Amazon Web Services and Game Jolt Announce Girls In Games Jam

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Amazon Web Services and Game Jolt have announced a brand new online event taking place in August featuring the Girls In Games jam. The event is designed to highlight the representation of girls and women in the gaming industry, particularly for those just starting out in gaming and “those who identify as and are allies of girls, women and non-binary people”. The jam will begin with a mentoring day, which will include several 30-minute live blitzkrieg sessions, as well as a few hour-long panel discussions, the full schedule of which we have below. Those who join the jam can team up or fly solo as they will be tasked with creating a game pitch deck featuring a girl and/or a woman as the protagonist. Those wishing to join can do so via the Girls in Games Community Page on Game Jolt, where all content will be streamed live. We have more information below and you get all the details on the AWS for Gaming Blog Post.

Credit: Game Jolt

Full schedule for the August 5 Girls In Games session:

  • 8 a.m. PT: Introducing the Girls in Games Jam – Yaprak DeCarmine, CEO, Game Jolt
  • 8:30 a.m. PT: A Career in Game Design – Sarah Eggers, Senior Content Designer, Sucker Punch Productions
  • 9am PT: A career in game development and publishing – Leanne Loombe, Head of External Games at Netflix
  • 9:30 a.m. PT: A Career in Game Production – Kirsten Gavoni, Executive Producer, Warner Bros. Games
  • 10 a.m.: A Career in Gaming Media – Streaming and Beyond – Mary Kish, Director of Community Marketing, Twitch
  • 10:30 a.m. PT: A Career in Programming – Laura Puerto, Platform Engineer, Dreamhaven
  • 11 a.m. PT: Career Talk with the Women of Sony Interactive Entertainment – ​​Roundtable with Merilly Ruglas (Sr. User Experience Designer, PlayStation Visual Arts Studio), PJ Camp Malik (Senior Manager of Product Data Science, Data Storytelling, PlayStation), Shelby Kolb (Digital Communications Data Analyst, Sony)
  • 12 p.m. PT: Inclusivity/Accessibility in Games – Mila Pavlin, Lead UX Designer, Sony Santa Monica
  • 12:30 p.m. PT: Positive Play – Rachel Franklin, Senior Vice President of Positive Play at Electronic Arts
  • 1 p.m. PT: Representation of Women and Girls in Games – Panel discussion with Jesse Wan (Director of Marketing, EA Sims), Jesyca Durchin (Senior Producer, Warner Bros. Games), Rachel Barnum (Designer, Amazon Game Studio), Catherina Mallet (VP & GM of Maxis & The Sims at Electronic Arts)
  • 2:00 p.m. PT: Changing roles within the games industry – Shelby Moledina, Co-Founder/COO, Double Loop Games
  • 2:30 p.m. PT: Make a Great Pitch Deck – Kristina Blanco, Director of Business Development at Studio Capital Management
  • 3:00 p.m. PT: Women of AWS for Games – Panel discussion with Claire Waluch (Sr. Account Manager, AWS for Games), Gena Gizzi (Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS for Games), Tabitha Graves (Account Manager, AWS for Games), Katie Araujo (Sr . Account Manager, AWS for Games), Nidhi Gupta (Sr. Program Manager, AWS for Games), Noor Fairoza (Solutions Architect, AWS for Games), Vanessa Holliday (Sr. Sales Leader, AWS for Games)
  • 4 p.m. PT: Community Development – Victoria Tran, Community Director at Innersloth – Among Us
  • 4:30 p.m. PT: Independent studios and start-ups – Cat Varner (Director of Product at Dreamhaven), Laura Puerto (Platform Engineer, Dreamhaven), Bridget Collins (Lead Game Designer, Lightforge Games), Kristin Kane (Backend Engineer, Lightforge Games), Molly Pease ( Screenwriter, Metatheory), Nina Park (UI/UX, Metatheory), Jen Einfield-Kane (Narrative Designer, Metatheory)
Amazon and Game Jolt Announce Girls In Games Jam
Credit: Game Jolt

“With Girls in Games, I’m thrilled to showcase the incredible women who play an important role within our industry in hopes of empowering others to see themselves as part of it in the future,” said Carmine Yaprak, CEO and Founder of Game Jolt. “As an industry, we have room to grow when it comes to inclusivity and showcasing the creators behind our favorite games. By spreading the word about what’s possible, we can help inspire the next generation of influential creators.”

“Creating new opportunities and pathways for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in entertainment technology is a top priority at AWS,” said Tracy Geist, Global Head of Gaming and Media & Entertainment Marketing at AWS. “We are thrilled to partner with Game Jolt to host the Girls in Games jam, providing access to presentations, mentorship, hands-on learning and an opportunity to pitch with some of the game industry’s brightest female leaders. .”

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