Train2Game News Keynote Speakers announced at EWIG

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Full programme includes new skill and vocational focussed workshops as part of the day at European Women in Games.

Katherine Bidwell, Co-Founder of State of Play Games and Andy Payne Chairman of Ukie are the Keynote Speakers at this year’s European Women in Games Conference which takes place on 2nd September at the University of Westminster.

Katherine Bidwell established the games company State of Play Games in 2008, and specialises in the development of hand-crafted games, often using pencils, papercraft and laser cutting to create game art. State of Play have developed beautiful award-winning creative games including the BAFTA and Develop winning puzzle adventure game Lumino City, which involved the creation of a miniature city out of paper and cardboard, including working lights and electric motors. She will be talking about the making of Lumino City and her career in the games industry.

Andy Payne, Chairman of Ukie, will be speaking to the conference about his views on the industry as a whole, women in games and the need to promote diversity on a wider scale.

For the first time this year’s conference will run a series of workshops giving delegates a choice of specialist subjects where they get to meet some of the acknowledged leaders of the industry to learn more about and debate a specialist subject. The topics range from the technical such as programming or localisation and testing to the more vocational. These vocational workshops will cover issues such as how to attract more girls on to university games courses, how to benefit from becoming a Video Games Ambassador speaking to schools and how to improve CV’s.

Jenny Richards, CEO of Women in Games WIGJ commented: “This year we wanted to give delegates the chance to do more than just listen to speakers. Meeting new people and developing a network is always an important part of the conference but there is the potential to do so much more. Nowadays there is more awareness of the gender imbalance in games and most people want to do more than just talk about the situation. The classrooms at the University of Westminster facilitate study and we expect learning to be part of the positive experience from attending this conference.”

This year’s European Women in Games Conference takes place on September 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London, UK. You can see full details of the programme and speakers at http://www.ewigconf.com/ #ewigconf Tickets are still on sale.