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Women in Games are in need of a UK-based student blogger to cover this year’s events at both Develop 2009 in Brighton in July and DiGRA 2009 at Brunel in September. In return for live blogging, photographing and general networking at both these events, the WiG steering committee are able to offer free student passes to both events. In order to apply for this unique opportunity please email enquiries@womeningames.com asap (i.e. before June 28th) with a 250-word reason why we should choose you.

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Please forward to interested colleagues and related networks..

In partnership with DIGRA 2009, Women in Games are honoured to issue a
general call for papers to be presented at this year’s DIGRA event at
Brunel. All information about submission available at
http://digra2009.newport.ac.uk.

Women in Games 2009 @ DIGRA 2009
Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: Friday April 3rd 2009

Currently in its fifth year, Women in Games (http://www.womeningames.com) is
an annual conference with the distinct aim of highlighting the most recent,
groundbreaking work in computer game research and development to both
academic and industrial worlds. WiG has consistently addressed the
empowerment and professional development of women working in, and
researching into, games and the games industry. In 2009 with the objective
of widening the audience and reach of the initiative WiG is running a series
of activities in parallel with key games events, both academic and industry,
to deliver focussed work to the wider community.

To date the themes addressed by feminist game studies can be broadly themed
in work on gendered activity in digital games and feminine preference in
play style and game characteristics. Other key studies look to gender equity
in game making and to the wider context of access to games. From Brenda
Laurel’s work in the early 90s onwards (long pre-dating any such thing as
games studies); critics, commentators and the academy have offered theories
and observations on the difference in play habits, styles and consumption of
digital gaming exhibited by women and girls. Yet well into our second decade
of work in this area what can we say we have learnt?

We believe that the time is ripe to return to core values in discussions
around histories, difference and generation in game space.

For more information please contact enquiries@womeningames.com.

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This just in from Conference Central:

The Women In Games conference encourages research and seeks to promote careers for women within the games industry. If games are to become a true sibling medium to music and cinema, the industry needs greater balance in its audience and its workforce. The Women In Games conference welcomes participants from both industry and academia, providing a forum for presentation and discussion of issues relating to all aspects of women’s involvement in games, including game development, game playing and women as portrayed within games.

Although this conference is concerned with women and games please note that men are also very welcome to participate! The industry needs a meaningful dialogue between the sexes as it moves forward.

This year’s conference is co-organised by games company Rare Ltd (www.rare.co.uk) and the Computer Science Department at the University of Warwick (www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk)

Further details of the conference and this year’s themes are available at the conference website: www.womeningames.com

The Speaker Submission deadline has moved to Monday 23rd June 2008

Thinking of submitting a talk, or offering to participate in a panel, but thought you were too late? Think again! We have extended the deadline to Monday 23rd June to allow you some more time.

We are keen to have more offers on the themes, “Dressing up Programming” and “Technology in Schools” in particular, but submissions on any of the themes still welcome.

For more details on how to submit, please check out www.womeningames.com

Keynotes Announced

I am pleased to announce our Keynote speakers for this year’s Women In Games conference:-

Karen Brennan (Scratch, MIT)

Sara de Freitas (Serious Games)

Eileen Brown (Microsoft)

Karen Clark (Bioware)

Paulina Bozek (Sony)

I invite you to check out www.womeningames.com for more details on these excellent speakers.

Conference Dinner at Warwick Castle

We have a fabulous conference dinner, a mediaeval feast arranged at Warwick Castle, sponsored by Blitz Games Studios (www.blitzgames.com). It is included in the conference price, and is sure to be an excellent night!

Sign up Now

Registration for the conference is open, sign up now to ensure your place. Conference-standard accommodation is available on campus – no need to drive during the conference, parking is free, and evening meals and entertainment all included!

Advertise

Got something to advertise? Get in touch to find out what sponsorship options we have on offer. The conference relies on the generosity of our sponsors.

For further details see www.womeningames.com or contact nicola@womeningames.com

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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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brin5tar’s written in to let us know that the transcripts are up from the Women in Games debate held last week on XFire.com. You can read the results here and here.

Great quote:

Barbie makes me throw up, but I still support her games because it introduces girls everywhere to a love of playing…then I can get my hands on them later for some Halo 3 😀

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Women in Games at XFire

XFireOur esteemed Steering Committee member Helen Kennedy has sent in a quickie note to say that she’s moderating a Women in Games debate on games site XFire on Thursday 25th October at 9pm. Here’s the list of participants:

Leigh Alexander, Editor, Worlds in Motion
Colette Bennett, Editor, Destructoid
Amber “AthenaTwin” Dalton, Clan Leader and Founder, PMS Clan;
Robyn Fleming, Senior Editor, Cerise Magazine;
Maggie Green, Associate Editor, Weekends, Kotaku;
Jasmin Kassner, Founder, PixelTamer Games
Christa “TriXie” Phillips, Community Editor, Xbox.com
Lesley Smith, Freelance Games Journalist

More information as it arrives.

Check out more information here. Regina from Xifre (aka Brin5tar) wrote in to say that Maggie Green has unfortunately had to cancel. No mind – she’s also told us about another event, on 26th Oct, a chat and “play with the pros” event with the PMS Clan. Thanks brin!

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Women in Games, a network of women united in their passion for games, announces its first WIG Mixer as part of the London Games Festival Fringe. The networking event is Tuesday October 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm held at Central St Martins Innovation Centre. Admission is free and requires an advance RSVP.

Emma Westecott for Women in Games is the local host and emcee. Complimentary food and beverages, supplied by Central St Martins, will be provided for all guests. The LDA, Make Your Mark and WIG partners proudly support this unique game industry networking event. Mixer attendees from all across the UK are welcome, and remember although this event is concerned with women and games men are very welcome to attend! The industry needs a meaningful dialogue between the sexes as it moves forward.

Westecott offers, “I’m very excited about this first Women in Games mixer in London . We’ve received tremendous support from the industry and WIG members. Our online community has grown to over 250 members and word is getting out about WIG’s community building efforts.”

The WIG Mixer in London will be held at Central St Martins Innovation Centre, The Innovation Centre, Central Saint Martins, Southampton Row, London , WC1B 4AP (Map). Admittance is free, but an advance RSVP is required.

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TO COME TO THIS EVENT – YOU HAVE TO HAVE REGISTERED BY COMPLETING THE FORM FOUND HERE
http://www.chinwag.com/wig2007

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