Applications now open for GDC 2018 Game Changers!

Are you a Game Changer? Women in Gaming wants to send you to GDC 2018!

The call for entries to the 2018 Women in Gaming Game Changers contest is now open! If you are a female student or a new hire specializing in a gaming-related field, here’s your chance to win an GDC Conference + Summit pass and a VIP ticket to Xbox’s Women in Gaming Rally in San Francisco, California!

Last year, Xbox hosted its 17th annual Women in Gaming event during GDC. Over 400 in the game development community gathered to network, learn from one another, and reward each other for successes in the industry. In addition, Xbox sponsored 30 Game Changers, passionate women starting out in the games industry, to attend GDC as well as the Women in Gaming event. No doubt attending these events was a positive, rewarding and empowering experience to our Game Changers, as illustrated by these testimonials:

“Going to GDC, meeting amazing people from Microsoft, and learning from the best in the gaming industry is just a few of the benefits of being a “Game Changer.”  You become a part of a family, gaining continual support and mentoring from other women at all levels in the industry.  Being a “Game Changer” has opened up more than opportunities for me, it’s opened a community.”Cynthia Taylor

“Being a game changer was literally a life changing experience for me. Without the program I wouldn’t have been able to attend GDC, where I met some of the most amazing game developers and became friends with other awesome women in games. I also was able to get an internship in game dev from the conference which has now led to a permanent job. Being a game changer made it possible for me to achieve my dream job!”  – Dana Christo

Now is your chance to attend GDC and Xbox’s 2018 Women in Gaming Rally as one of our Game Changers. To participate in the contest, provide us with your name, age, school (or employer) and answer to the following question:

  • WHAT MAKES YOU A GAME CHANGER? Show us who you are and how you’re changing the game for women in technology.

Be creative – write an essay! Share a photo! Film a video! Create a GIF! Really show us anything that showcases YOU and your achievements as a woman with a passion for games! All you need to do is send your entry to by 11:59 p.m. PT on January 15, 2018 in order to qualify. 

Full submission details and criteria are available here. We want to call out some fine print details:

  • This contest is open to any self-identifying females, which includes but is not limited to cis-gender women, transgender women, and people of non-conforming genders.
  • Costs for travel, expenses and accommodations are not included as part of the contest prizes. Selected winners will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation to San Francisco.
  • The contest closes on January 15, 2018