As 2016 draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the work the Foundation has accomplished this year and the support that makes our efforts possible. I want to thank the GDC team, who is instrumental in helping us improve the lives of game developers everywhere, and whose generous and ongoing support helps us bring the Foundation’s work to fruition.
Our flagship programs, IGDA Scholars, Women in Games Ambassadors, and Next Gen Leaders, all take place at GDC for one simple reason-there is no other game development conference that comes close to providing the breadth and depth of content attendees at GDC experience. It’s rare to find an event that is equally valuable to students exploring career directions and 25-year industry veterans, and yet, every year GDC not only delivers that experience, but grows and improves their content and atmosphere.
GDC is also inspirational to the IGDA Foundation because of their work in supporting inclusivity in the games industry through their policies, practices, and speaker curation. GDC’s Code of Conduct helps to ensure a space that welcomes participation from everyone, and we are grateful for their leadership in this endeavor.
Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the significant financial support of the GDC team and UBM. Their generosity makes our biggest programs possible-and changes the lives of our program participants. Thank you, Meggan Scavio and GDC team, for helping us improve the lives of game developers-we couldn’t do it without you!