The Amplifying New Voices Bootcamp put on by the Diversity in Games Alliance is a one-day bootcamp course for 36 professionals. They will be taught how to grow and emerge as leaders in the industry. Coaches will provide one-on-one and group training for presentations, media training, public speaking and more.
The workshop is fully sponsored and will provide a travel stipend of $1,000 to all attendees to ensure the bootcamp is inclusive to all backgrounds. All meals will also be provided, including an optional happy hour/light dinner after the workshop. The bootcamp coincides with the Games Developers Conference, and everyone accepted to the diversity bootcamp will get a free full registration to GDC.
The Diversity in Games Alliance is looking for applicants who are mid-career in games and VR development who can offer diverse perspectives that are not widely represented in the industry. Here are some specific guidelines of what they’re looking for in an applicant:
- 4+ years in the games, VR, and/or entertainment industries
- 2-3+ titles/projects shipped or work-in-progress
- A developer role, including game design, software engineering, art, animation, production, audio design, etc.
- Represents diversity of thought in the industry
- Fewer than 2-3 major speaking or media events
So far the confirmed coaches for the workshop are Liz Hamren (Head of Marketing at Oculus), Robin Hunicke (CEO of Funomena), Perrin Kaplan (Founder of Zebra Partners), Brian Sharp (Engineering Manager at Oculus), Caryl Shaw (EP at Telltale Games), and Tera Randall (Communications Manager at Oculus).
Applications are due by January 29th, and they will inform people of their decision by February 8th. You are also able to nominate people for the bootcamp. The Amplifying New Voices Bootcamp will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Sunday March 13, 2016. You can apply here.