CA holds smart networking event showcasing inspirational women leaders
21 May 2019
The UK’s leading game development studio, Creative Assembly, has joined forces with Brighton’s The 9% Event and Women in Games to bring a truly meaningful and inspirational event for game dev students, those interested in a career in gaming and anyone who would like to hear talks from leading women in tech, science and gaming.
Open to everyone from all backgrounds, you are invited to this free event to hear from three female speakers at the top of their ‘game’ about their career paths, their experiences and the challenges they have overcome working in male-dominated industries.
You can also book in advance for a one-to-one portfolio review with Creative Assembly’s expert developers, whether your forte is concept art, 3d art, audio, production, programming or design.
To ensure you get the most out of this event, the 9% Event will be running their ‘smart’ networking method, based on personal objectives set when you book online. You will be matched into groups of others who meet these objectives, to give the most strategic and useful experience for every attendee.
Join us at 3pm until 5:30pm on 9th July 2019 for ‘smart’ networking, refreshments that showcase some of the best of Brighton’s food and drink from woman-founded brands, inspirational speakers and Q&A, and one-to-one portfolio reviews with the UK’s leading game developer.
Please note that the venue is fully wheelchair accessible.
Professor Kelly Snook - former NASA research scientist, music producer & Professor of Media Arts Technology
Kelly Snook is a Professor of Media Arts Technology and has a background in aerospace engineering, music production, audio engineering, and data sonification research. She is one of the developers of the mi.mu gloves for gestural control of music and visuals.
She currently serves as Professor of Media Arts Technology at the University of Brighton and holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. She spent two decades as a NASA Research Scientist with a focus on Mars and the moon, before turning her attention to music full-time in 2010 when she joined Imogen Heap as her studio manager and musical assistant, subsequently touring with Ariana Grande in 2015 as her mi.mu glove technician.
Her current research project is the development of Concordia, an immersive musical instrument for scientific exploration based on the work of Johannes Kepler, which allows people to experience and play the music of the spheres. She will be discussing women in STEM, science, space and beyond!
Keza MacDonald, Video Games Editor, the Guardian
Keza has a wide variety of experience in the digital media world, from holding the post of Games Editor at the world’s biggest game website, IGN, to launching Kotaku UK with Future Publishing, which subsequently went on to win awards for Best Editorial Team. She is now the Video Games Editor at the Guardian, in addition to publishing her own book about Dark Souls. She regularly contributes to various publications, both online and in print, and appears as a gaming expert on UK TV and radio. Keza is passionate about furthering a diverse presence in the gaming industry and we can’t wait to hear more from her at this very special event.
Victoria Prentice, Senior Dialogue Engineer, Creative Assembly
Victoria is a Senior Dialogue Engineer for Creative Assembly’s BAFTA award-winning Total War series. She has been in the games industry for over six years as a voice director and audio engineer, working across the entire dialogue production process on a range of titles from indie to AAA. She has a real passion for working with actors to achieve great performances for games.
We aim to offer a smarter, more effective and strategic way of networking. When you book your ticket, you will receive an email asking for your top three objectives from the networking section of the evening; for example, to meet other people in your field, to learn and hear more from other experts and their experiences. We will put you into groups, each with a colour code, so that when you arrive, you can locate others in the same group as you, and instantly start up a conversation that will be useful to you both. We understand that attending networking events alone can be intimidating, but with this system, plus our friendly welcome, we will put you instantly at ease and allow you to make the most out of meeting others.
We hope there will be many useful connections made, and even more friendships!
SMART CAREER AND EXPERT PORTFOLIO ADVICE
We will be offering bespoke one to one career advice and/or portfolio reviews of your work. When you book your ticket, you will receive an email asking if you would like to take advantage of this 30 minute session and your top three objectives you would like to gain; for example, how can I improve my portfolio, improving CV layout, and understanding alternative creative digital industry career options. We will then book you a one to one with the relevant developer at the event and you can instantly start up a conversation that will be useful to you both. We understand that attending networking events alone can be intimidating, but with this system, plus our friendly welcome, we will put you instantly at ease and allow you to make the most out of meeting others.
3pm – 4pm: smart networking in groups, portfolio reviews, drinks and nibbles
4pm – 5pm: Talks, including time for questions
5pm – 5:30pm: optional general networking, a chance to talk to the speakers, any additional portfolio reviews