The IGEA 2023 SMART Program is here to help local devs from marginalised communities

Posted on May 24, 2023

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) are opening up applications for their 2023 SMART Program that’s helping new game developers and those from underrepresented communities get a foot into the industry. The SMART Program is facilitated by the City of Port Phillip and will allow for 10 chosen applicants to undergo a four-month mentorship and residency program. This program will take place in a shared game development office space, containing some incredible local studios and helmed by Samurai Punk who are known for their recent titles Justice Sucks and KILLBUG.

“Applicants of this program will meet and be coached by a variety of games industry professionals with diverse skillsets that will lead them towards a successful career in game development”, reads a press release sent to Checkpoint Gaming ahead of the announcement.

This isn’t the first year the IGEA has run a program like this and it’s amazing to see these kinds of initiatives reoccur. With Victoria brimming with talent and creativity, having programs that help foster and grow those skills is huge. Applicants will also receive a 2023 All-Access pass to GCAP and the AGDAS in addition to other key educational events. So there are heaps of opportunities to network and immerse yourself in the local industry.

Image from IGEA website showing cooperative work spaces

Applicants of the 2023 SMART Program must live in Victoria, be over the age of 18, and should be either a recent graduate, new to the industry, or from a marginalised/underrepresented community. The program itself kicks off early July and runs through to the end of October. But get in quick! Because applications close June 9th at 5pm AEST.

To apply for the IGEA 2023 SMART Program, simply head here.