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Xbox’s father of invention, the latest speaker at Spark.me 2018

Spark.me 2018 has a new speaker. Boyd Multerer, former engineering leader for Xbox video game console, who founded Xbox Live and XNA.

On the Xbox team, Boyd started Xbox Live in 2000, an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service, and ran engineering for it for four years. In 2004 he founded XNA, which opened up the Xbox to all developers and established C# as the language of gaming in tools that would live beyond XNA itself (Monogame, Unity, more…).

Lastly, he ran the operating system team for the Xbox One video game console. This covered all areas from the hypervisor/kernel and security up to the application model, UI, and Kinect.

Since leaving Microsoft in 2014, Boyd has been independently researching (and building) the future of operating systems for IoT (Internet of things) style connected devices. With an emphasis on security, self-healing, ease of programming, and small footprint, he is leveraging what he learned building the Xbox into new fields. Boyd has filed roughly 50 patents with at least 26 final approved. He has managed projects that range from very small to $100M in budget.

Spark.me organizers have previously announced two Spark.me 2018 speakers – Mark W. Schaefer (one of the world’s foremost social media marketing strategists, and a business consultant who blogs at {grow} – one of the top five marketing blogs of the world), and Kerry O’Shea Gorgone (the Director of Product Strategy, Training at MarketingProfs, and the host of the Marketing Smarts podcast). More speakers will be announced in the weeks to come.

Spark.me tickets are available at the conference official website, at www.spark.me. The full price of the ticket is 300€. However, all interested parties can take advantage of the Early Bird ticket sale and get their ticket for just 200€, before April 1. High school, undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students who are 27 years old or younger can get their ticket for a special price of 50€.

Spark.me conference ticket includes: pass for all conference sessions (May 26-27), workshops (May 25), and the start-up competition (May 26-27), buffet lunch on both conference days, all coffee breaks on both conference days, and a cocktail reception (the evening of May 26). A ticket does not include accommodation and transport. All bought tickets can later be transferred to another person (‘name change’), but cannot be refunded.

Spark.me 2018, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, will be held on May 26-27, in Hotel Mediteran, in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro.

This year, Spark.me has prepared something brand new – an additional day of hands-on marketing and startup workshops on May 25, which are completely free to everyone with a conference ticket. The conference has been organized annually since 2013, by Domain.ME, a private company in charge of operating Montenegro’s national Internet domain – .ME.

Spark.me brings stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging branding strategies, and world-changing initiatives, and brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks.