Girl Geek Academy, the movement to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025, is launching a Games Career Incubator. Applications are open until Monday, April 8, 2019.
The Girl Geek Academy Games Career Incubator will run sometime between April and August. The goal is to address the “unique challenges women and non-binary games practitioners face as they move into employment.”
Girl Geek Academy was founded by locals Sarah Moran and Lisy Kane and is now a global program.
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The new Games Career Incubator is supported by $50,000 from Film Victoria. The State Government in Victoria and Film Victoria have a commitment to career development and this $50,000 will go a long way to support the Girl Geek Academy’s project.
Since 2014, over 10,000 girls, women and non-binary school students and practitioners in the tech and games industry have participated in workshops, intensive weekends, online courses, game jams and meetups run by Girl Geek Academy.
With such great numbers already recorded, the Games Career Incubator “will provide an invaluable opportunity for practitioners in the early stages of their careers to come together to upskill and think strategically about their future.”
The Incubator has a focus on mentoring and network-building as well as providing practical training. Co-founder Lisy Kane said;
We need more women and non-binary talent in senior games roles, and to make sure they have extended careers we need to be upskilling and working to retain this amazing talent. The group format also ensures our participants go beyond technical skill building, and equally focus on the power of professional networks to ensure career success.
Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said “The Games Career Incubator supports the future growth of a Victorian games industry where women and non-binary practitioners are equal within the industry. We are delighted to partner with Girl Geek Academy to support so many practitioners on their path to success.”
Running over a four-month period between April and August, the Games Career Incubator will include online workshops, face-to-face learning and monthly meetups.
Applications for the Games Career Incubator close on Monday, April 8, 2019. Those interested should head to the Girl Geek Academy’s website.