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London, 13th June 2017 - The not for profit  Women in Games organisation WIGJ announced today that it is partnering with Unity Technologies to host a mentoring breakfast during Develop 2017 in Brighton on Wednesday, 12 th July.

The event will give those working in the videogames industry a taste of what mentoring is like in a fun, informal setting and introduce attendees to the support that is available as part of the WIGJ’s on-going mentoring programme.   

“WIGJ’s overarching goal is to double the number of women working in the videogames sector over the next 10 years.  We know that mentoring can play a hugely important role in supporting women’s career development in the sector. We want to alert more people to the fact that this kind of support is available,” said Leigh Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive of WIGJ, who leads WIGJ’s Mentoring Sub-Group.

There will be 30 experienced videogames professionals from a range of top videogames companies – including Unity Technologies – who will provide mentoring support to attendees in the form of 15-minute taster sessions at the pop-up event.  When registered, attendees will be able to select from a range of key mentoring themes for their session including: technical; QA; art; creative; animation; audio; production; career development and business development.  Unity Technologies will also have their own team of “Unity Gurus” mentors providing mentoring taster sessions at the event.

“We’re delighted to be partnering WIGJ in this mentoring pop-up event at Develop”, said Morrissey Williams, Regional Business Development Manager (UK & Ireland) for Unity Technologies. “ We want to attract more women to work in this industry.  Maintaining a good gender balance is an important focus for us. As a truly international company spanning 23 countries, our success relies on having happy, diverse teams.”   

“We’re thrilled to have Unity Technologies partnering us in this exciting event”, said Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of WIGJ . “We are so grateful to the many videogames professionals who are giving their time freely as mentors.  Having industry support like this brings our long-term goal of developing and retaining female talent in the games industry that much closer.”  

The WIGJ/Unity mentoring pop-up is included in the Develop 2017 fringe events programme. Ali Fearnley, Conference Director for Tandem Events, the organisers of Develop: Brighton 2017 commented: “We are really excited to hear that WIGJ and Unity are staging this mentoring pop-up during Develop. We hope this will be the start of many such events at Develop in future years.”



  1. The WIGJ/Unity Technologies Mentoring Breakfast will be held on July 12 th 2017 from 08.30-10.30 hrs at Unity Technologies Brighton HQ, 103 Stroudley Road, Brighton BN1 4DJ.  Registration/coffee/breakfast/networking will be available from 08.00 hrs.   



  1. Entry to the WIGJ/Unity Mentoring Breakfast will be by ticket only.  Both women and men are welcome to attend. Tickets will be available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mentoring-breakfast-at-develop-2017-women-in-games-unity-technologies-tickets-35259578348 .  Tickets will be free of charge and offered on a first come, first serve, basis.  The number of tickets to be issued will be capped because of the finite number of mentoring spaces available.  Those applying for tickets will be asked to choose from one of two time slots for their mentoring session(s): either (1) 08.30-09.40 hrs or (2) 09.40-10.30 hrs. This is in order to stagger the number of attendees inside the venue across the whole event. 



  1. Each of the experienced mentors at the two-hour event will conduct up to six (6) fifteen-minute mentoring taster sessions. Participating mentors are drawn from: BAME in Games, Collaborative Consulting Group; Dovetail Games, Dream Reality Interactive, Google, Gram Games, Lionbridge, Media Molecule, Nyamyam, Preloaded, Ripstone, Small Jelly, Unity Technologies and Women in Games. Approximately thirty (30) mentors will participate in the event.



  1. The WIGJ Mentoring Sub-Group comprises:  Leigh Jackson, Coaching Technology Services Ltd (Sub-Group Lead); Marie-Claire Isaaman, WIGJ (WIGJ CEO); Kish Hirani, BAME in Games (BAME CEO); Gemma Johnson-Brown, Dovetail Games; Vicky Smalley, Small Jelly.



  1. Women in Games (WIGJ) - http://www.womeningames.org/ - is a not-for-profit organisation which works to recruit more women into the games industry and to support those already in the industry. It also campaigns to ensure individuals and businesses understand that a more diverse workforce leads to greater productivity and financial success. It was founded in August 2009 as Women in Games Jobs and incorporated as a “not for profit” or Community Interest Company under the UK’s Companies Act 2006 in 2011. The organisation is managed by a part-time CEO, two volunteer Deputy CEOs and a volunteer, 23-person, Board. Membership of the organisation is free and has reached 5,400 globally of whom over 1,000 are in the UK. The organisation works on a host of initiatives including research, mentoring, networking, videogames ambassadors, but receives no general funding and is dependent on a small amount of event-related or initiative-specific income to run events like its flagship European Women in Games Conference each September.



  1. Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Unity’s powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including Unity Ads, Unity Analytics, Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Collaborate, Unity Connect and Unity Certification. Unity Technologies serves millions of registered developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit www.unity3d.com  and to see the latest games and experiences created in Unity, go to  madewith.unity.com.



  1. For further information, contact either Leigh Jackson on 0794 655 7399 or coachingtechnologyltd@gmail.com or Kish Hirani on 07983 649114 or kish.hirani@bameingames.org .  
Women in Games WIGJ is a not for profit organisation that works to recruit more women into the games industry and to support those already in the industry. It also campaigns to ensure individuals and businesses understand that a more diverse workforce leads to greater productivity and financial success. For more information visit: http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/
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