IWD - Diversity in Games

The Vaults, Dogpatch Labs, CHQ, IFSC, D1, Dublin
Tue, 08th Mar 2016 18:30 till 20:30

Workshop details Beginners


In celebration with International Women's Day, we are delighted to announce an evening with folks involved in the games industry as professionals, entrepreneurs, makers, crafters and gamers talking or showcasing what they do for a living or a hobby or both! A big thanks to Dogpatch Labs for hosting our event and Digit Games Studio for sponsoring refreshments afterwards.

The evening will be followed by food and a chance to talk to the the speakers and other people in the games industry.

Come join us and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the games world, it's not that much different than you expect, or maybe it would be so amazing, you want to get involved!

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Jen Carey

Jen is a Dublin based game maker with a background in development, writing and acting. After leaving college she worked in a number of companies, most recently at the Irish middleware company Havok, as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Towards the end of last year she took the dive into independent development and is working on a number of projects. Some of which will be finished soon, others... let's not talk about them. In her talk she will be explaining a bit about the place of QA in the industry, what the job is like and where it can lead. You can find her @jen_carey_ on twitter or check out www.ficklegames.com

Tracey McCabe

One cold and miserable January morning, Tracey decided to pack in her old life and take her ten years of development experience into games and on the road. Since then she's been travelling and remotely developing. Tracey is lead programmer with Spooky Doorway, an Irish indie games studio, currently developing The Darkside Detective, a micro-adventure game being developed for PC and consoles in which you help Detective Francis McQueen investigate bizarre bite-sized cases. In her talk, she will give you an overview of how one of these cases is put together, start to finish.

You can follow her nonsense at spiderwinkle.com and @FarrellyTracey.

Anne-Sophie Mongeau

Anne-Sophie has been working on game audio with independent videogame studios since 2012, both designing and integrating sound. Her background in music and sound studies (Master's degree in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh) has led her to be involved in projects of many different natures, including short films, animations, documentaries as well as interactive audio visual installations. She is now working as game audio engineer on a AAA title at Digit Games Studios. When Anne-Sophie is not sound designing, she can be found playing music, giving practical workshops and talks on game audio, or participating in experimental audio visual projects.

More about: Anne-Sophie Mongeau

Jas Panaich

Two years ago, Jas stumbled through the doorway of Live Operations at Riot Games and left the corporate suit behind. She's progressed as a Team Lead of Network Operations Center for a globally distributed team who strive to protect the total player experience. They get involved in a pinnacle aspect which all online games have in common; keeping live services alive to allow gamers to game all day, every day. She'll prop the door open to her world of Live Operations to share a gleam of what goes on behind the scenes of maintaining the health of a globally played game and how it unfolds when things go wrong.


Charlene Putney

Charlene writes for Larian Studios. When she's not doing that, she teaches RPGs and interactive narrative at DIT, teaches yoga and writes speculative fiction. Catch her on Twitter: @alphachar. www.alphachar.com

Elaine Reynolds

Founder & CEO of @Simteractive, a Dublin-based mobile sim game studio, co-founder @imirt_ie, ex-Lionhead & Traveller's Tales. You can find her at @elaine_reynolds.


Time Events Room
18:30 - 19:00 REGISTRATION
19:00 Welcome/Introductions by Aphra Kerr & Vicky Twomey-Lee
19:05 - 19:15 Ann Sophie Mongeau (Digit Games Studio)
19:15 - 19:25 Elaine Reynolds (Simteractive)
19:25 - 19:35 Jen Carey
19:35 - 19:45 Jas Panaich (Riot Games)
19:45 - 19:55 Charlene Putney
19:55 - 20:05 Tracey McCabe (Spooky Doorway)
20:05 - 21:00 Refreshments, networking and game demos
21:00 Event Ends

Useful resources

Ticket sales have ended.

Thank you

Dogpatch Labs for Hosting

Dogpatch Logo (smaller)

Dogpatch Labs is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and a culture of innovation, and provides a foundation for start-ups go to grow and scale and is crucial for supporting the continued growth of early stage innovation in Ireland.


Digit Game Studio for Food and Drink

Digit Games Logo

Founded in 2012, DIGIT is a cross-platform game developer based in Dublin, Ireland. We are the largest game developer in the country with an international team of experienced, passionate game-makers. Our first game, Kings of the Realm, was launched in September 2014 and is available on browser, iOS, Android and Windows.


Silicon Republic for Media Partner

Since going online in 2001, Siliconrepublic.com has gone from being Ireland’s No 1 resource for technology news, with countless awards to its name, to one of the leading online publications in Europe with over half-a-million pageviews each month and growing. We have become the ‘go to’ destination for those seeking to be informed on all things tech and innovation in Ireland, Europe and further afield.

Inspirefest 2016 is a two day international event that connects professionals interested in the future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with new perspectives on innovation, leadership and success. Plus unique networking at our exciting Fringe Festival taking place from 30 June - 2 July, 2016. Details: http://inspirefest.com/


Imirt for Partner


Imirt represents people making games in Ireland. The focus is very much on game creators (e.g. programmers, artists, designers, writers, music, sound engineers etc.) rather than non-development sectors of the games industry (e.g. academia, middleware, customer support, localisation etc.)


Want to sponsor us?

Contact Vicky Twomey-Lee at vicky@codinggrace.com


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Q. A lot of our events are female-friendly events, we have enquiries asking if other genders are welcome as well?

YES. You are welcome. Events we run or partner in are diversity friendly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at contact@codinggrace.com.

Refunds (Only applicable if this is a PAID event)

Full refunds until 24 hours before the event.

If there are not enough people signed up to the event, I will be in touch to refund you.

If you have any other questions

You can contact Vicky Twomey-Lee by emailing vicky@codinggrace.com.


Vicky Twomey-Lee http://about.me/whykay

Pythonista, but normally found organising various tech events, and now heavily involved in diversity initiatives like Coding Grace, PyLadies Dublin, and Women in Technology and Science (WITS Ireland).


Vicky Twomey-Lee || +353 86 150 2003 || vicky@codinggrace.com

About Coding Grace

Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some of us code full-time, or just for fun (or both). We have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more…
We provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by majority female instructors.
We aim to provide a support network for people from all backgrounds and hope our outreach will help bring those who are interested in code development together and learn from one another.