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Now's the time to submit talks for the Independent Games Summit at GDC 2017!

Now's the time to submit talks for the Independent Games Summit at GDC 2017!

September 15, 2016 | By Staff




Good news, would-be GDC speakers: 2017 Game Developers Conference organizers are now accepting Independent Games Summit talk submissions through Friday, September 23rd

This is important, because the Independent Games Summit is intended to be the place for the independent game developer at GDC. It features lectures, postmortems and roundtables from notable independent game creators, including many former and current Independent Games Festival finalists and winners.

The Independent Games Summit seeks to achieve diversity of voice, experience and perspective, while highlighting the best and brightest in indie development. Discussion topics range from game design philosophy to art, programming, distribution, business, marketing, and much more.

The 2017 IGS will again use a main, large room alongside a simultaneous second smaller room - for deep-dive subjects and focused talks that we would otherwise be unable to fit into the program. Please submit with this in mind! 

Organizers are soliciting the following topics for the 2017 program: 

  • Design and Philosophy - design techniques particularly suited to indies, such as rapid prototyping & limitations, as well as more abstract talks on how you approach indie limitations - we often compile an hour of more 'out there' lectures, so don't be afraid!
  • Case Studies and Postmortems - inspirational talks that demonstrate what worked, what didn't, what surprised you and made you wiser. Postmortems don't have to only talk about breakaway hits- failure discussions are great too!
  • Discipline Deep Dives - each discipline in video game development encounters unique challenges working in the independent space. Building games on your own often requires deep, specialized learning in new areas. Talks for specific audiences about advanced techniques in Engineering, Design, Audio, or Writing, are welcome and encouraged.
  • Indie Business - how to fund your project, ship a profitable game, manage teams, pick the right platform, and run a company without going insane.
  • Promotion & Marketing - how to get noticed when the "Marketing Department" = you
  • Annual lecture themes: if you're interested in submitting to give a microtalk in one of our annual 60–minute lectures, such as the Indie Soapbox, the Failure Workshop, or the Tech Toolbox, be sure to note that in the Summary for Advisors section of the submission form.

GDC 2017 takes place Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, and will once again host thousands of game developers from all around the world for a week of learning, networking and inspiration.

For more details on the submission process, please visit the GDC website.

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