11 April 2017

Graduates celebrate Women in Games honour

Graduates celebrate Women in Games honour

Three Abertay University computer games graduates are celebrating being named as European ambassadors by Women in Games.

Timea Tabori, Amrita Bharij and Alex Grahame will join 40 other Women in Games ambassadors in supporting women and girls in understanding the games industry and the opportunities within it.

The programme is aimed to increase membership of the group and to help it achieve the strategic goal of doubling the number of women in the games industry over 10 years.

Timea Tabori who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology from Abertay in 2013 said: “I’m really inspired and humbled to be named as a Women in Games Ambassador in WIGJ's new programme, as part of a group of extraordinary women, a lot of whom I know and look up to.

“It's hard to be what you can't see, but this programme puts some fantastic people front and centre and I'm really excited to work with my fellow ambassadors to achieve maximum impact.”

Ambassadors are expected to reach out to young women at school, college and university locally in their region to encourage them to consider the games industry as a career.

They will also contact the local public, regional industry and educational leaders and local government to form partnerships and long term strategic relationships.

The programme is sponsored by Google’s Women Techmakers initiative, which provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology, implementing global scalable initiatives to support and empower women in the industry.

Timea, who now works at Rockstar North as an Engine Programme, is used to advocacy roles as she is also the Chair of IDGA Scotland, a STEM ambassador and a CoderDojo mentor.

“My advice to women looking to pursue a career in games is to follow your passion," she added.

“It might lead you towards or away from games at times, but as long as you love what you're doing, you can find the power to thrive at anything.”

Timea, Alex and Amrita are all involved in events to celebrate 20 years of games education at Abertay.

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