04 April 2017 - London, United Kingdom
-Epic Games, Creative Assembly, OPM Jobs, and Games London sponsor fourth Ukie Student Conference
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The fourth annual Ukie Student Conference will be bringing top names in the games industry to London South Bank University for the first time on Wednesday 5 April as part of the London Games Festival.
Over 200 students will attend the UK’s biggest student games conference to hear inspirational careers talks from all disciplines in the sector, covering programming, art, and design, as well as publishing roles in marketing, community management, games journalism and more. OPM Jobs will also be running a drop-in CV workshop area throughout the day for students to gain personalised, professional CV and portfolio advice, and interview tips from the OPM team.
The conference is designed to give students studying games courses unique insight about what it is like working in the games and how to build successful and lasting careers in the sector, as well as fostering valuable links between industry and academia.
Confirmed speakers for the Conference include:
Barog Games Lab
Press Space PR
The conference is free to attend for all students thanks to the event’s sponsors Epic Games, Creative Assembly, OPM Jobs and Games London.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “The Ukie Student Conference is a unique way for us to connect the industry with students looking to take the first steps into building successful careers in the industry. We’ve seen huge success from the Student Conference over the past three years so we’re delighted to be bringing it to London for the first time as part of London Games Festival. We’re proud to have a fantastic schedule of speakers sharing expertise, giving valuable advice and inspiring the students who will be joining the industry in the years to come.”
Senior Lecturer and Head of Games, Dr Siobhán Thomas said, “It is a privilege to be hosting Ukie’s Student Conference at London South Bank University. Our award-winning games degrees are taught in the heart of London and it is fantastic that we can share our central London location to bring world class games industry events like this to LSBU. It means the LSBU family is opening its doors to incredibly influential games industry leaders and, more so, to the remarkably talented students and course leaders from around the country.
“Epic Games are delighted to continue our long running support for the Ukie Student conference” added Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager at Epic Games. “It’s never been more important to make sure students are inspired and well prepared they join the industry and the UKIE conference is a fantastic opportunity for them to get their careers and studies off to a head start.”
Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, said, “As a leading AAA games studio, we recognise the importance of encouraging the next-generation of development talent, bringing new ideas and innovations to the industry. Ukie’s Student Conference is a fantastic opportunity to offer exclusive insights into games development and help people who are just starting out on their journey.
There are so many opportunities available for passionate and creative people within the industry, and our talented team get to share their experiences and offer expert advice at events like these.”
Kim Parker Adcock, Owner of OPM Jobs, added, “We’re very much looking forward to meeting the talent of the future at Ukie Student Conference South. The UK games industry is growing exponentially and home grown talent is the key to our future. Supporting these exciting students supports all of our futures and we’re thrilled to be involved.”
The full schedule is available here.
Videos of talks from last year’s Ukie Student Conference are available online here.
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About UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie)
Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. A not-for-profit, it represents businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR.
Ukie aims to support, grow and promote member businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by optimising the economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.
Ukie works closely with the sector to influence government and decision makers, lobbying successfully for the 2014 Video Games Tax Relief, the UK Games Fund, and the Next Gen Skills campaign which resulted in a new Computer Science Curriculum. Ukie makes connections for businesses and help them access the opportunities a digital economy offers, via a successful International Trade programme, running UK Games Industry stands at the biggest international industry events.
It promotes the industry by working with the media to raise awareness of the sector’s positive cultural and economic contribution, as well as the societal benefits of games. Ukie runs askaboutgames.com, where families can learn about safe and sensible online practices, parental controls and age ratings.
Ukie’s skills work serves to increase inclusion and diversity, advocating a STEAM approach to education. Initiatives include the Digital Schoolhouse (DSH), Video Games Ambassadors (VGAs), a Student Membership scheme, and a professional development programme.
Ukie commissioned the Blueprint for Growth report in 2015, an independent review of the UK games industry with recommendations for decision makers in Parliament for how the industry can grow.
In 2016 Ukie partnered with Film London to deliver Games London, a ground breaking new three-year programme to promote the UK as the games capital of the world, the focal point of which is the annual London Games Festival.
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