The latest Lost Words news
A week ago, the fourth DevelopHER awards were held in Norwich. Attending awards ceremonies are becoming a regular thing for the Lost Words team! But this time, it was all about the girls. 2018 has been the year of the woman and it’s great to see an awards ceremony dedicated to those who may have otherwise been forgotten. 2018 marks 100 years since women were given the right to vote. Granted, it was only for those over the age of 30, but a huge step forward nonetheless. Game development, and the games industry in general, is male dominated. Vickie Allen is the founder of SyncDevelopHER and her aim was to promote women in tech and monthly meetings in East Anglia. Lost Words features strong, female characters.
There are various categories, each highlighting different areas of the tech world. Our programmer Beck was one of the three nominees for the Game Development category. Before going freelance and joining the Lost Words team Beck worked on Godus at 22cans and Yooka-Laylee at Playtonic Games. She is also the creator of the Zelda Dungeon Generator, a research project that used new techniques to procedurally generate Zelda dungeons. Beck is very interested in the use of games and apps for good causes, especially to help with mental health as she has Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Earlier this year she made a small app called ‘Little Things’, designed to help the user allocate time for themselves and others.
To be nominated for an award was great for Beck and the Lost Words team as every single member works so hard to get the game ready for release. Despite not winning her category, Beck was thrilled to have been nominated and said that Sitara was a worthy winner – you can take a listen to her amazing speech here.