Women in Games International is Mixing It up in Sydney

    WIGI Presents Networking for Interactive Entertainment Pros October 20Th

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 15 /CNW/ - Women in Games International
(WIGI), a non-profit organization in the interactive entertainment industry,
will be hosting its first community mixer and networking event in Australia on
Saturday, October 20th. These world-wide events are held as a way to encourage
local members to get to know professional peers and to spend a relaxing
evening socializing. Admission is free. Appetizers and beverages are offered.

    "We're spreading WIGI around the world, " says Sheri Graner Ray, Chair of
Women in Games International's Steering Committee. "We're excited about the
robust reception that this series has received. It's clear that the industry
has wanted a way to connect to its community - both local and global. We're
proud to sew seeds in a new continent."

    Past mixers have been held in Austin, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and San

    Details for event is as follows:
    Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 pm
    AB Hotel
    Crn Glebe Point Rd and Bridge Rd
    Glebe NSW
    2037, Australia
    RSVP Here: anella100@hotmail.com

    We're also putting out a call for event volunteers - it's a great way to
introduce yourself to Vancouver's vibrant interactive entertainment community.
Please click here for the volunteer form.


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    This unique and first time, industry networking event is proudly
sponsored by Team Bondi, TAFE NSW, AIE (Canberra), Autodesk Australia and Game
Developers' Association of Australia with donations from Ubisoft Australia.

    (More sponsors are needed! Please reply if you can help with a cash or
swag donation!)

    About Our Sponsors

    TAFE - The Design Centre D

    The Design Centre 3D is part of the Sydney Institute, a division of TAFE
NSW, and one of Australia's leading and best established educational
practitioners in the field of digital FX. Founded in 1997, this award-winning
college has established a reputation for excellence and an enduring
relationship with industry. http://www.sit.nsw.edu.au/enmore/

    Autodesk Australia

    Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its
introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest
portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers
experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on
Autodesk for the tools to visualise, simulate and analyse real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
visit http://south-apac.autodesk.com/.


    Since its establishment in 1996, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment
(AIE) has earned much recognition as Australia's leading educator for the
Computer Game Development and 3D Digital industries. AIE has grown
significantly in the past 10 years and now has campuses in Melbourne and

    AIE continues to contribute to the development of the Games and
interactive industries in Australia as an active founding member of the
Australian Game Developers Association, and is involved in consulting both
government and other education institutions on policy and content. In 1999,
AIE initiated the Australian Games Developers Conference and, in 2005,
organised Australia's first academic and secondary schools summits on games



    The Game Developers' Association of Australia (GDAA) was established in
December 1999. Today, the association comprises corporate members from game
development companies and educational institutions, associate corporate
members (in service sectors that support the industry), individuals and

    The main purpose of the GDAA is to increase the profile of the Australian
electronic games industry both domestically and internationally in order to:

    --  Promote the growth of the game industry in Australia

    --  Represent the interests of GDAA members

    --  Attract capital and publishers from offshore and increase local

    --  Retain and attract the talent that exists in the local industry

    --  Promote a sense of community within the industry


    Team Bondi

    Team Bondi is an independent developer producing titles for
next-generation consoles.

    Team Bondi was founded by Brendan McNamara, the former Director of
Development for Sony Computer Entertainment's Team Soho Studio in London and
the writer and director of The Getaway, which has gone on to sell over 4
million units on the PlayStation(R)2 console.


    Women in Games International

    Women in Games International was founded in 2005 in response to a growing
demand around the world for the inclusion and advancement of women in the game
industry. Women in Games International is managed by a steering committee
comprised of like-minded individuals, is supported by corporate and media
sponsors, and directed by a global advisory board.

    For more details regarding Women in Games International, contact the WIGI
PR Committee at press@womeningamesinternational.org, or contact PR Committee
Chair Brooke Warner at bwarner@womeningamesinternational, or visit their web
site at www.womeningamesinternational.org. Or contact
press@womeningamesinternational.org for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Women in Games International Brooke Warner,
Public Relations Chair, 443-562-3927

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