Embark on an exhilarating exploration of the career pathways at the intersection of Computer Science (CS) + Gaming with NCWIT! This panel discussion delves into the exciting gaming industry where technology meets the immersive world of video games! Both panelists are members of the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community and industry innovators who will share the details of their journey into the competitive realm of video game design, and information about where they found resilience, creativity, and determination while building their careers.

Meet the distinguished panelists:

Ashley Chu is a software engineer at Datadog who recently graduated from University of California, Berkeley where she studied Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Art History. To learn more about her, visit her GitHub page.

Valencia Coleman is an Associate Gameplay Engineer at Owlchemy Labs. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Interactive Media and Game Design. To learn more about her, check out her AiC Impact Award spotlight!

Ashley and Valencia share the personal insights, triumphs, and challenges they encountered on their paths to success. From navigating male-dominated spaces to overcoming imposter syndrome, they will offer invaluable wisdom and advice for aspiring technologists looking to make their mark in the gaming world. Whether you’re a budding game designer or simply curious about the untold stories of video game animators and programmers, this webinar promises to enlighten, empower, and inspire. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women in gaming and learn from the experiences of two remarkable technologists. Register now and get inspired by these tales of discovery, inspiration, and empowerment.

About the new CS+ series Computing + Passion = Careers of the Future Hear students, educators, researchers, and professionals talk about their experiences with combining computer science and other interests (CS+) — such as dance, sports, medicine, and other industries — and learn how computing is embedded in what they do. Whether you’re a current student who is curious about future possibilities, a recent grad seeking career inspiration, or an aspiring professional looking for guidance, these webinars are designed to empower you with knowledge, insight, and a sense of belonging in these innovative fields. To see recordings of past CS+ presentations on topics including social good, environmental impact, and more, visit the NCWIT Media Hub at ncwit.org/media.

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