Tickets at attractive Early Bird prices are available only until the end of March. We also already know the first game developers whose lectures will be heard during the event.
Grab your Early Bird ticket at the following link: https://digitaldragons2023.syskonf.pl/registration before they’re all gone!
It’s especially worth it this year because among the already confirmed speakers are Tina Nawrocki (animation and character design expert), Hendrik Lesser (head of Remote Control Productions, EGDF member), and Thiago Klafke (World Art Director at 100 Thieves). Drawing on their own experience and expertise in the games industry, they will enrich the conference’s Art in Games and Business and Marketing tracks.
“This year we are once again trying to build the program around the most relevant and timely topics in the industry. During the previous edition, these were issues related to NFT’s, and this time the dominant thread in most of the thematic tracks will certainly be artificial intelligence,” says Maciej Sliwinski, program coordinator of the conference.
Meet the first speakers
Once again, the Digital Dragons conference will feature Tina Nawrocki, whose previous talk was very popular with the audience. Tina is a 2D animator with 16 years of experience in the video game, television, and film industries. In 2015, she joined Studio MDHR to work on the game Cuphead. After Cuphead’s release, she worked on its expansion titled The Delicious Last Course. Since leaving MDHR in 2020, she has worked in animation on the Netflix series Green Eggs and Ham, the film Space Jam: A New Legacy as well as Drake’s music video for Knife Talk. Her talk will cover the art of creating character walks, including such topics as iconic animations from the past, approaches of famous animators to creating the perfect walk, and the process of creating a dynamic and meaningful animated walk itself. She will draw from her own experience in creating character walks, from video games, movies, and television.
Hendrik Lesser is CEO and founder of RCP. He is also president of EGDF, the European Game Developers Federation, which is committed to stimulating stable and creative development of the industry in Europe. Over the past decade, he has built a network of development studios, selecting early-stage start-ups and developing them into their current forms. The group now consists of more than a dozen companies in Germany, Austria, Finland, the US, and Pakistan. His talk will focus on developing a game studio responsibly, using sustainable development practices.
Thiago Klafke is a designer of 3D environments and has more than two decades of experience in the industry. He has worked for companies such as Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, and Tencent, among others. He currently serves as director of World Art at 100 Thieves. His talk will focus on designing immersive 3D environments for games or VR. Thiago will share his experience from working on games such as Overwatch, Starcraft II, and Insurgency, among others. In his talk, he will show how to create custom ideas and 3D environments from start to finish, with an emphasis on stylization, believability, and immersion.
More speakers are still welcome to add to the conference agenda. The second call is open until February 19. You can apply on the Digital Dragons website (https://digitaldragons.pl/conference/submit-a-speech/).
Tickets at a special price available until the end of March
It’s also worth remembering that Early Bird ticket sales for this year’s Digital Dragons conference have just begun. Until March 31, tickets will be available at promotional prices – PLN 999 for a Regular Pass and PLN 1,200 for a Business Pass. For executives at game companies, the organizers have prepared a special VIP package priced at PLN 2500, which offers participation in prestigious networking meetings and the opportunity to attend an exclusive VIP Party. VIP tickets also provide additional amenities during the conference, such as a VIP bar. Tickets can be purchased here.
Entries are also open until March 15 for the Indie Showcase (a competition combined with a stationary exhibition) and Digital Dragons Arena (a marketplace for game studios to participate remotely). Both projects are aimed at indie game developers, both to give them a chance to present themselves at the conference and make valuable contacts with potential investors or publishers. Details and the application form are also available on the organizer’s website (https://digitaldragons.pl/dd-arena-indie-showcase/).
About Digital Dragons Conference
Digital Dragons is currently one of the largest international events for the digital entertainment industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal is to create a Business to Business (B2B) cooperation platform within the games sector in Europe. This year’s edition will be held at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre on 15 and 16 May 2023.
Digital Dragons Conference includes:
- Digital Dragons Awards – prestigious gaming industry awards.
- Indie Showcase – a curated selection of the best, most interesting titles on the independent scene – games close to release, already released, and titles still ways off from launch, but already possessing the necessary “it” factor. We will invite 50 chosen developers to show playable versions of their games at our Digital Dragons show floor at Kraków’s ICE Congress Centre – 20 of which will compete for our main prizes. But all of them will vie for the attention of investors, publishers, as well as other devs, and all our other guests at Digital Dragons.
- Digital Dragons Arena – marketplace: space for young game development studios seeking business partners that doubles as an opportunity for representatives of VC funds, business angels, publishers, and media to meet attractive teams with large potential.
- Lectures and panel discussions – conference program features seven thematic tracks this year covering the widest possible spectrum of topics in the industry: art in games, games design, business and marketing, mobile, programming and technology, production and leadership, blockchain.
More information about the event can be found on the official website, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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