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Networking Lunch to celebrate Women in Games during Develop conference is announced for 11 July.

15 June 2012

Come and join us on the Brighton Seafront! Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) with fantastic support from  Norwich University College of the Arts  is pleased to announce its third annual Develop Networking Lunch for women in games on Wednesday, 11th July in Brighton. 

Both women and men going to  Develop 2012 or who live and work in reach of Brighton are invited to a lunch hosted by WIGJ and the chance to network with up to 100 other developers working or planning to work in the games industry. We are also delighted to welcome as guest of honour Dr Jo Twist, CEO of games trade body, UKIE.

As few as 1 in 15 game developers in the UK are women. This lunch is an opportunity to treasure and celebrate the diverse few in expectation that much more diverse talent will join the games industry in the UK.

The lunch is sponsored by Norwich University College of the Arts, a modern and creative community providing arts, design and media education. Their BA (Hons) Games Art and Design course has a great record in recruiting and educating female students for creative roles in the sector. Course Leader Marie-Claire Isaaman said “We are proud to sponsor WIGJ and their efforts to encourage more women to join and enrich the UK games industry.”

Location is upstairs at the  Brighton Music Hall, 127 Kings Road Arches, Brighton. There is a free expo at the Develop Conference in the Hilton Brighton Metropole (only 50m away) which is an excellent opportunity for developers to talk to the games companies exhibiting there.  Men are very welcome but are asked to invite a female colleague or come as guests of a WIGJ supporter.

There are only a limited number of places which are being offered on a first come, first served basis. This event is by ticket only so those attending will need to register at http://www.meetup.com/WIGJMeetup/

Get the event in your diary. Book your place now!

ENDS

About Women in Games Jobs

Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ) is a “not for profit” company that works to recruit more women into the games industry by promoting role models and giving encouragement and information to those women seeking to work in games. It also campaigns to make the games industry a more attractive field for women, both for new entrants and to retain women already working in the industry.

Founded by David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection in 2009, WIGJ has over 3000 supporters.

WIGJ is advised by an Advisory Board of high profile industry women including.

Lizi Attwood, Lead Programmer, Relentless Software

Ali Bergstrom-Allen, Head of Digital, Picture Production Company;

Alison Cressey, Open Sauce Marketing and former European MD, Activision;

Geraldine Cross, Head of HR, Blitz Games; 

Jo Goodson, Founder, Any Friend of Ours; 

Gina Jackson, MD at Blushing Blue;

Louise Murray, Head of Fable Franchise, Microsoft Lionhead; 

David Smith, Founder, WIGJ; 

Fiona Sperry, Studio Director and VP, EA Criterion Games

Giselle Stewart, General Manager, Ubisoft Reflections.

Web:  www.womeningamesjobs.com

Contact:  Frances Knott   frances@wigjobs.com        

   


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