2016 Games for Change Europe Festival: Immigration, Integration, Self-Esteem Restoration, and the Power of Videogames

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Across the ocean from the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival in New York City, the 2016 Games for Change Europe (G4CE) Festival, will take place in Paris from June 9 to 10, aiming to inspire inspire the videogame industry to help find solutions to tackle one of the most important issues of the century: immigration.

The G4CE Festival features talks from developers, educators, refugee activists, and more, focusing on areas like the restoration of self-esteem to refugees, educating the public on immigration issues, and integrating migrants into new cultures.

The first day of the G4CE Festival will begin with a morning of talks on the latest achievements in the social impact games field and wrap up with a presentation of prototypes from a student hackathon on immigration. The hackathon, organized by CNAM (ENJMIN – CEDRIC), Paris 8 University, UNESCO ITEN, will take place on June 7 and 8.

On the second and final day of the festival, speakers and attendees will start the day by brainstorming game design ideas that could be implemented in the coming months. Themes for these workshops could touch on the following aspects of immigration: education, psychological issues, self-esteem restoration, and social entrepreneurship. Groups will then present their ideas or projects, and the best ideas or projects will be selected, with the goal of presenting their prototypes or near-finished versions at the 2017 G4CE Festival.

With talks from Colabee Games co-founder Dima Veryovka (The Forest Song), refugee advocate Cheija Abdaleh, Digixart creative director Yoan Fanise (Lost in Harmony), and many more, this year’s G4CE Festival is not one to miss! Want to learn more? See the full schedules of panelists and speakers for June 9 and June 10.

If you can’t make it, follow Games for Change Europe on Twitter and the hashtag #G4CE2016.

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