Call for Speakers

Want to speak at Develop:Brighton 2023?

The Develop:Brighton conference is all about offering high quality sessions with practical take-away and vocational content so delegates can “skill-up” and be enabled to make even better games.

We are keen to find new, diverse voices to join our speaker line-up and we’d like to encourage anyone from an under-represented community working in game development to submit a proposal for a talk. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never spoken before, we can provide support and an experienced mentor to help you prepare your presentation and guide you through the process. All you need is a good idea!

So if you have an idea for a conference session - whatever size studio you're from, big or small, whatever your background and whatever your experience we'd like to invite you to submit your proposed talk below.

Submit your talk here

Resources for our speakers include:

  • Help with planning your submission and preparing your talk
  • Mentoring for first time and less experienced speakers
  • Advisory Board members available for peer reviews of your session
  • Speaker portal with guidance and tutorials to help when putting together a talk, plus links to examples of good talks

We asked Jon Torrens an expert and coach in public speaking to give you some top tips on how to give the best talk you can! Click below to watch the video.

Top Tips for Speakers

Do keep the following in mind when you submit your talk:

  • The conference focuses on offering delegates practical advice, best practice guidance and inspiration so they can take something of real value back to the studio. 
  • So we ask every speaker to provide both "Proof of Concept" and "Takeaway" statements that clearly outline and summarise what a delegate can expect to get out of the session.
  • The proposed outline you submit now must match the presentation you give at the conference
  • Preparation is vital if you're going to deliver the high-quality presentation that attendees deserve.

How to Prepare Your Talk - Best Practice

Please follow our guidelines below and complete the submission form no later than 24 February 2023. 

If you have any questions about submitting a talk please email Susan Marshall at [email protected]

Ideas for Talks

Based on feedback from our attendees, below are some of the hot topics they'd like to hear talks on plus our suggested session ideas.

Hot topics for 2023 include:

ART (To inspire artists and creatives across the whole spectrum of game development)

  • Basics of anatomy/drawing anatomy
  • AI in art
  • 3D asset creation using AI

AUDIO (For anyone involved in sound or music and games)

  • Inspirational sound design – telling story and enhancing/informing gameplay through sound
  • Audio implementation deep dives
  • Best practice process and techniques for mixing game sound, dialogue and music
  • Interactive music systems and new approaches to integrating music
  • Best practice dialogue process and implementation
  • Lessons learned through rich, deep and extensive careers in game audio

BUSINESS (Tackles the commercial issues and opportunities of game development, including production and funding)

  • Monetisation - successful strategies
  • Funding your game and/or studio
  • Using Blockchain technology to make games
  • Agile production best practice
  • Game production post-mortem - what went wrong and lessons learned
  • Life/work balance - how to achieve it, case study on 4 day week, successful company culture initiatives

CODING (A focus on the tech side of game development aimed at programmers of all levels)

  • Engineering machine learning
  • AI-generated content
  • C++, Unreal and Unity case studies

DESIGN (A focus on issues facing game designers, best practice tips and deep dives into real-life projects)

  • Narrative game design
  • Writing established characters
  • Game design UI/UX

DISCOVERABILITY (Finding and attracting the right audience, nurturing your community and building good relationships)

  • Social media marketing - what's the latest platform?
  • Using TikTok to sell your game - lessons learned
  • How to market your game successfully - real life case studies

INDIE BOOTCAMP (Free sessions for students and start-ups)

  • Any topics to help inexperienced game devs across all disciplines

MOBILE (Best business strategies, technical challenges and game design for mobile F2P games)

  • User acquisition diversification
  • Profitable UA: How to monetise your game
  • Using TikTok as a cheap and effective UA
  • Porting your game to mobile
  • Share your mobile game success story

ROUNDTABLES (A safe place during the conference for open discussions)
In previous years our roundtables have mostly sensitive topics such as being LGBTQ+ in the games industry, or mental health issues for game devs. This year we'd like to include some more vocational topics for discussion such as:

  • Narrative storytelling in games
  • AI in Games

What our attendees really want from the conference sessions across all tracks is:

