Girl Geek Academy Hosts Australian First Gender Equality Game Jam
Girl Geek Academy is an entrepreneurial girl gang teaching 1 million women technology by 2025. As part of achieving gender equality in the IT and gaming industries, they are hosting Australia’s First Gender Equality Game Jam.
Funded by VicHealth’s Gender Equality in the Arts program Gender Equality Game Jam is an open-gendered 18+ event, with support from the City of Port Phillip, Star Health and The Arcade and the game development business community.
Gender imbalance is a familiar concept in the gaming industry. The Game Developers Association Australia 2018 survey revealed that only 22.9% of all gaming employees identify themselves as not men, despite 52.1% of players identifying as women and non binary.Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO, Sarah Mora
The event will be held on 14th and 15th of September with applications available online until Friday August 16.
The weekend itself will see curated teams of 3-5, collaboratively create a game over two days, that has a purpose of social change and challenges gendered constructs.
Sunday afternoon (15th) is open to the general public, with the event ending with a ‘Play Party’ where people of all ages, backgrounds and genders are invited to come and play the games that were created. Girl Geek Academy will also be inviting all the participants of the Gender Equality Game Jam to showcase their games at a community space at this year’s PAX, Australia’s biggest gaming convention.