Thursday 04/24/20143:45pm-4:15pm - NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts
Gender Inequality in Games:
Beyond the Grim Statistics
Gender diversity in the game industry is a popular topic, now discussed in many game and tech industry conferences. However, with all that has been said, how much closer are we to achieving gender parity? According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), women roles and leadership within game media industry – especially in game development – continue to be a rarity, and games with exciting girl / women characters and significant feminine themes are even more rare. How can we fix this?

For the first time, Games for Change brings together a leadership conversation with 3 entrepreneurial frontrunners who are also female role models in the ‘games for good’ movement:
- Dr. Jane McGonigal, award-winning game designer and NYT bestselling author of Reality is Broken advocates the design and use of games to channel positive attitudes and contribution in real-world contexts.
- Dr. Constance Steinkuehler Squire, former Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology, and leading academic researcher discusses the huge impact of video games on girls’ cognitive development and how their gameplay relates to learning.
- Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, award-winning author, EdTech innovator and CEO has been transforming the education system by inspiring thousands of girls to develop passion for game media design and programming and pursue viable EdTech and GameDev careers.

These three trailblazing women discuss, each from her unique perspective, the state of game media beyond the grim statistics, and what needs to happen to achieve 50/50 gender parity–among game creators, game content and characters, academic research, marketing, and education policy. They also share concrete strategies on how the games-for-change movement can be at the front of this effort moving forward. It’s possible!

There will be a Q&A following this session. Please tweet your questions and tag them with the hashtag, #Gender4G4C.