DEVELOP OPENS SPEAKER SUBMISSIONS FOR 2014
The call for papers for the Develop in Brighton conference opens today and prospective speakers have until 7 March to submit proposals at www.developconference.com.
Develop in Brighton is Europe’s leading conference for the European game development community, taking place on 8-10 July 2014. The event, which launched in 2006, has grown year on year. Last summer’s event attracted 1,667 attendees, an increase of 54 per cent on the launch year and a three per cent rise on 2012. In a survey completed by Develop 2013 delegates, 85 per cent rated the event as excellent or good.
“We are very fortunate to have hosted some incredibly high calibre speakers over the years with keynotes from industry luminaries including Mark Cerny, Phil Harrison, David Perry, Tim Schafer, David Braben and Peter Molyneux,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of organiser Tandem Events.
“We personally invite the majority of our speakers knowing – based on input from delegates and our advisory board – that they will deliver insight into the issues of most importance to the industry. But we also like to extend that invitation wider to ensure that all developers who have something valid and insightful to share have an opportunity to do so.
“Each year, the content of the conference evolves to ensure it reflects the ever changing face of game development and this year, our ninth, will be no different in that respect including a brand new marketing track. In addition to the great programme, we're introducing a number of new features, such as a Game Jam and more high level tech talks, to ensure that developers have a fun-filled experience both in and out of the sessions. The aim - as always - is to create an event that's accessible to all developers, from the smallest indies to the largest studios, and which fulfills their thirst for knowledge and for networking and having fun."
Speaker and delegate quotes following Develop in Brighton 2013:
Jo Twist, Ukie
"I absolutely love Develop - it's the only time you get all the creative minds in the industry together in one place in the UK."
Ella Romanos, Remode
"Develop is really important, particularly in the UK games industry - it's the one place that everybody is going to be. So it's very good for networking and a good way to catch up with people, have meetings and keep up with what's going on."
Barry Meade, Fireproof Studios
"One of the best things about being in this industry is meeting other developers. You come to a place like Develop and you realise it is a community - Develop lets developers come together and hang out."
Alice Taylor, Makielab
"Develop is amazing - I love it because it’s very clever and everyone's got really good stuff to say."