European Women in Games Conference 2014 to be held at London South Bank UniversityLondon South Bank University is set to host the fourth annual European Women in Games Conference, which will take place on Wednesday 10 September
A highlight of the gaming industry calendar, this year's event brings together experts to debate the future of the thriving games sector. Confirmed speakers include Emma Mulqueeny, the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State and a Commissioner for the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, and Andrew Webber, Marketing Director – Audience Acquisition at Microsoft.
The day's conference will comprise a range of current discussion panels, including setting up your own games company, how to encourage more school children to consider a career in games, and getting your first job in the industry.
Siobhan Thomas, Course Director of the BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree, a game design and development degree at LSBU, is hosting this year's event and is also leading a panel that will be providing expert tips and advice on how to secure a job in the games industry and how to stand out from the crowd.
Founded in 2004, the BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree at LSBU was one of the first undergraduate courses in the country to offer creative and critical skills in video game design, development and analysis rooted in a cultural and media studies perspective. The course is unique not only in that it is taught by professionals working in the games industry but in that it teaches students skills that are ahead of, anticipate and go beyond industry trends. The course is ideal for students who want to pursue a design-related role within the games industry, or a game-related job in connected industries such as journalism or PR.
The event is being organised by Women in Games (WIG), a non-profit network for women in the video and online gaming industry. The network is made up of both female and male professionals and works to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in the games sector.
"The European Women in Games Conference has steadily grown over the past four years," said David Smith, conference organiser from WIG. "The 2014 event will help all industry professionals' progress their careers and we are making it accessible to everyone. I'd like to thank London South Bank University for hosting the conference and making it possible for us to offer attractive ticket prices for a first rate and pertinent programme both for existing industry professionals as well as those hoping to join our industry."