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A couple of top items from Astrid at Bangor:

2 things you may be interested in on behalf of WiG:1. a games/VE conference we’re organising here at Bangor’s Creative Industries: ‘Creating Second Lives: Reading and Writing Virtual Communities’, 24-25 October 2008. Check out the Call for Papers.

2. a conference report on WiG 2007 by myself, which has just been published in ‘Creative Industries Journal’ (intellect) – very short but promotion all the same…:-)

Delish! Thanks Astrid!

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My lovely facebook friend Camille sent me info on this event, it looks interesting especially with the O’Reilly links and I will certainly be attending.

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2008 brings you everything you need.

xx ems

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Subject: Save the Date for Women Who Tech Telesummit

We have a date for the Women Who Tech Telesummit – March 31, 2008. So pass it along to all the women you know.

We are still nailing down an agenda filled with thought provoking panels and great speakers. Speaking of panels, we would love to hear your ideas on panel topics. Will you send me your suggestions at Allyson@womenwhotech.com? You can also post them to the discussion board on our facebok group. Thanks!

250 women have joined our facebook group. That’s a great start but I know there are a lot more women who work in tech and online communications that should be a part of our group. Will you help grow our Facebook group? A couple of quick things you can do to help.

1. Invite all of your women techy friends to join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6280434323 or our website at http://www.womenwhotech.com/

2. Post Women Who Tech Telesummit info on your blog and appropriate listservs.

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Women in games on Channel 4“DON’T HAVE TO BE A GEEK” argues the headline on Channel 4’s 4Talent website, topping an article on women’s contributions to gaming. Among the interviewed are programmer Nicola Bhalerao from Rare, Designers Lynsey Rigby and Anya Massey at Blitz and Nanette Kaulig, an animator at Lionhead.

The article offers tips for entry into the industry, breaking down a few gamer stereotypes along the way.

Oh, and the Women in Games conference gets a wee mention along the way.

Check it out.

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WiG has strong ties with the Women in Games International group, spearheaded by a gaggle of gifted girls (please excuse, the alliteration was too compelling) over in the US, with industry and conference track records several hundred feet long. At the most recent WIGI meeting (I sit on both steering committees), it came to our general attention that the “International” component was sadly lacking. After putting heads together, we thought one of the simplest ways to remedy this oversight would be to incorporate more women in the UK games industry into their informal mentoring programme. Briefly:

Women in Games International is pleased to announce the WIGI Mentoring Google Group. Take a moment today to visit the WIGI Mentoring home page to request an invitation to join the group. Once a member, introduce your self to the Group and then begin the process of becoming a mentor, finding a mentee, or both!

They’re looking for people who would like to get involved with the industry or would like to guide potential industry employees through the battlefield.

WIGI is an extremely prolific events-based organisation, and over on the other side of the Atlantic, they have formal get-togethers with seminars and conference rooms organised by the Steering Committee and informal “Mixers”, organised by WIGI members themselves. The latter have proved extremely successful, and it would be marvellous to have some over here:

Basic Mixer Responsibilities
1. Find location and arrange for food and drink2. Find sponsors to pay for venue, food and drink as necessary and provide giveaways if possible.

3. Create badges for each attendee based on RSVP Evite.

4. Print and post banner for mixer listing all sponsors (I will create a file for you for large format printing if it’s available to you. Otherwise, I will create the banner and mail it to you.)

5. Collect business cards of all attendees for giveaways. Save business cards for delivery to WIGI.

6. Take photos of the event, especially of the event banner. These photos are needed for sponsors

7. Act as event host, welcoming attendees and encouraging them to participate in networking. (I created “Get-to-Know-You” bingo cards that require attendees to meet others and find out a bit about them. Feel free to use any icebreaker you want.)

As part of the deal, WIGI will cover up to 25% of costs. If you’d like to provide the platform for a local get-together, here’s a handy “Mixer in a Box” to get you started. Let us know if you intend to put one on, and we’ll happily advertise for you!

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Women in Media bannerA few months ago, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel called “Inspirational Careers in Interactive Media, Animation & Games” at a Women in Media conference organised by Wired Sussex. I was surrounded by some tip top women in the ICT field, including Antonia Cullum from Kuju London and freelance animator Angie Taylor. SEMN’s Gina Fegan reeled in our rabble when we went astray, acting as our esteemed panel chair.

Antonia and I were subsequently interviewed for their podcast series. You can download them here.

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