IGGI on Industry Impact
As the Easter Break is approaching fast, IGGI Year 1 students can report the successful conclusion of the last in a total of four modules: The Impact and Engagement Training. The course (usually held at Queen Mary University of London) was online this year, running over two weeks. The module encourages students to explore the potential impact of their research on the games industry in view of different aspects such as creativity, society, culture, economy, politics, etc. Students discuss feasibility and effectiveness of available engagement tools that can be utilised to create and maximise the envisaged impact.
Rooted in the real-world, in true IGGI style, the training included talks by a wide range of invited guest speakers who brought their experience and expertise to the (virtual) table. On that note, a MASSIVE THANKS goes to AI Factory, Women in Games, BAME in Games, Sony, Game Republic, Fusebox Games, Player Research, UKIE, aiandgames.com, and Science Fiction author Matthew de Abaitua for their insightful talks and for representing the industry’s multifaceted perspective. A shoutout also to the IGGI academics and PhD students who contributed!
Here is some feedback from IGGI students:
“Through the Impact and Engagement Module, I realised that industry is seeking talented people and researchers as much we are looking for interesting placements, and also that I need to establish an online presence in order to showcase my skills.”
“Personally, I felt like all of the speakers were of consistently super high quality. Each one of them was both very engaging in terms of their presented content, but they also felt like they were very engaged and excited by our cohort and by IGGI, which was very gratifying. In fact, the main positive takeaway for me of the whole module was how many different important groups and stakeholders cared about our research and could be influenced by it, from industry leaders, marginalised communities, funding bodies and so on. Being a researcher can sometimes feel a bit isolated and detached, especially during Covid, and I found the experience of having all these experts coming in and showing such a genuine interest while offering helpful insights good for addressing this isolation.”
“The guest-speakers were very interesting and gave excellent insights on how our research might impact industry. The module was organised very well.”