Claire is a queer geeky Creative Programmer with a passion for learning and general insanity from London UK. She works at Media Molecule as part of Sony. Claire also serves as director and creative at Flammable Penguins Publishing making comics and telling stories. When not programming, playing games, roleplaying, learning, or reading.
She started in the industry as a programmer, moved into design then bounced back between the two. Spending her days consulting various Playstation projects on online design and technical points. She has shipped several titles across eight platforms. Claire has also worked on R&D projects, pitches, consulting and developing a reputation as that crazy "left field" chick who codes.
Why would you throw away your entire backend 3 months before launching to your community and rewrite it from scratch? It sounds insane but it was the best decision we made. Come explore the journey why we ditched the popular modern design of microservices and NodeJS and went to an old school C++ hand-coded server. This is not a post mortem but rather a roadmap and argument why I think more developers should take this path.
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Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
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