2018 GDC Program Winners Annoucement

After an intensive judging process we are pleased to announce the selected participants for each of our GDC 2018 scholarship programs.

Each recipient will receive a travel stipend and a complimentary all-access pass courtesy of the Game Developers Conference, and thanks to the efforts and generosity of our partners, speakers, and scholarship committees, these selected recipients will also receive exclusive local studio tours, one-on-one mentorship from industry veterans, and special Q&A sessions with some of the most influential developers in the industry.

Here are this year’s GDC 2018 selection – click through to read more about each program recipient.

IGDA Scholars

  • Myriam Beauvais
  • Alice Bowman
  • Christina Curlee
  • Lars de Wildt
  • Kiara du Toit
  • Logan Erickson
  • Klaus Fehkührer
  • Tyler Haddad
  • Shuaiying Hou
  • Adam Kallibjian
  • Jocelyn Kim
  • Amy Lin
  • River Liu (who is also our Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholarship recipient)
  • Chima Ngerem
  • Tara Ogaick
  • Sergio Rangel
  • Erryn Rivers
  • Jessica Vazquez

Women in Games Ambassadors

  • Meagan Byrne
  • Meagan Canning
  • Vania Castagnino
  • Nicole Caverley
  • Allison Comrie
  • Sofie Debloudts
  • Narges Farazan
  • Janice Ho
  • Courtney Kidd
  • Natasha Kononenko
  • Elisabet Largo Iglesias
  • Vhalerie Lee
  • Lauren Lynch
  • Raquel Robinson
  • Andrea Sacchi
  • Beatriz Santos
  • Amanda Steig
  • Emilee Trower
  • Danielle Uneus
  • Caroline Womack
  • Chris Wratt

Next Gen Leaders

  • Jennifer Ashiru
  • Alyssa Askew
  • Anna Brandberg
  • Safyra Brown
  • Brian Chung
  • Rebecca Cohen-Palacios
  • Osama Dorias
  • Caroline Guevara
  • Matthew Lee
  • Sara Lempiainen
  • Karen McCarthy
  • Llaura McGee
  • Maria Mishurenko
  • Taha Rasouli
  • Fernando Reyes Medina
  • Wyn Rush
  • Jennifer Scheurle
  • Steven Taarland
  • Juan Vaca
  • Leena van Deventer

These programs are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the Game Developer Conference, the support of our judges, alumni, and volunteers who helped to review our applicants and create the experiences they receive, and the speakers and mentors who commit their time to our programs.

Make sure to follow @IGDAFoundation, @IGDAScholars, #IGDAScholars, #WiGAm and #IGDANGL on Twitter for live updates as our team and recipients experience GDC 2018!

Meet the 2017 IGDA Foundation Women in Games Ambassadors

The 2017 IGDA Foundation Women in Games Ambassadors have been selected! Congratulations to our winners!

The competition was fierce, and we’re proud to showcase an exceptional group of women, who represent a diverse range of professional backgrounds and some of the most promising rising talent within games.

As part of our Women in Games Ambassadors program, these women will receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience with All-Access passes, travel stipends, special Q&A sessions with game industry insiders, and a week full of exclusive insider events and opportunities.

Read more about these incredible women here.

We are grateful for the support of GDC, Intel and the Bigglesworth Foundation, whose generosity makes this program possible.

GDC 2017 — Women in Games Ambassadors Program Applications Now Open

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The IGDA Foundation’s Women in Games Ambassadors (WIGAm) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC). The program is open to women-identified students and recent graduates in fields pertaining to game development. Applications should be submitted by or before 30 December 2016.

Apply HERE!

The WIGAm program provides a comprehensive event scholarship experience to the best and brightest up-and-coming women-identified individuals in games. It includes all-access passes, travel stipends, a week of insider industry events, and lifetime access to a tight-knit community of high-achieving peers. In addition, the WIGAm program creates opportunities for each recipient to engage with top industry professionals through Q&As and group mentorship. Our ambassadors leave the conference better equipped to jump-start their careers and advocate on behalf of diversity in games.

GDC will take place 27-3 March 2017 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA. It is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

You can learn more about the program, its history and how to apply HERE.

2016 IGDA Foundation Women in Games Ambassadors Announced

2016WIGThe 2016 IGDA Foundation Women in Games Ambassadors have been selected! Congratulations to our winners!

The competition was fierce, and we’re proud to showcase an exceptional group of women, who represent a diverse range of professional backgrounds and some of the most promising rising talent within games.

As part of our Women in Games Ambassadors program, these women will receive a once-in-a-lifetime GDC experience with All-Access passes, travel stipends, and a week full of exclusive insider events and opportunities.

Read more about these incredible women here.

The IGDAF Women in Games Ambassadors Program

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The IGDA Foundation is proud to announce year two of the IGDAF Women in Games Ambassadors program (formerly known as Intel Scholars). This program will enable twenty talented women students to attend the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Women in Games Ambassadors program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides all access event passes, travel stipends, and a week of special insider events.

The IGDAF Women in Games Ambassadors program team is already hard at work on making 2016 a banner year.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to our volunteers, generous donors, and the amazing team at GDC for making this program possible.

Click here for more information on the IGDA Women in Games Ambassadors program.