The IGDN, in cooperation with Double Exposure, sponsors a scholarship to enable diverse game designers to attend Metatopia, the game design conference. Diversity doesn't happen by accident in our world and the tabletop gaming industry is no different.
Metatopia is held each November in Morristown, NJ. It's a place where designers can find educational panels, get professional feedback on their game, and develop a larger sense of community.
The scholarship covers travel, lodging, and a conference badge so that designers from underrepresented backgrounds can show off their games and make connections with industry professionals.
For 2018 we're expanding the Sponsorship to include a deeper, ongoing, mentorship with current IGDN members. Too many games will never be made because designers get overwhelmed or just don't know the next step to take in the design process. If the recipient chooses to continue to develop their game the mentor will be a valuable resource in offering advice and support during the self-publishing process.
Past winners of the IGDN Metatopia scholarship:
2017: Jessie Yaternick, Justin Rogers, Jeeyon Shim, Jefferson Kwan Lee, Miguel Angel Espinoza, Camdon Wright, Jacqueline Beckwith, and Victoria Caña
2016: J. Derrick Kapchinsky, Darcy Ross, Kiel Chenier, Vivian Paul, Krissy Bullock, Jeremy Alva, and Roe Nix
2015: Alex Helm, Kimberly Lam, André la Roche, and Jay Sylvano
2014: Sarah Doombringer
Want to know how to apply or how to contribute? Email our Diversity Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org