DONNA is a network created for game development students in higher education and alumni who identify as female, trans and non-binary, with the mission to make the Swedish games industry more inclusive.
A day to be inspired and have fun!
Every year, in connection to Sweden Game Conference, DONNA organize DONNA DAY for female, trans and non-binary game development students and alumni.
DONNA was founded at the University of Skövde in 2011 with the intent of inspiring female adolescents to study game development and become game developers. Since then, we have been working on making it easier for game students and game developers who identify as female, trans or non-binary to take place in the Swedish games industry. By working together the industry, we strive to include, identify and remove obstacles that students experience when entering the job market.
Every year, DONNA organize the DONNA DAY conference with the main purpose to create an create an all-inclusive meet-and-learn event for game students from all over Sweden. The goal with DONNA DAY is to inspire and recruit more women, trans and non-binary people to the games industry. The idea for DONNA DAY was born out of a discussion with industry representatives after a talk about DONNA during the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco.
- Increase the number of female, trans and non-binary game developers and entrepreneurs
- Create gender equality in the games culture, education and industry
- Create activities based on co-creation for primarily female, trans and non-binary game developers as target groups
Contact me if you want to be a volunteer, is interested in becoming a partner or have questions relating to DONNA or DONNA DAY.
Are you DONNA's next partner?
DONNA is always looking for partners that wants to make the Swedish games industry more equal.
DONNA offers several examples of events that partners can sponsor with primarily female, trans and non-binary game devs as target groups. The events that is organized under the DONNA brand is based on co-creation together with our partners.
DONNA DAY is a two-day mini conference to inspire and support female, trans and non-binary game development students and junior developers.
DONNA DAY Party
Dinner party for all DONNA DAY attendees, including mentors, company representatives and guests.
DONNA Start Up
DONNA Startup Up is an event with the purpose of encouraging women to start their own company.
DONNA Work Fair
DONNA Work Fair is an event to match recruiting companies with female, trans and non-binary game developers.
DONNA Lunch is an opportunity to gather the DONNA network, so the members get a chance to meet and talk.
DONNA Meet Up
In addition to lunches, social gatherings around a drink is very appreciated among game developers. A DONNA Meet Up is an After Work for DONNA members and friends.
DONNA Master Classes
DONNA Master Classes are lectures/workshops that aim to increase companies’ awareness and knowledge around gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
“As a student I never understood how hard it would be as a woman in the male dominated industry. When I started working reality hit me in the face. Now I want to take any opportunity I can to help and support other young women wanting to make a career in the game industry. DONNA DAY is a great event for this and to me it's the most important and fun event of the year!”
DONNA DAY Mentor Lotta Sörensen, Star Stable Entertainment
“There are multiple game companies that are associated with DONNA DAY that I like and would love the opportunity to meet developers and learn. As a female student who dreams of starting my own game company in the future, I've been looking forward to this event since I first heard about it.”
Student year 1, applying for DONNA DAY 2022