apar Games, acted as catalyst in successfully building Apar Games as India’s leading game development company. With over 100 published titles, Apar Games has a vast range of clients cutting across world geographies from China to Europe and even USA.

With more than a decade of work experience, Laxmi is an accomplished professional in the gaming industry and has worked with some of the renowned clients. Prior to starting Apar Games in May 2007, Laxmi served as producer at Rediff.com for a couple of years.

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Ms. Vrinda Sood

Jury- Movie Making

CEO Citrus Inc.Studios
“Vrinda Sood is an entrepreneur who has started one of the fastest growing animation studios in Delhi, Citrus Inc.. She has done her MBA from the Infinity Business School and animation studies at MAAC Delhi. Vrinda has a vision to make India animation studios at par with those across the world. Citrus Inc. is now known across India as delivering high quality aesthetic animation and works with several of the top brands and advertising agencies.”

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Dr. V S Thangarasu

Jury- Industrial Design

Professor & Head Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr.V S Thangarasu 16+ years’ experience. He is a prominent educational administrator in performing teaching learning process to transform the students into knowledgeable and capable Engineers of repute. To continue research to enhance personal capabilities to emphasize on Technical Excellence of the Faculty and students. Winner of “VIFA- Distinguished Faculty Award”-2019

Tukaram Kedar

Tukaram Kedar

Jury- Industrial Design

Working as a Professional Industrial Designer & Design Consultant at TKedarDesigns. He completed his masters in Industrial Design (Product) from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. He is also working as a educator to create design thinking based curriculum for K12 education. He has experience in creating a user experience in product design. He has working experience as a design engineer as well as a digital designer. Being a Mechanical Engineer & Industrial Designer he has critical problem solving skills in order to design innovative products.

For TK, design is a way to think, a way to doodle his thoughts & ideas, a way to find solutions by empathizing with the people through the process of design thinking in order to create new experience for them.

Velan Costa

Mr. Velan Costa

Jury- Game Design

Started career in 1989 as a developer and evolved as a Graphic Designer & 3D Artist to a Game Developer.
Started game development around 1995 with open source 3d engines.
Have worked in projects like Virtual Product Explorers, Architectural Walk Throughs (Interactive & Non Interactive), Desktop, Online, iOS & Android Games.

Dr. Venkateswaran PS (B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D.)

Dr. Venkateswaran PS (B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D.)

Jury- Industrial Design

He has nine years of experience in the domain of Additive Manufacturing with specialization in technologies like FDM/FFF, DLP, SLA and Polyjet. He possesses a doctorate on utilizing SLA and DLP technique for the fabrication of Microfluidic devices which has earned him three patents and several high impact journal publications. He has done his Masters on Nanotechnology securing the Gold Medal at the University level from Anna University. He has been the Technical Lead in distributing MakerBot, Stratasys and SLM Additive Manufacturing solutions in India. Through his team of value-added resellers across India, he has been successful in enabling close to 200+ customers from the commercial and academic space in Additive Manufacturing

Kenric A. D.

Mr. Kenric A. D.

Jury- Game Design

Game Jam veteran, Freelancer and Independent Game Developer from Mumbai. Starting his career working as a backend server developer for about 3 years at BookMyShow, he switched to making games full time 3 years ago and has not looked back since. He is currently working for a company who specializes in developing educational apps.

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