We are very excited to be able to support Girls Make Games in Newcastle, happening this weekend on Saturday 13th April at Newcastle College.
If you haven’t heard of it, Girls Make Games is a programme of workshops, designed to inspire the next generation of female games designers, creators and engineers. It was launched in 2014 in the USA and helps girls aged 8 – 17 learn the basics of games development, building their very own video game from scratch.
The event is both organised and taught by Oak Moon Games' Lucy Smith and Hammerhead's Sally Blake. During the one day workshop, girls will be introduced to all stages of games design through a series of fun challenges whilst building their own game.
Lucy Smith said:
"Seeing the lack of women in the Games industry has really inspired and motivated me to push myself and Sally to get this workshop up and running. If we can create awareness and give young women exposure to not only show there are careers in Games but there are also women working in Games, then I am happy I have done my job and will continue to spread this around the North East!"
The first ever UK Girls Make Games event was held last year in Manchester, hosted by Caoimhe Roddy, Freelance Producer and Women in Games Ambassador. It was here that Lucy and Sally met and agreed they should bring it to Newcastle. The plan is to hold even more Girls Make Games events across the UK.
Nina Cliff, Head of Business Development at Tag, said:
“This is such an amazing initiative and a great way to help young women get into games. We’re happy we can help to support the event and excited to see what the girls create!”