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Jeannie Novak

CEO of Kaleidospace (home of Indiespace)

Jeannie is Co-Founder and President of Novy Unlimited, CEO of Kaleidospace (home of Indiespace), and Lead Author/Series Editor of Cengage Learning’s widely acclaimed Game Development Essentials series (with more than 15 published titles). Jeannie has provided game consulting services for game technology companies, serious game developers, research institutions, and colleges/universities such as UC Berkeley, USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Alelo, and GameSalad. Jeannie holds a BA in Mass Communication from UCLA and an MA in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at USC. She is on the Online Gameplay and Connectivity committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and has served on the Executive Boards of Women in Games International and the International Game Developers Association. Jeannie is also an accomplished composer, songwriter, and performer (piano/voice).

Dr. Pete Markiewicz

Co-Founder, teacher, Millennial expert

Pete Markiewicz is the co-founder of Kaliedospace (home of Indiespace), a graphic, web design and development instructor, and co-author of books on the web and the Millennial generation. After a first career in science, Pete began designing and developing websites in 1994, and continues to work on projects including the WebVR virtual reality API for JavaScript. He currently teaches graphic and web design, client and server-side web development, Ux, and digital marketing in online and offline venues. Pete has also worked in several virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life), and has lectured and consulted on their impact on popular culture, design, and development via the Center for Telecommunications Management at the USC Marshall School of Business. Pete is also an expert on US generations, and worked with Neil Howe and William Strauss, creators, of the “Millennial” generation. With them, he co-authored the book Millennials and the Pop Culture (Lifecourse).

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