The University of York is an emerging hub for ground-breaking initiatives in the field of digital creativity. Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) is focused on digital interaction and media convergence: digital games, interactive media and the rich space in-between. Within DC Labs, researchers, industry, government, the third sector and the general public are co-creating the means for interaction and expression in the future digital society, jointly realising the huge potential of games and interactive media for economic, social and cultural impact. Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) Centre for Doctoral Training offers cutting edge research into gaming behaviours and interactions, and game data analytics. WEAVR is a £5.8m R&D project consortium including key industry stakeholders and leading innovators across esports, using immersive and data-driven technologies to radically transform audience experiences. The WEAVR project re-imagines the way audiences engage with the genre through hyper-personalised stories, interactive content, data-driven narratives and cross-reality experiences.
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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.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
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.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
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!
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