IGDN Metatopia Sponsorship!
We did it! We've raised enough to bring a second diverse designer to Metatopia through the IGDN's program. That means that we'll have the funds to make it possible for two designers to come to Metatopia: a free badge, a free room, and money for travel to make it to the convention FOR TWO PEOPLE. I'm seriously grinning ear to ear. :D
We're also proud to announce that we're partnering with Games to Gather, a local Portland organization, to bring a third designer as well. Games to Gather is pioneering a new model, splitting costs with us and working to find local talent that might not hear about us on G+. So exciting!
Huge thanks to +Whitney Beltrán
, +Jahmal Brown
, +Ajit George
, +Julia Ellingboe
, +Misha B
, +Ariana Ramos
, +Anna Kreider
, +Sarah Richardson
, +Liz C.
, +Stacy Dellorfano
, +Rowan Cota
, +Kira Magrann
, +Mo Jave
, +Filamena Young
, +Brianna Sheldon
, +Emily Care Boss
, +Chris Chinn
, +Jessica Hammer
, +Meguey Baker
, +Tracy Hurley
and more (sorry if I missed you!) for helping to get the word about about diversity issues in gaming through Gaming as Other, Contessa, Gaming as Women, and other organizations. You all definitely should take credit for helping folks to see what it takes to build a diverse community, and making it possible for the IGDN to act on the momentum you've built.
And we're not done. If we can raise $1,000... we'll add one more designer to the list, making it a total of four designers that will join us at Metatopia. That's practically a cohort. So please get the word out; we're just a few donations from a record-breaking year for this program!
Here's what you can do to help right now:
1) Find a designer you think deserves this sponsorship and MAKE THEM APPLY. Seriously. Hound them. Bother them. Ask them again and again to get an application in and make their game real. Don't be a jerk (obviously) but make sure they know that we need them to make this program work. We literally can't do it without them.
2) Spread the word. Email 3 people about it that might be donors or applicants. Post on Facebook. Post here on G+. Shout it from the rooftops and let folks know this program is coming together.
3) Donate. Even just $20 can help push us to where we need to go pretty fast. If you want diverse games, make an investment now to seeing those games come to life through a support network of game designers at Metatopia.
And when you've done some of those things, come back to this thread and tell us about them! Let's celebrate together these positive steps toward making our community more diverse! :D
Here's to hoping this spark turns into a bonfire!