Fanfest 2016 - Call For Player Speakers & How You Can Get Involved!

By CCP Falcon
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Fanfest 2016, the annual pilgrimage of capsuleers, mercs and valkyries to the frozen lands of Iceland from across the globe is only three months away, and the clock is ticking as we count down to three solid days celebrating all things New Eden.

This year, we have a lot of content to present, including a look forward to what’s in store for EVE in the coming year, as well as some significant announcements and a lot more information on where things are heading in 2016 and beyond.

Fanfest 2016 comes after another fantastic year of spaceship violence in New Eden as we return to pushing large, content rich expansions to our pilots, along with rapid, frequent releases for smaller content additions, fixes and balancing.

After an amazing Fanfest 2015 that saw us push the focus of the event to a far more player oriented program, we’re looking to continue this year by keeping our players, all of you guys, at the heart of the action.

The Fanfest team is super stoked to bring you Fanfest 2016, and on a personal note, with this being my 10th Fanfest, something of a milestone, I hope it’s going to be the best one yet!

We want you for Fanfest 2016!

We want to get you all involved with Fanfest again this year, with a solid lineup of player presentations, events and content that our developer presentations, roundtables and keynotes can supplement.

As we explained when we shifted to a more community focused program last year, this doesn’t mean we’re reducing the amount of CCP content at Fanfest, it just means that we want Fanfest to give MOAR.

Who do we seek?

We’re looking for players who’re comfortable presenting in front of a Fanfest audience, and who have something interesting or fun to talk about. These players will of course need to be fine with committing to putting together a presentation, hosting a roundtable, or putting together an event at Fanfest 2016.

In terms of presentations, we’re looking at three styles. The first is a full 45 minute session, the second is a shorter 10-20 minute presentation, and the third is a fast, five minute lightning talk. We’re hoping to get together at least one hour long session of lightning talks that would see between five and ten players take to the stage this year, each for five to seven minutes.

Alongside the official CCP schedule and program for Fanfest, there are a lot of player run events that occur every year as part of the greater Fanfest experience. If you’re hosting a party, get together, karaoke night or any other event that you think players and devs alike would enjoy, you can feel free to get in touch with us and we may be able to assist in making sure that your event has more visibility to attract a larger audience. We also may be able to help you get in touch with various venues and partners in Reykjavik to make your event even better.

The only requirements for this type of assistance are that the event is open to everyone, and that you’re already planning in coming to EVE Fanfest and are looking to host an event during Fanfest as CCP will not be supplementing airfare or passes for these efforts.

Feel free to send us a mail and see if we can help you out!

How can you be a part of it all?

If you’re interested in being a part of the Fanfest 2016 lineup, you can send an email to share@eveonline.com with a subject containing the words “Players at Fanfest” somewhere.

You’ll need to include the following information:

  • Real name and age
  • In game name
  • ·Type of event
  • Desired length of presentation
  • Topic
  • Brief summary of content
  • A little about yourself, and any other information you feel is relevant

We’re looking for any content that you think would be interesting and fun for EVE players to share in.

The deadline for submitting your proposal for a presentation or roundtable is February 29th, 2016. After this we’ll start locking down the schedule and will need a full commitment from you to be a part of the lineup.

For external events you can inform us as soon as you have something concrete, preferably by the end of March.

Right now, we’re not going to commit to a specific number of speaker slots or events as there’s always room for more high quality content from our players. Our goal is to build a Fanfest program with a balanced and interesting program for all attendees.

We want your feedback!

We’re also looking for feedback on Fanfest over the years. If you’ve been an attendee and you’ve felt like there’s something you’ve particularly enjoyed, disliked or felt was missing from Fanfest, then now is your time to speak up and let us know.

Leave us some comments in the comments thread for this Dev Blog and we’ll see what we can do to make Fanfest even more awesome.

You can also tweet at me if you want to suggest cool things for Fanfest, or have memories and great photos and videos to share.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

@CCP_Falcon