UPDATE, posted Mar 24, 2014: I have just joined Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist, for the East Coast. As a result, I am currently in talks with others at Microsoft to figure out how to make my road trip plans a reality, maybe for Spring 2015. It may make sense to focus on the East Coast first, from top to bottom. Will keep you all posted when I have more information.
UPDATE, posted Dec 16, 2013: Originally planned for May 2014, I am postponing the trip for a couple of reasons. First of all, we still don’t know the date for when the retail consoles will be available for Xbox One deployment and publishing. Second of all, I can now use this time to connect with other Microsoft/Xbox developers on the East Coast in regularly scheduled meetups.
As a result, I will be speaking on .NET development and indie game development for Windows, Web and Xbox platforms, in the months ahead. Stay tuned to my Speaking page for my upcoming schedule.
Q&A for Xbox One Game Dev Road Trip
- Who are you?
- What is it?
- A road trip to meet Xbox One game devs from across the United States and parts of Canada.
- When is this all going to happen?
I’m planning it for Spring 2014, from May 3 until May 25, just before Memorial Day.
- Where will the trip pass through?
- Take a look at the routes below. The plan is to start from VA and drive in a clockwise circle and get back to VA again.
- Why? What is the purpose of all this?
- The Xbox One indie dev program is just getting fired up! I would like to talk to you about the new platform, share ideas and get feedback.
- How will you pay for it?
- I’ll try to fund it myself. However, if a dev provides a place to crash, I can save on some lodging costs. If I get sponsors, that could cover some costs as well.
Planning & Schedule
- Xbox One Indie Dev region poll: /XboxOneIndieDevs/permalink/442203812551570/
- FB group post on road trip: /XboxOneIndieDevs/permalink/444688692303082/
- Planning: Link to Google Spreadsheet
- Schedule: Link to Google Spreadsheet
- Xbox One Indie Dev – Index Page
Trip A: http://binged.it/1aIbQ9v
- Woodbridge, VA
- Raleigh/Durham, NC
- Greer, SC
- Knoxville/Nashville, TN
- Austin, TX
- El Paso, TX
- Los Angeles, CA
- Sacramento / Palo Alto, CA
- Seattle, WA (via Portland, OR)
Trip B: http://binged.it/1davaOy
- Seattle, WA
- Boise, ID (need to stop to get some rest)
- Boulder, CO (via Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Kansas City, MO (apparently not in KS!)
- St. Louis, MO
- Chicago, IL (expecting MI folks to come here)
- Detroit, MI (will pass through, but may not stop)
- Toronto, ON (Canada!)
- Buffalo/Syracuse/Albany, NY
- Boston, MA (may skip)
- Philadelphia, PA
- Baltimore, MD (passing through, will come back for event)
- Woodbridge, VA (home!)
Some background on my road trip plans:
- In early 2011, I started planning a road trip around the contiguous US.
- I had launched a website called CircleThe48.com and built a FB page too
- I planned the trip to go through 48 states in 16 days
- I was hoping to take off 2 weeks before Memorial Day in 2012
None of this would be related to web/software development, but my goal was to end up with a travel blog about road trips around the US.
But since then, a lot has happened:
- In 2011, I released a couple of simple Indie games on Xbox 360
- In 2012, I built a couple of dev tools for Xbox game developers worldwide
- In 2013, I ended up become a community leader for Xbox One indie devs
- I’ve also become a blogger & speaker in the .NET community, all over DC/MD/VA
Now, I’d like to revisit this plan, but for a different purpose:
- Identify distinct tech hubs for Indie game dev all over the US
- Visit groups of developers in each hub (e.g. Seattle, Baltimore, etc)
- Speak about Xbox One game development in those circles
- Do all this in a more focused road trip within 3 weeks
One of the people who inspired me to plan this trip is my friend and colleague Matt Makai. He drove around the entire US in 5 months from March 2013 to August 2013, and connected with technology companies and individuals across the country. You can see his website at http://www.codingacrossamerica.com/.