With every major conference and convention in any major industry, there’s bound to be a party list. Casual Connect USA 2015 is not an exception to this rule — and we are doing our part to keep that statement true. This is our humble attempt to compile a list of Casual Connect satellite events, parties, celebrations and so on, whether they are publicly listed events or approved for sharing by the organizer. Look at this like a wiki-style post. It may be added to, subtracted from and tweaked before the start of Casual Connect USA 2015. Any further caveats set aside and without any further ado, here’s the list with all the needed bits and bobs of information:
Casual Connect USA 2015 Parties August 10
Amazon Developer Day
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street
WHAT: Amazon is all-hands-on-deck aspects of their massive ecosystem, such as Fire TV, Amazon Web Services, etc., and bundling it all together into game development. Expect Amazon-centric talks from in-house evangelists and developers, plus a chance (or two) to win something.
Games Industry Analytics Forum USA: Summer 2015
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: deltaDNA, SandBox Suites, 404 Bryant St.
WHAT: On the eve of Casual Connect, big data game analytics gets a spotlight, with a panel of platform, developers and publishers breaking down the numbers. Bear in mind, this topic has to been seen as interesting or popular, because this event is at least temporarily full and wait-listed.
StartApp Badge Pickup
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Ballroom, Hilton Union Square San Francisco
WHAT: An official sponsored pre-event warmup before Casual Connect USA 2015, with a chance to grab your badge early, then meet and greet fellow attendees at the ballroom of the official venue.
Casual Connect USA 2015 Parties August 11
Facebook Mini-Summit by Mobile Growth Fellowship at Casual Connect 2015
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jillian’s, 175 4th St.
WHAT: Limited to 75 attendees, this exclusive 195 dollar mini-summit is focused on mobile developers and publishers, with a strong emphasis on Facebook’s value propositions in apps and audience. Attendees to this event also have access to the Mobile Growth Networking Dinner and Party at Casual Connect (Publishers Only), following the mini-summit, from 6-9 p.m. at the same venue, and can be registered for separately at no charge.
Chartboost Retro Arcade Party
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Chartboost HQ, 420 Taylor St.
WHAT: For mobile game devs, this event at Chartboost’s office, which is all of a three-minute walk from the Hilton, brings the food, drinks and all the button-mashing your 8-bit heart can handle. More than just a party, however, it’s a contest for high scores and prizes, one that continues midday on Wednesday and Thursday.
TUNE + Growmobile – Pool Party Mixer
WHEN: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Chambers @ The Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St.
WHAT: One of the late-day destinations a littler further out from Hilton HQ, Chambers is nonetheless one of the more relaxed post-Casual Connect destinations to spend time, if you are interested in mobile ads, want to kick the intensity dial back a few notches and would like to enjoy sunset poolside networking time with industry colleagues.
SOFTLAYER AND INMOBI present the Official Casual Connect Party
WHEN: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHERE: Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St.
WHAT: An official destination where the night owls, hardcore networkers and club enthusiasts among the mobile and casual game developers and publishers will go, after the first full day of Casual Connect USA 2015.
Casual Connect USA 2015 Parties August 12
Cashplay Casual Connect Party
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bartlett Hall, 242 O’Farrell St.
WHAT: Cashplay returns to Casual Connect USA, with a conveniently located mixer at Bartlett Hall, like last year, just down the street from the Hilton where the conference will be hosted. Drinks and a cash-based mobile game tournament will be the order of the early evening here.
Skillz eSports Open Bar Night
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor St.
WHAT: eSports and skill-based gaming competitions are becoming a big deal in games. So, it should be no surprise when a company throws a party to call attention to what they are doing in that sandbox. This event is certainly a case in point.
Playphone Summer Bash hosted by GungHo, Pocket Gamer and Playphone
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jones, 620 Jones St.
WHAT: Organized by the fine folks behind Pocket Gamers’ many, many mobile games industry events, this particular event is partered with quite a few big names. Expect sun on deck, adult beverages and plenty of folks to talk to before the big official events begin at City Hall.
Indie Prize Award Awards
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
WHAT: An official tradition at Casual Connect conferences around the world, before the official centerpiece party kicks off, the event is warmed up with the on-stage announcements of the indie game developer prize winners in the regality of the city hall.
Casino Night at San Francisco City Hall sponsored by AdColony and App Annie
WHEN: 8 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
WHAT: Expect a little slice of the glitz and neon of Las Vegas, with the crowds and gambling-style tables, drinks and appetizers, thumping DJing, to match at this big bash. The majority of card-carrying, lanyard-wearing Casual Connect USA 2015 attendees, will eventually end up here.