NZGDA Student Day Programme

Saturday 2nd September


Welcome to the Student Day Programme proudly supported by The New Zealand Game Development Association!

Get ready for a day of immersive learning and inspiration tailored specifically for students aspiring to make their mark in the gaming industry. Our carefully curated sessions promise to provide insightful and invaluable content, delivered by industry experts and visionaries. Whether you’re taking your first steps into game development or fine-tuning your skills, this programme is designed to equip you with knowledge, insights, and inspiration to fuel your journey in the world of gaming. Join us for an unforgettable day of discovery and growth.


  • Killing it in the first hour of a Game Jam
  • The Game Developers Spy Network
10:35 – 10:55am

  • Getting into the Industry: Expectation v reality
  • On the Shoulders of Titans 
:25pm – 1:45pm

1:40 – 2:10
  • Game Audio Developer Skill Tree
2:15 – 2:45pm
  • What I Wish I Knew When I Became a Game Developer
2:45 – 3:30pm

  • PANEL,: Studio Wizards:  Unlocking the Game Dev World
Conference Closing Keynote:
  • Nadia Thorne, Black Salt Games

Students holding a Student Day pass or Full pass area encouraged to network and explore the experiences of the Kiwi Interactive Showcase located on Level 1, Tākina, Wellington