Do you know a kid who is crazy about maps, globes, atlases and tech? There’s study paths and careers which combine them.

A degree in geography and cartography (map making) and a passion for technology led Kate Edwards to pioneer a whole new field: digital content culturalization.

Content culturalization involves ensuring that digital content such as online and mobile games are appropriate for different cultures. She has worked on ‘Halo’, ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ and is currently working on ‘Age of Empire 4’.

She got her big break while working at Microsoft but is now CEO and Principal Consultant of her own company, Geogrify, as well as Executive Director of the Global Game Jam.

In part 1 of this PreparationTech interview, Kate shares her story: a childhood passion for maps, atlases, travel and games followed by studying multiple fields in university until she discovered her real passion: geography and tech.

Watch the full interview (30 minutes).

About PreparationTech

PreparationTech is a series of online video interviews which educates parents, teachers and school counsellors about the study/training paths and career opportunities which are available when kids learn computer science and programming and how to think critically about the implications and ethics of technology.

Hosted by Deborah Carter, NewTechKids’ Founder and MD, inspiring technologists and professionals whose work intersects with technology share their personal stories: childhood, hobbies, school activities, higher education, and career paths. They also provide insights and advice on how to prepare kids to thrive in a world of rapid and constant technological development.

Photo credit: Royal Geographic Society