Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie returns to the Women In Games list for a third straight year.
In February, Kate wrapped up her 3 year contract with FTI to create their games and interactive program, where she was responsible for launching OOMPF! Games, WA’s only funding program for the games industry; WA’s first games industry scoping survey and LEVEL ONE which is now a regular games co-working opportunity spawning collaboration and innovation. Kate’s now working full time advising in the VR/AR and innovation space as well a number of game projects, including a partnership between her studio Games We Play and Millennium Kids to work with kids as co-creators on a live action mixed reality game that teaches sustainability. She also just returned from a research trip in Kyoto, Japan for a game she’s developing about happiness and compassion, based on Buddhist teachings.
Kate’s monthly playtesting social event Playup Perth, is also now in its third year. The event brings up to 80 attendees from all backgrounds, including investors, artists, game designers and politicians, including Senator Scott Ludlam. Kate also expanded Playup Perth to Bali, where she partnered with Hubud, a coworking space in Ubud to launch the first ever Playup Bali. Kate’s recently assembled a crack team of volunteer organisers to help take Playup Perth to the next level, so stay tuned. The team recently held their first ever VR only event, hosting HTC.
The past 12 months saw Kate winning a multitude of awards and honours for her work, including the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptor ICT Professional of the Year, the WAITTA Incite Achiever of the Year, Tech Diversity Leader at the #TechDiversity Awards, a nominee for the Telstra Women’s Business Awards, a finalist for the Outstanding Achievement of the Year in the MCV Women in Games Awards and a 2017 STARWARDS Shining Star, which was presented to her by NASA astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski during WWW 2017.
Kate also picked up a technology column at the Business News and is doing a bit of teaching at the Curtin Business School, where she is also an Adjunct Research Fellow.
In terms of her to career highlights, Kate says to get back to her in 10 years — she has a lot more to do.
Speaking to MCV Pacific about her inclusion in this year’s list, Kate said, “It’s an honour to be included in this important list of incredible women, and I look forward to the day when women’s involvement will be so normal that initiatives like this are obsolete.”