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Submit your Summit, VRDC talks for GDC 2017 now!

Submit your Summit, VRDC talks for GDC 2017 now!

August 29, 2016 | By Staff

Great news: Now's your chance to propose a talk for one of the Game Developers Conference 2017 Summits or the VR-focused VRDC at GDC in February/March 2017!

This call for submissions of potential lectures and panels for both the VRDC and the specialized Summits that help open the 2017 Game Developers Conference opens today and runs through 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, September 23rd.

Both VRDC and the GDC Summits take place on the first two days of GDC, signaling the start of the five-day signature game creation conference.

GDC organizers debuted the Virtual Reality Developers Conference at GDC last year as a special two-day event where developers of all stripes have the opportunity to explore and discuss VR/AR game design, to great success.

Now, they're bringing it back to GDC 2017 with the same two tracks of talks: one focused on VR/AR in games, the other on VR/AR in entertainment. (Organizers have also launched a standalone version of VRDC with an expanded focus that will be taking place in November of this year.)

With that in mind, GDC 2017 organizers want to let you know that if you've already proposed a talk for the standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference this November, that does not prevent you from proposing the same talk for the VRDC track of talks at GDC 2017.

Plus, the 2017 GDC Summits are now accepting submissions, with each Summit having dedicated industry Advisory Board members to evaluate your talks. This year sees the debut of the UX Summit, devoted to "all facets of the user experience discipline in the video game industry" & led by Epic veteran Celia Hodent, & the consolidation of major elements of the old F2P/Smartphone & Tablet Games Summits into a better-than-ever GDC Mobile Summit! 

Here's the list of GDC 2017 Summits you can submit talks for:

  • AI Summit
  • Community Management Summit
  • UX Summit
  • Game Narrative Summit
  • GDC Education Summit
  • GDC Mobile Summit
  • Independent Games Summit -- This year we welcome new IGS advisors Ryan Clark (Crypt Of The Necrodancer) and Jonatan Van Hove (European Innovative Games Showcase @ GDC Europe).

(Note: the eSports Summit that took place at GDC in 2015 and 2016 is morphing into a more focused one-day Bootcamp form.)

The perennially popular Game Career Seminar at GDC - a low-cost program for those new to the industry - is also making a return next year, and organizers are looking for great GCS talks focused on building great careers in the game industry! So submit your talks now for the GDC 2017 Game Career Seminar.

Organized by the UBM Tech Game Network, GDC 2017 will be held Monday, February 27 through Friday, March 3 of next year at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. 

For more information regarding the submission process and guidelines for the GDC summits, please visit the online submission portal. For more information about GDC 2017 please visit the official GDC website.

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