Mel Phillips previously worked for BAFTA - developing their Games Programme focusing on the BAFTA Young Game Designers Competition, launching the BAFTA Crew Games Programme and producing large scale events for BAFTA Members across the UK.
In 2019 Mel was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women Working in Games’ (Gi. Biz) and was one of ten people awarded for her ‘Services to Games’ by the H100 Club. Previously, she has been nominated for collaboration in the ‘Future Stars of Tech’ Awards (2018), ‘Digital Leader of the Year’ (2018) and was nominated for ‘Games Campaigner of Year’ at the MCV Women in Game Awards (2018) as well as securing a place on the Gi.Biz 100 Future Talent of the Games Industry List.
With a huge amount of media, government and educational attention focusing on the games industry, who is responsible for how these messages reach mainstream discussion? What is your responsibility within the games industry and how can we work together across the different stages of development to create more positive messaging surrounding games? What does the future of the games industry look like and what do we want to see going forwards?
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There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
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