WIDGET (Women In Development (Games & Everything Tech)) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting those underrepresented in the fields of development and technology, specifically women (including women-identifying) creators across a range of disciplines. We support women developers by means of supplying resources, showcasing role models, and providing an encouraging space in which to ask questions and learn from others. WIDGET hopes to increase the number of women making awesome stuff in our culture and community.
WIDGET aims to achieve this by offering not only an online support base, but also a series of live events, ranging from themed education evenings, game jams for women who have never made a game before, hack nights, group mentoring sessions, and community outreach programs for young girls. Focusing on the personal relationship with the craft enables WIDGET to support all makers regardless of their place of work or level of experience.
While WIDGET’s focus is on helping women developers specifically, we advocate a spirit of inclusion in our wider communities, therefore upholding that spirit within the organisation itself is important. Anyone is free to enjoy the resources and blog posts WIDGET provides, but the curation will focus on aiding women specifically. WIDGET welcomes similar initiatives that cater to other underrepresented groups within the development community.
With the intention to become an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, WIDGET will spend its formative months moving towards that goal under the direction of two co-directors, Liah Clark and Leena van Deventer, along with the WIDGET steering committee and advisers.
Liah Clark is a Melbourne-based IT consultant who breaks things for a living. She is excited about helping to create something for a change.
Leena van Deventer
Leena van Deventer is a writer and game developer from Melbourne, who makes the best peppercorn sauce you’ll ever taste. She’s a keen public speaker and broadcaster, and as such has trouble shutting up when on a roll. Leena is currently writing a book intended to counter the moral panic some parents are pressured to feel about their children’s gaming habits.
Having been involved with making 8 games in the last 15 months, Leena’s looking forward to a quiet maternity leave filled with feminist activism, book writing, book reading, and probably something stupid like a short course she’ll immediately regret signing up for.
You can contact Leena via email at Leena@widgetau.org, or on twitter at @grassisleena.