  • Practical "how to" advice
  • Best practice guidance
  • Game making skills
  • Tangible takeaway that can be implemented back in the studio
  • Inspiration and information to help them make better games and be more successful

Types of session that we’re most likely to accept:

  • Case studies or post mortems of game dev projects
  • How-to/training style sessions across all disciplines
  • Advanced coding talks which tackle real-life challenges
  • Technical talks by tools providers
  • Deep dives into the development process of a successful game or studio
  • Data analytics talks

If you have any questions about submitting a talk please email Susan Marshall at [email protected]

Please note: We don't accept sales pitches - if you would like to promote your company, service or product to our visitors in a talk, then there are a limited number of sponsored sessions available - just contact Andy Lane: [email protected]

Conference Tracks

Your submission must fit into one of these:

  • ART – to inspire artists and creatives across the whole spectrum of game development
  • AUDIO – for anyone involved in sound or music and games
  • BUSINESS – tackles the commercial issues and opportunities of game development including production and funding
  • CODING – a focus on the tech side of game development aimed at programmers of all levels
  • DESIGN – a focus on issues facing game designers, best practice tips and deep dives into real-life projects
  • DISCOVERABILITY - find out how to attract and retain a paying audience for your game
  • INDIE BOOTCAMP - covers the basics for start-ups, anyone interested in setting up a studio or those looking for a career in games
  • MOBILE - exploring the best business strategies and game design for mobile F2P games
  • ROUNDTABLES - a safe place to discuss sensitive topics, plus personal and vocational issues affecting game devs today.
    Please note: The roundtable discussions are hosted by you, the moderator. As the moderator, you will prepare a list of topics for discussion before you arrive - these are a starting point to help encourage people to talk. We'll ask people to turn off their devices so that conversations can be uncompromised. Topics for roundtables in the past have included diversity, mental health and managing work-life balance. However, if you’ve wanted to submit a roundtable on more vocational issues like the problems with game narrative or the daily challenges of producers, that would be great too. These sessions are free to attend and open to everybody.
Talk Format

All submissions need to be in a lecture or roundtable format, not a panel:

Duration: 45 mins

Lecture Format

Talks should be issue-based, provide concrete examples or case studies and may contain both practical and theoretical information. There's normally only one speaker, but we do sometimes accept more than one if that works better for the session. Please include time for Q & A within your time slot. Our delegates are particularly interested in:

  • Best practice advice on all disciplines
  • Case studies of successful or innovative game development
  • Case studies of lessons learned
  • Industry trends, stats and analysis

Roundtable Format

The roundtable discussions provide a safe place during the conference to discuss sensitive topics, plus personal and vocational issues affecting game devs today. And we'll ask people to turn off their devices so that conversations can be uncompromised. Topics for roundtables in the past have included diversity, mental health and managing work-life balance.

Please note: We don't usually accept proposals for panel sessions, however if you are interested in doing a panel instead of a talk please email Susan at [email protected] rather than completing the Speaker Submissions Form.

How to Submit a Talk

Here are a few things to think about before you submit your talk:

  • How good are your delivery and presentation skills?
  • Who are your audience and how relevant will your talk be to them?
  • Your talk really must match your session description, so please make sure you are able to deliver what you promise
  • What visuals and/or other assets will you use to enhance your talk?
  • What's the outline for your talk - what is the structure/flow and content of your talk going to be and what supporting materials will you use?
  • What's the "Takeaway" from your talk? What 3 tangible things will delegates get out of your session?
  • Please be aware that all talks will be filmed
  • All sessions are reviewed by delegates and low scorers won't be invited back!

The speaker submission form will ask for the following:

1. Contact Information, Bio and a Photo of Yourself
Please provide full contact details, a biography and a high res jpg image larger than 420px x 420px of yourself which will be used to promote your talk should you be successful.

2. Title of your proposed talk
This needs to stand-alone as well as with the session description, so keep it concise and relevant so delegates can easily understand what this session is about. Having said that - we need to fit your title onto a timetable, adverts etc so please don't be too wordy! Clear and concise are the key words here.

3. Track
You need to decide in which area of expertise your session sits best - select one of the tracks listed – Art, Audio, Business, Coding, Design, Discoverability, Indie BootCamp, Mobile and Roundtables.

