Level Designer Workshop 2018 Speaker/Topic Submission
The Level Designer Workshop is returning to GDC 2018 in San Francisco!

Originally presented as "Level Design in a Day" in 2010, the Level Design Workshop has become an annual fixture at GDC and made a few appearances at GDC China in Shanghai.

We have always embraced a broad definition of level design, and sought to include a wide variety of speakers who represent the many facets of level design across all types of video games. Previous talks have touched on everything from technical tips, workflow, tools design, encounter staging, architectural theory, procedural levels, systems analysis, and more.

In the interest of expanding upon this history of diverse topics and speakers, we are opening our submissions again to the general game development public.

Our audience is a mix of aspiring and practicing level designers, as well as members of the press, academia, and game development community at large.

Please note: Submissions close November 3rd, 2017!

Please use this form to submit your topic for consideration. Thanks a lot - we can't wait to hear from you!

Email address *
Session Title *
Don't stress too much about the title: just choose something brief and descriptive.
Session Duration
Our agenda typically includes 25 and 55 minute talks. We may consider "microtalks" as well. Please select the format(s) that you think your topic will fit. Note that all talks include Q&A, time permitting.
Session Description *
In 100-500ish words, please describe the topic you'd like to discuss.
Describe the primary information/lessons attendees will take away from your talk.
Intended Audience
Describe who your topic is best suited to?
Do you plan on discussing a specific game?
If yes, will the game have shipped by GDC 2018? (March 19-23, 2018)
Your Name *
Email Contact *
Do you have public speaking experience?
Are you currently working in game dev?
Your current employer?
Your job title?
Your current project?
If your project is secret - PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE YOUR NDA! This question is just to make sure we're up to date on your current work situation. Only share what you're comfortable sharing.
Speaker Bio
A brief description of you and your qualifications, which would be printed on conference materials and online.
Speaker Credits
Please list your major products and accomplishments.
Willing to participate in portfolio review?
In the past, we have given attendees the opportunity to have their portfolio and other work critiqued by our speaker panel. If we include a portfolio review in this workshop, would you be willing to participate?
Why do you want to present?
What's your motivation? Tell us a little bit about why you'd like to present, and why your topic should be considered for inclusion.
Is this a tandem talk?
Note that talks with multiple presenters are generally discouraged, especially if the presenters are not seasoned public speakers.. Preparation is more time-consuming, and it's much more difficult to give a good delivery with multiple people. While proposing a tandem talk is certainly okay, please be aware that it's a variable we'll need to consider, and will probably make your overall preparations more difficult.
Employer Approval Required?
Will you require approval from an employer before you can guarantee participation? This doesn't affect your chance of being considered, but it does affect our timeline to make sure presenters/topics are approved.
Anything you'd like to add?
Feel free to let us know if there's anything else we should keep in mind when considering your topic for inclusion!
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