Game Devs of Color Expo 2021 - Speaker Application
Thank you for your interest in speaking at the Game Devs of Color Expo 2021!
If selected, your talk will be given online during our expo taking place between September 23rd-September 26th, 2021.
The Game Devs of Color Expo is a global event where we give our audience talks that are unique, thought provoking, and that they can only find at our event initially. Because of that, we ask that regardless of your topic (serious, informational, entertaining, etc.), that you submit talks that are new ideas and that you haven't given elsewhere.
We are serious about these being great talks, and you will receive a speaker's fee for your time and effort. We just ask that you do as best to prepare ahead of time as possible.
If you have any questions if a talk idea has been submitted previously, please review our videos from previous years
When you complete this form, you’ll receive an email confirmation and a link to edit your submission. If you do not, please contact us at
April 15, 2021 -- Submissions close at 11:59pm ET. We cannot accept late applications.
June -- The talk curation team will be reaching out to speaking candidates to confirm attendance. We may need more info in order to fully accept the talk.
Acceptance, Conditional Acceptance, Waitlist, and Declined letters will go out in a rolling fashion. Due to the high volume of applicants, this process may take weeks. Please whitelist
in order to make sure you receive your response.
Conditionally accepted speakers will need to submit more info for the curation team within a month of request.
All accepted speakers will need to submit a rough outline of their talk + slides 4 weeks before the event.
We'll be reaching out to schedule session times (recorded and/or live) in July.
Speaker full name
Please enter your first and last name. This must be your (The speaker's) name, and not a third party entering it.
Do you identify as a person of color?
This includes but is not limited to: Black, Latinx, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Desi, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, indigenous, and multiracial people who do not mainly identify as White. (If the answer is no, please end the form here.)
Because we are a collective who works to uplift people of color in the games space across an intersectional spectrum, please tell us a bit about your background.
All answers are valid - some examples: Are you a cis hetero black man? Pansexual indigenous nonbinary person? Trans Latinx woman? Please do not be flippant about this (ie I'm a human, we're all human), and we want to know what makes you the only you that you can be.
Provide a session title in fewer than 10 words.
Talk Proposal Info
The information submitted on this form is for internal review by the curation team. If selected, you will have an opportunity to update your information before any public announcements are made. Also please note, we do not accept baseline "Diversity/advocacy" talks, because we know Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are important at the baseline, but we're beyond that. We want diverse people to talk about what they do that is awesome. We also tend to shy away from talks that focus purely on identity. We know that's important, but we want talks that are about what you do and think about in games, and why who you are influences that.
What track does your talk best fit in?
Please let us know what track your talk best fits. If it doesn't fit any of the below, please give a concise description in "Other"
Games funding/Business development
Interesting uses and/or ways of generating art/tech for games
Activism & politics in game design
Racism and colonialism in game design, mechanics, and systems
History of PoC in games, gaming, and computing
In 3000 characters or less, please give a rough outline and describe to the GDoCExpo speaker committee what your talk will be about, and why it will be interesting to GDoCExpo attendees. This won't be shared publicly, and won't be read by anyone but our committee. We're working to provide the best talks possible to our audience, and this is where you tell us all about it as clearly and succintly as possible. If you have supporting information, please share it here as well, or add links to the information.
In roughly 600 characters or less, describe what your talk will give to attendees. Be sure to highlight any examples you'll be including in your talk, and letting attendees know why they need check out your talk. Write full sentences, avoid bullet points, and write in 3rd person, present tense. If the talk is accepted this description will be on our website.
In roughly 600 characters or less, describe the ideal audience member and how they will benefit from your talk. Write full sentences, avoid bullet points, and write in 3rd person, present tense. If the talk is accepted this description will be on our website.
Session(s) format you would be interested in
Live Q & A after the session (we're experimenting with live Q & A after panels, please check this box if you are interested in doing one)
60 minute talk
45 minute Panel (Panels require submissions from each panelist)
30 minute talk
Where can we find you on social media?
Twitter or Instagram, or something else if you have it. Please include the URL to your profile.
Have you given a talk at an event before?
Previous experience is not required, but we would like to know your experience level for preparation purposes.
Yes, I have spoken at an event in the past.
Yes, and I have spoken at GDoCExpo before
No, I have never spoken at an event.
Do you have the technical capacity to record a high quality talk?
This includes HD camera quality, good lighting setup, and a good mic (preferably not your camera's mic). For live talks, high speed HD streaming capabilities would be needed. If you don't, please let us know in "Additional Notes" below.
Yes, whether recorded or live I am ready.
I can do a good recorded talk, but unsure of live capabilities.
I can do a good recorded talk, but cannot do a live talk.
My recording capabilities are limited by technology needs. (Please elaborate below)
Any additional notes, comments or questions?
If you have any concerns, or needs regarding giving your talk, please let us know here. We will aim to help anyone who needs tech help giving their talk.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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