4. Session Description
This description will be used on the website and in promotional materials so delegates can determine whether or not they should attend this session. It's really important that it is clearly written and that delegates can understand why this session will be interesting and exactly what they will get out of it. Please use third person and present tense.

5. Session summary
Please summarise your talk in 140 characters - this is a mini version of your description, for use in social media and other promotion.

6. Session Outline
Give us a detailed outline of the structure, flow, content and supporting materials for your talk so we can make sure it will deliver what we need from a quality session.

7. Session Takeaway
Exactly what will delegates learn in your session - please list as separate bullet points, 3 min - 6 max.

8. Session Level
Is your session aimed at all experience levels so no specific experience needed - beginners, intermediate or advanced?

9. Intended Audience
Exactly who would benefit from attending this session - you can use job titles or specialist areas of responsibility or roles. Is there any prerequisite knowledge needed for understanding the content of this session?

10. Previous Speaking Engagements
Please tell us where else you have spoken - conference name, title of session and if possible a link to footage of you speaking.

When you hit the submit button at the end of the form you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email please contact Susan Marshall at: [email protected]

Please note: if your talk is accepted then we will use the information given in your form to promote it, so please only submit information you are happy for us to use.

FAQ's

Q. What is the submission deadline?
The Develop:Brighton Call for Speakers deadline is 24 February 2023.

Q. What makes a good submission?

  • Be very clear exactly what you are going to talk about, make it appealing
  • Be clear who your talk is aimed at
  • Explain what is compelling about your talk
  • Give clear take-away for attendees, bullet points work well for this
  • The best session titles are the ones that clearly and succinctly summarise the talk (on the at a glance schedule this is the only info immediately visible)

Q. What is considered a sponsored session?
Develop:Brighton does not accept sales related submissions. If your talk is an advertisement for a new product, technology or service your company is offering, please do not apply. For sponsored session opportunities please contact Andy Lane: [email protected]

Q. What do I need to provide in my submission?
The Submission Form will ask for the following information:

  • Contact information, bio and a photo of yourself

Please provide full contact details, a biography and a high res jpg image of yourself which will be used to promote your talk should you be successful.

  • Title of your proposed talk

This needs to stand-alone as well as with the session description, so keep it concise and relevant so delegates can easily understand what this session is about. Having said that - we need to fit your title onto a timetable, adverts etc so please don't be too wordy! Clear and concise are the key words here.

  • Track

You need to decide in which area of expertise your session sits best - select one of the tracks listed – Art, Audio, Business, Coding, Design, Discoverability, Indie BootCamp, Mobile and Roundtables.

  • Session description

This description will be used on the website and in promotional materials so delegates can determine whether or not they should attend this session. It's really important that it is clearly written and that delegates can understand why this session will be interesting and exactly what they will get out of it. Please use third person and present tense.

  • Session summary

Please summarise your talk in 140 characters - this is a mini version of your description, for use in social media and other promotion.

  • Session outline

Give us a detailed outline of the structure, flow, content and supporting materials for your talk so we can make sure it will deliver what we need from a quality session

  • Session takeaway

Exactly what will delegates learn in your session - please list as separate bullet points, 3 min - 6 max.

  • Session level

Is your session aimed at all experience levels so no specific experience needed - beginners, intermediate or advanced?

  • Intended audience

Exactly who would benefit from attending this session - you can use job titles or specialist areas of responsibility or roles. Is there any prerequisite knowledge needed for understanding the content of this session?

  • Previous speaking engagements

Please tell us where else you have spoken - conference name, title of session and if possible a link to footage of you speaking.

Q. What are the benefits of speaking?
The benefits of being a speaker include:

  • Complimentary pass to the conference (includes access to all conference sessions, networking events and the expo)
  • Lunch
  • Your name and presentation featured in pre-event promotion, on our website and digital event platform
  • Opportunities for press interviews

Q. When will I be notified of the status of my submission?
You will receive an automated email response once your submission is received. We will then let you know whether your submission has been successful by the end of March 2023. If you do not hear from us or have any questions, please contact Susan Marshall at: [email protected]

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