The first meetup in our calendar of monthly events for 2016 was held at MEGAbytes cafe in Glasgow on the 30th March.
We kicked things off in a relaxed style with our usual “Announcements” open mic session, where anyone attending can get up and plug their current project, event or interest. And what a response we had, with a whopping nine things talked about! In case you missed them (or if you were unable to attend) they were:
Wow, what a productive community we’ve got. With all those announcements, was there even time to fit in the meetup’s Post-GDC roundup panel? Well of course there was!
The panel was Caitlin Goodale, Andrew Reid, Jon McKellan, and David Farrell discussing their various experiences of GDC from the perspectives of academics, students, and developers. They talked about what they had hoped to get out of the conference, what they actually spent their time doing, how to organise meetings with publishers, networking (and which parties to avoid!) and finally how they paid for their trips and how you the avid audience-member might receive some funding towards attending GDC yourself next year.
We hope to have a recording of the panel available soon.
The evening was rounded off with socialising until venue close.
We’d once again like to thank our panellists, MEGAbytes for hosting us, and our ever-useful volunteers.
The next meetup will be at Codebase in Edinburgh on Tuesday 19th of April, see you there!
Now that the dust has settled and jet lag is fading away, IGDA Scotland is happy to announce that we’re hosting our annual GDC Roundup at MEGABytes in Glasgow on Wednesday 30th of March from 7pm. We’ll be having a roundtable of students, academics and professionals discuss their experiences and takeaways from the biggest game developers event of the year, so if you’re interested in GDC at all then come hear about it from the horses’ mouths!
As always, we will have an open floor for announcements before the panel kicks off. So if you have any news you’d like to share then feel free to come down and do so! We’ll also be opening up to general networking after the panels.
Don’t miss your chance by registering your free ticket on Eventbrite or by using the handy registration box below. Our meetings are open to all, even if you’re not a member of the IGDA. Non-students must be registered ahead of the event in order to be guaranteed entry to the venue.
With GDC rapidly looming on the horizon, we’re pleased to announce that we’re back in the University of Abertay Dundee’s Hannah Maclure Centre the week after GDC for an evening of quick-fire microtalks on 26th March, starting at 7:30pm.
The evening will give you the chance to give a quick 5-15 minute presentation on any game development topic of your choosing, be it design, code, art, audio, lessons learned from a recent project, some shiny new technique or technology you want to share, a game you’d like to highlight, or just a good old-fashioned frustration-venting rant. You could even talk about or respond to some of the news that is bound to come out in the wake of GDC. The evening is going to be quite laid back so there’s no need to go overboard on preparation, just think of something and get it submitted to us!
Just as we did for the Pecha Kucha Night last October, we’re throwing the doors open for the community to take the stage (and the limelight). If you have something you’d like to talk about and share, feel free to fill in our online form and submit a microtalk of your own. We’ll update you on the evening’s talks nearer the date.
Don’t miss out by registering your free ticket on Eventbrite or in the registration box above. Non-students must be registered ahead of the event in order to enter the Abertay Student Centre.
Where – Ryan’s Bar (downstairs area), 2-4 Hope Street, Edinburgh
When – April 11th 7pm
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A month ago, a number of us stumbled bleary-eyed into airports across the country and one by one, filed over to San Francisco to attend the Game Developers Conference. Many more of us did not.
IGDA Scotland is delighted to announce that we’re bringing a little piece of GDC to our April meeting in Edinburgh, with a range of excellent panelist who are coming along to share their experiences of this year’s GDC, explain why you should do everything in your power to make sure you’re there next year and also give you some ideas how you might be able to make that happen.
As we approach the first birthday of the chapter, Brian McDonald (our chapter leader) will open the meeting with a short presentation on where we have got to, followed by moderating the GDC panel. We’ll also be including lots of time for you to chat to each other, and the panelists, about the things you will hear.
We’re still working to nail down who we’re going to have on the panel, and we’ll announce that in the coming days but for right now, make sure you keep your calendars clear and get your tickets booked. We want to get your questions as part of the panel, so be sure to keep an eye on the Facebook group where we will be asking for these – and don’t worry as there will be opportunity on the night to ask questions too!
Please note that space is limited, so if you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket so someone else can take your place.