diversity

“Ripple Effect” at GDC 2016

I’m very proud to say that I’ll be speaking at next year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, at a session entitled “Ripple Effect: How Women-in-Games Initiatives Make a Difference“.

I’ll be joining Stephanie Fisher, Sagan Yee , Rebecca Cohen-Palacios and Zoe Quinn to discuss my path from an all-female game jam initiative to my career and the works I do today: including encouraging girls and women to create games at TjejHack and providing safe social spaces for gamers at LadyCADE. Naturally, I also look forward to exploring the conference and exposition itself – swapping game development ideas and providing insight to Sweden’s diversity efforts for those who are interested.

TjejHack Pyjama Jam - an all-girl game creation event held at Stockholm's Royal Technical College in 2015.

TjejHack Pyjama Jam – an all-girl game creation event held at Stockholm’s Royal Technical College in 2015.

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Tjugo Hundra Fjorton

For all intents and purposes, 2014 was the year in which I actually moved to Sweden. It was a monumental year for more reasons than that, however. I feel as though it’s the year I discovered Europe, and began to find my voice – as a speaker, podcaster and game designer. 2014 was also the year in which I charged headlong into making games a more approachable and friendly medium, creating platforms for other people to find their voice too.

The 'Sex in Video Games' panel at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014

The ‘Sex in Video Games’ panel at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014. From left: Maki Yamazaki, Cara Ellison, Meg Jayanth, myself and Jenni Goodchild.

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