On Tuesday 9 July, over 1,600 developers are set to descend on Brighton as the industry comes together for the eighth annual Develop Conference. The three day conference will host over 90 sessions covering the whole spectrum of games development. 120 speakers will debate the biggest issues and trends in the industry, from Neil Brown’s session on PlayStation 4, to developments in touch-screen technology, discussions about Kickstarter and funding, global markets and even a session on cyber-psychology.
Lee Schuneman, studio head at Microsoft Lift London, will open the Evolve Conference on Tuesday before Mark Cerny, president of Cerny Games, will give the Develop Conference opening keynote entitled Changing the Game: Developing into the Next Generation. In total, there are nine tracks and seven keynotes over the three days.
Outside the conference, Develop will be hosting its biggest expo yet. Attendees can meet some of the biggest names in the industry including Dolby, Microsoft, Sony Computer Entertainment, Unity, Unreal Engine and Valve, as well as discovering some of the newest talent in the Develop Conference Indie Showcase.
Centrally located within the expo, the Indie Showcase highlights ten unpublished, independently-developed games selected by a judging panel of industry experts. Delegates have the chance to get hands on with the games and vote for their favourite through the People’s Choice vote.
Full information on the conference sessions and speakers together with who is exhibiting at the expo can all be found on the new mobile event app, sponsored by Microsoft, which can be downloaded from www.developconference.com.
The Develop Conference isn’t just about the content, but the people you meet in and around the conference. For example, the all-new and improved Networking Bar and Lounge, sponsored by Unreal Engine, is based just next to the expo, while around town there’s the Guardian Pub Quiz on Monday and the Ice Breaker Welcome Drinks and GamesAid Charity Poker tournament on Tuesday, the Develop Expo Booth Crawl on Wednesday, and the conference winds down on Thursday with the Close of Conference Beers sponsored by Dolby.
“With only a week to go, we’re delighted with both the quantity and high quality of content we are offering our delegates,” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events. “We’re lucky to have some fantastic keynotes and great sessions, which will offer invaluable information for every type of developer – from the smallest indies to established studios. I’m really looking forward to welcoming everyone down to Brighton next week.”
Develop in Brighton Conference, 9-11 July 2013 – www.developconference.com
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