#XmasJKL 2019 THANK YOU!

#XmasJKL is the most relaxed business seminar in the finnish game industry. The seminar is held on, Jyväskylä, Finland.

#XmasJKL is also a networking event where you can listen and learn from the best in the business and meet the great game industry people.

Put your Christmas hat on and join us!

Tickets details will come later!


#XmasJKL 2018 © JoonasNieminen.fi

How to get to Aaltosali?

Aaltosali is located close to our Matkakeskus (the train and bus station of Jyväskylä). The walking distance is only 290 meters.
Check directions HERE!


Aaltosali’s address is Väinönkatu 7, 40100 Jyväskylä


Day’s Schedule 2019

From the left you can see the whole program for the event.

Here’s other important times for you!

10.00 Registration starts
10.00-17.00 Demonstration area is open
14.00-15.00 Lunch is served at Restaurant Fiilu
10.00-19.00 Coffee and tea is served
10.00-23.30 Bar is open

Speakers & Topics 2019

Elina Arponen

CEO, co-founder

Elina became serial entrepreneur when she co-founded Quicksave in the beginning of 2017. Elina’s previous startup Tribe Studios was acquired by the chat app Palringo where Elina worked as Head of Chat Games. Now Quicksave continues the journey of enriching communication through games.

TOPIC: Instant gaming – the good, the bad and the future

Mikko Toivanen

Customer Engineer
Google Finland

Mikko Toivanen has been developing software professionally since 1996. He has worked 8 years in the Finnish game industry, at Next Games and Remedy Entertainment. Prior to working in the games industry, he worked 10+ years in the IT sector in various companies sized 5 – 200 000 people. Currently he works as a Customer Engineer in EMEA region for Google Maps Platform and gaming customers.

TOPIC: Real World Gaming

Mark Cochrane


Accomplished digital games business leader with 25+ years experience in companies such EA, PopCap and Sony. Rethinking mobile games development in a way that significantly reduces risk and maximises chances of success in a highly dynamic and competitive marketplace.

TOPIC: Lightneer – Journey and Learnings


Felicia “Licia” Prehn

Head of Production
Nopia Oy

Felicia “Licia” Prehn is an almost completely blind animation and mobile game producer at Nopia Oy. She moved to Finland from New York in 2011, and since then has been a vocal advocate for blind and low.vision gamers, as well as for disabled immigrants residing in Finland. Since joining Nopia in 2015, Prehn has produced, written, and even voice acted in several advertisements and mobile games. Most recently, she has written and produced Oku Game – the DJ Runner, which is the world’s first-ever mobile game created for a radio DJ. Prehn is also a eurodance artist under the name MC Licia, a DJ, vlogger, and mother.

TOPIC: Accessibility isn’t a Trend: The Truth About the Disabled Players, Inclusion and Common-Sense Design

Luai Mahjneh

Game Development Partnerships
Veikkaus Game Studio

Luai Mahjneh is an experienced entrepreneur and gaming professional. He is building the game development partners’ ecosystem at Veikkaus. Luai has a strong background with start-ups in early stage development and the lean approaches that impact their business. Luai’s work experience reaches from business operations management and project coordination to customer service and sales. He is internationally experienced, having worked, studied, and lived 11 years abroad in Italy and Germany.

Luai holds a M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering and management.

Jani Eronen

Lead Developer
Veikkaus Game Studio

Jani Eronen is a Lead Developer at Veikkaus Game Studio with 15 years of experience in software development. His work at Veikkaus involves transforming business processes to mobile first and building a new game development environment. Previously he was mainly working with data processing and technical architecture. And since the beginning of the 2000’s he has been building and exploring real time rendering solutions for different projects (when he had time from gaming).

TOPIC: Developing Games with Veikkaus Game Studio

After Party Performers

Rama & MC Licia

Rama & MC Licia are two of Finland's most passionate eurodance artists. Rama rose to fame in 1996 with his hit single "Light My Fire," while MC Licia rose to fame in 2018 with her hit "Pokemon In MY Dreams." Since then, the two have toured around Finland and have opened for acts such as Oku Luukkainen, Solid Base, and Ice MC. They are known for their high-energy performances and stage presence.

DJ Satai

This DJ from Jyväskylä has already gained many achievements since beginning his career in 2016. He has performed, among other places, in Club Onniteekki, Summerdance, and the Women In Games event organised by IGDA Finland. This year, DJ Satai has also become familiar to the listeners of Radio Nova's Retroperjantai (Retro Friday) for his Monthly Mashups.


Academic Pass – 100 € (inc. VAT. 10%)
Access to Seminar and After Party
Includes Lunch and Evening snack
2 Drink tickets

Business Pass – 145 € (inc. VAT. 10%)
Access to Seminar and After Party
Includes Lunch and Evening snack
3 Drink tickets

Going to attend as a group over 5 people? We’ll give -15% of the total price for bigger groups! Email us sales@expa.fi and get your offer.

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© Hotelli Verso

Hotel Offer

Verso Urban Hotel, 26.-28.9.2019
Kauppakatu 35, 40100 Jyväskylä 

1 person standard room   105 €/day/room
2 persons standard room  115 €/day/room

Includes free breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Booking via phone +35814 333 999 or via email info@hotelliverso.fi Remember to use code Expa

Free cancellation till noon on date of arrival.

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Hotel Offer

Hotelli Milton, 27.-28.9.2019
Hannikasenkatu 29, 40100 Jyväskylä

1 person standard room   75 €/day/room
2 persons standard room  95 €/day/room

Includes free breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Booking via phone +35814 3377 900 or via email info@hotellimilton.com or via their website. Remember to use code XmasJKL

Free cancellation till 18.00 on the evening before the arrival.

The offer ends on 20th of September.

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