Wednesday, September 21, 2011

iWDMS: Early Bird Registration Deadline THIS Friday!!!

©2011 Women in Film & Television - Toronto
For those of you with an interest in gender and media, digital media, and opening up opportunities in digital media production to more women and girls, please be sure to check out the upcoming International Women in Digital Media Summit (iWDMS), which will be held October 23-25 (2011) in lovely Stanford Ontario. Organized by Women in Film & Television – Toronto, this three-day conference aims to provide networking opportunities and knowledge sharing, panels and presentations by a variety of national and international digital media experts. Here's an excerpt from the summit website:

Why Women? From gaming, to social media, to cross-platform and transmedia storytelling, the digital media landscape is evolving to include the female demographic in key roles as consumers, producers and decision-makers. Featuring more than 50 high profile presenters, the iWDMS will explore the expanding roles and impact of women within digital media businesses. 

The roster of speakers is really amazing - including an opening keynote by Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), and an "in conversation" dinner with Ubisoft's Jade Raymond and Carolyn Lawrence (CEO at Women of Influence). I'm participating on a panel on New Media Literacies: The Role of Women in Creating Balances and Futures on day 2 of the conference with Ilona Dougherty (Co-founder and Executive Director of Apathy is Boring) and Kaliya Hamlin (Coproducer of the Internet Identity Workshop)...both of whom run such incredibly cool projects that I can't wait to hear more about. The event is starting to get some coverage from the media (e.g. in Techvibes), and promises to be a very unique and exciting event all around (with the added bonus of a bunch of extracurriculars, including an outing to a performance of Camelot and a pub night). 

The early-bird registration deadline is this coming Friday (Sept. 23), but regular registration will remain open for a few more weeks. Hope to see some of you there!

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