If you’re already looking forward to sunshine on the UK’s south coast this summer, you can start planning right now.

Tandem Events, the company behind Develop:Brighton and the Develop Star Awards have announced that speaker submissions are now open, while you can also now nominate for the Develop Star Awards.

The Develop:Brighton event – which Women in Games is partnered with – will take place from Tuesday July 9th to Thursday July 11th. The Develop Star Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday July 10th, following the super popular Women in Games Fizz & Cake networking event that afternoon. More details on that to follow!

Speaker submissions for the conference programme are open until February 29th. The Call for Speakers page of the Develop:Brighton website includes valuable resources for potential speakers, including:

  • Help with planning your submission and preparing your talk
  • Mentoring for first time and less experienced speakers
  • Advisory Board members available for peer reviews of your session
  • Speaker portal with guidance and tutorials to help when putting together a talk, plus links to examples of good talks
  • Suggestions for hot topics and ideas for talks

Meanwhile, you can now submit your entries for this year’s Develop:Star Awards until Wednesday April 3rd. Further details on the submissions process are available on the Develop:Brighton website, but the categories include:

  • Best Visual Art
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Game Design
  • Best Audio
  • Best Original IP
  • Technical Innovation
  • Diversity Star
  • Marketing Star
  • Best QA and Localisation Provider
  • Best Creative Provider
  • Best Technology Provider
  • Supporting Star
  • Talent Development Star
  • Recruitment Star
  • Best Mobile Game
  • Sustainability Star
  • Tomorrow’s Star
  • Best Creative Lead
  • Publishing Star
  • Best Game
  • Best Small Studio
  • Best Studio

In addition to the 22 categories, the awards will be headlined by The Develop Star Award, which will once again honour outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry from and individual or studio.

For more information on The Develop:Star Awards visit: