GDC is one of my favorite events — it draws a great variety of professionals and is always gets me thinking.
From the organizers:
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest professional game industry event.
GDC brings together 28,000 attendees to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry with five days of education, inspiration, and networking at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and immersive experiences.
The market-defining GDC Conference features 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development and VR/AR topics taught by leading industry experts.
The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from 550 leading technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, Sony, and Unreal Engine. Attendees can use GDC Connect business matchmaking to set up meetings and explore new partnerships and business opportunities.