G4C Festival 2014 Dates Set: April 22-24

[Update: In light of an exciting new partnership, the 2014 Games for Change Festival has shifted to earlier dates, April 22-24. Submit games and talks here.]

Mark your calendars for the next Festival on June 16-18. (And keep an eye out for the call for speakers, demos, and Awards nominees at the beginning of 2014!)

You can also catch up on the 10th Anniversary Festival:

Here’s some other G4C news from our recent newsletter:

Half the Sky Movement: The Game Reaches 1 Million Players
And Over $417,000 in Donations


Six months since its launch, Half the Sky Movement: The Game has officially reached 1 million registered players on Facebook! So far, these players have:

  • Triggered more than 234,830 free book donations
  • Enabled over $147,300 for life-changing surgeries
  • Contributed a total $417,730 in direct and sponsored donations

Just before we reached this milestone, we had the chance to demo the game at the United Nations and hear what Youth Assembly delegates thought about it.

Read about findings from the game in our initial impact report and learn more about the development process and partnerships behind this game in our lessons learned blog series.

And if you haven’t had a chance to play yet, you can try it here.

Welcome, G4C Israel!
G4C_ISRAEL_logo_s We’re thrilled to announce our first chapter in the Middle East! G4C Israel, led by Interschool Founder and Scientific Adviser Benjamin Feinstein, will be the fifth international chapter, following G4C Europe, Korea, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand.

The chapter will host Israel’s Digital Games Festival this December, expecting to draw hundreds of participants from NGOs, schools, businesses, and community centers. In addition to presentations and workshops from top speakers, the festival will also feature companies such as Microsoft, iDigital (Apple), Google, Sony, and Samsung.

Want to participate in the Digital Games Festival? Send us an email to get started.

In New York? Join Us at an Industry Roundtable on 9/20
roundTable_purple_2Come be part of a public conversation about how to make NYC an even better place to make games. Hosted by NYU Game Center and NYU Poly, the event is open to the public and includes two roundtables with developers ranging from indies to top five game companies, game-focused nonprofits, incubator and VC reps, and others interested in seeing the NYC game industry thrive and grow. Our Co-President Asi Burak will participate in the afternoon panel.

This is your chance to give input to lawmakers, to help set policy to make NYC as game developer friendly as possible. RSVP here.

Mead Film Festival: Tickets Available Now
0913_MEAD_s The Margaret Mead Film Festival (October 17-20) at the American Museum of Natural History will feature a sneak peek into Upper One Games, the first indigenous-owned game company in the U.S. formed by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and E-Line Media:

Native Storytelling and Video Games
October 20 | 5 pm | Free with Museum Admission

Gloria O’Neill, CEO of Upper One Games, and Alan Gershenfeld, president of E-Line Media, will describe the development process, challenges, and opportunities for taking cultural storytelling into the modern era through a commercial videogame they are developing.

Last year, we hosted the event’s first-ever arcade, which invited attendees to play The Cat and the Coup, Guess My Race, Hunt for the Noor Stone, Sweatshop, and Way.

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