The basic thought behind RESPAWN is to create a relaxed and unconstrained forum where game developers, trade visitors and students can connect and exchange ideas.
This innovative conference and networking concept was welcomed enthusiastically by more than 500 visitors at its premiere in 2013. Rather than confining speakers and their audiences to closed rooms, the presentations are held on lecture platforms spread out across the venue. This gives RESPAWN visitors the freedom to spontaneously decide, which talks and panel discussions they want to follow. They can either go directly there or simply use the provided wireless headsets to switch to the audio feed of the presentation they find most interesting at any given time.
The conference's topics range from Creative, Game Design, Business and Tech to Culture/Communications and Storytelling. On August 15 and 16, a shuttle service will be provided between GDC Europe at Kölnmesse and the RESPAWN venue, located only one kilometer away at DOCK.ONE.
RESPAWN is hosted by Aruba Events GmbH. Over the past 10 years, the company has established itself as a key agency for events of the gaming industry in Germany. The developer conference QUO VADIS, the German Developer Award, and the European Executives' Summit are all part of the portfolio of the agency, which is run by Stephan Reichart and based in Hürth near the city of Cologne.