Game Devs of Color Expo 2023 - Speaker Application
Thank you for your interest in speaking at the Game Devs of Color Expo 2023, which is taking place exclusively online!

If selected, your talk will be pre-recorded in July and aired during our expo taking place between September 27–30, 2023. We will work with you via a production company to make sure you give the best talk you can. We are serious about these being great talks, and you will receive a speaker's fee for your time and effort. Accepted speakers are also entered into consideration for our Game Dev Grants (up to $25k per team.)

The Game Devs of Color Expo is a global event where we give our audience talks that are entertaining, thought provoking, deep dives, etc. Because of that, we prefer new talks that are not online anywhere else. Wondering if it's been done before? Check out our YouTube channel to see talks from prior years.

We will be evaluating talks based on various criteria, including how they fit into the schedule. Please submit the best proposal you have. If you have any feedback or questions, email us at

We know it's our responsibility to create a conference that’s inclusive, safe, and represents everyone, especially people from traditionally underrepresented communities. As part of the submission process, we have included questions to help us ensure our lineup is inclusive and representative of our community.

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

Submissions close on April 14 at 11:59pm ET. Got more questions? See the FAQ.
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Email *
Do you identify as a person of color? *
This includes but is not limited to: Black, Latinx (not white), 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 do not complete the form here.)
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.  
Bio (Tell us who you are! 500 characters) *
Please be descriptive - this is your intro to our community, and will be used for social media posts about your talk!
What is your background? *
This will help us get to know who you are. 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. This is different than the bio, and will not be shared externally.
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. Please note we do not accept baseline "Diversity/advocacy" talks, because Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are our baseline values. 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 how you think about your work in games.
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. This will be shared with bio info so people know where to follow your work.
Session Title *
Provide a session title in fewer than 10 words.
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"
Outline *
In 3000 characters or less, please give a succinct, 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 succinctly as possible. If you have supporting information, please share it here as well, or add links to the information. Please do not submit any NFT/Blockchain talks as they won't be accepted.
Talk Description *
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 and on youtube.
Takeaway *
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 format(s) you would be interested in *
We will do our best to accommodate your request, but may need to reduce the length based on programming availability.
Have you spoken at an event before? *
Previous experience is not required, but we would like to know your experience level for preparation purposes.
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 the "Additional notes" section below.
Do you have any additional speakers/panelists?
If yes, please type your additional speaker/panelist names here. Also, make sure your speakers/panelists also submit their information (and the same talk title)
Any additional notes, comments or questions?
If you have any concerns, or other needs regarding giving your talk (like technology), 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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