Abertay University is helping to organise the first ever fully digital Women in Games Global Conference – a worldwide event celebrating and showcasing the work of women in the videogames industry.
The online setting has helped this year’s conference break previous attendance records, with over 500 people having purchased tickets – already far higher than last year’s figure.
The lively programme of events includes live-streamed talks, panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities and an innovative interactive virtual expo showcasing new games, tech, products and services.
Abertay’s Professor Ruth Falconer, Head of Division of Games Technology and Mathematics, is part of the organising committee and is curating the Education theme that will feature talks and panels on subject areas such as: Powering-Up women, education and the industry and career stories from both students and academics. She is also part of an international line-up of speakers at the conference.
Prof Falconer is an executive board member for Women in Games, and was also recently named one of the 100 most influential women in the industry.
“We are pleased with our speaker line-up exemplifying the diverse perspectives, voices and subject areas of the Games Industry." - Professor Ruth Falconer, Abertay University
She said: “The line-up at this year’s Women in Games Global conference is of the highest calibre, despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic.
“We are pleased with our speaker line-up exemplifying the diverse perspectives, voices and subject areas of the Games Industry. We hope to bring a playful element to the virtual conference . I am confident that attendees will enjoy a unique, interactive, fun and informative experience alongside a fantastic opportunity to network.”
Abertay will also be part of the virtual expo.
Prof Falconer added: “Here at Abertay, we are committed to being a leading voice in the Women in Games movement.
“Women continue to be underrepresented in the games industry, and we are proud of the part we are playing to help change that.
“Female games graduates from Abertay have gone on to have a huge impact on the industry, working on highly successful and acclaimed games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Fall Guys and Minecraft.”
The Women in Games Global Conference takes place from the 7th to 13th of September.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://hopin.to/events/women-in-games-global-conference-2020
For more information about studying videogames at Abertay visit: https://www.abertay.ac.uk/schools/school-of-design-and-informatics/computer-games-courses/