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Ada Lovelace Day 2021: Fusing Tech & Art in Games

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Join us for a fascinating discussion about the new role of tech artist, combining technology and artistry in games

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The Technical Artist is a relatively new kind of role in the games industry, yet the possibilities those who pursue this career path to create and merge art and technology together is endless.

Ada Lovelace Day and #RaiseTheGame invite you to join Kristrun Fridriksdottir, Jodie Azhar, and Emma Roseburgh for our tech art webinar. This panel will discuss what kind of work the tech artist does, the cutting edge of tech artistry, and how tech artists are pushing the boundaries and creating new experiences for players.

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Kristrun Fridriksdottir

In games, Kristrun's experience ranges from start-up games studios to well established AAA studios. Outside of games, Kristrun has worked in commercials, apps, animation, film and as a university teacher. Working in departments ranging from 3D modelling, rigging and technical art. With three degrees in IT, games and anatomy, working as a technical artist allows Kristrun to utilize all three degrees.The wide range of skillset, art to programming transfers well to tech art. Now, Kristrun has recently started up her own games studio, and is currently hard at work building the company's first prototype. In her spare time, Kristrun founded a non profit, organizing free to attend games industry events.

Jodie Azhar

Jodei Azhar is the CEO and Game Director at Teazelcat Games. She is a technical artist who has touched on a wide range of areas but often focus on pipeline development, optimising workflows to enable artists to work efficiently and produce high quality assets. She also works with programming teams to propose; implement; and test new features for in game and engine tools.

Emma Roseburgh

Emma Roseburgh is an Experienced Technical artist at Avalanche Studios in Stockholm. Before moving to Sweden she worked at Rebellion and Splash Damage in England. She has a bachelors degree in 3D Games Art from the University of Hertfordshire. In her third year she realised that she wanted to be involved in the technical side of game development while still putting her knowledge of art to good use and found that technical art suited that role perfectly.

The titles she has worked on include: Dirty Bomb, Gears of War 4 DLC, Gears:Tactics, Gears 5, Zombie Army 4 and a few unannounced projects. As a technical artist a lot of her work has been performance focused but after finding her feet in the role she found her favourite tasks are upkeeping tools involved in the artist pipeline to make the artists job as smooth as possible.

About Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) which is held every year on the second Tuesday of October. It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models to encourage girls and women to study STEM and support them in their careers. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, this year’s celebrations will again be held online, with three webinars and a 50 hour content marathon on social media.

Ada Lovelace Day is run by Finding Ada, which also runs the Finding Ada Conference, an online event covering careers, equality, and widening participation; and the Finding Ada Network, an online mentorship platform. You can watch some of our past events on our YouTube channel or public Patreon page.

About Ukie & #RaiseTheGame

Ukie is the trade association for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry; a not-for-profit, representing businesses from micro studios to multinationals, developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile, console, PC, esports and immersive. It’s UKIE’s mission to make the UK the best place to make, sell and play games. You can find out more about UKIE on their website at ukie.org.uk.

The #RaiseTheGame pledge is a holistic driven initiative managed and facilitated by Ukie aimed at helping the overall UK games industry grow and improve in all areas of equality, diversity and inclusivity. From guidance and practical advice to engagement activities like events both online and in-person, the pledge is a call to action to rally the sector together and become lead examples of inclusion to other industries.

Though the pledge is managed by Ukie, any games industry company can applied to sign-up and be involved in activities surrounding the pledge, all that is asked is a strong commitment to make a positive impact, the time to listen and consider along with the effort to implement such change. Even if you’re at the start of your journey or think your company too small to make a difference - all companies no matter their size or where they are in their equality, diversity & inclusion journey are welcome.

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