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Want to help the 2016 Game Developers Conference go off without a hitch, and get free entry to boot? Apply now to be a volunteer Conference Associate (CA), and you can earn the equivalent of an All-Access Pass by putting in roughly 25 hours of on-site work.
GDC 2016 runs from Monday, March 14th through Friday, March 18th, 2016. Applicants who are chosen to be Conference Associates have pre-conference assignments and a required orientation dinner on Sunday, March 15th. This is a paid position, so you must be eligible to work in the United States.
If you are accepted into the program, you are expected to be on-site during conference hours from the start of your pre-conference assignments through the end of the conference on the evening of Friday, March 18th.
What will you be doing, you ask? CA duties may include guarding doors and scanning badges, monitoring sessions, answering attendees' questions, and more. (You will also be given some free time during the show to attend talks or check out the Expo floor.)
To apply, head over to the GDC 2016 CA application page and read the instructions. The deadline for applications closes at 11:59pm PDT, January 1st, 2016. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted (or not) by January 7th.
Applications submitted after the positions are filled will be offered the opportunity to be put on the waiting list. Applications will be accepted up until 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, UTC-8) on March 8h for the waiting list.
Do you have what it takes to be a CA? The wife of one GDC Europe speaker shared this story of a GDC Europe 2013 associate who went above and beyond the call of duty, just one of many amazing stories of Conference Associates helping the GDC community:
My husband had some oral surgery awhile ago and had [even more dental issues on the way to GDC Europe]. However, with a Monday morning lecture scheduled, there were very few options for us. He was a trouper and delivered his talk, then turned to me and said "I need a doctor." We then started our journey to find him health care in Germany.
Thankfully, the first person we encountered was an amazing CA named Andre; he brought us down to first aid and upon finding out that we would need to go to a doctor, talked to GDC, then drove us to the doctor and set us all up with an appointment. He came into the room and translated for us, and when our credit cards didn't work (American cards have no chip) he paid for Brian's healthcare, as well as medicine. He then drove Brian back to the hotel, and me back to GDC.
Brian required a return visit the next day at 7am, and Andre picked us up at 6:45am and took us to the doctor again. He also brought us back there the following Friday.
Andre was a savior, without him I have no idea what we would've done. He was so kind and humble, we are both truly touched. It's the small things, like unexpected kindness that count.
Organized by the UBM Tech Game Network, GDC 2016 will take place March 14-18th at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.
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