About the IGDA Foundation Next Gen Leaders Program

Applications closed on December 8th, 2017 for GDC 2018.

About the Program:

  • Workshops: The program includes two days of workshops, focusing on topics related to career development and retention as well as supporting inclusivity in game development as a profession and in the products created by the participants.
  • Mentors: Program participants will be matched with individual mentors, specifically chosen for the participant, who will provide coaching throughout the program.
  • Special Events: Participants will be invited to join select social gatherings and networking opportunities at GDC 2018.
  • Ongoing Networking: The Next Gen Leaders program is included in an ongoing initiative to create a network of IGDA Foundation program participants, volunteers, staff, and Board members.
  • Second GDC Experience:  Participants are invited back to GDC the following year, provided with an All-Access pass and travel stipend, and given the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership to other IGDA Foundation program participants.

Participant Information:

  • Qualifications
    • Successful applicants will have 3-10 years of professional game development experience, and will demonstrate a passion for game development.
    • Priority is given to applicants in an under-represented community who are at greater risk of leaving the industry, including women, people of color (including Latino ethnicities), people who identify as LGBTQIA, and people with disabilities.
    • Secondary considerations include a diverse collection of experience and backgrounds, and representation of multiple companies and sectors.
  • Expectations
    • Participants are required to attend and actively participate in all mandatory events, maintain a relationship with their mentor for at least 12 months, write a blog post about their experience, and respond to follow-up quantitative and qualitative surveys about their program experience and ongoing impact. Support for program participant from the participant’s manager is recommended but not required.