G4C Festival: Google Opening Keynote + Registration Closes Friday

Less than a week remains in regular registration for the Games for Change Festival. Get your tickets before Friday, June 7, to avoid the last-minute rush (and elevated late registration prices that will start June 8!).

BREAKING: Opening Keynote from Google’s Michael Jones

Michael Jones, the chief technology advocate at Google and a founder of Google Earth, will lead off the “10th Years of Games for Change” series with an opening keynote. Known for his work on Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search, he will share unexpected lessons learned from mobile, social, and gaming.

In addition to Jones, six videogame thought leaders will keynote the Festival: Leigh Alexander, Ian Bogost, Robin Hunicke, Brenda Romero, Jesse Schell, and Eric Zimmerman.

Finalists in the Sex Etc. Game Design Competition Announced

We’ve selected three finalists in our first-ever public game design competition! These teams will present their concepts on stage at the Festival, and the winners will receive $35,000 to create a safer sex game prototype with Answer, an organization with 30 years’ experience in providing and promoting sexuality awareness to young people.

The finalists are:

  • Safe Sex with Friends by Kaho Abe (NYU Game Center), Ramsey Nasser, and Sarah Schoemann (NYU-Poly)
  • SexEd Super Task Force by Tracy Gromek and Marcus Pingel, co-founders of Brooklyn, New York-based Electronic Bohemia
  • Check/Mate by Stéphanie Mader, Julien Barbe, and Judicaëlle Live Lun of ENJMIN in France
  • Learn more about each game here.

    Who will you meet at this year’s Festival?

    Attendees represent a diverse background from game-making, academia, education, film-making, museums, and NGOs and NPOS from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Columbia, England, Israel, and more. One in 10 attendees have identified themselves as top founders, presidents or CEOs of companies. Here are some insights of who you’ll meet:

    Tech and Gaming Industry

    Organizations such as AmplifyArkadium Inc.Audible.comESI DesignFableVision StudiosFilament GamesGameGurusGoogleHopeLabiCivics, Impact Games, Large Animal Games, Learning Games Network, Preloaded, and Zynga.

    Nonprofits and Causes

    Coming from the nonprofit sector, a range of organizations already involved with or looking to enter the world of making games for social good, including the American Museum of Natural History, the BEST Foundation, the California Academy of SciencesHabitat HeroesHeifer International, the International Center for Research on WomenInternews, the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Hemophilia Foundation, The Packard FoundationPBS Digital, the Poses Family FoundationSesame Workshop, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and WITNESS.

    Learning and Research

    In addition to our partners at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, academics, educators and students will be attending from Arizona State UniversityCarnegie Mellon, City University New York (CUNY), Columbia UniversityCornell University, DePaul UniversityEmerson College, New York University, NYU Game CenterParsons The New School for Design, Princeton University, Rutgers UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Media Lab.

    The 10th Anniversary Festival will bring together old friends — such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Hearst Corp.McGraw-Hill Education, the Institute of Play and Woodstock Film Festival — as well as newcomers, such as Nike, Pearson, TD Ameritrade, ProPublica, Thirteen/WNET, and Zago.

    So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets before they’re all gone.

    What are you most excited about at this year’s Festival? Let us know and tweet your answer to us using #G4C13.

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