Tandem Events has just announced the first details of the second Develop Conference and Expo. It's back to Brighton for the European games industry this summer, with the event taking place from July 24th ? 26th.
Tandem's promising over 70 speakers this year (a figure that rings eerily of last year
's line up). Confirmed so far are Peter Molyneux from Lionhead, Media Molecule (developers of LittleBigPlanet
), Peter Chiang (Vfx), Rare
, Mike Gamble (Instinct Technology), Katie Ellwood (SCEE) and Steve Williams (Blitz Studios). SPOnG's put a call in to Tandem for more details on what to expect from their appearances and will update you as soon as we have them.
Speaking about this year's themes, Advisory Board Chair, Owain Bennallack, said,
?One of our long-standing key themes, social networking and its impact on games, surprised many as the talk of San Francisco, thanks largely to Phil Harrison?s key speech revealing PlayStation Home and Media Molecule?s Little Big Planet. We think developers are now ready to hear a lot more about how the lessons of Web 2.0 can make their games better and more successful, and the Develop conference in Brighton is the only place to do so, as well as picking up plenty more traditional hints and tips about programming, art, audio, and production.?
As well as 'community' and 'inter-connectivity,' creativity (making games the ?YouTube? of tomorrow, apparently) and control (making the most of 'new wave' devices).
Running alongside the Develop Conference will be Develop Mobile (a one day event focused on mobile gaming) and GAMES:EDU, a platform for educators and developers to discuss the educational needs of the gaming community.
Last year's Develop Conference was something of a 'Who?s Who In Game Development' (not to mention SPOnG's only holiday). As the annual Develop 100
just confirmed what we already knew ? Britain's a development powerhouse ? SPOnG's struggling not to drool on its keyboard.