SPOT On, the public speaking program to boost the visibility of women in Australia’s gaming industry, is now expected to take place later in the year following the postponement of AGE 2021.

Although a date has yet to be set, the program’s organisers, Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia (WGHA) and Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), say they now hope to run the SPOT On seminar event towards the end of the year.

The female execs were hand-picked from some of Australia’s largest gaming firms including Crown Resorts, Star Entertainment Group and Aristocrat and were each to give TEDx-style presentations at the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2021, which was postponed by organisers last week and will now take place from 9 to 11 August 2022.

They are Claire Mileto, Aristocrat; Casey Green, The Star Entertainment Group; Alison Zhang, Crown Resorts; Ashleigh Howard, SkyCity Entertainment Group; Annie Carbone, Aristocrat; Shannon Forster, Surge & Co., Renee Yates, The Star Entertainment Group; Tanya Kruimink, Odyssey Gaming & Network Gaming; Bronwyn Bruzzano, Aristocrat; Shereen Erikli, Crown Resorts; and Naomi Richards, The Star Gold Coast.

The SPOT On program aims to support women in the development of their presenting and influencing skills and includes speaker workshops and coaching to help create an inclusive industry, Helen Galloway the CEO of WGHA said.

 “It’s fabulous that eleven women have been supported with professional development to build the pipeline of speakers in our industry.”

“We are looking for an opportunity to hear their expertise on stage once normality resumes. We hope this will occur in October or November,” she said.

The GTA, which organises the annual AGE event, says it is hoping that 2022 will be the year that the industry will be able to get together again, with COVID outbreaks a thing of the past. 

“Innovation has always been the key to our industry, and AGE has always been the place to see that come to life. Next year’s AGE will be no different on that score. Next year’s event will have been three years in the planning.”

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