Pixelles GDC Ensemble

Pixelles GDC Ensemble

Thanks to the GDC Scholarship Fund, Pixelles has GDC Conference + Summits passes for women (cis/trans), trans men and non-binary/genderqueer folks in the games community! We’re honestly excited to organize another “Pixelles Ensemble at GDC” group trip and to announce our theme of Mid-Career Support.

What is GDC?
How does this work?
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What is GDC?

GDC stands for the Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco (California, USA) from March 19th to 23rd, 2018. It’s one of the largest conferences on game development in the world featuring panels, lectures, and roundtables on a variety of topics.

There’s also lots of other events happening around the same time too. Off-site parties, social events and luncheons also take place during GDC. If you’re low on energy take a break at the Mild Rumpus or enjoy the San Franciscan weather, in the park.

How does this work?

If your application is accepted you’ll receive a free GDC Conference + Summits pass. You’ll then head out to the conference for a full week of talks and activities with a friendly group of other games folks! While Pixelles and the GDC Scholarship Program provides the pass, you are responsible for costs associated with travel, lodging, food, etc. If you are applying please ensure you’ll be able to attend the full week of GDC and have the financial means to support your trip.

If it’s your first-time heading out to GDC or even visiting San Francisco, don’t worry! We’ll be there to guide you, point out the cheap (but delicious) food spots, share an Uber, set up a buddy system for social events and make sure you have a great time!

Theme: Mid-Career Support

For the third edition of Pixelles Ensemble, we want to support folks with a combined ~3+ years experience in games, by creating a more focused support group throughout the conference. Why? We noticed that there’s many scholarship programs available to students/new graduates but not much for people already mid-way through their games career.

If you’ve been making, working, teaching, community organizing or creating games as art for ~3+ years total then you are eligible to apply. These years don’t need to be all from one role or domain; adding them up is okay!

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have combined ~3+ years experience in games from:
    • employment in a studio (yes, non-production roles count!)
    • independent, freelance or contract worker
    • teacher or adjunct faculty (sorry, no tenured professors)
    • interactive, digital or fine artist creating “games”
    • employed in another field but making games independently
    • volunteer as a community organizer, diversity advocate, or non-profit/grassroots organizations related to games
    • Don’t see your experience in the list? Apply anyway!
  • Identify as a woman (cis/trans), non-binary, genderqueer or trans man
  • Legally allowed to travel to the United States
  • Understand and can communicate in English
  • Agree to our safer space policy

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Please don’t hesitate to write us at info@pixelles.ca if you have any more questions or need clarification on anything. We’ll be happy to answer you.

Q: Do I need to be located in Montréal, Québec?
No, you can be from anywhere in the world, as long as, you are legally able to travel to the United States. You are responsible for acquiring your own visa (if necessary), travel costs, and arrangements.

Q: Do I need to present/appear as feminine to be part of the scholarship program?
No, you don’t need to look feminine to be part of Pixelles Ensemble. You are 100% accepted and welcome no matter how you express your gender identity.

Q: I’m currently employed in the games industry but in HR, accounting, acquisitions, marketing, and/or other non-production roles. Can I still apply?
Yes, you are very much part of this games industry too. Your role is just as important and integral as those in production. Please do apply!

Q: I’m short just a few months of the 3 years requirement.
If you’re at 2.5, it’s okay if you round up. We won’t tell anyone. By the time GDC comes around, you’ll be practically there anyway.

Q: I’m not sure if what I’ve done or if my experience counts towards the 3+ years.
Apply anyway! But if it’d help you feel more confident, then feel free email us at info@pixelles.ca and we’ll happily chat about it with you.

Q: If I applied for the DMG Convoy, IGDA programs, I Need Diverse Games or any other GDC Scholarship opportunity, can I also apply for the “Pixelles Ensemble at GDC”?
Yes you can! We don’t discriminate if you applied for other opportunities but you will be awarded only 1 pass. This pass is non-transferrable so it cannot be given to a friend, partner, or colleague

Q: When will I hear back?
You should receive a response from us by early December. GDC is a week long event taking place from March 19th to 23rd, 2018. We encourage you to schedule your absence from work, school, etc before then to make sure you can attend the conference.

Q: Why can’t men apply for this?
We welcome applicants by trans men, gender neutral individuals who were AMAB, and folks who, at times, identify as a man. The games industry suffers from a lack of gender diversity and is primarily composed of cisgender men (those who were born a man and identify as a man). Pixelles’ mandate tries to encourage those gender identities who may feel marginalized by this industry. If you’re a cisgender man there are other GDC Scholarship opportunities, organized by various groups, which you’re welcome to apply for (if you are eligible): http://www.gdconf.com/attend/scholarships.html.

About Pixelles
Pixelles is a non-profit initiative committed to helping more women make and change games. We're based in Montreal, and have already succeeded in building a supportive community of game creators, both hobbyist and professional.

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