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The Summits at GDC return this year February 27th – 28th (Monday & Tuesday) for two days of lectures, panels, postmortems and more, to foster community-building within specific sectors of the game industry. From year to year, the GDC continues to define market innovations and future vision, providing insight into the future of gaming.

2017 GDC SUMMITS

AI Summit
Monday & Tuesday
The AI Summit features panels and lectures from top game AI programmers in the industry, giving you an inside look at key architectures and issues within successful commercial games, as well as let you eavesdrop on conversations, debates, and rants on how game AI can move forward.
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Community Management
Tuesday
The one-day Community Management Summit will cover every corner of this quickly evolving, crucial facet of video game development. Summit content will focus on how to inspire, build and maintain user loyalty and enthusiasm through the ups and downs of community opinion and adoption. It will discuss how to manage your community's needs and interests to align with your company's goals. Attend the summit to learn best practices and hear industry experts share case studies and postmortems on cutting edge community management strategies.
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Game Narrative Summit
Monday & Tuesday
The Game Narrative Summit covers interactive narrative in all its forms, from AAA blockbusters to indie games to mobile/social projects. The event features an all-star lineup of speakers from every corner of the discipline. Session content ranges from the advanced and theoretical to practical case studies and advocacy for writers, designers, producers, and others seeking to expand their understanding of game narrative. The Game Narrative Summit attracts attendees from all over the world with a passionate interest in the ongoing evolution of interactive storytelling as a driving force in the future of entertainment.
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GDC Education Summit
Monday & Tuesday
The GDC Education Summit is dedicated to bringing forward the most innovative and exciting ideas in game education today. Attendees will discover new experimental and inventive educational approaches as well as best practices that they can bring back to their faculty and classrooms. The summit brings together educators from established game development programs with new game course creators that want to understand the challenges they'll face in the next few years. It is a great professional development opportunity that will explore how new areas of game education will advance the field for the next generation of students.
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GDC Mobile Summit
Monday & Tuesday
The GDC Mobile Summit brings together top game developers from around the world to share ideas, discuss best practices, and consider the future of gaming on mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, Amazon, and more. This two day program will focus on the nuts and bolts of great game design and successful business strategies specifically tailored to popular mobile games.
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Independent Games Summit
Monday & Tuesday
The Independent Games Summit is the place for the independent game developer at GDC. It features lectures, postmortems and roundtables from notable independent game creators, including many former and current Independent Games Festival finalists and winners. The Independent Games Summit seeks to achieve diversity of voice, experience and perspective, while highlighting the best and brightest in indie development.
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UX Summit
Monday
The one-day UX Summit will cover all the facets of the user experience discipline in the video game industry. UX is about helping make sure the design and business intent of your game is the one ultimately experienced by your target audience and has become a key component of many game development teams. It does so by using knowledge from cognitive science, psychology, and by applying user research methodology. Attendees of the summit will learn UX strategy, design, and research best practices in how to remove unnecessary barriers to the enjoyment of their game, how to increase its overall quality, and increase the likelihood that it will create and sustain engagement.
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