Kate Edwards is the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy for content culturalization, a Board Member of Take This, and is the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an outspoken advocate that serves in several advisory/board roles, she is a geographer, writer, and corporate strategist. Formerly as Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist in the Geopolitical Strategy team she created and managed, Kate protected the company against political and cultural content risks across all products and locales.
Since Microsoft, she has assisted many clients on a variety of geopolitical and cultural issues across many products and game franchises. Kate is also a columnist for MultiLingual Computing magazine. Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry and she was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year. In April 2018, she was honored with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award.
HOW TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF GAMES AND GAME CREATORS
After 5 years as Executive Director of the IGDA, Kate Edwards gained a unique perspective on attitudes towards games and game developers. Despite being a massive socio-economic force, games still struggle to gain respect as a creative art form and as leaders in evolving entertainment. Game creators have lost control of the public narrative of their profession and it's up to them to be their own best advocates. Kate will illustrate the path to advocacy and embolden individuals to act now!
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