The Boston Festival of Indie Games is picking up speed very quickly! We are seeking volunteers in a number of areas, for both pre-fest and on-site assistance.

Volunteers may have pre-festival assignments and a required orientation on Saturday, September 6th.
The orientation will be on-site, with a tour of the facility, accommodations may be possible for those unable to attend in person. If you are accepted to work the day of the event, you are expected to be on-site the whole day, during festival hours. Plan accordingly so you have no job, school, or other conflicts during that time.

We need lots of help before the festival takes place, as well as on-site during the event! We will have t-shirts available this year for all volunteers who register before August 15th (registering later may not get you a shirt). .


We need support people in the following areas:

  • Indie Showcase – developer submissions, curation process support, digital and board games
  • Programming – film screenings, keynote speakers, master classes, panels
  • Game Jam – support game jam staff and participating developers
  • Volunteers – volunteer recruiting, coordination and management
  • Fundraising – assist with sales, and sponsorship
  • Marketing – street promotions, runners, media escorts, regional/local outreach, web development, graphic design
  • Production – site logistics
  • On-Site Volunteer – help out on day of event with logistics, crowd management, assisting attendees, etc.

To Apply:

Simply follow the instructions at the bottom of this page and submit your application.

Important dates:

After 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, UTC-8) on August 15th, all the volunteer positions will be filled. Applicants can still apply, however they may not get a T-Shirt.

Applications will be accepted up until 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, UTC-8) on August 29th.


What are the benefits of volunteering for the day of?

  • A pass for use when not on-duty
  • A bright red t-shirts to wear throughout the Festival identifying you as a Volunteer

What kind of work does the job involve?

  • At least 4 hours of challenging and important tasks like:
    • Guarding doors and checking badges
    • Monitoring conference sessions and assisting speakers
    • Stuffing conference bags
    • Answering attendee questions
    • …And much more!

What costs should volunteers plan for?

  • Travel expenses to and from the festival and parking
  • Hotel or housing expenses if necessary
  • Food expenses

What restrictions do I have compared to an attendee?

  • Usually none. You have the same pass the attendees have. However, your work shifts must come first so you get to use your pass when off-duty.

I don’t live in the United States of America. Can I still volunteer?

  • Yes! International people are welcome to apply. You will need to take care of any visa requirements for travel from your country to the USA.

What if I have particular sessions I want to attend?

  • Volunteers submit work preferences that are factored into their schedule. That plus the ability to trade work shifts with other volunteers should allow you to definitely attend at least a few preferred sessions.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

  • We don’t state specific criteria nor how we do volunteer selection. In an Internet age, everyone would find out anything we share and tell us what we want to hear. Everything we do mention you will see on the application when you go to fill it out.

Do you take groups?

  • No. Each person in your group is welcome to submit their own application. We will consider each one on an individual basis.

What about the rest of my questions?

  • We provide the information that volunteers need to everyone who is accepted. If you have a question that you need answering now, prior to applying, please email us and we will be happy to help. Otherwise, please wait to see if you get accepted and if all the information you receive then answers your questions.