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Y Not Jam: Championing Women in Gaming

20 August 2014
BAFTA/Steve Butler

BAFTA Scotland and Caledonian University launch a new event open to all women interested in a career in the gaming industry.

The Y Not Jam is a brand new Game Jam challenge aiming to directly engage with women studying, working, or simply with a personal interest in creating and developing video games.

Kicking off on Friday 29 August with impressive keynote speaker, videogame producer Luci Black, from the multiple BAFTA-winning Media Molecule (Media Molecule have made games such as Little Big Planet and Tearaway), a subsequent insightful panel discussion led by some of the UK’s leading female industry experts, including Dr. Jo Twist, CEO of the UK Interactive Entertainment Association (UKIE), examining what it means to be a woman working in the games sector.

After which, the serious business of the Game Jam will get underway with female attendees rising to the challenge of a team competition to design and develop a new gaming programme in just under 48 hours before the closing presentations on Sunday afternoon.

This event is completely free to attend and will take place from Friday 29 August, 3pm - Sunday 31 August, 5pm.

- BAFTA Members interested in attending the opening keynote speech can book here
- Non-members can reserve a space by emailing: [email protected]
- To participate in Y Not Jam weekend register here

Please note, everyone with an interest in gaming is welcome to register for the 3pm keynote speech and panel discussion. However Game Jam participants is open to women only. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.