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Friday, October 12

12:00 CEST

Welcome to the first Womenize! Games and Tech in Cologne!

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Petra Müller

CEO, Patron of Womenize! Cologne, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Petra Müller studied German philology, art history and ethnology at the University of Cologne. She began her career working in a strategic management consultancy firm in Cologne before transferring to the Adolf Grimme Institute in Marl as an academic assistant. At the Grimme Institute... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 12:00 - 12:15 CEST

12:15 CEST

Leadership, Motivation and Organization – What soccer and the games & tech industry can learn from each other
In a Fireside Chat, the football world cup champion Nadine Angerer talks about her unusual career, her current role as goalkeeping coach for the US women's football team Portland Thorns, on leadership, motivation and organization of a team.

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Nadine Angerer

Goalkeeping Coach, Portland Thorns
Nadine Angerer has played high class women's soccer for over 20 years. No female goalkeeper in the world can look at a similar collection of titles as she does and thanks to her international success Angerer was recognized as one of the world's best female goalkeepers. In 2015 she... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 12:15 - 13:00 CEST

13:00 CEST

Aren't you playing games the whole day anyway?
Ann-Kathrin Kuhls is an Online Editor for GamePro.de. While learning to write articles, she also experienced the change from print- to online journalism firsthand. In her talk, she describes the changes and challenges of her daily work life, what you need to become an editor, how she deals with deadlines and deadbeats and why journalism needs more dialogue.

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Ann-Kathrin Kuhls

Editor, GamePro
Ann-Kathrin Kuhls is working as an editor for GamePro. She started with an intern- and a traineeship at GamePro, then changed gears and worked in Brand Publishing, were she was a host and video editor for the YouTube channel gamez.de. Two years later she's back 'home' and writes reviews, columns and videos for GamePro. She also hosts events and shows on the website's twitch channel... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 13:00 - 13:30 CEST

13:30 CEST

Managing Indie Arena Booth
The talk tackles the questions how you can support your team in a stressful environment and how to build a community.


Anna Appenzeller

Project Manager, Indie Arena Booth
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Andreas Suika

General Manager, Indie Arena Booth
Andreas started his career more than 18 years ago at Blue Byte and worked there in different positions. As Tester, Data Wizard and Level Designer he had the chance to work on products like Battle Isle and Settlers 4. Settlers 5 and Settlers 6 he attended as Lead Game Designer. As... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 13:30 - 14:00 CEST

14:00 CEST

Family against career - France against Germany
Family or career: learnings from a career between two cultures. Prof Odile Limpach has worked in the game industry for more than 20 years in different positions.  In this impulse talk she will present a very personal view of the old dilemma family against career and give an insight in the cultural differences between France and Germany. 

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Odile Limpach

Professor, Cologne Game Lab
Professor Odile Limpach teaches economics and entrepreneurship for videogames at the Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln, Technical University of Applied Sciences. She is also co-founder of the Acceleration Program SpielFabrique 360° and works as a Strategic Consultant for games and serious... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 14:00 - 14:15 CEST

14:15 CEST

Women in eSports
Professional female players are still rare in eSports. Why is that? What can we do about it and what is the best approach? The speakers will discuss the current situation, analyze what changed during the past years and how eSports might evolve in the future. The focus is not only on female pro gamers, but also on the business in general and the community.

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Melek 'm3lly' Balgün

Event & TV Host, Freelance
Melek Balgün is a qualified IT professional with specialisation in System Integration. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Media/ IT Management and a Master's degree in International Marketing and Media Management. Melek used to be a professional gamer where she participated at the... Read More →
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Sara "Paleolite" Jakobsén

Pro Gamer, exceL Esports
Sara "Paleolite" Jakobsén has competed in the female League of Legends scene since 2015 and currently plays for exceL Esports. She has competed at events such as Dreamhack, ESWC and most recently, GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. She is also a Twitch Partner and streams avidly. Aside... Read More →

Kristina Müller

Head of Strategic Partnerships, ESL
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David Smith

Founder, Women in Games
David is the Founder of the Women in Games WIGJ and BAME in Games organisations. He is a Diversity Advocate and passionate about Women in Esports. He is also CEO of Interactive, specialising in global games executive search and diversity, particularly recruiting more women and minorities... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 14:15 - 15:00 CEST

15:00 CEST

Coffee Break
Time to grab some coffee!

Friday October 12, 2018 15:00 - 15:30 CEST

15:30 CEST

The Art of Giving - How to Build Your Network by Creating Value for Others
Most of us know that networking is essential, for both getting things done in our day-to-day jobs and for our longer-term career progression. But networking can be also intimidating, stressful and feel transactional.  In this talk Rotem will introduce a new way to network -instead of using people to get what you want, you can develop long-term, trusting relationships with essential connections – in which you give as much (or more) than you take.

