Developers, get ready: GDC Next kicks off on Monday

GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next Monday. Here's what you need to know about where to go and what to see while you're there.
Developers, get ready: GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next week. If you haven't already, there's still time to register online for a GDC Next pass that grants you access to a wide variety of talks, roundtable discussions, postmortems and workshops during the show. Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead and bookmark their favorite talks in the online GDC Next 2014 Session Scheduler, especially these 9 can't-miss GDC Next talks. All passholders also have access to the GDC Next Expo Floor, located within the Los Angeles Convention Center, which will once again showcase cutting-edge technology from some of the industry's biggest and most influential companies. Sony, Microsoft, Oculus VR, Google and Samsung are but a few of the notable exhibitors at the show this year -- you can visit the official GDC Next website for a dynamic list of the show's exhibitor lineup. The Expo Floor also provides attendees with numerous opportunities to learn about upcoming products, interact with developers and publishers, and establish business relationships with some of the industry's top professionals. Veteran GDC exhibitors from the Videogame History Museum will also be curating a Museum of Portable Devices for the GDC Next show floor. Attendees should drop by to see how far we've come in programming over the last three decades by perusing dozens of vintage mobile devices, including the Apple Newton and early Palm products. While you're on the floor, don't miss our showcase for the ADC Best In Apps Contest Powered By AppCircus. Many developer entrepreneurs submitted their projects to the showcase, but only 20 entrants will be selected and given the opportunity to pitch their app live on stage in front of a jury of top experts. The contest spans two days; the first day will showcase future and top trending apps open to all categories and the second day will be dedicated to games. The winning apps will receive a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards 2015 (which is the largest cross-platform app showcase in the mobile industry) and provide a point of reference for the startup and app community during the Mobile World Congress. Of course, GDC Next 2014 will also feature a healthy lineup of lectures, panels, and tutorials during the show proper, and show organizers will continue to debut new sessions as the event draws ever closer. The sessions are organized into six tracks: Discoverability, Community, Design, Production, Business & Marketing and the featured App Developers Conference track of talks. All of the announced talks are now available in the online GDC Next 2014 Session Scheduler, where you can begin to build your conference week and later export it to the up-to-the-minute GDC Next Mobile App, coming soon. Conference organizers look forward to seeing everyone at this year's GDC Next featuring ADC, which takes place next week, November 3rd-4th, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For additional details about GDC Next and ADC, visit the conference homepage. Gamasutra, GDC and ADC are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech.

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