iN20 GDC|Scholarship

Opening Up New Pathways for Indigenous Game Designers and Digital Creators

For its SECOND YEAR, imagineNATIVE is back with the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Scholars Program, and we’re extremely excited for the next generation of Indigenous digital talent!

What is GDC?   

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest professional game industry event bringing together 28,000 attendees to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. It includes five days of education, inspiration, and networking at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.  

What is the Scholarship all about?

The imagineNATIVE GDC Scholarship Program is an opportunity for Indigenous game designers and digital creators from around the world to receive a free Conference + Summits Pass to GDC from March 16 - 20, 2020.

If you are interested, please apply using the link above!

Note: Currently imagineNATIVE cannot offer Travel or Accommodations support to GDC

Why attend with us?

GDC is one of the most important events in the digital entertainment industry, but it can also be very overwhelming. imagineNATIVE’s GDC Scholarship Program brings together a cohort of Indigenous digital creators along with an imagineNATIVE staff member to ensure that our Scholars have the best possible experience!


For many Indigenous peoples money is not always easy to come by, this is especially the case for Indigenous peoples trying to break into an industry like game design. Giving people the ability to go to a conference like GDC is amazing!

I feel bringing Indigenous Creators together to share their experiences is an amazing thing in and of itself. I may have not been able to go to GDC without this scholarship and even if I had gone [on my own] it would have been a much different experience!

Carl Petersen

(Oohe Numpa Tituwan Lakota, Oceti Sakowin)

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The imagineNATIVE GDC Scholarship gave me a chance to do something that I probably would not have done on my own because of my financial situation. Games are bigger than just us as individuals, our journey is a lot different than many devs at GDC. This program needed to happen and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

Nathan Nahina

(Ka Lāhui Hawai’i)


These programs are incredibly important to me because they give scholars and creators who are so important to the industry and so deserve to be involved in it by influencing it as well as learning from it but who may be financially unable to attend on their own.

Ashlee Bird



As a Plains reserve-based and self-taught Indigenous game designer I face the challenge of being without a games community close by and having a network of folks to share ideas and collaborate with.

The Game Design Workshop at GDC helped me see that I DID have the skills and ability, I just needed some training and to see how others did their work to feel that I was on a good way. The tools, experience, role modeling I experienced from this session has given me the confidence and empowerment I needed to want to get my games out to people. And I will!

Janelle Pewapsconias

(Nehiyaw, Little Pine First Nation)

If you any questions please contact our Digital + Interactive Coordinator, Meagan Byrne, at