Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers, and Innovators (WIMIn) held an ideathon from January 28-29th, 2017, to inspire University of Waterloo students, alumni, and faculty to collaborate in developing world-changing ideas that could lead to potential products, businesses, and a shift in mindset on pressing social issues.
The Games Institute staff, faculty, and student members showed strong support of this initiative by serving as mentors throughout this weekend long event in January 2017. Interacting with, and encouraging the young female entrepreneurs in attendance, GI members were able to provide insight on a range of topics from gender representation, film production, and media analysis, to user experience and game design.
As WIMIn builds on the University of Waterloo's commitment to the United Nation's HeForShe campaign, Dr. Neil Randall (Director) and Dr. Mark Hancock (Associate Director) of The Games Institute participated as mentors.
Apart from serving on the mentor team, GI Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Administration, Agata Antkiewicz, was an invited speaker on the Ideas Panel to kick off the weekend. Discussing global affairs and networking, her expertise was shared with the event attendees, along with the other industry leaders on the panel, to spark innovative ideas.
The Games Institute team is grateful for the opportunity to participate in these inspiring events at the university. More information regarding Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers, Innovators can be found on their website and their Facebook page.
Images provided by Syliva Pond Photography.