International Women’s Day – Women in Computing

On International Women’s Day, we are proud to feature two women from our department: lecturer, Dr. Kate Devlin, and MSc Computer Games and Entertainment student, Ilenia Sparacino. Find out why Kate and Ilenia have been in the Goldsmiths’ news!

We are delighted that our very own Dr. Kate Devlin has been featured on Goldsmiths’ website as part of the student-led Visible Women Campaign:

“I have a huge amount of respect for the women who have shaped modern computing – from the women patch cable operators programming the early computers to fantastic individuals like Grace Hopper, who invented the first compiler. Women have made a wealth of contributions to my field and I am always reminded of them when faced with surprise at being a female in a rather male-dominated area.”

Read more from Kate here.

GAME5HACK: University-Industry Collaboration  – 1 March 2012
Ilenia Sparacino, MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment

What’s been the most challenging thing about the GAME5HACK event?
Making the game work. You can get past the tiredness with plenty of coffee; the challenge comes in overcoming the bugs to make the game playable and fun.

Tell us a little bit about the game you’ve created
It’s called ‘Defeat the Tweet’; the object of the game is to direct a 3D bird through the letters coming out of one of your previous tweets.

What has been the value of collaborating with world-renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi?
I’ve learnt how to work well as a team, working with professionals rather than just my fellow students. It was difficult at first but I soon adjusted to the environment.

What advice would you offer students considering taking the MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment at Goldsmiths?
If you like programming games then go for it. I’ve developed a broad skillset and had a chance to work alongside a diverse cohort.

More interviews with MSc students, plus info about the GAME5HACK event