11 - 13 July 2017

Develop Brighton


Networking Opportunities

Developer with a a game to pitch? Publisher looking for new IPs? Develop:Brighton is the place for you!

Developer with a a game to pitch? Publisher looking for new IPs? Develop:Brighton is the place for you!

Because Develop:Brighton brings together the game dev community for three days by the beach in July - it's a great place to network. We're big enough that it feels like the whole industry is here, but relaxed and small enough to make meeting people easy.

There are plenty of informal networking opportunities - bumping into people in between conference sessions, over a coffee or lunch. Then there's the Expo where you can meet companies offering the latest tech and services, developers showcasing their games so you can even play games and share feedback with the creators or grab a beer in the  New Networking Bar..

If you'd rather not leave your meetings to chance then we offer a meeting tool where you can pre-arrange to meet people: ​​​​​Meet@Develop Meeting Zone

Formal networking events include:

Tuesday 11 July
Ice Breaker Welcome Drinks in the Waterhouse Bar from 6pm (free with a conference or expo pass)
GamesAid Charity Poker Tournament from 8pm (entry fee more info coming soon)

Wednesday 12 July
Develop Expo Booth Crawl from 5pm (free with a conference or expo pass)
Develop Industry Excellence Awards organised by NewBay Media in the Oxford Suite from 7pm (buy tickets in advance)
GamesIndustry.biz Summer Party from 8pm (buy tickets in advance more info coming soon)

Thursdy 13 July
Close of conference drinks in the hotel bar from 6pm 

  • Being here gives me a lot of energy - and I’m sure a lot of other people too, to keep going. And I hope I can be here again in maybe 10, 20, 30 years!
    Hideo Kojima
    Kojima Productions
  • I love coming to Develop:Brighton – it’s a great chance to network, tell people what you’re up to, have meetings, do business deals.. also finding some great talks and great information from some of the best speakers around. It’s a regular thing I come to every year and I can’t imagine not coming.
    Patrick O’Luanaigh
    CEO, nDreams
  • It’s not just about the great talks, but it’s about bringing together the whole community, it’s the networking – it’s just amazing, we love it!
    Aj Grand-Scrutton
    Co-founder, Dlala Studios
  • The quality of the attendees is very high – lots of interesting folks asking some great questions and there are some sweet names who are presenting.
    Luke Krane
    Head of Games, Kickstarter
  • It’s key to have UK events like this that allow the coming together of developers, sharing of knowledge, networking, deals to be struck and fun to be had!
    Sam Watts
    Operations Lead, Make Real
  • I think really it’s important for developers to get together at events like Develop, share war stories and learn from one another.
    Robin Hunicke
    Co-founder, Funomena
  • I know a lot of people who’ve come to Develop for the networking opportunities, to speak to each other and to give support to each other… just hearing other people’s ideas can help spark inspiration.
    Kate Russell
    Journalist, Reporter and Writer
  • Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focused conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
    Rami Ismail


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Suggestions Box

We'd love to hear any suggestions you have for this year's Develop:Brighton - who you'd like to hear talk, ideas for sessions, anything at all you'd like to tell us that will make the event better for you!