The day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, the HR Manager’s Forum, an expo and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. Over 40 speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry with its objective to educate and inspire, and help stimulate future generations.
Keynote speakers include Anne Morrison, the Deputy Chair of BAFTA; Terry Reintkte, German MEP author of the European Parliament’s report on ‘Gender Equality and empowering women in the digital age’ and Jessica Curry, Composer and Co-Founder of The Chinese Room. Conference themes include Careers, VFX and Animation, eSports and BAME diversity.
Tickets are priced for accessibility and there is a competition to attract some of finest talent from UK universities. The event is inclusive and male delegates are very welcome.
Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Judith Burnett of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities at the University of Greenwich commented, “The games industry is growing, and as one of a cluster of creative technologically based industries, I think of it as an innovative and energetic part of the economy which employs a lot of people. Women’s employment in games is growing – and it seems there is an increased recognition of the need for a multicultural and skilled workforce and what it can offer.”
Chris Dring of Event Partner, MCV said “The work Women In Games does to promote diversity in the UK games industry is incredibly important, and the European Women In Games Conference plays a positive role in highlighting the opportunities and achievements that exist in video games today. We are delighted to partner with the conference, and look forward to hearing the inspirational talks from many of the most influential people working in the games business today.”
Marie-Claire Isaaman CEO of Women in Games said, “The European Women in Games Conference is an important event in the UK games industry calendar. This year welcomes exceptional keynote speakers providing inspirational content for a celebratory event that places knowledge exchange at its heart. Veterans and novices alike can learn, network, share knowledge and cement meaningful professional relationships. WIGJ is developing increasingly focussed relationships with the educational sector and it is fitting that Greenwich University has offered us an exceptional venue for year’s conference, we are very thankful for this support. Further thanks also to New Bay Media for their continued support and for making our vision and initiatives public.”