Game Devs of Color Expo
January 16, 2016 / NYC
Anyone who’s gone to a gaming (or even dev) conference knows how homogenized the attendee and speaker list can be. This conference in New York is going to be a divergence from the usual event, not only because its focus is on the developers, but also because it will showcase a breadth of talent from different backgrounds.
A really interesting part of the expo will be the interactive portion, where roundtables will allow players and creators to address race in gaming. The arcade will showcase games made by people of color. Attendees will be able to talk about how race effects not only their lives, but their work as well. It’s a unique and safe space that will no doubt forge new friendships and creative ideas.
The stereotype of what a game developer is needs to be abandoned, because it simply does not serve the real community out there. We’re excited to see how this conference breaks the mold.
March 29-30 / Portland
EmberConf is great because it actively creates roles for women to speak and be leaders in the community. They’re doing awesome work with their Women Helping Women program, which is a resource for female attendees to connect with leaders in the field for support and mentorship. They’re dedicated to making this conference safe and empowering for women, which is something we’d love to see from more events.
The speaker list this year is highlighting talented Ember leaders of different ethnicities and genders, so the ideas shared will definitely be fresh. They have a strong code of conduct, which drew us in. The organizer, Leah Silber, is female and their support team is gender-diverse. We’re looking forward to the diverse stories we’ll hear from this conference.
April 29-May1 / Oakland
This conference is centered around the idea of social accountability in art. What is an artist’s responsibility to fellow men and women? This is the important core question this event delves into. The fact that it’s curated by a diverse group of artists makes Open Engagement stand out even more. Given that Oakland is steeped in cultural and artistic diversity, we’re excited to see how the backdrop of this city plays into the conference. Lots of new ideas will be brought to the table, and opportunities for artistic and social growth is the main draw for attendees.
What comes to mind when you think of Detroit? This conference busts all the stereotypes and plunges right into the heart of the tech renaissance that’s happening in this city. The diverse lineup will bring together people who work in dev, process, mobile, web—all facets of the industry. Their feminist approach and strong code of conduct ensures this will be a fun time for anyone and everyone.
Kill Screen Festival
June 3-4 / NYC
This event brings together iconoclasts of all walks to have a dialogue about the role of culture in gaming. The conference portion will pair gaming legends with leaders from other industries, having surprising conversations about what all makers have in common.
Kill Screen Fest is really unique because it offers tickets for free to minorities. We love when conferences do this, because everyone benefits from having more perspectives brought to the conversation. And at its core, Kill Screen Fest is a conversation about diverse viewpoints.
June 17-18 / San Francisco
Layers is run by two women and features many women speakers. They offer scholarships sponsored by patrons, which we love. This conference offers an alternative to the (male-dominated) WWDC, where gender-diverse designers can get together and discuss where the industry is going. The fact that Layers brings speakers and attendees from all walks into the dialogue means the future they see for design will be brighter one.
We're super excited for this upcoming season and helping to get these awesome events exposure. Thank you again to our amazing patrons MailChimp and Intel, Moo & Dropbox. We have 2 more patron slots available. Please get in touch if you're interested in helping out.