NZGDA GDC 2020 Scholarship Program
Looking at going to Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA in March 2020?

It's an awesome event, but we know it can be a very expensive proposition attending an event on the other side of the world. This year, the NZGDA, along with support from GDC (UBM Media), CODE and Dry Cactus have a range of Travel Grants and Scholarships available.

Note that you can apply for more than one at the same time, just fill out this form once and tick which scholarships or grants you wish to apply for.

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NZGDA Travel Grants

NZGDA is offering 5 x $3000 travel grants to help NZ game developers cover the costs of attending GDC.

These grants are open to anyone in Games, from Students to Indies to Studio Employees, but we'll be focusing on people who can bring some kind of benefit to the NZ games industry by attending GDC.

If going to GDC could help you learn some skills valuable to your studio, pitch your next project to a publisher, or anything else that helps push forward the success of game development in New Zealand, then this is for you.

*(Note, this does not include a ticket)
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GDC Representation Scholarship

Thanks to GDC (UBM Media) we have 15 Conference + Summit passes for women, non-binary, LGBTQIA+ and other underrepresented groups in games*.

*In terms of defining "an underrepresented segment" please note that this could include anything from gender identity to people from remote areas or those experiencing a lack of local resources or economic difficulties which often prevent them from being represented within the game development community
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Dry Cactus Indie Scholarship

Indie - With thanks to Dry Cactus, we have one scholarship of up to $5000 to cover your conference pass, accommodation, travel and food. This scholarship is for those that are seeking to release a commercial game in the near future, stepping out from working for a company and into doing their own thing, and would benefit from GDC by forming industry contacts, potential business deals, finding friends and mentors to help them succeed.
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CODE Dunedin-based Developer Scholarships

The centre for digital excellence (CODE) is pleased to offer three grants of $5000 each to Dunedin based applicants to support:

1) Applicants new to the industry (i.e. have not attended GDC and are early on in their career - still studying or around 1-2 years’ experience). $5000 toward costs which can include a conference pass if required, accommodation, travel and food.
2) Applicants who are mid-career who have never been to GDC (i.e. someone working in the industry who would gain substantial professional development and upskilling by attending). $5000 toward costs which can include a conference pass if required, accommodation, travel and food.
3) Applicants who are mid-career and who have previously been to GDC but who would gain a substantial and tangible benefit by returning. $5000 toward costs which can include a conference pass if required, accommodation, travel and food.

Enterprise Dunedin is responsible for CODE’s contribution to supporting Dunedin people who are employed in a game development job (such as artists, QA, marketers and programmers) or are from an underrepresented segment which could include anything from gender identity to senior or age diverse people in the industry, to those experiencing a lack of local resources or economic difficulties which may prevent them from being represented within the game development community. The CODE sponsored grants will be awarded to applicants that align CODE’s objective of supporting pathways, and preference will be given Māori, women, youth, and age diverse people.
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As GDC is fast approaching and accommodation is only getting more expensive as time goes on, applications are via this form and will close Friday the 30th of November, midnight.

If you have any questions, please email info@nzgda.com.

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Email address *
Name *
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Gender
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Ethnicity (Mark all that apply) *
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Do you identify as LGBTQIA+ *
Where are you from in NZ? *
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Phone number
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What is your current relationship to the Games Industry *
What best describes your primary role in games? *
If you're employed in games, how many years have you been in the industry?
If you are employed by, contract to or own a game development company name it here.
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Have you attended GDC before? *
If yes, how many times have you attended?
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Have you received an NZGDA GDC scholarship before? *
Which scholarship are you applying for? You may choose more than one. *
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What specifically do you want to do at GDC 2020, and how will attending assist in advancing your career or business? (Examples could be attending talks/pitching to publishers/collaborating with partners/learning about a particular technology etc). *
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Referring to the scholarship type(s) that you are applying for, please explain how you fit the criteria - pitch to us why you should receive one! *
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How would you attending GDC benefit the wider NZ games industry? *
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Would you be willing to share your GDC experience after GDC with the community? (e.g talking at game developer meetups, writing a blog post/Twitter thread about it etc.). If so, tell us how you would do this.
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Optional: Would you describe yourself as a someone from a demographic underrepresented in the games industry? If so, please provide detail.
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Link to your portfolio/game/company website etc. or tell us about something cool you're doing in games! *
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