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Women in Games 2010 day at the Develop Conference in Brighton.
Date: Thursday 15th July 2010
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Place: Brighton, United Kingdom
Picture at the right is of Sheri at the Women in Games 2004 conference!
Sheri Graner Ray is a Senior Designer with Schell Games and heads up their satellite studio in Austin, Texas, USA. She has been in the game industry since 1989 and has worked for such companies as Electronic Arts, Origin Systems, Sony Online Entertainment and Cartoon Network. During her career she has worked with such licenses as Star Wars Galaxies, Ultima, FusionFall, and Nancy Drew. She is author of the book, “Gender Inclusive Game Design-Expanding the Market” and is one of the game industry’s leading experts on gender and computer games. In 2005 she was awarded the IGDA’s Game Developer’s Choice award for her work in gender and games and she is currently serving as the chair of Women In Games International; an organization she co-founded. She was a keynote speaker at the first Women in Games conference in 2004.
Helen W. Kennedy is current President of the Digital Games Research Association and has been an active supporter of Women in Games since its launch in 2004. She has published widely on games, play, technology and feminism. She has been the Chair of the Play Research Group at the University of the West of England since 2005 and is now leading that strand of research in the newly formed Digital Cultures Research Centre in Bristol.
Shortly after starting work in the games industry, Women in Games 2004 (with Steve Hand) and today!
Mark Eyles is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth. He is course leader for two undergraduate game courses that he took through validation in 2004. He lectures on game design and production and manages staff resources for the school. Before joining the university in 2003 Mark was Head of Design at UK developer Rebellion and had spent a total of 22 years working as a designer, producer and manager in the games industry (Quicksilva, Sega, Electronic Arts, Microprose, Activision, SCI, Nintendo, Climax etc). He also wrote scripts for 2000 AD and Sonic the Comic, made holograms and has worked on board game designs for Hasbro. In 2004 he held the first Women in Games Conference (www.womeningames.com). He set up the Advanced Games Research Group at the University of Portsmouth in 2006 and is currently engaged in research into ambient gaming. His web site is at www.eyles.co.uk.
David Smith is the founder of Interactive Selection, the market leading executive search and recruitment specialist working only in interactive entertainment. The company has a head office in London, UK, an office in Australia and and associate offices in the USA, Nordic region (Sweden), Japan and now China. Interactive Selection does not advertise its jobs in the trade press. Both clients and job seekers are attracted to the company by reputation and word of mouth. In August 2009, David launched Women in Games Jobs, an initiative to to recruit more women into the games industry by promoting role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games. A pleasing number of women have so far agreed to be interviewed on their experience of working as a women in the games industry for the benefit of visitors to www.womeningamesjobs.com A LinkedIn networking group launched in February has so far attracted over 1000 supporters.
CEO and Producer at FluffyLogic, a Bristol based digital media consultancy and development studio. "We spend our time crafting digital content we care about. We work, research, consult and participate in a number of areas including games, websites and digital video. Together with our partners, clients and colleagues we use creativity married with technology to produce things that are entertaining, people-centered, fun and sublime."
Special thanks to our sponsors for their support in funding this event. Interactive Selection is sponsoring the conference; they have their own Women in Games Jobs website. Concept Share is sponsoring our keynote speaker, Sheri Graner-Ray (all the way from America).
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The 2010 Women in Games Bradford Conference was cancelled due to low delegate numbers. Details of the cancelled conference may be found here: Women in Games at Bradford
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