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must attend conferences

01-11-2010, 06:11 PM
#1
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must attend conferences

HI there!

Just wondering what conferences you consider "must attend" status for developers to get their names out there, and to network with other devs.

Thanks

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01-11-2010, 06:36 PM
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The two you really want:

GDC - Game Developer's Conference - in March 9-13 of this year in San Francisco - http://www.gdconf.com/

WWDC - Worldwide Developers Conference - In June, exact dates unannounced, also held in San Francisco http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

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01-12-2010, 11:24 AM
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I would've said: http://www.360idev.com/
01-12-2010, 11:55 AM
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I would've said: http://www.360idev.com/
*Slaps self* Yes I missed a big one! This combined with the two I listed are about all you need to worry about... It figures that they're all on the west coast, about as far away as they could get from me

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01-12-2010, 12:02 PM
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Thanks for the tips!

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01-12-2010, 12:10 PM
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WWDC, GDC-San Francisco and 360iDev are all on my must-attend list as well. And 360iDev is also very affordable to boot.

Another thing to keep an eye out for - Apple gives FREE one-day iPhone tech talks throughout the country. As a registered dev, I think you get an email notification to sign up. When you do, sign up right away, because they fill up almost immediately. But those are free, hosted by Apple, and generally not too far away, since they're all over the country. Also a must-go.
01-13-2010, 07:09 PM
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Hi guys. I'm currently developing a game with a friend, and I'm very new to the indie game dev scene How important do you think it is to go to these conferences and what sort of stuff do you want to get done at them (networking? partnering? just meeting people and letting people know about your game?) FYI I'm a junior at a college in the bay area so I'm close to most of these events.
01-13-2010, 07:36 PM
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not actually making enough money off iPhone games to afford these conferences. Might be worth it anyway, but why can't they just cost maybe $120 instead of $500-$2000?

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01-13-2010, 07:41 PM
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I think I'll attend the 360iDev this year. I really wanted to go last year but it wasn't possible.
01-13-2010, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by qub1t View Post
Hi guys. I'm currently developing a game with a friend, and I'm very new to the indie game dev scene How important do you think it is to go to these conferences and what sort of stuff do you want to get done at them (networking? partnering? just meeting people and letting people know about your game?) FYI I'm a junior at a college in the bay area so I'm close to most of these events.
Conferences are important, IMHO. Not only do they provide you with insight, but you also have the opportunity for networking and partnering (as you stated).

While I was in the PocketPC (Windows Mobile) industry, I had the opportunity to let people know about my work and I met many reviewers from around the world, and I also had the opportunity to meet some very prominent people (editors) from large magazines.

I was also a speaker at a couple conventions. With these opportunities, I was able to secure an exhibit table to show off about a dozen indie games- most of them I was not associated with, they just happened to be fellow developers that I respected.

Traffic to our table was consistent and among the busiest.

The iPhone/iPod industry is vastly different though. However, I think that networking and meeting the right people still has its benefits.

I will be at a convention in San Francisco on January 20th- I happen to be one of the 3 Panelists that will be speaking. My topics will mostly pertain to indies. If anyone happens to be in the area or wants to attend, feel free. Sorry I do not remember the details for the conference off the top of my head, but I can post them later this eveningif someone is interested.

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