Girl-powered Game-making


A special chapter of #HerDigitalVisions, #GirlsMakeGames was FREE 4-day game-making boot-camp offered to 8 self-identified women in March 2016.

Participants develop media + digital literacy skills while learning the basic elements of game-making, and exploring innovative ways to change the portrayal of women in games, and contribute to cultural shifts for those who make and play them.

Work + Process

Take a look at some of the games program participants have created, and see pictures of the program in process.

Word From Participants

Before this program I had never identified myself as a gamer… [this program] made me feel connected to the gamer community, and a call to responsibility for what goes on in the gaming community. I also learned how gaming can be used to shift culture; to be a tool to challenge the status quo… ive also learned a lot about meaningful youth engagement during the 4 days and what programming with minimal barriers looks like.

V Bui


Program Facilitators

Milena Droumeva - Facilitator

Milena is an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies at Simon Fraser University, specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies and sensory ethnography. She has a PhD in education and has worked extensively in educational research. At the Institute for Research on Digital Learning (York University), Milena worked a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014-2015) for the Think, Design, Play project investigating game development as an instructional tool for teaching computational literacy in the K-12 system. Currently, Milena also serves as an academic advisor for InWithForward, a social enterprise focused on creating grounded change in services for marginalized people and people with cognitive disabilities. Milena’s specialization in sound studies consists of over 14 years experience sound walking, sound recording, writing and thinking about sound. You can find her musings on that and other material goodies at http://natuaural.com.

Val - Lead Facilitator

Valérie d. Walker is a force of nature, alchemist of code, transmedia artist, educator, curator, Afro-Futuristic Indigo griot, Natural Dye Specialist, and radio maker. Valérie teaches Interactive & Social Media Arts/Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. V teaches surface design, material processes & fibre structures, computational arts (programming & electronics), radio, digital media culture & studio arts at all levels, most recently at Concordia University (Montréal) & NSCAD Univ. (Halifax), she regularly offers workshops at artist-run centers across Canada. She holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (software & hardware) from UC-Berkeley & MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University.Valérie’s research-based studio art practice blends craft-based techniques, sensorial-VR, environmentally beneficial fibre art processes, Indigo & other natural dyes, electronic circuits, solar power, griot memory & magical story-telling.

Mutya Macatumpag - Facilitator

MUTYA (moo-cha) MACATUMPAG (maca-toom-pag) is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves music, movement, film, theatre and visual arts within her professional practice as a creator, performer, facilitator and event producer. As a facilitator, Mutya is enlivened by opportunities to explore authentic exchange, leadership, world bridging, social justice, decolonizing ourselves, intertwining story, legacy and people empowerment. Mutya has worked with a variety of intergenerational, intercultural and youth-focused organizations across BC and the US and hopes to continue on this path of meeting people, collaborating, teaching, learning and performing on an International scale. She is a creative facilitator with Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC, PYE Global, IndigenEyez, Access to Media Education Society, Reel Youth and the Broadway Youth Resource Centre.  She is excited to work with AMES as part of the #GirlsMakeGames project on Galiano.  If you would like to connect with Mutya, please email her at findmutya@gmail.com.

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