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Things are hotting up down Sound City way, last week saw the announcement of Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the Cathedral, along with Mount Kimbie, Enter Shakari, Thee Oh Sees and, our faves, psychedelic dance outfit Darkstar. Something for everyone? We’d have thought so. Add to that a Q and A with the always-ace Tracey Thorn and the event can’t come quickly enough.

But, before the event proper, there’s the small matter of a rather impressive Futureproof summit to salivate over. With Channel 4, McCann and Football Manager’s Miles Jacobson, the event is aimed at the city’s burgeoning digital and gaming sectors looking to develop their businesses, and further cements Sound City’s claim to be a real music/digi/techonology fest we should be proud to call our own.

On the day that we recommend a seriously brilliant new Liverpool-made game, it’s heartening to see the world’s hottest developers, games funders and brand experts heading to the city for one amazing summit.

Colin Macdonald, Commissioning Editor for Games for Channel Four will join a roundtable session that explores how developers can create opportunities to collaborate with TV companies and brands.

As a producer on the multi-billion dollar generating Grand Theft Auto franchise, Colin then helped found, and was studio manager of, Realtime Worlds where he helped raise over $80m in investment and oversaw development of the two million selling, BAFTA-winning game Crackdown, and the online game APB. So he knows his way around a third person shooter.

Red Bull’s brand experts, Michael Henderson and Robbie Dean and a representative from Liverpool FC will speak directly to developers in a series of one-to-one meetings to answer the burning questions developers want to put to a company renowned for its strategic digital and social media campaigns – globally as well as nationally.

Robin Wilson, director of PR and social media at McCann will attend a roundtable to discuss the merits of developing creative social media campaigns, while the always popular subject of angel funding will feature John Vakis from the world’s best known crowd funding company (IndieGoGo) who will be streaming live from NYC, and there will be opportunities for questions too.

But perhaps the most hotly anticipated strand will be Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive, the team behind Football Manager holding a rare Q and A session.

“We are absolutely delighted that Miles has agreed to attend Futureproof because we know he has an incredible following and his business reputation and experiences make him pitch perfect for this summit,” Sound City’s David Pichilingi says.

“The sort of insight and knowledge that Miles Jacobson will bring to Futureproof is second to none so we expect there to be a huge demand for this Q&A.”

Other roundtables include:

‘Money – how to access it and what is investable’ with Laurence Jackson (Coutts) and Enda Carey (Standfast).

‘Problems of discovery and building an indie audience’ with Dan Pearce (Dan Pearce Games) and Ben Hill (Whitepaper Games).

‘The steps to venture capitalist funding’ with Paul Humphray (MSIF), Enda Carey (Standfast) and Rupert Wingate-Saul (AXM VC).

‘Building a brand and business, not a product’ with Clemen Wagerin (Setgo Games) and Ivan Davies (Catalyst).

Commercial app development with Dave Brown (Apposing) and Phil Blything (Glow New Media)

Drop-in clinics with funding specialists such as Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) and investors such as AXM and Ingenious Media

A ‘Perfect Pitch’ opportunity where delegates pitch their business idea to publishers and investors who can work with games developers to bring them to market.

Liverpool’s reputation as a centre of excellence for games and digital companies is growing. And here’s your chance to be a part of its next level.

There’s even a competition to win two tickets: one for a blogger and one for someone who has a business idea they’d like to pitch to the likes of Miles Jacobson and the best one will win a ticket. You can find all the details here:

Facebook friends can find a discount voucher code to reduce ticket price from £70 to £40: Go here.

We’re not registered Independent Financial Advisors, but if you’re in any way interested in the shape of gaming to come, we’d say this was a day you’d be wise to invest in.

Futureproof Summit
February 13
Haus, Greenland Street
Baltic Triangle