Pixelles GDC Ensemble

Pixelles GDC Ensemble

Thanks to the GDC Scholarship Fund, Pixelles has all access passes for women (cis/trans), trans men and non-binary/genderqueer members of our community! We’re really excited to organize a “Pixelles Ensemble at GDC” group trip again this upcoming year!

What is GDC?
How does this work?
Applications Closed

What is GDC?

GDC stands for the Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco (California, USA) from February 27 – March 3, 2017. It’s one of the largest conferences on game development in the world and features panels, lectures, round tables, and tutorials on a variety of topics from AAA to indie to advocacy work.

There’s also lots of other fun events happening around the same time. You might have heard of Lost Levels, an unconference, outside in the park. Parties, social events and luncheons also take place during GDC. If you’re low on energy take a break in the Mild Rumpus or enjoy the San Franciscan weather.

How does this work?

If your application is accepted you’ll receive a free all-access pass to GDC 2017. You’ll then head out to the conference for a full week of game dev talks and activities with a fun, friendly group of other games folks! While Pixelles and the GDC Scholarship Fund 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 GDC 2017 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!


You’re eligible to apply if:

  • identify as a woman (cis/trans), trans man or as non-binary/genderqueer
  • interested / currently in games as a career, hobbyist, artist, student, journalist/critic, advocacy, or form of personal expression
  • legally allowed to travel to the United States
  • understand and communicate in English
  • agree to our safer space policy

If you have any questions about your eligibility status or about GDC please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@pixelles.ca. We’ll be happy to chat with you!

Applications Closed

Thank you to everyone who applied! We hope to get back to you by early December 2016.


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!

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 cis-gendered 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 cis-gendered man there are other GDC Scholarship opportunities, organized by various groups, which you’re welcome to apply for (if you are elibigible): http://www.gdconf.com/attend/scholarships.html.

What if I wear dress, lipstick, and heels? Can I apply then?
You can wear whatever you want but if you still identify as a cis-gendered man then you are still not eligible to apply. Please do not make this “joke” with us. It’s not funny as gender identity is a very personal experience and we ask that everyone respect that. By applying, you attest to your identity as a woman (cis/trans), non-binary/genderqueer, or trans man.

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.

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 and your role is integral to those in production. Please do apply!

I haven’t made any games yet but I definitely want to get started! Can I apply? Is it beneficial for me to attend GDC?
Yes, you can definitely still apply. There are a wide variety of topics being talked about at GDC. We encourage you to check the schedule, make sure there are sessions you’d like to attend and then apply! Hopefully this experience encourages you to take that next step and jump into game-making!

When will I hear back?
You should receive a response from us by early December. GDC is a week long event taking place from February 27 to March 3rd, 2017. We encourage you to schedule your absence from work, school, etc before then to make sure you can attend the conference.

If I applied for the DMG Convoy, IGDA, I Need Diverse Games or any other GDC Scholarship opportunity, can I apply for the “Pixelles Ensemble at GDC”?
Yes, 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 can not be given to a friend, partner, or colleague.

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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