While the Australian video games industry has hit hard times over recent years and struggles to make console games, the indie games scene has exploded mainly thanks to mobile devices. Companies like Halfbrick Studios have gone from hit to hit and have built up a solid reputation in the mobile development scene. Catering to this rise is a new one-day conference focusing on all things indie in Australia.
iFest is aimed at both veteran developers and budding game designers and will look at all aspects of developing small-budget titles. On top of the usual lectures that you'd expect from this sort of event, there will be practical workshops looking at things like coding games, how to use a game engine, and a guide to Maya. On top of that there will also be a game development competition, but you'll have to work fast because entries for that close quickly.
iFest isn't restricted to just one city; it'll be running across three weekends in three different cities. This weekend sees iFest kick off with the first event in Canberra, followed by Sydney on April 10, and ending in Melbourne on April 16. While the events are free to attend, you'll need to register via the iFest website.