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Debunking the Myths of Code: Video Games

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Ursula Wolz is back to chat with the PowerToFly about debunking the myths of code, starting with one of the most popular topics in the industry - video games. Video games are not just for boys so how can we add more women to the mix? We're breaking down how women can get more involved in game development, how game development can be used to understand computer science, and where women can leave their mark on this growing industry is this virtual Q&A;!

You asked, she's answering:

  • How can women get more involved in game development?
  • I'm interested in starting a career in game development, what's a good career path?
  • Where can women leave their mark in this industry?


Ursula Wolz is computer scientist with both academic and entrepreneurial experience in developing computer-based learning environments, including artificially intelligent tutoring systems, and games for modern language learning and data science. She is a recognized leader in computer science curriculum development with an emphasis on broadening participation in computing. Her most recent focus is on algorithm accountability and fostering interdisciplinary computing for social justice. Wolz has taught at the undergraduate level for over 30 years.


  • When you're thinking about creating a new game, is there a conceptual roadmap you follow with features or characteristics that are different than standard software development?

    Question by Cecilia on 2019-06-04
  • I am re-entering the resume work world at 56 (previously was a full time parent & part time artist) as a concept artist & would like to dive deep into game design... any suggestions? My two sons game and one is in lite esports while studying at U of Oregon, I played with them and became fascinated by the industry & just completed a diploma in concept art. I’m currently looking for entry level studio experience. Thank you & I’m looking forward to hearing you speak!

    Question by Maeve on 2019-06-04
  • How do you get into game development?

    Question by Emily on 2019-06-04
  • not currently

    Question by Elizabeth on 2019-06-04
  • Ursula! So excited for your talk...and very curious about your current work..."algorithm accountability and fostering interdisciplinary computing for social justice." How do you make an algorithm accountable?

    Question by Natasha on 2019-05-30
  • What is a good career path for a woman changing careers into game development?

    Question by Michelle on 2019-05-30

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