Professional Development Conference
My name is Audrey "Danielle" Talley and I am the founder and president of the Carolina Gamers Club, the only student organization at the University of South Carolina dedicated to game design and development. I started this club last Fall in hopes to promote socialization through gaming and facilitate game development at our university. We divide members into game design teams based on their talents and interests (like art, programming, music, etc.) and, throughout the semester, they work together to produce a video game. As a club, we also host workshops and lectures that teach how to create games in Unity!
Though I didn't expect a large turnout, my expectations have been greatly exceeded! Our attendance is usually about 40 people per meeting, which rivals the largest organizations at our university. We currently have four game design teams chugging away at their own unique games! They've put in countless hours outside of our weekly meetings to put these games together and I couldn't be more proud of them!
As a reward for their hard work, I would love to send the team leads and a few officers to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California! This would be a great experience for the team leads to get insight into the video game industry and they can apply the tools they learn and resources they acquire to create even better games next semester! Most importantly, this will pave the way for the teams to participate in the Independent Games Festival at GDC next year!
We have acquired some funding from our Student Government as well as 7 expo passes generously donated by Speed Tree (IDV), but we are still about $4,500 short of our goal. The GDV Expo is from March 16th - 18th. Here is an outline of our budget:
>Cost Per Night: $300.00
>Number of Rooms: 3
>Number of Nights: 3
>Quantity : 10
Grand Total: $10,200
Acquired Total: $5,650.00
$10,200.00 - $5,650.00 = $4,550.00
Since the conference is coming up quickly, we will be collecting funding until March 1st. The game design teams have done such hard work this year, please help me reward them with the trip they so desperately deserve and help us make U of SC and South Carolina a game development hub!
A. Danielle Talley
B.S.E. Computer Engineering 2017 | U of SC
Carolina Gamers Club | Founder & President
Undergraduate Researcher | Dept. of Mathematics
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We've reached almost 25% of our goal! I'm excited to say that we can now fully fund two officers who wouldn't have been able to attend before! Since the site was having technical difficulties last weekend, I've decided to extend the deadline until the end of this weekend: Monday, March 7th! Thank you for your generosity!
I received an excellent question today that I would like to share with all of our supporters:
Q: What will happen to the money if we do not reach our goal?
A: Six of the travelers have already paid out of pocket for their plane tickets and the hotel rooms have already been reserved by our game design director, who has been kind enough to pay out of pocket for the expense. The money that we earn will first go to those who can not afford to pay for their flight, then to our game design director for the hotel, and finally to those who have already paid for their flight out of pocket. All money, whether the goal is fully achieved or not, will go to those who attend the conference!
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to our conference trip! So far, we've raised enough money to buy a plane ticket for one of our officers! I can't wait to give them the good news!