Sunday Loot: Scholarships, Speaking Opportunities, & More!

Art by Amy Wibowo
Art by Amy Wibowo

Happy Sunday, friends! We’re sorry for the wait on this one, but it’s great to be here all the same. ❤ For those who might not already know, this is our weekly series featuring the people and projects pushing for change in the gaming industry. If you’re looking for a way to pursue a career not only in games, but other avenues of tech and geek culture, you’ve come to the right place!

It’s really important that we not only encourage the new voices entering into our industry, but also that we make an effort to boost these opportunities. Join us as we spread the word! By offering our hand, we can do our part in fostering more positivity. Plus, we’ll be making new friends, too. Super cool, right?

As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌


AlterConf Speakers

AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries.”

Have you ever wanted to give your own talk? This is your chance to do that! If you’re part of a marginalized group, AlterConf is currently seeking more speakers for their next engagement, and you could be one of them. No experience required! Many ideas can be found on their wishlist if you’re not sure what topic to cover, but you’re also encouraged to come up with your own as well. Not to mention this is a paid opportunity, so you’ll be compensated for your time and talent!

We really hope you take this chance to submit a talk idea. The team is so wonderfully supportive and incredibly talented. It’s really a great opportunity to get your work out there while also making cool new friends!



Femsplain inspires discussion and connection through storytelling by amplifying the voices of those who identify as women and gender nonconforming individuals.”

Have we talked about how much we adore Femsplain yet? No? Okay, that needs to be fixed pronto. We’ve been following the incredible community there since FemHype started all the way back in 2014, and it’s still going strong today. Every month, the site hosts a specific topic that the community—and its writers—can respond to, which generates quite the interesting discussion. After a long work day, it’s always nice to return to thoughtful, positive commentary from other women and nonbinary folk. Who wouldn’t love that?

If you’re unsure what to pitch, never fear! There are quite a few helpful details regarding how and what to pitch over here if you’re interested. We highly encourage you to send your work in, and especially to tell us when it’s posted!


IGDA Scholarship

“The scholarships are awarded to the most promising students studying anything related to game development. Scholars still receive an all-access pass, just like they always have, but now it also includes a lot more—mentorship from members of industry, opportunities to visit local studios, or even meeting with senior figures in the industry.”

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is currently offering a scholarship opportunity for full-time students (or former students who graduated in the last six months). Not only will the scholarship include all-access passes to GDC Europe and Gamescom, but those awarded this honor will potentially receive highly coveted mentorship and industry opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Super cool, right?

While you have to be a member of the IGDA community in order to apply, that’s a pretty simple (but not free) process. For more details on all of this, check out this page here. We wish everyone luck who decides to apply!

The Tempest

The Tempest

The Tempest is run by diverse millennial women for the world. We’re empowering, disrupting, and amplifying all at once.”

Looking for yet another writing opportunity with a diverse community of women? The Tempest wants you! This publication covers everything from culture to politics to fashion to—you guessed it—geek-worthy articles. It’s a truly wonderful, supportive space, and your work will absolutely gain widespread visibility, as their community is growing rapidly by the day. Like Femsplain, we’re huge fans of the work that The Tempest team is doing right now, and we think you’re going to like it, too.

Don’t forget! This is a paid opportunity. For more details regarding their process, head on over to this post and start typing out that next submission. We believe in you and your undeniable creativity!


Quip Diversity Scholarship

“At Quip, we believe in building a company that embraces inclusivity, diversity, and work-life balance. We created this scholarship to help encourage students getting started in tech who come from groups that have been historically underrepresented.”

This particular opportunity is brought to you by Quip in an effort to diversify the gaming and tech industry! If you fit the criteria and think you might be interested, you should absolutely apply. Recipients will receive a week’s worth of mentorship and training at the Quip San Francisco office as well as a $5,000 (USD) scholarship toward your education. How completely awesome is that?

Don’t wait, though! The deadline for this opportunity is fast-approaching, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on something this cool. With more stellar teams stepping up to help others break into the industry, we’re all paving the way toward a better future.


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