Our Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Develop:Brighton is open to everyone

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

Please see our code of conduct which outlines our expectations for attendee behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.

  • Call for Speakers
    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!

    Speaker submissions open in January. If you have any questions about speaking, do get in touch with our content director Susan Marshall : [email protected]
  • Free and reduced-rate passes
    We understand that not everyone can afford a full price conference pass, so we offer the following:
    - Free Expo Pass which includes entry to the Indie Bootcamp sessions on Weds and Thurs, plus the Roundtable discussion groups across all 3 days.
    - Micro Indie Pass for start-ups or development studios with 4 or less employees – starting at just £100 if you book early before the Super Early Bird deadline.
    - Student Pass for anyone on a games course looking to get into the industry – also starting at £100 for the Super Early Bird Rate.
  • Parent Accessibility
    We understand that being a game maker and a parent are not mutually exclusive, so we want to make sure that Develop:Brighton is accessible to parents. Babies and children under school age (4 or below) are welcome to accompany their parents to the event.
  • Free Creche
    We also offer a free creche for conference delegates run by Nipperbout for 2 - 10 year olds across the 3 days.
  • Under 18’s
    Develop:Brighton is a business-to-business event and is not generally open to anyone under 18. If you wish to contact the Organisers regarding this, please email [email protected]
  • Pronouns on Badges
    When registering for a Conference or Expo Only Pass you will have the opportunity to select your preferred pronouns, which will appear on your badge should you choose.
  • Remote Access to all Conference Session
    The Develop:Brighton conference programme will be live streamed and accessible via our Digital Pass, so if you are unable to attend in person or feel uncomfortable attending then you won’t miss out on any of the talks.
  • Accessibility
    Our venue – the Hilton Brighton Metropole, complies with ADA Guidelines. More info HERE

Meet Our Diversity Partners

  • BAME in Games (BiG)
    The advocacy group BAME in Games who are dedicated to improving ethnic diversity and encouraging under-represented groups to work within the games and broader entertainment industry.
  • POC in Play
    POC in Play is an independent organisation creating a range of initiatives and programme of events designed to increase the visibility and representation of People of Colour in the video games industry.
  • Women in Games (WiG)
    It's Women in Games mission to build a fair, equal and safe environment empowering girls and women in the global gaming ecosystem.
  • #RaiseTheGame
    RaiseTheGame is a collaborative and high-impact pledge to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the games industry - creating cultures where everyone belongs, voices are heard and ideas can thrive.
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