Top header image by Emi Spicer – Tanya Kan at Indiecade East 2016. 

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 26-28, 2018: Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Developer Conference, panels at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
    • The State of Story at 3:00 Saturday Oct 27 in 716A: A discussion about the innovations in narratives in games, and where its future lies.
    • The Indie Panel! at 7:00 Saturday Oct 27 in 716B: A discussion of the challenges and techniques of starting and running your own studio.

Past Talks, Panels, Presentations, Workshops

  • July 14, 2018: Game Devs of Color Expo, talk on my artist’s origins, “Finding Strength in the Struggle: On Creating a Social Impact Game”
    NYC, Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Apr 12, 2018: Humber Design Talks, industry guest, Q&A on indie development to compsci students
  • Nov 12, 2017: Make Change Conference, talk on “Disrupt the Conventional: How to Make Your First Games for Social Impact
    Toronto, Design Exchange
  • Sep 11, 2017: TIFF Industry Conference, panel guest on DIALOGUES 2001: An Immersive Odyssey
    Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Sep 11, 2017: TIFF Industry Conference, guest on CONNECTIONS New Technology & Immersive Storytelling
    Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Nov 19, 2016: BMCAA Unconference, “Designing for Narratives in VR and Visual Novels” talk and mini demo of Solace State and Eviction Notice
    Toronto, University of Toronto MScBMC
  • Nov 19, 2016: DMG November Social + Hyperreal Jam Showcase, talk on Eviction Notice 
    Toronto, Gamma Space
  • Apr 30, 2016: Indiecade East, with talk entitled “Solace State: The People’s Negotiation on the Politics of Affect” [pics, pics2]
    NYC, Museum of Moving Image
  • Apr 18, 2016: Make Games With Friends, Lightning Talks
    Toronto, Gamma Space
  • Apr 8-9, 2016: Different Games Conference 2016, with talk entitled “Solace State: The People’s Negotiation on the Politics of Affect”
    Brooklyn, NYU MAGNET
  • Mar 11-12, 2016: Intersections Cross-Sections 2016, panel “2Ludic: Re-Negotiating Relationships with the Adolescent Self” [write-up]
    Toronto, Ryerson University, Image Arts Building
  • Feb 27, 2016: Dames Making Games’ February Speaker Social on the process of visual novel design on Solace State
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Feb 25, 2016: Transferable Skills Workshop, a university panel on how I got into the indie games community and industry
    Toronto, University of Toronto Innis College
  • May 24, 2014: Dames Making Games’ May Speaker Social: talk on Scar Tissue demo with Mikki Benaglia [write-up]
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Feb 2, 2014: Nerdstorm Indesology, 2 hour seminar on critical theory of video games and interactive media [pics]
    Toronto, Centre for Social Innovation
  • Dec 11, 2013: Game Design for Artists at Akin Collective: 3 hour Twine workshop with Dan Murtha
    Toronto, Akin Landsdowne Studios
  • Dec 7, 2013: Winter Bit Bazaar 2013, arcade public showcase of Babel prototype (now called Solace State)
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Sep 10, 2013: Dames Making Games September Speaker Social: 20 min seminar on Double Blind’s art tech
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Jul 26, 2013: Design Critique Roundtable at the Toronto Skillswap, 15 min pitch presentation on Babel (now called Solace State)
    Toronto, George Brown College
  • Jun 28, 2013: Talking to the Press at the Toronto Skillswap, Q&A panel with Eric Weiss as a special guest
    Toronto, George Brown College

Past Exhibitions, Showcases, Arcades

Previous Major Attendance

  • July 31 – August 2, 2017: Games for Change festival, attendance & demo at Meet the Experts
    New York City, Parsons School of Design
  • Jun 13- 15, 2017: E3 attendance, Solace State demo by appointment only
    Los Angeles, Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Mar 2-6, 2015: Game Developers Conference, attendance as part of the DMG-GDC Scholarship
    San Francisco, Moscone Centre

Press and Interviews

Please get in touch with me at tanya (at) vividfoundry (dot) com for any booking inquiries for talks, workshops and showcases!