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Thanks to nearly half of delegates who completed the feedback form on-line. We will take all your comments on board for future conferences and events. With a similar feedback format to last year we can also make some year on year comparisons.
Over 1 in 8 delegates were male (2013, 1 in 5). 42% of delegates were aged 26-35 ( 2013, 59%). Nearly 75% were under 35 (2013, 85%). 58% had 5 years’ experience in the games industry or less (2013, 57%). Only 60% considered themselves to be working already for a developer or publisher compared to 80% last year.
26% of delegates rated the conference with the highest score of 10 out of 10. ( 2013, 38% ) The average rating was 7.5 out of 10. (2013, 8.4).
Elaine Reynolds and Trang Ho were the most highly rated speakers. With the 2 careers panels after lunch being scored most highly. Criticisms included the disorganisation after 11.30 caused by the late cancellation of a key note speaker and a panel chair who was delayed but these were more than offset by 2 excellent career panels after lunch. For 71% of delegates, it was their first time at the European Women in Games Conference. 80% reported that they were interested in attending the conference in 2015. (2013, 88%)
Here are some of the final comments.
“It was a great experience overall. The people were great, the panels were great.”
“I learnt a fair bit about it and like to work in it more now.”
“It was an amazing experience that showed diversity and equality within gaming.”
“Overall it was great and the energy was very positive.”
“I am glad that this event exists and hope it will keep getting better.”
The fourth annual European Women in Games Conference is to take place on Wednesday 10th September at London South Bank University.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Your future in games.” The programme will feature a range of current topics including setting up your own games company, games industry career advice to how to encourage more school children to consider a career in the games industry.
As last year, the day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards and a Forum for HR Managers. The line-up of speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. Key note speakers will include Emma Mulqueeny, the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State and a Commissioner for the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and Andrew Webber, Marketing Director – Audience Acquisition at Microsoft. 24 speakers have so far confirmed at Latest Agenda. More speakers and panellists will be announced over the coming weeks.
The conference has steadily grown in popularity since its inaugural event in 2011. This year’s event is expected to have the greatest attendance yet helped by the early bird ticket price of £20 per person.
This makes the conference much more accessible to students and entry level games industry professionals. In addition the organisers are keen to stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome.
Announcing the details of the conference organiser David Smith said, “The European Women in Games Conference has steadily grown over the past four years. The 2014 event will help all industry professionals’ progress their careers and we are making it accessible to everyone. I’d like to thank Siobhan Thomas, Course Director, BA (Hons) Game Cultures and London South Bank University for hosting the conference and making it possible for us to offer attractive ticket prices for a first rate and pertinent programme both for existing industry professionals as well as those hoping to join our industry.”
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The European Women in Games Conference 2013,will take place on 25th September at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, London, UK. The theme of this year’s conference will be Creating Your Future .
Get top insight and be inspired by leading industry figures Siobhan Reddy and Caroline Norbury MBE and meet other leading and dynamic women within the industry.
Alison Cressey CEO of WIGJ commented : “ I am excited to confirm Siobhan and Caroline as keynote speakers. Siobhan is studio director at Media Molecule the producers of the successful Little Big Planet franchise. As an innovative and dynamic role model I am very much looking forward to her keynote. Caroline is a passionate advocate on diversity and its necessity for success and I am sure will be an inspiration to us all.”
The conference will feature over 30 industry speakers as well as the return of the popular hosted roundtables.
New for this year will be a Student showcase and HR manager’s forum.
We are delighted to announce we will also be hosting the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards this year sponsored by Electronic Arts.
Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA and Women in Games International.
The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games, technology and media professionals.
Super Early bird tickets are now available at £95 until 11 August. Our first, full day conference includes drinks on arrival and at breaks in the morning and afternoon and Chef’s 3 Choice Menu lunch with sumptuous salads, main courses and selection of desserts. Buy today athttp://wigconference2013.eventbrite.com
The conference starts at 9.30am until 5.00pm with sponsored drinks until 7.00pm. Registration starts at 8.45am.
More speakers and conference line up to be announced.
According to a recent Forfas report, the global game’s industry is estimated to be valued at €48 billion and this figure is expected to increase to €65.9 billion by 2015. The IDA is expecting an increase over the next two years and the gaming industry presents numerous opportunities for growth across Ireland in the immediate future. It is estimated that the games industry in Ireland will create an additional 2500 jobs in the next two years. Furthermore, there would also be a significant level of associated employment in firms supplying the sector.
The Programme for Government included a commitment to support the digital games industry and to promote Ireland as a gaming hub. Now, Ireland is making a name for itself as a hub for IT, social media and cloud computing. Experts are calling for the Government to copy the model used in Ontario, Canada where the tax incentives have created a gaming industry employing over 100,000 people. The gaming industry is expanding at an exponential rate and the recruitment industry has to follow suit.
Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ) is pleased to invite women and men from Ireland and all over Europe to this year’s European Women In Games conference which will take place on September 26th 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Kensington in London. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving of the games industry and the opportunities that this creates for all.
Ella Romanos, MD of Remode Studios will give a keynote on “HTML5: Fad or Future?” Martha Henson of Wellcome Collection will also speak on “Drugs, bugs and neuroscience: a formula for successful learning games?”
Gina Jackson CEO of WIGJ, commented: “I am delighted that we can announce our first two women speakers. Ella and Martha are innovators in their areas and I believe we can learn much from them both. The conference will be a celebration of the achievements of women working in the games industry and I hope will act as an inspiration for other women at all levels to come and join us. We invite anyone wanting to be inspired and learn about our changing industry to come and join us on September 26th”
Tickets and the latest programme are available now at starting at only £25 from : http://wigconference2012.eventbrite.co.uk/ The conference starts at 1.00 on 26th September and finishes at 5.00 with sponsored drinks to follow until 7.00 pm. Registration for the conference opens at 12.15 at Hilton Hotel Kensington.