GGJ appoints Kate Edwards as the new Executive Director

Exciting news for GGJ today as we announce the appointment of games industry veteran Kate Edwards as the new Executive Director for the organisation!

Read Kate's letter to the community below.

Kate will oversee the administration, programs, and the overall strategic direction of the Global Game Jam, as well as fundraising and community outreach.

Kate is an outspoken, award-winning advocate, who served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for 5 years, and is currently the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy for content culturalization, work that she has done in the game industry for 26+ years. She also sits on the board for Take This, a nonprofit that supports mental health issues for gamers and game creators.

Kate says “I’m honored to join this truly great organization and look forward to helping Global Game Jam continue its goals of promoting creativity and collaboration throughout the world. It’s exciting to be part of such an inclusive and wide reaching movement that aligns video game creation with cross-cultural unity,”.

We are thrilled to have Kate working with us, and excited to see how she helps to shape GGJ's future!

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Letter to the GGJ Community

Greetings all from the new Executive Director of the Global Game Jam!

As a long-time fan of the Global Game Jam, and as the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from where the GGJ originated, I consider it a tremendous honor to be leading this organization. 

To me, the GGJ isn’t just the world’s largest game jam event, it’s a global movement that demonstrates the power of games as art and as popular culture, and how games can unify people from across a wide variety of geographies and cultures. As game creators are currently at the forefront of evolving human narrative – how we transmit stories and experiences from one generation to another – the GGJ has proven itself to be the foundation of many successful careers and amazing games.

While our annual event will always be the cornerstone of this organization, moving forward you can expect to see more messaging around the GGJ’s role and mission, and initiatives we’re pursuing beyond the event. We greatly appreciate everyone’s remarkable support of the GGJ, GGJ Next, and the future we’re aiming to build. 

As we fervently prepare for GGJ 2020 in January, we encourage you to help us spread the word about GGJ site registrations, as well as the great sponsorship opportunities still available (as a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of partners and sponsors to make the GGJ possible!). If your company might be interested in sponsoring the GGJ’s efforts, please get in contact soon!

Thank you again for your enthusiasm, and we hope to see you jamming with us at GGJ 2020!

Kate Edwards
Executive Director