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Rotem Carmely

Founder and CEO, Clustered
Rotem is the founder of Clustered, an online platform which provides support for women who are navigating their professional life abroad and a consistent awareness of the greater female community surrounding them. She strives to create a networking experience that allows women to connect with others by telling their... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 15:30 - 16:00 CEST

16:00 CEST

Our Recruiting sHeros and Heros
It's time for our awesome recruiters to present themselves on the stage:

  • Freaks 4U Gaming
  • Mediengründerzentrum NRW
  • Ubisoft Blue Byte

Friday October 12, 2018 16:00 - 16:15 CEST

16:15 CEST

Founding my own company!? What now? - 5 steps to kickstart your business
The talk tackles the important first steps needed to found a successful company. It contains a lot of questions, that you can answer for yourself to find out, if you should start your own company. And what you have to be aware of when embarking into this adventure! From business plan to bureaucracy and from management to money.  (Warning: This talk might include spreadsheets and lots of cute numbers!)

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Linda Kruse

Game Designer and Founder, the Good Evil
Linda Kruse is game designer and founder of the Good Evil GmbH. Before her M.A. in Game Development and Research, Linda graduated with a B.A. in Creative Producing. She has been working as producer, web designer and in film distribution. She lectures serious games at the Cologne Game... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 16:15 - 16:45 CEST

17:00 CEST

Recruitment & Networking
Get in touch with inspirational people, introduce yourself to exciting companies from the digital industries and have a drink.

Friday October 12, 2018 17:00 - 20:00 CEST
Saturday, October 13

13:00 CEST

Home Office or Self Employed - How to keep the work processes and the business going?
This workshop will equip you with some simple but important strategies on how to effectively organize yourself. Topics to be covered include time management, separation of business and private life, networking basics for introvert and timid talents.

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Ruth Lemmen

Co-Founder, Womenize!
Ruth Lemmen is co-founder of Womenize! Games and Tech, an action program fostering diversity in digital industries. Ruth is an experienced project and event manager and also working as a systemic coach for individuals and companies alike. Ruth has strong networking abilities and... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 13:00 - 14:00 CEST

13:00 CEST

#FemDevMeetup Board Game Jam
Game jams are a fun way to get the creative juices flowing and try out something new and unexpected. In this jam we will go „unplugged" and focus on board and card games. So we will take coding and bug fixing out of the equation. Instead we will deal with the challenge to create a simple, comprehendible ruleset and engaging player interaction.

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Ulrich Blum

Game Designer, Entrepreneur
Ulrich Blum (39) is a trained chef and studied acting at the Theater Hochschule Zürich. After a few years as an actor he won the game design scholarship of the „Jury Spiel des Jahres“ in 2009. Since 2011 he is a full time game designer. His fields of work include classical board... Read More →
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Linda Rendel

Project Coordinator, Ubisoft Blue Byte
Linda is a project coordinator for VR Escape Room experiences at Ubisoft Blue Byte. She works and lives in Düsseldorf where she also founded the #FemDevsMeetup. She likes the indie game community and is passionate about organising events which bring people together to share knowledge... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 13:00 - 17:00 CEST

14:00 CEST

Networking is for everyone - Tell your story and build meaningful connections
Limited Capacity filling up

Most of us know that networking is essential, for both getting things done in our day-to-day jobs and for our longer-term career progression. Networks expose you to new ideas, get you the information and support your need to bring them to life, expand your influence, and alert you to opportunities. But networking can be also intimidating, stressful and lonely. 

In this workshop we will apply different storytelling techniques to the process of networking to completely change your networking game and make networking FUN. You will learn to relax and approach networking more like a game - a game closely integrated with the powerful tenets of storytelling and the ethos of human connection. 

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Rotem Carmely

Founder and CEO, Clustered
Rotem is the founder of Clustered, an online platform which provides support for women who are navigating their professional life abroad and a consistent awareness of the greater female community surrounding them. She strives to create a networking experience that allows women to connect with others by telling their... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 14:00 - 15:30 CEST

14:30 CEST

Live demo painting with Magdalena Proszowska
Limited Capacity seats available

Art is very demanding career, and also very gratifying one. No wonder many people pick it up as a hobby, as there’s nothing more relaxing than jumping into world of imagination and creation. Join me on a journey of creating digital portraits of our beloved pets and people!

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Magdalena Proszowska

Senior Concept Artist, Ubisoft Blue Byte
Magdalena was born in Tarnow, Poland in 1987. She is self-thought digital artist. Started her career in advertising, and as soon as game industry boomed, she moved to game art. Currently working in Ubisoft Blue Byte as senior concept artists on new Settlers title. Since 2015 a Guest... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 14:30 - 15:30 CEST

16:00 CEST

How to cut your (career) path through patriarchy. A tourguide.
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop takes a short scenic route across the fields of (work-)psychology, sociology and empirical data of the status quo before it then offers a roadmap as well as useful input and tools from therapy and Coaching to help guide the way for young women through the working world. 

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Sarah Noack

HR Strategy and Recruiting, Rebel Recruiting
Sarah is an entrepreneur and has a background in marketing and advertising, a MA in Psychology, is a certified Coach and yoga teacher. As the owner of Rebel Recruiting her humble aim is to revolutionize recruitment, bring it back down to earth and turn it into a field of authenticity... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 16:00 - 17:30 CEST