Indie Giving is an annual event that offers independent developers the chance to attend the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco at a discounted price while also volunteering in the local community. In 2018 GDC partnered with Indie Giving for the 8th year and put together an awesome event that included multiple networking events and a beach clean up at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. The proceeds from the event went to non profit organizations including Delancey Street Restaurant, One Brick and Water.org.
The goal is to show gamers know how to have fun, and give back. We will be volunteering with the One Brick organization to do beach cleanup around the Aquatic Park, followed by an after party at the nearby Bistro Boudin.
The event will be held on Sunday March 18, 2018
Meet for brunch:
The Delancey Street Restaurant - 600 Embarcadero and Brannan SF CA 94107.
Transportation to Aquatic Park, with introduction from the One Brick organization.
Volunteer activity: beach cleanup
Work is complete! Now let's have some fun on the beach!
After party at Bistro Boudin. Drinks and small plates available.
After that, you can optionally join us for drinks later on. Or you can go take a nap. Both sound fun. Be sure to follow the slack channel for Indie Giving (you'll receive a link in your confirmation email) for goings-on.
Just yourself, and your willingness to work.
We’re able to accommodate 1 backpack per person, so feel free to bring along anything you think you’ll need. Keep in mind, you're responsible for anything you bring with you.
We’ll be working outside, so please wear closed toe shoes and pants you don’t mind getting dirty. Please no sandals.
We usually have around 30 or so people helping out, so there’s always someone from the gaming industry to chat and team up with.
“The Independent Games Summit is the place for the independent game developer at GDC. It features lectures, postmortems and roundtables from notable independent game creators, including many former and current Independent Games Festival finalists and winners. The Independent Games Summit seeks to achieve diversity of voice, experience and perspective, while highlighting the best and brightest in indie development.” - GDC website
Along with all the great lecture access, you’ll also be permitted to attend the GDC Expo Wednesday through Friday, where 26,000 industry professionals will be represented. It’s the place to meet people, get inspired and learn something new. And there’s tons of swag. Everybody loves swag.
This community effort is organized by FGL and Enhance, with the support from our sponsors. We use the money from sponsors to pay for tools, food and anything needed for the volunteers. Every penny leftover is donated. Together, we’ve not only saved these organizations hundreds of work hours, but we’ve also donated tens of thousands of dollars on the behalf of our contributors over the years. If you can’t make it to the charity event, please consider becoming a sponsor to help out financially.
In association with our volunteering, we will also be donating to organization we end up working with. The remaining money from Indie Giving pass purchases will be donated to the Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.