The recent Horizons event from IndieArcade has once again highlighted the work of students, showcasing the future of game design talent around the world.

And this year, IndieCade, the organisation behind the event, added a new award series to honour the work of the lecturers, teachers and instructors.

The winners of the Horizons Faculty of Excellence Awards were selected in one of three categories: teaching, innovation, service, with a special lifetime achievement award also being presented. Faculty were eligible to be nominated by a peer or self-nominated, and this was open to any faculty or instructor working in games, regardless of whether their school participated in Horizons.

We are delighted that our Women in Games Research and Education Consultant Sharon Tolaini-Sage was handed the Excellence Award for Service.

Along with Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman, Sharon is the co-author of the Women in Games Guide: Building a Fair Playing Field which launches in July at Develop, Brighton, UK and at GamesCom, Cologne, Germany in August. The Guide will be co presented and explored at our Women in Games Festival September 7th to17th.

“She has inspired countless women through her work as a lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts,” said the awards host Katherine Tole. “Through her service she has made the games industry a better place for those in it and those about to join it.”

The other Horizons Faculty of Excellence Awards were presented to:

  • Redelia Shaw, Creative Media Consultant – Excellence Award for Teaching
  • Chris Totten, Kent State Animation Design – Excellence Award for Innovation
  • Colleen Macklin, Game Designer, Professor and Founder of PETLab – Lifetime Achievement

IndieCade supports independent game development and organises a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games. Find out more about this great organisation here.