Jacob Brooks smiling in front of a still from Pixar's Red Panda.

Jacob Brooks | Technical Director

Jacob Brooks has served as a supervising Technical Director for over 18 years. He was the lead simulation supervisor on Turning Red and Onward. Brooks is a graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his MS in Visualization Sciences. After watching Toy Story, Brooks became inspired to work in the animation industry. Since then, he has helped shape movies such as Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Inside Out, Coco, and currently Inside Out 2. His passion for his craft and camaraderie with his team members fuel his desire for achieving high-quality and excellence with every film.

Also featuring presenters from:

Rooster Teeth
Naughty Dog
Visual concepts
Kendall Robison
Associate Environment Artist
Giovanni Sabella
Software Engineer
Anna Faryniarz
Adam Blair
3D Artist
THAT's No Moon
Raquel Kasprzyk

Why Attend

Want to get into the Game and Film Industry?

Start by attending this free conference and hear industry professionals speak on matters of interest.

UIW is Dedicated to Quality Education

Our 3D program has been around for over 20 years, and we plan to be around a lot longer than that. Learn from top talent in the industry who also have a passion to educate the next generation.


Our students move on to work on industry recognized projects such as, Star Ward Jedi: Fallen Order, Death Stranding, and Marvel's Spiderman.


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Panelists / Q&A

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Student and Teacher Track 1

12:20 PM – 12:50 PM

Student and Teacher Track 2

12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

Student and Teacher Track 3

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Track Activities: Mini Convention Floor, Hands-On Demonstration, Campus Tour, and Educator Focused Session

Frequently Asked Questions

Upgrade 3D is a webinar/conference for high school students interested in the game and film industries as 3D Animators, Model and Texture Artists, Programmers for games, and Production Management. We have invited professionals from those industries to come and speak on topics of interest. 

The Seminar is being put on by the University of the Incarnate Word, a private university in San Antonio, TX.

Junior and Senior high school students that are interested in pursuing education and work in the game and film industry.

The Event will be held in-person and we will be hosting 300 attendees.

Check-in is from 8:30 am – 9:15 am. The event will begin at 9:15 am and end at 2:00 pm on September 29th, 2023.

We will host approximately 300 attendees. 

Yes, and it is free of charge! If there are any special dietary needs, please bring what is needed.

Topics we will cover include but aren’t limited to the following: Film & Game Production, 3D Animation, modeling, visual effects, and Indie development. There will also be a Teacher Track for educators that are attending.

We will also have more activities than just listening to speakers this year! Check the schedule above for details.

There will be a teacher lounge available at all times. Please stay with your students during the school tour.

Please use the Contact Us page so we can answer them!

As there are further developments and updates, we will be updating this webpage. Please visit back periodically!