Interactive Selection is pleased to announce that its MD, David Smith, has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) in the UK. The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) is the representative body for individuals working within the Staffing and Recruitment Industry. Established in 2009 in its present form, but tracing its history back for over 80 years,the IRP helps its members maintain and develop their careers, providing a clear differentiator for the professional recruiter. All IRP members abide by a Code of Ethics, and commit to upholding best practice.
HonFIRP status is the highest accolade of individual members and is only awarded to those members who have demonstrated an outstanding career and outstanding personal contribution to REC, IRP and the recruitment industry. The Honorary Fellowship is awarded annually at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC’s) AGM and David bagged 1 of the 2 on offer. All in all, there are about 100000 working in UK recruitment and we understand that under 20 have been given this honour.
David commented, “I am thrilled with this award. It is another first for the games industry. Recognition by your peers counts for a lot. My work in the recruitment profession, just as in the games industry is ongoing and I look forward to working with the REC and IRP to advance its standing still further.”
Women in Games announces venue and ticket prices plus unveils new branding
The fifth annual European Women in Games Conference is to take place on Wednesday 2nd September at the University of Westminster. The conference continues to grow in both size and stature and this year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet. As in previous years the day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. The line-up of speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. This year the focus will be on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to get an entry-level position and for career progression in the games development industry.
Women in Games is committed to ensuring that the conference is as accessible as possible and therefore early bird ticket prices have been set at £50 to open it up to as many delegates as possible. Full price tickets will be £95. In addition the organisers are keen to stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome. Tickets now at http://www.ewigconf.com/
Women in Games has also had a makeover with a new logo (designed by King and at the top of this press release) and dropping Jobs from its title.
Announcing the conference details, CEO Jenny Richards-Stewart said “This year’s conference programme is shaping up to be our best yet, in terms of content which will help delegates fast track their careers in the games industry. As always, we have tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so that it is within the reach of students, entry level delegates and those working for small start-ups and indies. I am looking forward to revealing more details of the conference programme in due course. We will also be announcing some exciting initiatives from Women in Games over the next few weeks.”
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.