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Board of Directors – Call for Nominations 2017

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We are delighted to announce that IGDA Scotland’s 2017 Board of Directors Nominations are now open!

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 have 4 seats available on the board and successful candidates will join our current board members; Timea Tabori, Steven Taarland and Zoë Sams.

We’re especially looking for candidates to help represent Glasgow in our events.

The key dates for the election process are as follows:

  • Wednesday 20th September
    • Call for nominations opens.
  • Friday 20th October
    • Nominations close (open for 4.5 weeks).
    • Must be an IGDA member by this date to participate in the vote.
  • Monday 23rd October
    • Distribution of Election Materials to members.
  • Sunday 12th November
    • Deadline for votes (Accepting votes for 3 weeks).
  • Friday 17th November
    • New board members to be announced at Annual General Meeting.

Nominations
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 2017 Election Procedures Policy.

To nominate yourself, please fill out our nomination form here before 23:59 on Friday the 20th October to let us know you wish to stand. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@igdascotland.org.

Voting
To vote for board members you must have a current IGDA membership which does not expire before the 12th November 2017. If you are not already a IGDA member you can become one here.

DYW Looking for Games Professionals to Engage with Schools

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Developing the Young Workforce are looking for games industry professionals to engage with schools, teachers and pupils in order to build a better understanding of games industry career paths and opportunities.

Developing the Young Workforce is a Scottish Government strategy which aims to help young people get the right skills and experience to move from education into employment. There are 21 regional DYW groups who are helping implement this strategy, working locally to meet the needs of their region.

DYW brings education and business together to support local young people and the local economy, through better informing  young people about the world of work and helping create skills pipelines and address skills shortages.

DYW groups work to connect business and education, and can facilitate a variety of engagement opportunities. This could range from offering visits and talks at your work space, to supporting team challenges, offering CPD to teachers so that they can offer their students the best possible learning experience, to giving advice on interviews. DYW work closely with employers and education to make sure every approach is flexible and tailored to meet their needs.

If you are interested in working with young people, teachers or lecturers local to you, let them know or connect with your local DYW team. http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/developing-young-workforce/

Women’s 10k run in Glasgow for SpecialEffect

Looking for a fun way to spend a Summer Sunday afternoon AND help raise money for charity?

Our friends at SpecialEffect have just five places left on their running team for the hugely popular Great Women’s 10k in Glasgow on Sunday 4th June! Get in touch now to reserve your space and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the largest women’s only running event in Scotland, while raising vital funds to help support our work with disabled gamers across the UK. Contact Tom Donegan via events@specialeffect.org.uk

More info about the event can be found here.

 

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SpecialEffect enable severely disabled people to use computers in any way possible – using whichever part(s) of their body that work best – by adapting technology to their individual needs. It’s so important they can join in with family/friends, to be included and not left out. This can hugely benefit rehabilitation, mental wellbeing, self-esteem and quality of life – and much needed FUN!

We specialise in Eye Control Technology. Imagine: You wake up after an accident. You can’t move anything except your eyes. And you can’t speak. Through eye-movement alone, we help people operate a computer so they can communicate and regain a little independence – giving them a voice when they don’t have one of their own.

We feel very honoured to work with such extraordinary, inspiring people who in the most testing of circumstances, somehow display such fortitude, courage and resilience. Every day we’re moved by their exceptional character, which inspires us to keep doing everything we possibly can to enable them to get the most out of life in their own particular situation.

Tom, a young lad we helped wrote simply: “I just want to thank you for giving me my life back.

GDC 2017 AI Scholarship and Next Gen Leaders Program now open!

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The IGDA Foundation has announced two more scholarships for IGDA members.

First is the Eric Dysband Memorial AI Scholarship. This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral (or similar) students, or former students who graduated in the 6 months prior to the event they are applying for. Applicants with an interest in AI should apply, and they will in addition to the benefits other GDC scholars receive they will also have access to AI mentorship and an invitation to the AI Programmers Dinner and AI Game Programmers Guild, as well as an invite to the AI Summit at GDC.

Applicants can apply here. The deadline is the 8th of January.

Second is the new Next Gen Leaders program in association with Microsoft. Unlike other scholarships, this program is targeted at current game devs with 3 to 10 years of experience. This program is not tied to any discipline, but also looking to include those who identify as an under-represented minority. In addition to a GDC pass, they will receive workshops, mentorship and additional networking opportunities.

Applicants can apply for the program here. The deadline is also the 8th of January.

Both programs have a travel stipend available for successful applicants. Good luck!

Meet our new Board of Directors

We hope you had a great night yesterday at our AGM and Social if you came along. We certainly had a fantastic night, so thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen. We recapped what we achieved in 2016 and we’re really proud that we have put on or assisted with a total of 15 events this year! We think that’s a great year and we hope you could make it along to some of these events and enjoyed them too.

We shared our annual report during the AGM and you can review the slides below.

 

We also had a great time doing our game themed pub quiz! You can view our written questions below (we also had a picture and music round). How many can you get right?

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We have also announced the results of our recent Board Elections! We had 6 candidates applying to fill 3 available seats. We were really excited to announce the winning candidates: Zoe Sams, Steven Taarland  who will be joining the Board and Timea Tabori who was reelected to remain on the Board for another 2 years.

Our Board for 2017

 

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing Board members who have worked with us over the past years – Alice Rendell, Jon McKellan, Bert McDowell and Mark Hastings.

 

Thank you again for everyone involved in the Elections and the AGM. Keep an eye out for news about upcoming IGDA Scotland events in the New Year!

October Analytics Meeting Recap

In October we were in the Dundee Makerspace in the Vision Building where we heard from our guest speaker, Luke Dicken, about the what, why and how of Analytics. Luke was visiting us all the way from San Francisco and it was great to hear him share his expertise and fascinating insight.

We hope you enjoyed the discussion, but in case you missed it, you can catch the recording right here!

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM next week!

Interface Looking for Input to Support Games Sector

Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive at Interface spoke at the IGDA Chapter meeting on 25th October in Dundee to introduce the work of Interface and her new role working with groups within the Creative Industries. Interface was established in 2005 and is the Scotland wide service supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and H&I Enterprise to stimulate industry interest in innovation and provide a free and impartial service connecting businesses to the right academic expertise. Recently the Scottish Government provided additional resource for Interface to work with groups of creative industries companies to tackle sectoral challenges, opportunities and ideas.

This new aspect of their service will help groups to identify a project, define the scope, conduct a search for academic expertise and support the group right through the selection process to project completion.  If additional capacity or resource is needed such as a student placement, or innovation vouchers or identifying sources of other funding Interface can also provide that advice and assistance.

Caroline is interested to hear from the IGDA group or small groupings within IGDA’s membership who may have an idea for a project be it a sector-wide challenge, or a specific issue or opportunity for a small group working within a particular specialism, or a new idea or market opportunity that a group considers would benefit from working with academia to realise.

She is looking forward to hearing from you and is contactable at; caroline.parkinson@interface-online.org.uk and will attend our AGM on the 22nd November.