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  • Thursday
    Jan 20 2022
    PDXWIT Presents: LGBTQ+ in Tech: Authentic Representation in the Gaming Industry


    Registration through Zoom is required to gain entry to this virtual event

    The wise video game director of “Tell Me Why,” Florent Guillaume said, “...authentic representation was crucial, in part, because video games can put you in the shoes of characters that you don't necessarily relate to.” Gaming is a big industry. With representation from all over the world, it takes more than just code to represent the authenticity of a character within a game. It also means that the people creating it are well represented in order to provide as accurate a representation of the cultures and behaviors enacted within a game.

    Join PDXWIT for this panel discussion to learn more about how game acculturation is changing the gaming industry and what it takes to create characters and stories that you and I can relate to in a virtual environment.

    Facilitated by Crystal Sincoff and Hazel Valdez, you will hear from Kate Edwards, Executive Director of Global Game Jam, as well as game developers including Lauren Lizardo and Zach Deocadiz as they discuss what’s happening in the gaming industry today.

    You will also hear from our host and find out if they have open positions.

    Agenda: 12:00 p.m. - Event opens/networking 12:05 p.m. - Introductions 12:10 p.m. - Panel discussion begins 12:50 p.m. - Q&A 1:00 p.m. - Event ends

    Purpose: PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

  • Wednesday
    Jul 14 2021
    Dismantling For-Profit Prisons through Technology Solutions


    Design and technology agency Work & Co will be joined in conversation with Ameelio, a nonprofit technology company transforming prison communications. Ameelio is a recipient of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Award for lowering barriers to communication for incarcerated people —which can otherwise be prohibitively expensive. Work & Co is partnering with Ameelio to help build free-to-use technology with the goal of creating a more humane corrections system.