Recently the 2018/2019 AIAS Foundation scholars attended the 2019 D.I.C.E. Summit for an all-expense paid trip to the annual executive leadership conference. Before the start of the conference the scholars were provided a day of professional workshop training, including courses on professional communications, biography review and networking tips.
Scholars had a chance to flex their learnings throughout the week with specially scheduled breakfast and lunch Q&As with industry leaders, evening networking events, roundtables and workshops. Additional highlights included attending the speaking line-up in person and an opportunity to attend the 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, the premier peer-based industry Awards Show.
The 2018/2019 Scholars included:
Select Testimonials from the 2018/2019 AIAS Foundation Scholars on the D.I.C.E. Experience
Some of my favorite conversations at D.I.C.E. took place during the breakfast and lunch Industry Q&As. While the Industry Q&As were specifically for the AIAS Scholars, they were really meaningful. It was incredible that folks took the time to sit with us and answer our questions with a candidness I did not expect. Their sincerity has motivated me to continue to speak openly about matters regarding representation in the game development industry and game studies field. -WomenIN Student Scholar Emperatriz Ung
As a young professional in the video games industry, the DICE Summit was a rewarding and valuable experience. I was able to rub shoulders with founders, CEOs, game directors, executive producers, and artists of all disciplines. To have this level of exposure into the industry is a catalyst and will set me up for success. I now have insight into how to achieve a successful career in many disciplines. -Mark Beaumont Early Professional Scholar Alex Hartung
I cannot explain how humbled and honored, I am to have been a part of this event. Since the event, not a day has gone by thinking about how to give back to the future of the games industry. Attending D.I.C.E. has helped me forge wonderful and lasting relationships with some amazing people and for that I am eternally grateful! -Randy Pausch Student Scholar Clayton D’Mello
My favorite part of DICE was meeting my mentor. We spent several hours talking about design, development, production, and the industry. We spoke about daily creative struggles and communication. The one on one time was invaluable to me, as we directly discussed what it really meant to be a game designer. My mentor shared his experience as an industry leader and innovator in lessons I’ll use in my own work. His compassion and encouragement have left a lasting impact on me. -WomenIN Student Scholar Rachel Moeller