Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives & Resources

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Games Industry

Name / Link Type of Initiative Short description
A History of LGBT Video Game Characters Resource An article from the Daily Dot summarising the history of LGBTQ+ game characters.
AbleGamers Player Panels Initiative Connects players with disabilities with game companies and other organizations to test games and participate in player research and development to make games more accessible.
Autistica Play Charity Working with the players and creators of games to achieve change that matters to autistic people and their families.
Balance Patch Consultancy A specialist inclusivity, equality and diversity consultancy service for the games industry.
BAME in Games Initiative Encouraging more diverse talent to work in mobile, online and console gaming, VR, AR, eSports, VFX, animation and entertainment industries.
Black Game Developers Resource A directory of black game developers and companies from around the world.
Black Girl Gamers Community Online platform-based community that aims to positively promote diversity and affect change within the games industry
Checkpoint Charity An Australian charity that provides mental health resources for gamers and the gaming community.
Code Coven Initiative A games industry-focused online bootcamp, catering towards people of marginalized genders.
Crayta Black Creator's Prize Fund Fund A monthly prize fund and mentoring programme for games made by black people, published within the Crayta platform.
Game On Initiative Payload Studio's regular series of industry panels, workshops and fireside chats promoting and supporting diversity, equality and inclusion.
GamesAid Charity A games industry charity collectively raising more for important causes.
Gaming The Mind Initiative An an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals, promoting positive mental health within the gaming community and the games industry.
Gayming Magazine Magazine Games magazine website focusing on LBGT+ related content.
Girls' Game Labs Initiative Professional Game Developers teaching girls how to make games.
Girls Make Games Initiative UK branch of the award-winning US summer camps.
Level Up Link Up Community Creating a space for Black gamers to decompress, relax and network while making a more diverse video games industry in the UK.
Limit Break Initiative A London-based mentorship program aimed at women and gender-diverse people in the games industry.
London Gaymers Community A safe place for the LGBT gaming community in London and across the UK to connect with like minded individuals.
Out Making Games Community Connecting and empowering the LGBTQ+ community working in the UK games industry.
PixAll Resource Independent site for developers and studios, to help them create more inclusive games, esports and workspaces.
POC In Play Initiative The racial equity and inclusion movement for video games
Queer Me Resource An archive of games offering queer perspectives for young people.
Queerly Represent Me Resource A database of LGBTQ+ characters in games, maintained by the Australian not-for-profit.
Rainbow Game Jam Initative An annual 2 week game jam to celebrate and promote diversity within the games industry.
Raise the Game Initiative A Ukie-led collaborative and high-impact pledge to improve diversity and inclusion in the games industry - creating cultures where everyone belongs, and ideas can thrive.
Safe In Our World Charity Fostering positive mental health wellbeing and support for players and games industry workers.
Save Point Community A relaxed weekly hang-out Discord for people of under-represented genders working in the Video Games industry.
SpecialEffect Charity Using video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.
Take This Initiative A US-based mental health nonprofit decreasing stigma and increasing support for mental health in games.
The Fairchild Initiative Fund A $2m fund dedicated to projects led by Black creators and studios, run by Kowloon Nights.
Wings Fund Fund Venture fund looking to support games by diverse teams, starting with games made by women and gender minority developers.
Women in Games Initiative Not for profit organisation for women in video, mobile, online games and esports.
Women Making Games North East Community Monthly meetups for Women in Games in the North East, UK.

Tech / General

Name / Link Type of Initiative Short description
#include <C++> Community IncludeCpp is a global, inclusive, and diverse community for developers interested in C++
23 Code Street Coding school Teaching women in the UK and India
30% Club Non-profit Dedicated to increasing women on boards
50/50 Pledge Network A pledge for events and conferences to be 50:50 represented
A Vision for Women in VR Initiative A collective visionary document challenging gender imbalance in the creative industries and tech
Accelerate Her Company Born out of Founders Forum, consulting fast growth tech companies
BIMA Tech Inclusion & Diversity Report Report The first official study to explore the experiences of diverse members of the UK tech sector.
Code First: Girls Non-profit Non-profit teaching women how to code and helping them get work in tech companies
Color in Tech Non-profit Non-profit promoting a fairer tech industry
DevelopHer Non-profit Non-profit social enterprise promoting women in technology
Divinc Incubator Young Enterprise focused on inner city schools
Dot Everyone Non-profit Focused on tech companies
Fearless Futures Training group Training focused on Social Justice
Hustle Crew Community Community for entrepreneurial women of colour
Inclusion in Tech Resource & Guide A step-by-step guide to help you plan, deploy, monitor and improve a Diversity & Inclusion strategy suited to your company.
Inclusive Boards Company Helping recruit more ethnically diverse boards
InnovateHer Initiative A national initiative to encourage girls aged 12-16 to pursue a career in the tech industries.
Muslamic Makers Meet-up group Meet-up group for Muslims in Tech
One Tech Collective / network Focussing on promoting entreprenrship to BAME / female entrepreneurs
People of Color in Tech Community Community for entrepreneurial people of colour
Success Talks Event series Platform and event series showcasing diverse speakers
Tech Talent Charter Diversity Directory Initiative A directory of UK programmes and organisations promoting and supporting diversity in the technology sectors.
Tech Talent Charter Open Playbook Initiative An open resource, sharing best practices for improving diversity across the technology sectors.
Techish Community Podcast / community showcasing diverse tech rolemodels
YSYS Community Community group of diverse entrepreneurs

Investment

Name / Link Type of Initiative Short description
AllBright Angel group Angel group and co-working club focussed on female founders
Angel Academe Angel group Angel group focused on female founders & angels
Astia Angels Angel group Angel group focused on female founders & angels
Backstage Capital Fund / Accelerator Accelerator in the UK focussed on LGBT, people of colour and female founders
FemStreet Newsletter Start-ups / VC
Jane VC Fund Fund focused on female founders
Level 20 Non-profit Focused mainly on women in the Private Equity and LP community
Merian Ventures Fund Fund focused on female founders
Rare Seed Capital Angel group Angel group focused on BAME investors
Voulez Capital Fund Fund focused on female founders


The initial list of initiatives above was sourced via the Atomico 2018 State of European Tech report, although this has now been significantly expanded.