The female voice in the digital gaming industry will be heard loud and clear during the 3G Summit:  The Future of Girls, Gaming, and Gender, a four-day initiative to be held August 12-15 at Columbia College Chicago, where female game designers and scholars will come together with young women gamers to foster professional mentorship and ignite exchange about their place in the gaming culture.  The 50 ‘girl gamers’ from Chicago-area high schools will develop concepts for their own games over the course of the weekend under the mentorship of the five professional female game designers as the final deliverable for the summit. Senior Columbia College Interactive Arts and Media students will develop the concepts into games as a fall semester project.   “The summit engages girls as future game designers and powerful technology users, not just as an untapped consumer market,” says Mindy Faber, co-organizer and director of Open Youth Networks in Columbia College’s Interactive Arts and Media Department. “Ultimately, bringing more women to the table in the gaming field changes what gets made, how it is made, and to what purpose.”

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