Women in Games International today announced its plan to present a panel at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco later this month that focuses on the need to encourage more youth participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. The panel brings together leaders from video games, government, and media organizations to discuss the issue and to raise awareness. The panel is called "Responsibility to Youth and Staying Competitive in the Global Marketplace" and will take place Wed., March 27 from 2 – 3 p.m. in South Hall, Room 308 (Moscone Convention Center – San Francisco, Calif.).
Confirmed panelists include American McGee, CEO at Spicy Horse Games; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Director, Writer, Producer, Actress, Activist; Patrick Riley, Game Development and Internationalization Director, SEGA; Belinda Van Sickle, President/CEO, Women in Games International; Tracy Williams, Head of Marketing & PR Americas, CD Projekt RED; and Veronica Zelle, Founder/CCO, Sweetyhigh.com.
“Our panelists have had experience creating everything from video games with strong female protagonists to major films about women’s depiction in the media,” said Belinda Van Sickle, CEO of Women in Games International. “There’s growing knowledge that media stereotypes have a strong influence on the opportunities young people envision for themselves. The game industry needs to be on the cutting edge of awareness, change and media innovation—in art, technology and social issues.”
You can learn more about this GDC panel and the other activities by the Women In Games International at www.getwigi.com.