Bianca Fogah wanted to work in games for a long time thinking it was unachievable and through BAME in games mentoring programme she joined in November 2021 as a freelancer. She has worked with Etch Play, Lovewish, YRSTruly and Alteredgene before taking on a full-time role with Modern Wolf. She specialises in Marketing and content creation with a love for expressing mediums through words. She is passionate about increasing diversity in the games industry, through supporting BiG, working for a progressive publisher, being a Women in Games Ambassador and having spoken on a panel for UKIE's #RaiseTheGame IWD panel.
One of the key pillars of any diversity & inclusion organisation or internal company initiative would be to make sure that the majority who are in positions to make a difference by simply providing allyship get the opportunity to do so. If we look at the latest industry census and see just 11% of the industry is underrepresented ethnicities then why exclude the 89%, out of which majority are allies, who also want to have a diverse and inclusive industry to foster diverse thinking leading to more innovative and inclusive products?
Mentoring is one easy way to empower the majority to be involved in inspiring the future diverse generations rather than feeling the need to help but not doing so by assuming getting involved would mean taking up the space from an underrepresented ethnicity. Join us on this roundtable where we want to discuss making diversity and inclusion something everyone who cares about can and should be empowered to be involved via allyship and mentorship. We will also discuss and share good practices on running internal diversity groups or if your company is large enough then how to help your company's diversity officer to foster a more inclusive work environment.
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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.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
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
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
It’s fantastic to have such an event that provides this opportunity for all the game devs, indie devs and other organisations to get together to showcase what they do, meet and interact.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
People should come to Develop because it’s where the UK games industry meets.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
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 are many ways you can be part of Develop:Brighton - including taking a booth in the Expo or choosing one of the many sponsorship opporunities during the event or at the Star Awards.Contact us now!