The event is completely free to participate in, and promises a day filled with ten different speakers, great networking opportunities, and free coffee for everyone within the games industry. Among others, the attendees can look forward to hearing Norwegian game reviewer, Adrian Simen Holm talk about “the modern game enthustiast” and Dirtybit studio COO and co-founder, Nicolaj Broby Peterson talk about “Fun Run: How to engage the entire world?”.
The first edition of the “Dataspillkonferanse” took place in 2012, and the conference is back this year with an increased focus on closing the gap between developers, students, teachers, and the mainstream media within the games industry.
“With this event we seek to bridge the gap between developers, student, teachers and mainstream media. On a societal level I think this diverse arena is useful for anyone who attends, as it gives you first hand insight into the different perspectives that make up the whole subject.”, adviser at the Norwegian Media Authority, Khalid Ezat Azam explains to NordicGameBits.
Many games industry related events are primarily attended by game developers themselves, and this is where the “Dataspillkonferanse” really stands out from the crowd of games conference. The conference already has over 150 people with all kinds of different backgrounds signed up, and Khalid Azam emphasizes that the diverse attendance of the event provides a very unique networking opportunity for indie game developers.
“From a networking perspective, Dataspillkonferansen 2014 gives indiedevelopers the possibility to meet people from completely other fields that work with computer games, for example academics, state representatives, journalist and so on. The event also gives the developers the opportunity to have their voices heard within the mainstream gaming perspective.”
Anyone who wants to follow the event can do so either using the #dataspill14 hashtag, or by following the twitch-stream, which will be made available through this link on the day of the conference.
If you are interested in participating in the event, it takes place in Litteraturhuset, Oslo from 09.00 to 16.00 this Thursday. The event is completely free to attend, but you should reserve your ticket before Wednesday, October 28th. The link to the registration form can be found here.