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Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trade Mission to GDC 2017
San Francisco, USA
February 27th - March 3rd, 2017

Join the Atlantic Canadian delegation and discover business opportunities in San Francisco at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC). Under the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA), NATI is recruiting 16 Atlantic Canadian companies to participate in the pan-Atlantic business mission to San Francisco during the world's largest conference, exhibit and business to business meeting event for the gaming industry: GDC 2017.

As a participant of the delegation, companies will be provided with services of approximately $9K in value that include:

  • Full access to the GDC Conference and Exhibit Hall (This includes access to all keynotes, educational sessions, networking eventsfor one (1) company representative).
  • An in-market consultant to assist companies in arranging business to business meetings, and to ensure participating companies get the most out of GDC 2017.
  • Entry into several Canada events including:
    • Access to the Canada Booth at GDC Play with dedicated meeting space
    • Invitations to the Canadian Reception and networking events
    • Other VIP events and networking opportunities surrounding the conference

The participation fee per company is $1000.00, including matchmaking. Participants opting out of matchmaking will be charged a participant fee of $500.00.

Participants are responsible for all travel costs, including round trip airfare, accommodation and meals. Eligible companies may be able to apply for additional support for travel costs through their respective provincial government programs, where applicable.

Click here for the application. 

For more information and to apply, contact:

Ron Taylor, CEO, NATI
Tel: 709-757-3252

The deadline to apply is November 25th, 2016. Sixteen (16) spaces reserved for Atlantic Canada are allocated on a first come, first serve basis with 4 spaces allotted per province until October 28th. Any unused spaces after October 28th will be allotted to companies who are on the wait list.

GDC 2017 - Game Developer's Conference, February 27th - March 3rd, 2017 San Francisco USA

GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

This market defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the seventeenth annual Independent Games Festival, the longest-running and largest festival relating to independent games worldwide, where original games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the fifteenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

What Is the IBDA?

The Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development strives to help Atlantic Canadian entities enter, explore and succeed in international markets. The IBDA is the leading component of a pan-Atlantic effort to foster economic relations, attract foreign investment and nurture technological co-operation, to feature the benefits of doing business with Atlantic Canada.

The Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA) strives to increase international business activities in Atlantic Canada by funding projects designed to help small and medium-sized companies explore, enter and succeed in international markets. The funding of the Agreement is cost-shared between the federal government (70%) and the four Atlantic provincial governments (30%).

The IBDA helps Atlantic Canada's companies explore markets near and far and successfully compete in the demanding global marketplace, which helps create a sustainable economy for the region.