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GEM Week 2024

GEM Week is a south Swedish regional games industry initiative with events throughout the week surrounding International Women’s Day, this year between 4-8 March. This is an annual, recurring week where we together with community partners organize a full week’s program focusing on diversity, equality, and inclusion in games.

The events are open to everyone, unless otherwise stated. They are free of charge, but registration is required!


Program 2024

More information and links to register for specific events coming soon!

// Monday 4 March:

Sandboxing in a Man’s World by Hilde Sunde | Talk & Mixer at IO Interactive Malmö

  • What? Talk & mingle
  • When? TBC
  • Where? IO Interactive Malmö
  • Who? Open to everyone


Sign up:
More info and event registration coming soon!

Organized by IO Interactive.

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// Tuesday 5 March:

GEM Luncheon for women in games

  • What? Networking lunch
  • When? 11.45 – 13.00
  • Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö
  • Who? Women* in games

>> Sign up and more info <<

Organized by GEM / Game Habitat.

Sponsored by King.

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// Wednesday 6 March:

Fireside Conversations: A Journey Through 51 Years in Games @ Sharkmob

  • What? Fireside chat with developer stories and networking with refreshments!
  • When? 18:00 – 20.30
  • Where? Sharkmob Motion Capture Studio – Grynbodgatan 14, Malmö
  • Who? Open to everyone working in (or curious in) games industry.
  • Age limit 18+

>> Sign up and more info <<

Organized by Sharkmob.

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// Thursday 7 March:

State of the Industry – Diversity in Games and Tech

  • What? Research findings, panel, and breakfast mingle
  • When? 9.00-10.00, followed by breakfast mingle
  • Where? Onsite at Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö, or via online stream
  • Who? Open to everyone

>> Sign up and more info <<

Organized by GEM / Game Habitat.

Sponsored by Avalanche Studios Group.

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// Friday 8 March:

International Women’s Day | GEM Afterwork for women in games

  • What? After work mingle for women in games
  • When? 18.00-21.00
  • Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö
  • Who? Women* in games
  • Age limit 18+ 

>> Sign up and more info <<

Organized by GEM / Game Habitat.

Sponsored by Tarsier Studios.

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* Women Including anyone who identifies as a woman, trans women, transitioning women, non-binary with the lived experience of being met & perceived as women.

What is GEM?

GEM, the Game Empowerment Movement, is an industry initiative created to empower the game development industry in southern Sweden to become an equal and inclusive place where everyone’s voice will be heard. Basically, GEM is supporting an inclusive culture for game developers.

GEM is initiated by a group of developers, academics, and game event experts, who care deeply about making this industry a safe and welcoming place for everyone. It is run by Game Habitat, with support from Massive Entertainment – A Ubisoft Studio, The Game Assembly, Avalanche Studios Group, Sharkmob, IO Interactive, Tarsier, and King.

Find out more about GEM and how you can get involved.

Previous years

GEM Week 2023 – program

// Friday 3 March:

Moxie jam mingle and game jam
For women* in games only

What? Kick-off mingle, and game jam
When? 3-5 March
Where? The Game Assembly, Jungmansgatan 3, Malmö

// Sunday 5 March:

Coding School
For women* in games only

What? Learn to code
When? 10.00-16.00
Where? Massive Entertainment – A Ubisoft Studio, Barkgatan 5, Malmö

// Monday 6 March:

It starts with you – how to empower yourself and grow as a leader
For women* in games only

What? Afterwork and talk
When? 18.00-21.00
Where? Avalanche Studios Group, Östra Tullgatan 3, Malmö

// Tuesday 7 March:

Why Design Matters: Applying Ethics to Game Development and Why We Should Care

What? Breakfast and talk with Åsa Roos, senior UX Designer at Sharkmob
When? 8.30-10.00
Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö

// Wednesday 8 March:

Afterwork
For women* in games only

What? Afterwork and mingle
When? 19.00-22.00
Where? Tarsier Studios, Roskildevägen 1B, Malmö

// Thursday 9 March:

GEM mentor program luncheon
For women* in games only

What? Lunch and launch of the GEM mentorship program
When? 11.30-13.00
Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö

GEM Week 2022 – program

// Tuesday 8 March:

Afterwork
For women* in games only

What? Afterwork and mingle
When? 16.00-21.00
Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö

// Wednesday 9 March:

Luncheon
For women* in games only

What? Lunch and mingle
When? 11.45-13.00
Where? Beyond Us, Södra Vallgatan 5, Malmö

// Thursday 10 March:

Break the bias

What? Fika and talk with Cristina Vega, Executive Technical Producer at IO Interactive
When? 16.30-18.00
Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö

// Friday 11 March:

Moxie Mingle & Inspiration
For women* in games only

What? Talks and mingle
When? 16.00-21.00
Where? Game Habitat’s DevHub, Torggatan 2, Malmö

Moxie Game Jam
For women* in games only

What? Game jam
When? 11-13 March
Where? The Game Assembly, Jungmansgatan 3, Malmö

*  Individuals with lived experience of being perceived and met as women, including trans and non-binary people