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 a minority 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. 

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.
  • Check out our Speaker Tips video with Dlala Studio's Aj Grand-Scrutton

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
  • 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]

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


Submit your talk

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:

  • Monetisation
  • Funding
  • Metaverse
  • NFT’s, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain
  • Mobile F2P
  • Discoverability
  • Ethical working practices and how to make more informed choices
  • Environment and sustainability (how game devs can be greener as a community)
  • People (diversity and inclusion/leadership/studio culture/crunch management)

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
    Tips for Presenting a Case Study
  • 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

Below are some examples of great Develop:Brighton talks to inspire you!

Peak Mobile - Are We There Yet?
Neil Young, N3twork

Practical Production Tips for Studios Without a Producer
Lucie Prunier, Preloaded

The Present & Future of AI and Games
Dr Tommy Thompson, AI and Games

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 technical side of game development aimed at programmers of all levels 
DESIGN – aimed at anyone interested in game design issues or case studies 
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 - with a single host this is a safe place to discuss sensitive topics and personal issues affecting game devs today

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 and personal 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. 
Due to popular demand and to ensure that sessions are not over-crowded, we will be holding each Roundtable on more than one day, so if you are selected to host a Roundtable please be available to chair your session more than once on any of the three days.

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 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 25 February 2022.

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 2022. If you do not hear from us or have any questions, please contact Susan Marshall



If you have any other questions about speaking or submitting a proposal for a talk please contact our Content Director Susan Marshall: [email protected]

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