So your crowdfunding missed its target, you're a student with limited funds, your company won't send you, or you just want to lend a hand. Whatever the reason, you may still be able to attend this premiere event by volunteering! Are you willing to earn your attendance by doing about 20 hours of on-site work? Apply to volunteer as a Conference Associate (CA)!
GDC 2014 runs from Monday, March 17th through Friday, March 21st. Conference Associates have pre-conference assignments and a required orientation dinner on Sunday, March 16th. If you are accepted into the program, you are expected to be on-site from the start of your pre-conference assignments through the end of the conference on the evening of Friday, March 21st, during conference hours. Plan accordingly so you have no job, school, or other conflicts during that time.
Simply follow the instructions at the bottom of this page and submit your application.
After 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, UTC-8) on January 3rd, all the volunteer positions are filled. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted (or not) by January 9th.
Applications submitted after the positions are filled will be offered the opportunity to be put on the waiting list. Applications will be accepted up until 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, UTC-8) on March 14th for the waiting list.
The date of the application does not affect the chances of being accepted, just whether it is considered directly for a volunteer position or the waiting list.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
What kind of work does the job involve?
About 20 hours of challenging and important tasks like:
What costs should volunteers plan for?
What restrictions do I have at GDC compared to an attendee?
Usually none. You have the same all-access pass the attendees have. However, your work shifts must come first so you get to use your all-access pass when off-duty.
I don't live in the United States of America. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! This is an international conference and international people are welcome to apply. You will need to take care of any visa requirements for travel from your country to the USA.
What if I have particular sessions I want to attend?
Volunteers submit work preferences that are factored into their schedule. That plus the ability to trade work shifts with other volunteers should allow you to definitely attend at least a few preferred sessions, including summits and tutorials.
What are you looking for in an applicant?
We don't state specific criteria nor how we do volunteer selection. In an Internet age, everyone would find out anything we share and tell us what we want to hear. Everything we do mention you will see on the application when you go to fill it out.
Do you take groups?
No. Each person in your group is welcome to submit their own application. We will consider each one on an individual basis.
Are all the volunteer positions really full after the deadline mentioned above?
Yes, always! You may still submit a volunteer application and you will be emailed instructions about how to get on the waiting list.
What are my chances on the waiting list?
We can't answer that on an individual basis. In general the odds are low but not zero. We also do not share our criteria for filling openings from the waiting list. Same reason as above.
What about the rest of my questions?
We get a lot of applications. We provide the information that volunteers need to everyone who is accepted. If you have a question that you need answering now, prior to applying, please email us and we will be happy to help. Otherwise, please wait to see if you get accepted and if all the information you receive then answers your questions.
The conference associate application will be available later this fall.
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