Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit in Games & Job Festival

Digital Only: December 9, 2020


The game industry has been rocked in the past few months by the turmoil of politics, the Black Lives Matter movement and the #MeToo outbreak on social media. These events have awakened people to issues of racial and gender justice, and they have created a unique opportunity for us to pay attention and learn.

We recognize that everybody has to be a part of this change, and we want to keep the conversation that started in the streets and on the forums going. Indeed, one day we’ll look back on this time and see that we did the right thing. And it shouldn’t be this hard. Diversity is a long game, but it doesn’t have to be. We can agree that a diversity of perspectives and experiences will help make any product better. We see that when we diversify our work forces that we’ll see better representation of all people in our games. If we look back at the games that predated GamerGate and look now at the diverse cast of games like The Last of Us Part II, we can see how much has changed. We can celebrate progress, but we still have far to go to reach justice, equity, fairness, and decency.  We can agree that giving everybody a chance to make a contribution and express themselves — that will set us all free to do our best work. At this moment in time, we’ve been given a chance to change things. Let’s do something. 


8:00 AM PT

Women in Games Breakfast Panel

9:00 AM PT

Opening Remarks & Sponsor Welcome

9:10 AM PT

Mainstage Sessions

9:55 AM PT

Women in Games Report Back

10:05 AM PT

Networking Break

10:20 AM PT

BIPOC in Games Brunch Panel

11:20 AM PT

Mainstage Sessions

12:05 PM PT

BIPOC in Games Report Back

12:15 PM PT

Closing Remarks

12:20 PM PT

Jobs Festival

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Women have made incredible inroads in the gaming industry, but there is still a lot of ground to cover and battles to be won. VentureBeat is hosting the Women in Games Breakfast focusing on the growing roles of women in the industry.

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VentureBeat continues its commitment to shining a spotlight on growing diversity and inclusion in the AI and games communities at large with a dedicated panel and networking session for BIPOC leaders and allies. This online brunch will be a digital meet-and-greet for all.

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This year VentureBeat will be hosting a job festival for high-level candidates. Candidates from all over the world from various backgrounds can apply for open positions that our participating organizations have.

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Past Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speakers

Will Griffin

Chief Ethics Officer

Ayodele Odubela

Data Scientist

Justin Norman

Vice President of Data Science

Yakaira (Kai) Núñez

Senior Director, Research, & Insights, Platform Products

Krystal Maughan

PhD Candidate with focus on ML, Differential Privacy & Provable Fairness
University of Vermont

Rodney Sampson

Executive Chairman & CEO

A Note From VentureBeat

VentureBeat seeks to create virtual and physical spaces and platforms in which and upon which diversity, equity, and inclusion can flourish. VentureBeat recognizes that all people have implicit biases that affect our views of and interactions with people of other affinity groups, and that both individuals and institutions have a responsibility to consciously and aggressively ameliorate those biases through thought, policy, and action.

Read Vb’s full dei Statement