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November – GameCraft

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This month, Tyler Haddad will be talking about his experience teaching game development to underserved young people.

Tyler realized there was a need for young people in the area to learn about game development, but no real resources available for them. As a solution to this problem, Tyler created GameCraft, a program that teaches children game development for free, and operates it out of his parents’ breakfast diner.

 

Bio:

Like many game developers, Tyler Haddad grew up with a passion for games and an interest in how they were made. After scrounging for resources and finding any information he could, Tyler learned basic game development on his own. He grew up in his parents’ breakfast diner in Lawrence, MA, learning interpersonal skills and learning more about the community he lived in. During college, Tyler worked as an intern for MassDiGI through their Summer Innovation Program, working with talented developers to develop and release Comet Cats.

Details:

Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-november-party-tickets-39099101465

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October Party – Introduction to 3D Graphics

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This is a tutorial on the essential elements of 3D graphics for users of Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender, 3ds Max, and other 3D authoring tools. Doug will unpack the key concepts all devs must know in order to be as productive as possible and get the most out of these tools. He will combine live demos of 3D desktop and mobile apps. Regardless of whether you are a newbie or a ninja, there will something for everybody. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A, and it will in general be a fun and highly accessible class.

Bio:

Doug Turner is an Apple alumnus with wide ranging experience in 3D graphics. At Apple he worked on their 3D R&D team, developing advanced rendering systems, and was a member of the team that invented interactive 360 panoramas. Doug has worked and taught internationally with projects in Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, and the UK.

 

Details:

Monday, October 2, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-october-party-tickets-37933057797

September Party – Managing Stress in the Workplace

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It’s time for our September party! Amanda Gardner will be speaking about managing stress in the workplace.

Stress in the workplace is often hard to manage. Between crunch, other deadlines, and possible conflicts with team members, we can often lose the fun of making games. Amanda’s experience producing and writing Perception occurred over the course of two difficult pregnancies, finding funding for her family’s game, and other stresses. To combat this, Amanda learned mindfulness and meditation techniques to help calm her mind and make the workplace much happier. With just a few mind tricks and some easy to take home meditations, Amanda will teach numerous coping strategies for both work and life.

Bio:

Amanda Gardner is a lifelong nerd, gamer and storyteller. She began her career as an English teacher for over 10 years, while her husband Bill worked in the AAA game business at Irrational Games as Lead Designer on BioShock and the Design Director on BioShock Infinite. Amanda and Bill partnered up as the game dev duo The Deep End Games three years ago and just launched Perception, a thriller about a blind woman’s journey to prove herself by exploring the haunted mansion from her nightmares, on PC/XB1/PS4. Amanda’s also a mother of four, a yoga teacher, and a self-improvement junkie.

Amanda Gardner

Details:

Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-september-party-tickets-37098812547

August Party – Legal Issues in Game Development

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It’s time for our August Women in Games Boston meetup! This month, Liz Surette will be speaking about legal issues in game development.

Law and Game Development: Protecting Your Assets and Staying Out of Trouble

From Lindsay Lohan to Phil Fish and many in between, the game industry is no stranger to lawsuits and controversies. Yet, underlying these and other high-profile stories are legal concepts that every game developer can and should use to protect themselves and their games. In this talk, Liz will present an essential overview of the laws that affect game development and studios. She will also share some practical ways to prevent disputes and safeguard your intellectual property using contracts, business entities, trademarks, copyrights, and other legal tools.

Bio:

Liz is an attorney and the founder of Overclocked Legal, a Massachusetts law firm that works with game developers and clients in other creative fields. In addition to being a longtime community member, she has spoken on video game law at PAX East, the American Bar Association’s Business Law conference, and Boston Indies. Her writing has been featured on Gamepolitics.com and GamesLaw.net.

Details:

Monday, August 7, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-august-party-tickets-36211814512

July Party – Out of the Ordinary

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Join us for our July WIG Boston party! The topic is games – or experiences using game technology – that are out of the ordinary. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and topics! Come listen, learn, and be inspired!

Monday, July 10, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-july-party-tickets-35899241598

June Party – Demo Night

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Join us for our June WIG Boston party! 

This month we’re hosting a demo night! Show off your work, get feedback, find collaborators, or just some new friends! There will be no formal presentations or planned demo spaces, so please come prepared to be adaptable and show off your work in a portable environment. Please note: We may or may not have working wireless internet, so please have your project downloaded and ready to go.

 

Mon, June 5, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-june-party-tickets-35016287659

Smore Magazine: Ignite Her Brilliance

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As a mother, an educator, and a STEM enthusiast, nothing gets me more excited then seeing something that can ignite a young girl’s passion in science.  Cue Smore Magazine, an upstart publication that we learned about from kickstarter.

According to Sarita Menon, the woman behind the idea, the magazine’s purpose is a noble one. “Smore is a new kind of science magazine created so that curious girls everywhere continue to stay interested in science and grow up to be confident, brilliant and successful women in science and technology. This magazine is targeted to girls ages 7-12 but appeals to all interested in science.”

I love the idea behind all of this. Studies have shown that there are very few differences between male and female students in k-12 education. Once students get to higher education, however, a disparity begins to emerge. Women begin to fall back in science, engineering, and math. And minority women even more so. We know this has nothing to do with ability, and everything to do with societal expectations and gender norms. The underepresentation continues to grow once women enter the workforce, with only 29% of the science and engineering workforce made up of women.

Find our more about Smore magazine through their kickstarter.