Tuesday, 11 August 2015

European Women in Games Conference workshop

Women in Games Design conference 2015.
Uclan Senior Lecturer in Games design, Rhoda Daly will be discussing how to attract more girls onto University Games Courses on the panel Workshop Option 3 at WIG this September:

Rhoda Daly

As part of this year's European Women in Games Conference, they are hosting a workshop dedicated to attracting more women to university games and technology courses. Women are in a big minority of all games courses at UK universities. Some courses have just a handful. However, a small number of courses have as many as 30 or 40% female students. What advice would you give universities wanting to achieve more? How did these course leaders together with their university manage this? How easy is it to attract many more talented girls from schools with just a few changes to the offering of existing courses? Discuss and find out out more in this workshop from graduates who have experienced these courses and course leaders who have worked hard to make these changes. This specific workshop takes places at 15.30 and you are invited to attend for free.

There are 9 other workshops that take place on the day along with keynotes, panels, a free lunch, the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards and post conference networking drinks.
Workshops are an innovation at this years conference. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon the conference splits with 5 options available to delegates. In each session we expect between 10 and 40 delegates to get up close and personal with some of the acknowledged leaders of the industry to learn more about and debate a specialist subject. A cross between a Round Table and a Master Class, Workshop Chairs will lead the discussion on the topic for 45 minutes. Delegates can move freely between workshops.

The conference takes place on Sept 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London. You can see full details of the programme and speakers at http://www.ewigconf.com/

The format of this year's conference means they are able to invite a limited number of course leaders, lecturers and students at university for free using a promotional code for when you order. These are full tickets with full access to the programme. The only restrictions are the numbers of tickets per educational establishment. This conference is targeted at women but they feel it is also equally relevant to men.
They also have an expo area where you can take a stand to promote your university course or special innovation to the 40+ speakers and 200 delegates we are expecting from the games industry.

Below are a few images taken from Rhoda's workshop. The activity focused on keyword prompts - media / schools / industry / graduates / culture / aspirations and so on. Each participant adapted the discussion outcomes to their locality to create relevant word clouds with a bananagram/scrabble set. Photographs were taken with the view that in the coming year, perhaps over monthly stages,a rebuild could be made of the cloud with the changes which have been implemented. Reflection upon these changes and hopefully some will lead to new challenges.