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NetworkInPlay: Crafting Diversity in Games


This is a pilot research and community project established by Dr. Aphra Kerr (Maynooth university and and Vicky Twomey-Lee (Coding Grace).

We would like to bring together experts in informal and formal education, and industry representatives, to form a network that will collaborate to analyse, address and raise issues of diversity in the games industry and games culture in Ireland.

We will use this network to firstly, organise some field research to assess current informal educational offerings and secondly, follow up with a series of workshops that explicitly address issues of diversity in games.

The project began in Feb 2016 and will run, at least initially, until Autumn 2016. Our pilot is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada via the ReFiG project.

Please find our Code of Conduct here.

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Diversity in Games event for International Women’s Day.


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.

Read an overview of our findings


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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