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Computer Game Designer Henk Rogers to Speak at UH-Hilo

April 16, 2013, 1:23 PM HST
* Updated April 16, 3:05 PM
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Henk B. Rogers, president and CEO of Blue Planet Software, will be the featured guest at the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Business and Economics Speaker Series this month.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Wentworth Hall, Room 1.

Rogers is a Dutch-born computer game designer and serial entrepreneur.

He’s known for producing Japan’s first major role-playing video game, The Black Onyx, and for revolutionizing the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster game Tetris.

Today, Rogers is president and CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise, and founder of Blue Planet Foundation, a non-profit clean-energy advocate.

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He also founded Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first venture accelerator.  

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Earlier this year, Blue Startups offered $20,000 grants to technology entrepreneurs on Hawaii Island and across the state as part of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp.’s Launch Akamai Venture Accelerator program.

The UH-Hilo College of Business and Economics prepares students for leadership in organizations serving Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information, contact the College of Business and Economics at (808) 974-7400 or visit their webpage at business.uhh.Hawaii.edu.

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