Last October saw us host the first ever games developer meetup in Essex with the fabulous Andy Touch from Unity 3d, and now, for the delights of us fellow game industry enthusiasts, the next event is almost upon us.
IDM Essex March
For those of you who have not come across IDM before, we, at DoubleUpGaming, have created the Indie Dev MeetUp: an event to bring all the hobbyists, gaming developers, and local game studios together so you can really understand and delve into the gaming industry.
We know last year was pretty awesome (see an IDM october recap here), but we need to go larger than that.
Following the success of last year, we plan for our next meetup to be bigger and better than ever before.
For starters, we’ve been granted the use of a huge venue, we have a speaker from a world famous company, and lots of free food / beer!
But the best part of all?:
Entry is absolutely free.
- Date: 15th March 2016
- Time: 6.30 – 8.45pm
- Venue: Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex, Colchester
So, similar to last year, you will have the exclusive opportunity to network with Essex game developers and other local businesses as well as a talk from Amazon App Store’s own Mario Viviani.
We will also be running an exclusive competition throughout the night where our lucky winners will be able to win our Game Dev Giveaway. Capture yourself at the event and tweet to #IDMessex to be in with a chance of winning.
Sponsors of IDM Essex
Not only will you have an insight into the interesting world the video games industry, you’ll also get:
- Free food supplied throughout the evening by Grand Central Colchester
As a Colchester and Essex based New American Restaurant, Grand Central Colchester offer an authentic dining experience with Great Service and great American Food.
For the event we’re privileged to be able to provide “real American food” to all attendees that have reserved a ticket for the night.
- Fantastic Craft Ale, provided by the Queen Street Brew House
Just like last time we’ll be having the Amazing Queen Street Brew House providing its unique craft ale on the night.
Based along Queen street, the brew house offers customers something a little bit different to other pubs. Each beer and craft beer has a backstory to them, and there’s plenty to choose from!
- Amazon Appstore industry talk
Our main sponsor, is fast expanding its race for the Android market share with now over 500,000 apps and games available on Amazon Appstore.
The store offers new unique features including Amazon Underground, which allows users to enjoy the most loved Premium and Freemium apps and games totally for free and provides developers a new monetization model through per-minute royalties.
The University of Essex has been a helping hand in providing state of the art venues for us to host IDM Essex in. Along with this they have been a crucial connection to students wishing to get involved with the Games Industry.
The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) is just one of the ways in which Essex County Council assists the county’s businesses. The programme helps companies to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas working with businesses at all different stages using high quality, private sector business mentors and specialist partners to help start-ups, small businesses and established businesses.
- Eastern Enterprise Hub & Shark infested Custard
A sponsor we’ve worked closely with that have been very important in the creation of this event will also be supporting us on the night.
Both Steven Huckle and the Eastern Enterprise hub who run the colchester based Games Hub will be there on the night.
- Illuminate design lighting up the place!
Attended last years IDM? Well you would of noticed the lovely atmosphere we had there thanks to the fabulous lighting provided by Illuminate Design. We’ll be working with them again this year to make the venue look even better!
What about our guest speaker?
Mario Viviani is a Technology Evangelist at the Amazon Appstore whose goal is to expand and nurture Amazon’s reputation in the developer community.
He has been an Android Developer since 2010, having published more than 90 Android apps and was nominated as a Google Developer Expert for Android by Google in 2013.
He will be supplying us with a great, in-depth games industry talk.
“Now I really have to come”
If you’re thinking the above statement then all you’ve got to do is reserve your place below.
That’s it. But it’s really important you get your hands on a ticket now as they are of a high demand (they won’t last long.)
If you’d like to support us further, you can reserve yourself a donation ticket where you can choose the amount you’d like to contribute; a great help for us to make the event as awesome as it can be.
If you’re unable to make IDM?
Do not fear! We have already started to plan our next event for the end of July. Save the date!
(More details of this will be released closer to the date and on the night of IDM Essex March)
So why are you running this free event?
Our goal is to gain more awareness of the Gaming Industry in Essex and to get as many enthusiasts as we can involved as well as inspiring more people to join.
Hopefully, by having more and more of these events, we can do exactly that.
Stay up to date with IDM Essex!
— DoubleUpGaming (@DoubleUpGaming) January 28, 2016
This event is the 2nd of many future events so we’d love to hear from you so we know how to make your experience as great as it can be.
Join our Facebook group to hear from other people attending as well as updates and announcements IDM Colchester Facebook Group
We looking forward to seeing you there!