I was invited to speak at Microsoft’s Women in Gaming Event where I spoke to a room full of women and college students who were interested in getting involved in the field. My background is not in gaming, nor it is in game development, so I was a bit of a different breed of speaker at the event.
Instead, I focused on how my curiosity and love of exploring new technology lead me to end up making a handful of games in my spare time and experimenting along the way. I discussed how I first became interested in games as an educational tool by creating a text-based narrative about the school-to-prison pipeline. I then became more involved with events like Global Game Jam and Facebook Instant Game Jam where I focused on narrative writing, game experience, and how to improve the art creation process.