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Introducing our 2014 Election Candidates and Opening of Voting

We’re extremely proud to announce that the nominations for this year’s Board of Directors election are in, with a total of 7 candidates running for 4 open seats and the opportunity to directly shape the chapter’s future. These new directors will serve for up to 2 years, and join existing board members Andrew Macdonald and Brian McDonald.

2014 Election Candidates

This also means that the voting phase of the election process has begun, where IGDA members (with voting rights) can have their say on how the chapter is led, and the chance to decide who best represents their interests. This is a remarkable improvement over our very first election last year, which was more of a formality with no real contest. The results of the election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting and Social on 19th November from 19:30 at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow, which you are welcome to attend! It will be a great chance to meet the new board members and celebrate how far the chapter has come over the last year. We are still seeking a sponsor for the AGM! If you can help, please contact info@igdascotland.org.

Eventbrite - IGDA Scotland Annual General Meeting 2014
Even if you can’t vote, we encourage you to read the candidate statements to get an idea of where things might be going in the future. The candidates running (pictured above) are in alphabetical order by surname as follows:

You can learn more about our election process by reading our 2014 Election Procedures Policy. If you’re an IGDA member with voting rights (i.e. not a student member), you should have been emailed about how to cast your vote. If you think you’re eligible to vote, but haven’t been sent voting instructions, please contact info@igdascotland.org.

  • Tuesday 18th November
    • Deadline for votes
  • Wednesday 19th November

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November 2014: Annual General Meeting in Glasgow

Global Game Jam Play Party 2014 in Glasgow

As the year starts to wrap up for the holidays, and as as our ongoing chapter Board of Directors elections draw to a close, you’re invited to join us on 19th November from 19:30 at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow to reflect on what our community has accomplished over the course of the last year, and what the coming year may bring.

Just like any of our other events, the AGM is open to anybody interested in game development in Scotland. You’re a part of the wider community, whether you’re an IGDA member or not, so we heartily encourage you to come along, share your views and have an impact.

As the AGM is largely a social and celebratory occasion, we would love to offer free drinks to our attendees with the help of a generous sponsor. If you are interested in helping us out, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@igdascotland.org.

Global Game Jam Play Party 2014 in Glasgow

If you wish to vote or run in the upcoming elections, you must be an full IGDA member by 23:59 on 11th November, so be sure to join the IGDA if you would like to participate; those wishing to nominate themselves for election should also submit a candidate statement. Learn more about our election process here

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2014 Elections Open for IGDA Scotland Board of Directors

We’re delighted to announce that IGDA Scotland’s 2014 Board of Directors Elections are now underway, with seats open for nominations and voting.

IGDA Scotland Logo

This process is an important way for the members of the organisation to have their say in who is going to run things.It’s also an opportunity to make changes to the chapter’s leadership in ways that represent your interests as a game developer; and finally, they’re also an excellent way to get more involved with the chapter yourself, and help shape our future.

We encourage you to read the full 2014 Election Procedures Policy, but the key dates for the election process are as follows:

  • Monday 20th October
    • Call for nominations opens
  • Tuesday 11th November
    • Nominations closed. All nominations must be received by this date.
    • Must be a member by this date to participate in the vote.
  • Wednesday 12th November
    • Distribute Election Materials to members
  • Tuesday 18th November
    • Deadline for votes
  • Wednesday 19th November
    • New board members to be announced at Annual General Meeting

In order to nominate yourself as a candidate for election, you must be an IGDA member in good standing with voting rights (i.e. a professional member, not a student member), must agree to be bound by the IGDA Scotland Bylaws, and also have read the 2014 Election Procedures Policy.

To nominate yourself, email info@igdascotland.org with your candidate statement (of up to 400 words) before 23:59 on 11th November to let us know you wish to stand.

October 2014: Collaboration in Edinburgh

Teviot Row House

We’re back in Edinburgh on Wednesday 15th October at Teviot Row House for another meeting, in association with the University of Edinburgh Game Development Society, to learn about how collaboration and open source software can empower developers.

Edinburgh GameDevSoc

This meeting is hosted in association with the University of Edinburgh Game Development Society, who have graciously organised the Teviot Dining Hall in EUSA‘s Teviot Row House for us. If you want to stay up to date on their activites, go ahead and check out their website, or contact them at gamedevsoc@gmail.com.

