Last week I attended my first ever industry conference. GDC (Game Developers Conference) is a huge event in SF where people all over the world dye their hair pink and talk about the state of the industry for women and people of color. Just kidding, only the pink hair is true.
But actually, the event features a ton of talks, an expo of really cool technology and some networking / career events. I was nominated by CMU to take part of the Intel Game Development Scholars group, and that was pretty rad. They had a schedule of interesting speakers and a reception for us. The group was exclusively female and ethnically diverse, so obviously there is a growing movement to be more inclusive on the gender side of things. Even aside of the typical chauvinistic attitudes of men in the gaming industry, something that I've seen in every industry, It's nice to know that big companies like Intel make a concerted effort to inspire women. From my outsider perspective, it seems like the industry is tackling this sexism as it would debugging a program - find the problem and put a patch on it! Or trying to... Awkward. Well I took some pics, and I'll put them in this here post for ya'll to scroll through.
ANYWAYS I met some cool people, went to a few interesting talks and had my first stay in an airbnb. I also got a free upgrade to an exit row seat on my flight back. Things are looking up for me, my friends.
I return, however, to the reality of midterm presentations. Le sigh. Fortunately my team will present on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we are DEAD LAST. That's the worst. Waaaaaah.
In final news...
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