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Internal presentation I gave to Sifteo on May 3 about our upcoming women's game jam! ...

Internal presentation I gave to Sifteo on May 3 about our upcoming women's game jam!

gender diversity +
advocacy
at sifteo in 2013
why we're hosting a women in games jam next week*
*and why you should volunteer!


what, when?
sifteo women in games jam
may 10-12, at sifteo hq
goal: diversify our community,
make better stuff


why?
saying "we support diversity" is easy,
but we can do better

successful precedents
XX Game Jam - oct 2012
Railsbridge - ongoing
DMG Toronto - nov 2012

encouraging, inviting, amplifying marginalized voices is the key
not key: exclusion


why? there's a movement brewing
#1ReasonWhy Different Games #1ReasonToBe Kickstarting a Revolution GTFO Anita Saarkesian Gamasutra Rock Paper Shotgun Meagan Marie We Commit Pledge


why? it'll make us stronger
attract the best talent across all groups
record number of women enrolling in tech
diversity raises intelligence, profitability

and continue good community standing
Girl Scouts "When I Grow Up", Techbridge
NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance


btw, about advocacy
it's about awareness, not guilt
encouraging discussion, not policies
highlighting unconscious biases
being mindful of practices
recruiting
game content
philosophies
call out when we can get involved!
be active in community happenings
supplement new jams with additional smaller events
engage with other advocates in this space


how?
eventbrite is live!
reaching out to women we know
women in tech/games lists
personal contacts
requesting male attendees bring a female friend they think would be interested

design/tech talks
#1ReasonToBe open mic
guest appearances from friends!


help wanted
critical: reach out and tell people about this
share the links
reach out to colleagues/friends
also critical: volunteers!
friday: tech talk speaker
technical assistance
media assistance
playtesters


some reading
Top 10 Ways To Be a Male Advocate for Technical Women
How to Recruit More Female Engineers
Women in Technology: Triumphs, barriers and interesting data
What Makes Your Team Smarter - Harvard Biz Review
Federal Glass Ceiling Commission focused on women and minorities
IT Manager Daily


bonus activity: goldiblox
created by stanford engineer debbie sterling
built to inspire young girls to develop interest in engineering

tactile?
enrichment?
fun?

thanks for listening!

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    • gender diversity +advocacyat sifteo in 2013why were hosting a women in games jamnext week**and why you should volunteer!
    • what, when?● sifteo women in games jam● may 10-12, at sifteo hq● goal: diversify our community,make better stuff
    • why?● saying "we support diversity" is easy,but we can do better● successful precedents○ XX Game Jam - oct 2012○ Railsbridge - ongoing○ DMG Toronto - nov 2012● encouraging, inviting, amplifyingmarginalized voices is the key○ not key: exclusion
    • why? theres a movement brewing#1ReasonWhy Different Games#1ReasonToBe Kickstarting aRevolution GTFO Anita SaarkesianGamasutra Rock Paper ShotgunMeagan Marie We Commit Pledge*these are all links to read more :)
    • why? itll make us stronger● attract the best talent across all groups● record number of women enrolling in tech● diversity raises intelligence, profitability● and continue good community standing○ Girl Scouts "When I Grow Up", Techbridge○ NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance
    • btw, about advocacy● its about awareness, not guilt● encouraging discussion, not policies● highlighting unconscious biases● being mindful of practices○ recruiting○ game content○ philosophies● call out when we can get involved!○ be active in community happenings○ supplement new jams with additional smaller events○ engage with other advocates in this space
    • how?● eventbrite is live!● reaching out to women we know○ women in tech/games lists○ personal contacts● requesting male attendees bring a femalefriend they think would be interested● design/tech talks● #1ReasonToBe open mic● guest appearances from friends!
    • help wanted● critical: reach out and tell people about this○ share the links○ reach out to colleagues/friends● also critical: volunteers!○ friday: tech talk speaker○ technical assistance○ media assistance○ playtesters
    • some reading● Top 10 Ways To Be a Male Advocate forTechnical Women● How to Recruit More Female Engineers● Women in Technology: Triumphs, barriersand interesting data● What Makes Your Team Smarter - HarvardBiz Review● Federal Glass Ceiling Commission focusedon women and minorities● IT Manager Daily
    • bonus activity: goldiblox● created by stanford engineer debbie sterling● built to inspire young girls to develop interestin engineering● tactile?● enrichment?● fun?thanks for listening!