#G4C18 Initial Speaker Announcement 🚀



Be part of Games for Change’s 15th anniversary as we celebrate the groundbreaking work from the games for impact community over the years. From June 28 – 30, you will also have the unique opportunity to explore the latest developments that continue to push social impact games and immersive technology forward.
G4C is pleased to announce that the annual Games for Change Festival will feature Keynote presentations from Jeffrey Burrel (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Riot Games); Kate Edwards (CEO & Principal Consultant at Geogrify); Rajesh Anandan (Senior Vice President Unicef Ventures, UNICEF USA). Learn more about the speakers below and stay tuned as we continue to announce many other participanting industry leaders.

Jeffrey Burrell leads a team responsible for social impact, sustainability, and advocacy across the regions where Riot operates. Jeffrey will walk through Riot’s structure for CSR and how they utilize systems thinking to deliver value across the spectrum of stakeholders. He will share examples of various programs and design decisions Riot uses to help deliver sustainable, long-term value for players and communities around the world.

After 25 years in the game industry as a culturalization expert and 5 years as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA),Kate Edwards has gained a unique perspective on the confluence of games and cultures. As an advocate for change in both worlds, Kate will reflect on her professional passion and how that drives her to be a relentless force that reshapes the game industry.

Rajesh Anandan is the co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power, a wearable-for-good that was named one of TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016. UNICEF Kid Power was created with the intention of harnessing the inherent goodness of children and using that energy to change the world. When using Kid Power technology, every step taken unlocks lifesaving nutrition that UNICEF USA delivers to malnourished children around the world. To-date the program has saved the lives of over 52,000 children.

Games for Change Festival passes are discounted during our early-bird period, including our 3-day premium pass that includes access to all Festival keynotes, workshops, the G4C Marketplace, and the XR for Change Summit. Take advantage and get the lowest price offered! 2-day and 1-day passes are also available. See all pass options here.
Premium 3-Day Pass: $429 (Regular price: $479)                           

Nonprofit/Educator 3-Day Pass: $349 (Regular price: $379)        

Student/Indie 3-Day Pass: $149  (Regular price: $179)





We are seeking submissions for the Games for Change Marketplace, a curated B2B expo that invites companies, game studios, and organizations to demo new games, technologies, and platforms to share their work over 1100 attendees. Last year’s participants included Schell Games, Kognito, Filament Games, E-line Media, Classcraft, Minecraft.EDU, and many others. To showcase your social impact games and/or XR experiences please 
submit here. For any questions please contact Asif Khan, Senior Director, Partnerships & Programs at asif.khan@gamesforchange.org.






Be part of our #XR4C community and join us March 27th for the second installment of the XR for Change Talk and Play program as we demo and discuss leading XR projects in the health industry. Justin Hendrix (NYC Media Lab) will be moderating the panel discussion comprised of Mia Tramz (Life VR & TIME Special Projects), Aaron Oliker (BioDigital), Dr. Courtney Cogburn (Columbia University) and Julie Huynh(Isobar).
Do not miss this unique opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of working with immersive technology in the health industry at SAP Next Gen’s Innovation space at Hudson Yards. Seats are limited so please register ASAP through Eventbrite to attend. We look forward to seeing you there tomorrow!



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