Meet the Mentors
Interaction & Visual Design (IVD), School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
Truna aka J.Turner is a game and interaction design educator and researcher from Brisbane, Australia. She has a background in art, anthropology, critical pedagogy and design with a little bit of AI and linguistics on the side. She approaches design as a critical literacy activity and focuses on the software as material culture. She researches and publishes work on spatial representation, maps, culture and game design and makes game works that explore cultural perspectives.
Truna is active in the game making sector and a keen supporter of exploring the potential of digital games to make meaning and tell stories. She is the Brisbane International Game Developers Association (IGDA) chapter auntie, co-director of the Game On public program and the Game On  indie games community symposium and founder of the 48 hour game making challenge
SAE QANTM and Universe Creation 101
Christy Dena is a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning pervasive games, film, digital and theatre projects. Clients include Nokia, Cisco/No Mimes Media, ABC, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Noah Falstein, Ken Eklund & Agency of Coney, and many more. She is co-founder and co-director of the lab for storytellers working in tech, Forward Slash Story, with Lance Weiler. She is Senior Lecturer in Games at SAE QANTM; a Member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys); Board Member of the Entertainment Technology Press (ETC); and Professor Adjunct at Creative Industries, QUT.