Advisory Board

Sipala Labs is grateful to have the following advisors in the game space, peace, technology and entrepreneurship fields on board:


Crista Falk is currently a sophomore at Lake City High School. She participates in Girl Scouting, robotics, scholastic team, the band program (playing saxophone, oboe, and banjo on the side), and is a teen volunteer at the Coeur d’Alene Library. She enjoys rock climbing, Web development, and programming. She maintains her own personal website, and enjoys making games. Her preferred language is Javascript. She is the Sipala Labs Youth Ambassador.


Derek Caelin is a Senior Specialist at the PeaceTech Lab and an independent games developer. He works to connect peacebuild​ers with technology and processes to accomplish their goals. When he isn’t administrating on the PeaceTech Exchange program and linking civil society organizations, activists, and governments to low cost, easy-to-use tools in conflict areas like Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, he advises peace games projects and seeks to build a community around impact gaming.​


Lawrence Patrick is a senior strategy consultant with Jupiter KSA. A pioneer in digital media, he published his first website in 1994 and is co-founder of, the largest online newspaper archive in the world. A longtime charter school advocate, Mr. Patrick has served on the Board of Directors of the National Charter Schools Institute; the Washington, D.C., Public Charter School Board; and the Charter School Leadership Council, where he served as its Chairman. Mr. Patrick served on the Advisory Committee for the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University for seven years. He also worked on global education policy issues as a Commissioner to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Education Committee for three years. A native of Detroit, Mr. Patrick is an honors graduate of Cass Tech and Florida A&M University. He also completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders Fellowship program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Mike McGraw has been working as a software developer in Nova Scotia, Canada since 2004, and has been in the I.T. industry since 1996, most recently employed as a senior developer at REDspace in Bedford. He works primarily in game design and development using Unity, enthusiastically brainstorming with creative collaborators, and project requirements gathering and scoping. Over the past 3 years, he has given close to twenty workshops to teach kids ages 8 to 16 how to program and design games, using a variety of subject matter, in conjunction with Discovery Centre Halifax, Halifax Library, Halifax Coder Dojo, and other organizations. He plans to continue learning how to teach. His projects and R&D efforts often involve experimentation with new hardware, including Kinect, VR, Arduino, Exergaming, GPS-based gaming, EEG headbands, home automation systems, iBeacons, Lego Mindstorms, and whatever else he can get his hands on.


Peter McKay is co-founder and adviser to Roscoe Labs, a publishing technology startup. He previously served as the company’s chief product officer, overseeing development of tools for user-generated video and encrypted web publishing. Prior to co-founding Roscoe Labs in 2010, Peter was a markets reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Over 11 years at the paper, he wrote extensively for both web and print, including daily coverage of 2008’s historic crash that sparked the Great Recession. Prior to joining the Journal in 1999, Peter began his career at the Washington Post, covering local business in suburban Prince William County, Virginia. He’s a distinguished alumnus of Florida A&M University’s journalism school and a former ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

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