The conference took place on 7 September 2016 in Greenwich, London. It featured keynotes, panels, workshops and an expo to showcase the talent that exists making games, to educate and inspire, and help stimulate future generations of talent.
On a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames, the European Women in Games conference was in its 6th year. It is the only international, games industry, conference in Europe aimed at women that brings together leading industry figures, employers, professional bodies and future stars of the industry. Men are welcome to attend too. Look out for 2017.
Packed into 1 invaluable, feature packed day.
We offered keynotes, panels, workshops, a free lunch, the European Women in Games Hall of Fame awards, an HR Managers Forum and post conference networking drinks.
Author of “Gender Equality and empowering women in the digital age” adopted by European ParliamentClick for more information on 'Key Note 2 Terry Reintkte, MEP'
Chris Dring will chair a panel starting with brief overview of the huge growth that we have seen in the eSports space. Establishing what it is, why it matters. And expect to hear how tough is for women in esports and what the panel think can be done to improve the situation.Click for more information on 'Panel. Expanding Horizons: eSports'
This event is free of charge for invited HR professionals. It is also open to those performing HR roles as part of their management duties. This years forum will include a group discussion on the implications of Brexit on recruitment and talent in the UK games industry, Ukie’s Safe Spaces in games project and we are […]Click for more information on 'HR Managers Forum'
Guerrilla Cambridge has a long history of pushing the boundaries of what’s possible across a range of different PlayStation hardware. Their latest venture is RIGS Mechanized Combat League, which will be released for PlayStation VR on October 13th 2016. Heralded by some as “the game that could never be made”, this talk aims to cover […]Click for more information on 'Option 2: Game Development Session – Pushing boundaries in VR'
Starting out as a programmer can seem intimidating and overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Timea will share the journey of starting her career as a programmer and the lessons she learned along the way. What is your course not preparing you for? How can you make sure landing your first job […]Click for more information on 'Option 1: Game Development Session – Hello World: Lessons Learned as a Rookie Programmer'
We are repeating a very successful workshop from last year where seasoned, games industry recruiters will advise all delegates generally on CV’s and portfolios and time will be made to speak to each delegate individually. Bring your CV and questions!Click for more information on 'Option 3: Workshop. Job Search Advice & CV Review'
We have assembled experts in Online Marketing (Mobile + Online Games), Game Licensing (Casual Games), Mobile Game Publishing, Game Design & Usability, In-Game Monetization, Tax Breaks and Law. Ask them any business related question! Their advice is free.Click for more information on 'Option 4: Workshop. Indiedev. Freelancing. Starting your own games business/ Expert advice.'
Open discussion on ethnic diversityClick for more information on 'Panel: What’s it like being a minority in a minority?'
Lindsay Watson, Founder of AWUK will introduce herself and AWUK, then the participants with 1 power point slide each sampling their work. They will then discuss and take various questions.Click for more information on 'Panel. Expanding Horizons: Careers in Animation and Visual Effects / VFX'
This panel is aimed at those looking for their first job in the games industry or anyone currently looking for a job with unceratinty on the best methods to get job offers with local and international games companies. There will be load of good advice and helpful tips and you can ask any question on […]Click for more information on 'Panel: How to get a job in the games industry – hear directly from employers'
WIGJ CEO Marie-Claire interviews 2 successful and influential women in the European games industry. How did Jude and Vicky get to where they are today? What do they think of the issues of the day? Come and ask your own questions.Click for more information on 'Marie-Claire interviews Jude Ower MBE and Vicky Smalley'
A jam packed 30 minutes of awards and presentations to honour and recognise some special people and the winners of our Student Competition . Finally we reveal and introduce our very first Corporate Women in Games Ambassadors.Click for more information on 'Women in Games Special Award, Student Awards, Programme Update, Women in Games Corporate Ambassadors'
Tea, Coffee and Cookies.Click for more information on 'Afternoon Break & Expo Visit'
So have you ever wondered what black box testing is? Come along and find out! I’ll be talking about the mysteries of what the best QA teams really do, and doing a deep dive on some of the more technical aspects. Whether you know nothing about QA, or already have some experience, this talk is […]Click for more information on 'Option 5: Game Development Session – Quality Assured: How To Achieve Rockstar Level Testing'
In this interactive 40-minute session you will be asked: How can we use visual story-telling techniques to help our career progression? Lead by Senior Lecturer in Games Design Bev Bush and other members of the Animated Women panel the focus will be on moving forward with your own development whatever stage of work you are […]Click for more information on 'Option 6: Workshop. Visualizing your career progression moving forward. Animated Women UK'
Women in Games is keen to recruit a number of Ambassadors to help the organisation increase the reach and scale of its programmes and help it achieve the strategic goal of doubling the number of women in games over 10 years. We are expecting some funding to expand the network regionally and wish to sign […]Click for more information on 'Option 8: Workshop: Become A Women in Games “Ambassador”'
A big thanks to Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager for Epic Games, based in Guildford. Mike will be at the drinks so find him and thank him!Click for more information on 'Networking Drinks sponsored by Epic/ Unreal'
This is NOT part of the Women in Games Conference, but anyone wishing to carrying on networking after the conference is welcome at the Trafalgar Tavern, next to the University on Park Row next to the banks of the Thames. The pub has reserved an area to your right when you enter from about 6.45. […]Click for more information on 'Later networking'
This conference is organised by Women in Games WIGJ, a "not for profit" organisation. Tickets are priced to encourage young, women students as well as existing games industry professionals to attend. This approach is dependent on the support of individual employers in the games industry.