The AltDev Student Summit (November 10/11 2012) is an exciting opportunity for students around the world to engage with established members of industry in an online forum. Learn what the daily duties of a range of positions within the games industry actually are, as well as finding out some of the things that you'll never be taught as part of your studies. This kind of inside information can make all the difference in preparing you for life after graduation.
We've got an excellent line-up of speakers that we'll be announcing in the run up to the event, with staff from AAA studios, successful independents and high-profile individuals all taking part in making this an excellent, educational but most of all enjoyable event.
We also invited students to submit projects that they are working on to receive feedback as part of the AltDev Student Showcase, where the students will have the opportunity to present their work to a panel of industry experts, and receive a critique live as part of the event, in a format reminiscent of the popular Dragon's Den television show. Unity Technologies have graciously sponsored the event, and will be providing the grand prize that will be awarded each day.
We're introducing new speakers every few days, and keeping a handy list of speakers and links to their session desriptions. Registration has now opened through Eventbrite, please keep those registrations coming in!
Ian Schreiber - Thinking Three Moves Ahead
Where do you see yourself in one year? Five years? Ten years? Thirty years? Now, how do you see yourself getting there? If some of the steps are “I’ll figure this out when I get there” or “at some point a miracle occurs” or “I assume I’ll learn how to do X eventually” then it’s probably going to take you a lot longer to get to where you want to be. We will examine how to develop and cultivate a strategy that takes you from school to late-career in a way that maximizes your career and life satisfaction.
Jen MacLean - From Playtester to CEO
20 year game industry veteran Jen MacLean shares her perspective on making a career out of the games industry, persevering through the inevitable ups and downs of a game development career, and always doing something you love. Jen will discuss her experiences at small startups and major media companies, as well as how to thrive in the games industry.