Jed Merrill, Producer/Game Designer

B.E.S.T. Events and Press

B.E.S.T. Press!


Lassonde News and Events, Summer 2016

U Students Design Simulator to Train Police on De-escalating Conflict, KUER, 26 April 2016, April 2016

KUTV News, 7 April 2016

FOX 13 Now, 5 April 2016

Utah police may soon practice de-escalation in virtual reality, Salt Lake Tribune, 3 April 2016.

Police-Training Simulator Among Microsoft Code Contest Winners, PC Mag, 1 April 2016

EAE Students Sweep Microsoft Imagine Cup and Games4Health Competitions!, EAE, 1 April 2016

B.E.S.T. Official Website –

B.E.S.T. on Facebook

B.E.S.T. on Twitter

B.E.S.T. Portfolio Page (at EAE Master Games Studio)


Lt. Wade Breur tests B.E.S.T.

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B.E.S.T. Events!

Contact Jed Merrill, Producer, to meet with us at one of these events!

Coming Soon:

Utah Governor’s Economic Summit 2016 – April 14 – 15, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

UDEN 10 – April 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

CEO Space International – May 15 – 22, 2016, Las Vegas, NV

E3 (Possible Appearance) – June 14 – 16, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Semifinals and/or Finals – July 2016, Seattle, WA

IGDA Leadership Summit 2016 – August 29 – 30, 2016, Seattle, WA

Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 – September 1 – 3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

I/ITSEC Serious Games Competition 2016 – November 28 – December 2, 2016, Orlando, FL

Recently Attended:

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 11.36.56 AMEdugaming 2015 – 
Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Location:  Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA

“The goal of this conference is to bring together educators and representatives from the game industry to discuss the powerful impact effective educational games have on learning, as well as how best to utilize games for effective student education.”

maxresdefaultSalt Lake Gaming Con – Thursday, August 6 to Saturday, August 8, 2015

Location:  South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT

“Over 25,000 gamers will be attending the Salt Lake Gaming Con (SLGC) when it visits the South Towne Expo Center during August 6th-8th. This three-day convention will focus on video games, tabletop games, and cosplay. The convention will feature top game developers from all over the country who will be demoing their games and running tournaments. We will be hosting tournaments for different skill levels so everyone has the chance to participate and have fun!”

WbaICI8aUDEN 6 – Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Location:  Church & State, 370 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT

“This month we are very excited about keynote speaker, Ken Bretschneider, CEO of The Void! We will also hear from Sara Adelmana, Joe Albrethsen, Kasandra Verbrugghen and Clark Schaffer in our Hive Ignite segment. Most importantly you have another great opportunity for you all to NETWORK with other talented folks from the UT digital entertainment scene!”

banner_igda-leadership-summit-540x166IGDA Leadership Summit – Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3, 2015

Location:  Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle, WA

“Over 25 speakers from companies such as Microsoft, PlayFab, Vlambeer, Zynga, and more share their knowledge during this 2-day event.”

igdaSLC_logoIGDA Salt Lake September Meeting – Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Location:  Church & State, 370 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT, 7:30 pm

“This time we have Jeff Peters speaking about good practices for startup gaming companies, as well as how to develop and polish generalist skills needed there, and how the ability to wear many hats is critical for small companies.  Afterwards we will have the usual casual networking time.  A big thank you to Church & State for sponsoring the venue!”

slccSalt Lake ComiCon – Thursday, September 24 to Saturday, September 26, 2015

Location:  Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

“Salt Lake Comic Con is a world-class pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to the Intermountain West. With celebrity guest Panels, Autograph signings, Photo ops, gaming competitions, cosplay contests, special events, KidCon and the Film Festival, there is something for everyone.”

ClimateGameJamLogo-480Climate Game Jam – October 2, 2015 to October 4, 2015

Location:  Hogle Zoo Rende-Zoo Room, 2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South), Salt Lake City, UT  84108

Sponsored by the White House.

Update:  A member of our team took first place (“People’s Choice”) at the Climate Game Jam.

WyS+BVUtah Indie Game Jam 2015 and Indie Speed Run – Friday, October 9, 2015 to Sunday, October 11, 2015

Location:  Business Resource Center at UVU, 815 West 1250 South, Orem, UT 84058

“Come with your team and make a game in 48 hours, meet people, and learn new stuff.”

Update:  A member of our team on two of the 12 teams that participated won 6 out of 12 design awards including Grand Prize and Most Innovative Game Design.

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 11.53.45 AMImmersive Entertainment Presentation with Kevin Williams – Saturday, October 17, 2015

Location:  801 Labs, 353 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT  84111

“Hear the inside track on the state of “Out-of-Home” VR experiences like the VOID virtual reality theme park in our backyard.”  Sponsored by Salt Lake VR.

microsoft-hololens-ar-headset-640x353Hololens Developer Demos – Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and Thursday, October 22, 2015

Location:  163 W. Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City, UT  84101 (Reservation Required)

“Get a first-hand demo of Microsoft HoloLens and meet a member of our development team to learn more about creating holographic experiences. Come build the holographic future with us.”

IGF14_510x188IGF Submission Deadline – Monday, October 26, 2015

Not an event per se, but a key milestone for Team BEST!

2015_IITSEC_dividerI/ITSEC – Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 4, 2015

Location:  Orange County Convention Center, 9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL

“The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. It is always held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, and it consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students.”

ceo-er-logo-hor2-340x104CEO Space International – March 6 to March 13, 2016

Location:  The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, 101 MonteLago Blvd., Henderson, NV 89011

gdc16_logo_0Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) – Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, 2016

Location:  Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Salt Lake Comic Con FanX will take place April 17-19, 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. (PRNewsFoto/Salt Lake Comic Con)

Salt Lake Comic Con FanX – Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26, 2016

Location:  Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84101

microsoft-buildBuild 2016Microsoft US Imagine Cup Finals – Tuesday, March 29 to April 1, 2016

LocationMoscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Update:  B.E.S.T. Police Training Simulator is the National Winner for the US Imagine Cup 2016! Category:  World Citizenship.

Other Events Recently Attended But Not Listed Above:

Training Sessions with POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training)

Utahans Against Police Brutality (Activist Group)

The VOID (Testing B.E.S.T.)

UDEN 7, 8, and 9 (Utah Digital Entertainment Network)







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