Haere mai! Kia ora! Welcome!

Aotearoa's cosy games industry conference is making its way back into your world for 2021! After all the stress of 2020, we want to put together a weekend of united, wholesome content for our games communities. So, we're looking for some local speakers to share their knowledge and stories with us.

Talk submissions for Play by Play 2021 are officially open from now until 11.59pm Sunday 15th November 2020.

We are welcoming back many of our Kiwi speakers from last years roster, but are on the lookout for more local heroes to fill in the gaps.

This year, we invite you to share your experience points with us as we explore our theme: Bigger than we know. It doesn't matter what your background or involvement in games is – anyone from professionals to hobbyists is welcome to speak at Play by Play. We also provide a mentorship programme for new speakers.

This year's theme is:

Bigger than we know

We're interested in talks that deliver thought-provoking messages through humour, eccentricity and unique perspectives and that focus on what makes our games and tech scene in Aotearoa truly magical! We want speakers to examine and dissect their own personal meaning and interpretation of this theme in resonance to the perspective we have here in Aotearoa <3

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    Speaker Info

    Describe your best self (or just you – we already think you're your best self).

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    Previous Speaking Experience
    Tell us about quests where you've used your speech skill - this could be in the form of guest lectures, previous conference talks, talking to community groups, that impromptu powerpoint preso you gave at your last Christmas party – anything counts! Where possible, please link us to videos if the talks have been uploaded.

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    Speaker Mentorship? (Required)
    We understand that some folks are still levelling up their speech skills – and doing a talk is a great way to learn! If you require mentorship on your talk, or if you're a seasoned speaker that's happy to mentor a junior speaker please let us know.
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    Talk Information

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    Talk Title (Required)
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    Interpretation of the Theme: Bigger than we know (Required)
    How does your story fit in with the bigger picture? We want to know how your talk interprets and resonates with the theme.

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    Type of talk (Required)
    Play by Play is a single track conference, but if you imagine for a moment that we had multiple streams, what would your talk sit under?
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    Key Takeaways (Required)
    In bulleted list form, what tangible lessons or tips can attendees take away from your talk? What things will they be able to use from your talk to put into practice after they leave Play by Play?

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    Talk Summary (Required, 280 char max)
    How would you succinctly describe what you're going to speak about? This will go in the conference programme, to make our attendees feel like your talk is one that cannot be missed!

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    Extra Information
    Any plot twists or easter eggs you want to share? Please use this section to describe any specific technical needs, accessibility needs, or anything else we should know about your application.

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