Saturday, March 28, 2009

Microsoft Women in Gaming Luncheon at GDC 2009

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Microsoft Women in Gaming Luncheon at the W Hotel on Wednesday. It was the first annual luncheon celebrating and honoring women in the video game industry. This is a quick summary of the proceedings.

After lots and lots of talking with the many attendees in the lobby, we moved into the dining room. Very early on in the program, Fiona and I made the "official announcement" about GameMentorOnline, which was awesome. What an amazing crowd to be talking about mentoring with -- attendees responded well, and I spoke with several people at the end of the program about signing up as mentors! Hooray!

Lunch was tasty -- a beet and goat cheese salad was served to start, followed by roasted chicken with potatoes. An excellent chocolate mousse cake, served with coffee, completed the meal. The W Hotel definitely provided delicious food and a pleasant atmosphere for the luncheon.

The best part of the event was the award ceremony to recognize the contributions of women in the art, design, programming, and production areas of the industry. The complete list of winners can be found in this Edge Online article. I was excited and proud to see my colleague Robin Hunicke amongst the honorees; she is so great -- no number of accolades can truly measure her awesomeness.

In summary, it was a great event. Karen Randhawa and the entire team at Microsoft put on an excellent event, and deserve BIG kudos for the successful luncheon!

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