IMIRT board elections 2016


IMIRT, the association representing game makers (digital and analogue) in Ireland, is holding elections in September and is seeking nominations now. The deadline for nominations is Wed 31st Aug 2016.

The 2016 Board elections for Imirt will happen in late September. There will be three seats available for nominees (next year the remaining four board spots will be available).

To become a nominee you simply need to be a member of Imirt and e-mail expressing an interest (i.e. you self nominate).

We will then ask for a bio and optional photo to put on the Imirt website in the run up to the elections. Also if you have any other questions or suggestions please get in touch! See


Animation Skillnet Traineeship Programme 2016/17



Animation Skillnet are delighted to team up again with Screen Training Ireland, the Irish Film Board and a host of top Irish Animation and VFX studios to run the second iteration of the highly successful graduate traineeship programme for the animation and vfx sectors in Ireland.

The pilot programme saw 12 graduates placed in animation and VFX studios for up to 12 months, as well as receiving targeted and intensive training in specific skills areas throughout the training period.

The 2016/17 programme will take place over an intensive 6-month period, with a short intensive period of upfront training, followed by a mixture of on-the-job and classroom based training over the following months.  Selected participants for the 2016/17 programme will once again be matched with leading animation, VFX and games studios and participate in tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship is a full-time programme for which a training allowance/bursary will be made available to selected participants.

Start Date:      Monday 10th October 2016

End Date:        Friday 24th March 2017

They are currently seeking applicants. More details about the programme and the application procedure can be found here:

Closing date for applications is the 5th of September. 

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Beginner and Diversity friendly Game Workshops (Dublin)

The Network in Play partners (including Coding Grace,, Imirt, Pulse College, Dogpatch Labs and Maynooth University) are organising three FREE workshops in Dublin in August/Sept. aimed at beginners who are interested in learning about designing, writing and coding for games.

These workshops follow up on our surveys which we discussed in an earlier feature on –

These are diversity friendly workshops, which means we are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and identities. These workshops are aimed at people aged 18 and over. They are not aimed at those already studying games or working in games.

They are FREE to attend and we encourage people to attend all three workshops. Workshops will last for approx. 3 hours with a break for a light lunch (provided).

We are organising the following 3 workshops:

Boardgame design (Sat Aug 20),  start 11 am.
Venue: Pulse College, Halston Street, Dublin.
Tutor: Robin David O’Keeffe –

Interactive Fiction with Twine (Sat Aug 27), start 11 am.
Venue:Pulse College, Halston Street, Dublin.
Tutor: Charlene Putney –

Making 2D games in Unity3D with Fungus (Sat Sep 3), start 11 am.
Venue: The Vaults, Dogpatch Labs, CHQ, IFSC, Dublin. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE**
Tutor: Chris Gregan and Paul McGrath –
See also Paul’s film company Whackala –


To be eligible, you must not be currently studying on a games-related post-secondary course, have prior experience in making games, or work in the games industry.

We are open to creatives (artists, storytellers, creative writers, musicians) and other non-programmers.

We will ask you a few background questions on signup and some follow up questions after the workshops to assess how you think things went.

To provide an inclusive and safe environment to learn, we have a Code of Conduct:

This initiative is a pilot project part funded by the SSHRC research council in Canada and the ReFig: Network in Play – Crafting Diversity in Games. The ReFig project is committed to promoting diversity and equity in the games industry and culture.

Thanks to our hosts, tutors and supporters.

More information:


Workshop 1 Signup: –

Workshop 2 Signup: –

Workshop 3 Signup: –

Network in Play (Ireland) –

Refiguring Innovation in Games project website –

Game Dev Workshops with Howling Hamster (Galway)

This series of workshops is aimed at anyone with an interest in game development who has no experience making games.

Howling Hamster, a game development team based in Galway, will be delivering some skills and tips to get you on your way to being a game dev. We’ll be using the free Unity3D engine and free tools or trial software for these workshops.

The idea is that these workshops will give you taste of the multiple aspects of making a game. We encourage you to try your hand at each workshop – you never know what you might learn!

Day 1 – 3D Art workshop    (Sat 6th, August)
Day 2 – Audio workshop    (Sat 13th, August)
Day 3 – Programming workshop    (Sat 20th, August)

During the workshop you will make your first, simple game. This will teach you some of the the fundamentals and confidence that will provide a starting point for futher learning. Game development can be a daunting. Luckily the folks at Howling Hamster are super nice and willing to help out.

The outcome of this series of workshops will be your first simple game. You will have learned a great deal about the processes involved in making a game, as well as get an idea of what you prefer to do.

The course will take place over the first 3 Saturdays in August – the 6th, 13th and 20th from 10:15am to 3:45pm each day. Cost = €20.

We recommend that workshop goers follow up their first game by going to the Galway Game Jam on August 27th to test out and strengthen your new skills and meet more professional and hobbyist game developers.

If you have any questions send Darren Kearney at 

Limited places still available

Book a ticket at 


AlterConf comes to Dublin August 6th

AlterConf On Saturday, August 6th, Alterconf is coming to Dublin. As detailed on the conference’s site, AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

The conferences go beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference features a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presenting their vision for what our community can be.

Dublin’s AlterConf will be hosted in Dogpatch Labs from 10AM to 4:30PM, and will feature a diverse group of speakers who will talk about diversity, personal experiences, and creating safe opportunities in the game and tech industries. Because some of the topics may include content that may trigger painful memories for some the schedule includes a list of potential triggers beneath each speaker’s presentation so that attendees can decide ahead of time whether to attend a particular talk.

Basic tickets are 19 Euro, and registration can be completed through the event website.

Dublin Alterconf (schedule, speakers, and registration):