The very first Games for Change was a half-day event, with a handful of featured games and only 42 attendees. Fifteen years later, we will spend 3 days celebrating dozens of games and hosting more than 1,000 attendees from academia, government, media & technology, nonprofits, health, social & civic organizations, and the games industry. This evolution could not have taken place without the incredible work of our uniquely passionate, dedicated community.
To celebrate our anniversary, we hope you will join us in person and online to help reflect on the past 15 years. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook to share your favorite G4C memories by tagging us and using the hashtag #Happy15thG4C. To kick us off, we asked our founders for a few of their favorite anecdotes:
I learned about Minecraft from a plenary talk at G4C from Alan Gershenfeld in 2010 – I then spent the rest of the sessions playing it in the back row. — Barry Joseph
Since we had often used Sundance as a model for raising the sector of games in the public interest, it was great to be invited to put together a panel for the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. — Suzanne Seggerman
G4C was run almost entirely as a series of conversations in its first years. It was born of the community, and in many ways that has been the greatest legacy. Like the tornado in the Wizard of Oz, many of us found our careers and houses picked up and moved to places we could not fully predict, yet still linked together by the people we met and talked to along the way. — Benjamin Stokes
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at the Festival twice. In 2008 she announced the iCivics project, and then she returned in 2010 to report on its progress. — Asi Burak
On the first day of the Festival, these same founders and former leaders will join an all-star panel to discuss the organization’s rich history and future ambitions as the largest games for good platform in the world. Whether this is your first G4C Festival or your fifteenth, we can’t wait to welcome you to the conversation. See you there!