Women in Games Festival – Conference

To reflect this year’s overarching theme of Interconnectivity, this year’s Women in Games Conference sessions will be distributed across three time zones, connecting as many attendees as possible from across the globe.

On each of the two conference days, sessions will begin at 08:00am – 12:00 BST (Far East/Shanghai 15:00 – 19:00, Australia/Sydney 17:00 – 21:00) continuing at 13:00 – 17:00 BST (08:00am – 12:00 US East Coast) followed by the evening session from 18:00 – 22.00 BST (13.00 – 17.00 US East Coast and 10.00 – 14.00 US West Coast).

 

Conference Day One: September 15th 2021

Our sessions will cover an ambitious array of subjects, including:

  • The Last Taboo: Health and wellbeing
  • Confronting Toxicity and Harassment 1: Online
  • Confronting Toxicity and Harassment 2: In the workplace
  • Mission Possible: UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 Achieve Gender Equality & Empower all Girls & Women
  • Girls Get Global: Ending the never ending question, how do we get those girls engaged?
  • Advocates: A female journalist interviews an all male panel of advocates, supporting gender equality and diversity
  • UK Media: outside looking in: Reflections on a turbulent year, views from the press
  • Moving on Up: Getting women into the top tiers of esports
  • Cosplay: Play, Performance and Community
  • The Metaverse: It’s here but what is it? an exploration of this space, what it means for society, how we best use it, shape it and engage with it.

Confronting toxicity and harassment – it’s not just an historical issue but very much a live debate, and so we will have two sessions looking at two interconnected aspects of problems familiar the world over.

Progressive women journalists will reflect on what has been a tumultuous year, while issues of Women’s Health will be explored in a session prioritising wellbeing at work alongside Covid-19 related issues. In a session on advocacy we ask how diverse voices can support women and back the cause of equality and fairness.

Conference Day Two: September 16th 2021

On Day Two, reproducing the same time format as the first day, we will host learning labs and sessions expanding on threads introduced on day one. Questions arising from panels and talks can be elaborated on – How can we progress issues of women’s health and wellbeing for example, and what practical steps can we take to ‘work on the workplace’?

Sessions 

Sessions will be in the form of learning labs, discussions and conversations focussing on sharing knowledge and practical understanding, bringing our community together to the benefit of everyone: We look forward to welcoming all our attendees to in-depth, interconnected discussions.

Booths – Interactive spaces for knowledge exchange.

Day Two will also feature a particularly interactive aspect of our platform Hopin, expo ‘booths’ – virtual spaces hosted by our partners within the conference. You can speak directly to companies, studios and community groups, who will be able to talk to you about their organisations, sharing their knowledge and industry expertise.

Networking – opportunities to make and re-make valuable connections.

Networking will be a particularly strong feature of Day Two. Network not just with booth holders, but also with any attendee at the conference. Search for attendees that you already know, schedule 1:1 meetings, or network with new contacts using the ‘networking roulette’ function of Hopin, which aims to provide virtual ‘water-cooler’ or ‘coffee break’ moments.

We will provide an Explorer Guide, a clear step by step guide to enable you to have the most enjoyable, productive and interesting experience at the conference. We will be updating the Festival website and all information including the conference regularly so keep checking in.

Join us on September 15th and 16th, we look forward to welcoming you!

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