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2013 Women in Games Conference

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European Women in Games Conference welcomes you! “Women in Games Jobs: Creating your Future” is the theme of this year’s full day conference.

Come and join us, everyone is welcome! This is an open event for both men and women as well as anyone looking to join games industry or working in games who wants to learn and network.

Tickets are now available at £190.

European Women in Games Conference 2013

The conference starts at 9.30 am on 25th September and finishes at 5.00 pm with sponsored drinks to follow until 6.30 pm. 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. Registration for the conference opens at 8.45 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London, SW7.

European Women in Games Conference features:


Keynote speakers include Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director of Media Molecule and member of BAFTA’s Games Committee. Recently named by the BBC as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and Australia Woman of the Year in the UK. Second keynote speaker is Caroline Norbury, MBE and CEO of Creative England


1 Entrepreneurs: How to Set up Your Own Business. For smart thinkers and those interested in flexible working

Chair: Noirin Carmody, COO Revolution Software

Helen West, OBE, Head of Skills, e-skills

Sophia George, Chair, Swallowtail Games

Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games, Creative England

Georgina MacKenzie, CEO, Toytek

2 Increasing Diversity: How to Encourage Diversity in the Workplace. For those who understand that a more diverse workforce leads to greater financial success.

Chair: Alison Cressey, CEO, Women in Games Jobs

Sue Nieland, Director of Education, e-skills UK

DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine

Kate Shoesmith, Head of Policy, REC

Belinda Parmar, CEO, Lady Geek

Jo Welch, Creative Skillset

3 Breaking in: How to Get into the Games Industry.

Chair: Marie-Claire Isaaman, Norwich University of the Arts

Maria Stukoff, Head of Academic Development, Sony

Tricia McCrow, University Relation Manager, Electronic Arts

Sitara Shefta, Associate Producer, Sumo Digital

4 Job Success: The Keys to Thriving at Work.

Chair: Fiona Sperry , Head of Studio, Criterion Games

Charu Desodt, Senior Producer, Lift London, Microsoft

Jemma Harris, Head of Development, 22 Cans

Catharina Mallet, Head of Studio,


Other conference features…

European Women in Games Hall of Fame – Sponsored by EA – Award ceremony now in its third year!

Student Showcase: Co-sponsored by EA, 30 of the UK’s most talented third year students on games related courses, as selected by their lecturers or course leaders, have been invited to attend the conference to meet delegates and showcase their portfolios. The funding of this showcase is dependent on the support of sponsors.

HR Managers Forum & Networking Lunch – sponsored by PlayStation First : A separate event targeted at the UK’s leading games industry HR Managers running for 2 hours after the first morning break. The event will be jointly chaired jointly by Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, EA and Tracy Newton-Blows, HR Director, NaturalMotion. An agenda has been created with specialist speakers to bolster the knowledge of HR professionals in the front line of spreading best practice in the games industry.

Hosted Round Tables: Get up close with industry experts on subjects like Personal Branding, Games Funding Models, Getting Girls into Games, Job Seeker Portfolios, Games Studio Cultures, Learning Games Design, All Female Games Jams, Games Ambassadors & Careers, Rise of Social Impact Games, PR for Developers, Making Games for Children

Conference sponsors include Electronic Arts, NaturalMotion, PlayStation First and Secret Sauce.

Conference partners include BAFTA, Creative England, IGDA, TIGA  and Women in Games International. 

The European Women in Games Conference is an inclusive event for both men and women games professionals.

Tickets are now available at £190


Outline Timetable

8.30 Registrations opens in Cromwell Suite at Millennium Gloucester Hotel

9.30 Welcome remarks and 2 Key Note Speeches

11.00 Break & Student Showcase

11.30 Breakout into both Cromwell and larger Kensington Suites

Panels 1 & 2

12.30 Lunch & Student Showcase

1.45 Breakout into both Cromwell and Kensington Suites

Panels 3 & 4

2.40 Hall of Fame Awards (Sponsored by Electronic Arts)

3.30 Break & Student Showcase

4.00 Roundtables

5.00 End – Networking Drinks (Sponsored by NaturalMotion)

6.30 Close

The HR Managers Forum runs alongside the conference starting at 11.10 and ending at 1.00.


Terms and conditions for Student Showcase

1. Tickets to attend will cost £20 but this £20 will be refunded in cash to those attending on the day.

2. Tickets will on a first come first served basis through the ticketing system at provided all the conditions are met.

3. Successful applicants will be women, final year students or post grads on games industry related courses or 2013 graduates still without paid employment.

4. A maximum of 3 tickets per educational establishment.

5. Students will need to bring their own laptops and power extension leads to demo their work.

6. Students will be expected to be showcasing their work during delegate conference registration from 8.45 am, break and lunch times and during roundtable sessions ending at 5.00pm. Lunch will be provided. Students are welcome to attend keynote speaker and panel sessions.

7. The decisions of the conference organisers are final.