Thought I should send a list of some of the options my team is weighing, in case it’s of interest:
(next year), San Fran. (Huge conference for all the folks making video games world wide. 27,000 people this year. wide variety of cutting edge technology is always on display. This is my number one conference. every year I try to go to)
June 23,34. NY. (And I just applied for this. Great speakers. might be small?)
August 17-19. NY. (might be too board game centric? looks smart/useful though. this is my backup plan this year)
July 24-28, LA (disneyland). (Super technical. often teases tons of exciting graphics research that never gets released.)
July 26-28. NC. I’ve gone to this a couple times (at Digipen and Carnegie Mellon), but have zero intertest in University of North Carolina.
November 1-3, LA. My gang hit this in seattle a couple years back. Great talks if you’re working in Unity.
Sept 15-16, LA. Mark suggested.
Just happened a couple weeks ago. Right here in Portland. It has shrunk dramatically over the years, but a couple people from our group always try to go.
james went to this in February and everyone got a free HTC Vive system. (but it was well documented online).
Aug 31+ Seattle. I went to this a couple years back. small 2 day thing (as much about board and card games as video games). Fun, but limited connection to learning. Nice excuse to get into PAX though (they quietly give each attendee to this an option to also attend PAX)
this is usually well documented online. and had VR livestream of keynote (so why travel?). (I’ve been tempted to go each year though, for the VR thinking/focus/hype).
Google IO and Samsung Dev Days also sound very interesting, but are well documented online (ie, almost every session is now available on youtube. so why travel?)
(next year?) mark noted. web design stuff.
Victor suggested (next year)
And there are other conferences Ecampus people go to that are purely education focused. I’m less into them, but can dig up some lists if that sounds more interesting.