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Webfoot Technologies Host Young Girls Interested in Technology

Webfoot Technologies hosted a field trip for young girls and their parents who are interested in STEM. This event marked the Illinois Technology Foundation second field trip which was held in the Southwest Chicago suburb of Lemont, IL at Webfoot Technologies, Inc. offices.  The group consisted of six girls and two guest boys who were all 8-13 years of age and were accompanied by adults/parents from diverse Chicago land locations including Chicago, South, West and Northwest suburban locations such as Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows Romeoville, Plainfield and Peoria.

The tour was hosted by Dana Dominiak, CEO/President of Webfoot Technologies, Inc., a company she started in the early 90’s in her parent’s basement.  The motivation was highlighted as a time when there really weren’t a lot of game developers in existence at the entry level which in today’s light may seem implausible.

Webfoot specializes in Nintendo Wii, 3DS, NDS and Apple iOS, Mac and Windows.

Webfoot’s CEO shared with the group the steps to creating a game and that it can take one to four years for a game to be completed.  The information shared highlighted the importance of a good plan/design as well as the many different teams of professionals needed.  These included graphic designers, programmers, testers and marketing specialists.  The event was thorough, and included a unique hands-on segment with the ability to try games that were developed there, which was enjoyed by all.  The group was left with some “how-to” on what you need to do to prepare for a career in game development and/or computer programming and every attendee left with some online resources they could explore on their own.  The tip of playing a lot of games was a big hit and is how you can gain experience by trying a lot of what is out there so you know what does and doesn’t work well.

The tour of the offices included a meet and greet with developers allowing them to meet several staff members who do this every day.  When quizzed on what the children wanted to be “when they grow up”, the answers included doctor, veterinarian, artist, fashion designer, architect, police officer, and animal care business owner and we discussed how technology will impact each of those career choices during the round table segment.

Webfoot Technologies also has a sister company Automate the World, for more information on either of these companies you can visit www.webfootgames.com or www.automatetheworld.com.

The Illinois Technology Foundation is excited to be working on the agenda for the next trip scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013, when we will be hosting a field trip to NIU’s STEMfest in DeKalb, IL.

If you are interested in participating, please contact cruetschlin@illinoistechfoundation.org.

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