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Friday, June 29 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Panel - Supporting Underserved Communities Through Events

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Events designed to support diverse game communities offer a chance to amplify new voices, support exciting new ideas, and encourage underrepresented creators. Join several event coordinators as they discuss how each of their events have served game creators from underrepresented communities in order to empower their attendees, strengthen the industry, and push toward a better future for games.

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Carol Mertz

Executive Director, PixelPop Festival
Carol Mertz is an independent game designer, Executive Director of indie game conference PixelPop Festival, and MFA candidate at the NYU Game Center.

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Shawn Allen

Artist. Writer. Game Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Releasing Treachery in Beatdown City in 2018. Organizer Game Devs of Color Expo. Always support #blackgamedev.
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Francesca Carletto-Leon

Ambassador and Coordinator, Girls Make Games
Francesca is an independent game developer who has been working with Girls Make Games for 4 years as an ambassador and coordinator. She is a co-founder of Contigo Games, a small studio focused on creating cooperative multiplayer experiences to bring players together, and is currently... Read More →
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Social Media Manager, Feminist Frequency
EMiSpicer is a 30-something good-for-nothing based out of NYC. She is best known for her work as a documentarian photographer, events organizer, and social media manager. She has been affiliated with groups such as Feminist Frequency, GameTheory, PlayDate, Babycastles, Different Games... Read More →
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Alejandra Villanueva

Student, New York University
Alejandra Villanueva is a rising senior at NYU who co-organized NYU’s Sex Positive Game Jam. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Digital Media with a minor in Game Engineering. She has been playing video games since she was kid and realized she wanted to create them... Read More →

Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 105