Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star Code Finals and Conference Day 2017

This April brings an even bigger and better ‘Search for a Star’ and ‘Sumo Digital Rising Star’ Code Finals and Conference Day 2017!

This event, brought to you by Grads in Games (an Aardvark Swift initiative), will be taking place at Staffordshire University on Monday 10th April from 8.45am-5:30pm approx. (exact times TBC) and is completely free to all students, lecturers & academics involved in games-related courses.

Throughout the day there will be talks and informal mentoring sessions from awesome games industry professionals, an academic round table discussion with UK games studios, and a networking lunch between all students, academics and industry professionals. There will also be exhibitors on hand to chat to attendees about the industry and careers, with stands from Microsoft, Sumo Digital, Playground, Natural Motion, Exient and more to be confirmed!

This year’s talks are already looking phenomenal, with some of the guest speakers lined up for the day including:

  • Philip & Andrew Oliver – Radiant Worlds 
  • Time Furnish – Sumo Digital 
  • Mark & Gavin – Boss Alien 
  • Nick Duncombe 

The judges will also be putting competition finalists through the motions of their final interview, and crowning this year’s winner of Search for a Star and Rising Star (Code) on the day! The finalists have battled their way through round 1 & 2, being marked by a panel of industry leading judges, so the day is sure to have everyone on the edge of their seats!

We’d love for you to join us for an action-packed day of unique networking opportunities & first-hand insights from games professionals. This event is one not to miss!  To discuss booking your place please contact

This event couldn’t be organised without help from its fantastic partners Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Boss Alien, nDreams, Unreal, Epic Games, HackerRank, Furious Bee, edgecase, Gaasworks, Playstation First, Gamer Camp, and UK Games Fund. For more info on any of these guys, please click here to see their profiles at