Game On Launch 2015

We are now living in the digital age, with thousands of people relying on technology in their everyday lives. However, it is so easy to use this smart technology without thinking of what it takes to make it work.

For many years creative technology fields have been male dominated, whilst women stay under-represented. It is crucial in this day and age to make women an equal part of the emerging digital creators as technology becomes more and more advanced.

To challenge this, we are launching the ‘Game On’ programme for 2015. This is a programme that encourages girls aged between 13-14 to get involved in creative technology through learning games development and coding skills.

This programme was originally created in 2014, with 11 girls participating. By the end of the programme, all of the participants built their own game, and worked through narrative, coding and testing.

This year the Game On project will return to Northamptonshire, and will help to support a group of 28 girls to learn basic coding and games development. They will participate in a range of workshops led by a group of women working in games development and creative technology, in a ‘hackathon’ style event.

The aim of this programme is to encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and to break down stereotypes by showing young people the creative potential of technology and play.

Follow the updates from the day on #GameOn15