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NetworkInPlay: Crafting Diversity in Games

The goal of the Network In Play project is to create informal sites of social learning about games and technology that put equity, inclusion and diversity at the centre. If you support this goal we would be happy to work with you.

This is both a research project and a community based action project established by Dr. Aphra Kerr (Maynooth university and and Vicky Twomey-Lee (Coding Grace). Our project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada via the ReFiG project. The ReFig project is ‘committed to promoting diversity and equity in the game industry and culture and effecting real change in a space that has been exclusionary to so many’.

The project began in Feb 2016. In 2016 we firstly, organised some field research to assess current informal educational offerings, organised an event for International Women’s Day that showcased the diverse range of women working in the games industry in Ireland and thirdly, designed and ran a series of 3 workshops that explicitly tried to address issues of diversity in games.

We also developed a Code of Conduct which you can download here.  Please share and comment. We would like to keep improving it.

Want to get involved? Ideas, resources, people and time – all welcome. We would like to build a network of informal and formal educators in Ireland and of industry representatives who will collaborate to analyse, address and raise issues of diversity in the games industry and games culture in Ireland.

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GameCraft Unplugged and Student Ticket Competition, 2017.

We are collaborating with running a family friendly GameCraft Unplugged on the 8th of July for children and their parents. Attendance is free. Sign up at 

Also two students will attend Inspirefest courtesy of and our Network in Play project. We asked them to tell us what diversity meant to them for their entry and we loved some of the responses. Our winners will be writing up short posts on their experience of the event for us here on



Diversity in Games event for International Women’s Day, March, 2016

Our first event was organised for International Women’s Day (8th of March), 2016. It was a sell-out!

See our list of speakers and further information at

Organised with support from Digit Game Studios, Dogpatch labs, Silicon Republic, Imirt and McCormick Advanced Marcomm Services.



The Diversity Game – Survey Findings

In early 2016 we surveyed attendees of two Gamecrafts (local game jams). We were interested to find out who attends Gamecrafts and who does not. We were also interested to establish if people had experienced any discrimination in digital game cultures. You might be surprised by the findings.

Read an overview at


Summer 2016 – Beginners Board Game Design, Writing and Coding for Games Workshops

The Network in Play partners (including Coding Grace,, Imirt, Pulse, Dogpatch and Maynooth University) organised three FREE diversity friendly one day workshops in Dublin in August/Sept. 2016 aimed at beginners who are interested in learning about designing, writing and coding for games.

We will publish some reflections on the experience here on in the next few months.




Our current network of partners includes:


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