As it happens every year, the agenda went through a period of Early Access with certain topics falling off the wagon in the process.
I really wanted to talk about Hiring for Legal Teams – but that’s pushed back to 2020, when we may finally have a parallel track (or choose this topic for the pre-Summit work group).
Another theme that would’ve been a bold step forward is Mental Health under Stress. Depending on how hard you work (or how high are your particular stress peaks, even if your overall stress level is moderate), you may find this theme to be quite relevant.
Open Source went up in smoke – literally. Earlier this year, I found myself on a rooftop terrace of a law firm over in Germany, sharing a coffee with my lawyer friends (and tolerating their Marlboros). The conversation covered litigation based on open source issues, which seemed like an exciting topic.
However, the specific lawyers that litigated those cases do not generally work with the games industry – and we couldn’t find anyone to present this theme at the Summit in a way that would be relevant to the audience.
Audit in Games Industry is a topic that I can personally relate to, having performed three different audits back in the days when I ran a publishing label. Pretty much every in-house counsel was excited about having such a panel, however nobody wanted to present. I reached out to a few friends who are, I believe, the best auditors that I know of – but they were reluctant to travel just for one panel, in an industry that’s not usually their main client. Can we make this topic happen in 2020? That depends on you, guys. Let’s chat about it when we see each other in Vilnius!
Finally, while you’ll find cookies in your attendee box, Cookies as the topic of a technical presentation (what are cookies, really – and how does the actual software method used by web designers correspond to the legalese that lawyers then generate to support it?) is not on the agenda due to time constraints.
Overall, this year we have 26 panels & presentations
across 2 days of the event, and the final agenda (drum roll!) is available HERE
. If you’re one of the speakers or panelists, I’ll be chasing you for your slides in the next couple of weeks. Also, any feedback and suggestions are welcome – after all, we still have 19 days to go!