Every day at Unity we’re working to make the industry we love one that’s more inclusive and representative of 52% of the people who play games every day – women. It’s an opportunity we’re looking at from all sides: there’s our Women in Gaming speaker series, focused on skill-building and career advancement with upcoming events in San Francisco (sold out) and Los Angeles (registration is open), and the recent partnership with OGA helps get qualified professionals roles and opportunities at industry events.
And today, I couldn’t be happier to announce a new addition, the Women in Gaming: College Series. We’re hitting the road to visit colleges around the country (and Canada!) to talk to young women who are curious about careers in game development, whether just starting on the path or looking to brush up on skills. Free to attend and open to high school and college students, each event will feature a talk with a female game developer discussing her own career journey. Attendees will also take part in a 4 hour workshop led by our awesome Unity Evangelism team to learn the basics of building and publishing a game in Unity’s Engine and Editor. We’ll cover workflows, scripting, physics, audio and more. Attendees will also have the chance to win a one-year subscription to Unity Pro!
Here’s where we’re headed (the links will take you to more details and registration):
- September 17th University of Texas at Austin featuring Megan Johns, Founder, Astire Games
- Oct 15th San Francisco (at Unity HQ!) featuring Theresa Duringer, Co-Founder at Temple Gates Games
- Oct 29th University of Washington featuring Brittany Aubert, Producer at WG Cells
- Nov 12th Montreal featuring Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the IGDA
- Nov 19th University of Southern California, Los Angeles featuring Brandii Grace, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder, Versus Gaming Network
And soon, we hope to bring this opportunity to more young women around the world. This June Unity Japan partnered with Life is Tech!, a well-known programming camp for junior-high and high school students in Japan that’s helped 15,000+ students channel their interests and learn more about developing apps and games. 40 young women took part in a Unity workshop to build their own 3D games, hear directly from two female VR developers and even check out some new VR experiences.
Keep an eye on the blog for updates.