The ball is already rolling for GDC09: organisers of the event have announced sessions for the summits which take place before the main conference.
As we explained recently, the three day conference and expo is this year proceeded by a mix of summits, new and old, that explore key games issues such as AI, localisation, and outsourcing and ares like casual games, indie games and mobile games.
The conference runs from March 23rd to 27th, with the summits taking place on the first two days.
Organiser Think has highlighted a number of session highlights from the first set of confirmed events. These include:
When Good AI Goes Bad: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies for Testing and Debugging AI
Speaker: Alex J. Champandard (AiGameDev.com), John Abercrombie (2K Boston), Phil Carlisle (University of Bolton)
Risks and Rewards of New Territories
Speaker: Rio Hasegawa (SEGA), Marcin Iwinski (CD Projekt), Tom Edwards (Englobe Inc.)
Independent Games Summit
2D Boy: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going Indie But Were Afraid to Ask
Speaker: Ron Carmel (2D Boy)
Game Outsourcing Summit
Welcome to a Great Experience in China!
Speaker: Christine Thaarup (Eidos Shanghai)
GDC Mobile Summit
Wall Come Tumbling Down? The New Distribution Reality
Speaker: Tim Harrison (EA Mobile Europe)
To see more sessions from the summits, check out the official GDC09 site.