  • Marc Williamson from Tag Games: Collaboration, Independence and Engines

    chilliworks

    • Moving to Free-to-Play offered a few problems to Tag.
    • A very independent streak at Tag meant that we wanted control of tools and tech
    • Unity scares (not allowed on store and risk of company acquisition) reinforced these ideas
    • What we have developed internally:
      • Engine: Chilli Works
      • Online Platform: Chilli Connect
      • Metrics: Chilli Metrics
    • Why is that important to you?
    • Our big idea
  • Aaron Dron from Codeplay: An introduction to Hackerspaces for Indie Game Developers
    • The global hackerspace movement and why you should care.
    • The Edinburgh Hacklab – who we are, what we do.
    • Software development in a hackerspace – how you fit in.
    • Collaboration, tools and jams.
  • IGDA Scholarships Panel/Q&A: What are they, and why should you apply?

    IGDA_Scholarships

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September 2014: Mentoring in Dundee

earlyAccessCrowd

It’s the start of a brand new academic year, and we will once again be returning to Dundee’s Hannah Maclure Centre on Wednesday 17th September to learn how mentoring can help pass the great collective wealth of industry experience down from seasoned veterans to the next generation of game developers.

This meeting brings two fantastic speakers, with Phil Harris from One Thumb Mobile and Christine Farmer from GameMentorOnline (over Skype) each sharing their mentoring knowledge and advice, to ultimately inspire others to either seek the guidance of a mentor or become a mentor themselves. Register your free ticket on Eventbrite below:

Christine Farmer from GameMentorOnline

By day Christine Farmer works as the Coordinator of PR and Marketing in the Americas for CD Projekt Red, developers of the Witcher 3. By night, Christine works to develop and drive the GameMentorOnline project on behalf of Women In Games International.

WIGI GameMentorOnline

She holds a BA from University of California Santa Cruz and studied Game Design at the Academy of Entertainment Technology at Santa Monica College. In this session Christine will introduce the GameMentorOnline platform and highlight how professionals can use it to give back to the global community, as well as the ways that students and those looking to develop their skills can find direct one-to-one support.

Phil Harris – Pass it On

Why would you mentor and what do you gain from the experience? Phil Harris talks about the groups he has mentored, the trials and tribulations and why you should mentor people too.

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Special Event with Ed Fries in Dundee

We are thrilled to announce our second special event, an evening with a very special guest to be held on 8th July from 7pm. IGDA Scotland Presents: Ed Fries organised in association with Abertay University will provide insights into the life of one of the pioneers of the modern games industry as well as his vision for where we could be going.

Ed Fries

Ed Fries has been developing video games for more than thirty years but he’s most celebrated for his roles at Microsoft where he helped to create the Xbox and brought some of the most high profile games to the platforms as Vice President for Games Publishing. In 2004, Ed left Microsoft to pursue other opportunities, and today he advises a number of studios and companies as well as running FigurePrints, a service providing 3D prints of player avatars from World of Warcraft.

This rare opportunity to listen to one of the industry greats promises to be an excellent night. We hope you will join us as we share in Ed’s wisdom at Abertay University by registering for your free ticket on Eventbrite using the registration form above. Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7:30pm.

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June 2014: Early Access in Dundee

Hannah Maclure Centre cinema

At long last, the sun has returned to shine it’s scalding, blinding rays upon bonnie Scotland once more, briefly. Escape the heat (and rain) and join us on Wednesday 18th June in the Hannah Maclure Centre at the University of Abertay Dundee for June’s IGDA Scotland meeting, where we’ll be taking a look at Early Access.

We have two great speakers lined up, with Alex Zietler from Guerilla Tea announcing their next project, plus a unique Guerilla twist on the early access model; and Karl Inglott from Space Budgie discussing their early access experiences from the ongoing development of Glitchspace. Register your free ticket on Eventbrite below:

Alex Zeitler from Guerilla Tea: Quo Vadis Indie? (or Guerilla Warfare for Game Developers)

A quick look at the current state of indie (featuring “The Mythical Indie Bubble”), the upcoming indiepocalypse and why there are two different kinds of freedom. And on top of that, a first sneak peek at our upcoming project Contraband Empire and how we are planning to apply Guerilla tactics to make a difference! (WARNING: will contain a lot of opinions and probably some swearing)

Karl Inglott from Space Budgie: Glitchspace Early Access

Starting with an overview of the steps leading to it, Karl Inglott from Space Budgie will be discussing the pros, cons, and the projected future of the Early Access move for programming game Glitchspace.

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