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Indie Giving 2024: Volunteer In SF and Get a Discounted Pass to GDC

The Game Developers Conference brings people from all over the world to San Francisco. It's a wonderful city full of amazing people, and some of those communities are in need. GDC 2024 has donated several passes to Indie Giving, which provides discounted All Access pass rates for attendees in exchange for one day of volunteering in the Bay Area. 

GDC has once again partnered with Indie Giving, a decade-long charity event designed to help game developers attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco while contributing to local charitable organizations. For a donation of $499 and your time on Sunday, March 17, 2024, you’ll receive an All Access pass to GDC 2024 and an awesome T-shirt! Everyone who signs up will take part in the charity event supporting Compass Family Services the day before GDC begins. Your donation is given to Compass Family Services and supports the Indie Giving event.

As organizer Chris Hughes told us, it's not just great for the community—it's also a change to make friends and connections with fellow game developers.

"What's great about Indie Giving in particular, is you're a group of like-minded, similar industry people that get to bond the day before this conference," he said. "Throughout the rest of the week at GDC, you see these people—even as you pass by them in the Expo Hall—you have that special connection to be like, 'Hey, how's it going? We got to clean a homeless shelter together!' You get that feeling of doing good, but also you get the business side of it as well, mingling and being with people in your industry."

Indie Giving participants will meet ahead of GDC 2024 to pitch in together on a humanitarian service project for Compass Family Services, an SF-based organization helping families who are experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk become stably housed, emotionally and physically healthy, and economically self-sufficient.

Space is limited, so head here to learn more—including how to sign up. 

For those who are already planning on attending GDC 2024 but also want a way to help out this wonderful cause, Indie Giving will be hosting a Hygiene Drive in the South Hall throughout the week of GDC. Attendees are asked to bring donations of unused hygiene products, which Compass Family Services puts together into care packages for families in need. 

Items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, small bar soap/body wash, deodorant, disposable razors, hygiene products, etc. Travel-sized items, in particular, are encouraged. 

GDC would like to thank sponsor MobileFuse for supporting Indie Giving and its incredible work in the community. To participate and help make a difference, head over to the Indie Giving website now.

Sign up for GDC 2024 here.

GDC returns to San Francisco this March 18-22, 2024—and registration is now open! For more information, be sure to visit our website and follow the #GDC2024 hashtag on social media.

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