Amy Allison of the Vice President on the Executive Board of Women in Games International (WIGI), an organization that promotes the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry. In collaboration with the Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles, Allison recently pioneered the introduction of a video games patch, offering young women hands-on lessons in video game development and design over the course of two workshops held this fall at Sony Santa Monica.
In this interview, Amy Allison and I discuss the inspiration for this patch, and how it differs from badges, loops, and other marks of achievement used by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Boy Scouts of America; how these workshops address a pipeline issue for getting women into the games industry; how developers and publishers across the country can partner with WIGI to expand this program nationally; and finally, Amy’s experiences at the recent IndieCade and Oculus Connect and IndieCade festivals.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Women in Games International
- Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA)
- Girl Scouts get their own video game patch
- Sony Santa Monica collaborates with WIGI and the Girl Scouts
- Polygamer #4: WIGI co-founder Sheri Graner Ray
- Oculus Connect 3