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Prices for passes to the Games and Media Summit go up on April 8. Save $50 by registering before 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 7!

(Please note the Games and Media Summit and Games for Change Festival are separate events that require separate registrations!)
 

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday

INSTALLATION: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Black Friday is a choice-driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970s.
 

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CHARITY GAME-A-THON: Playing for Change
Announced last week, our charity game-a-thon Playing for Change will stream live from the Games and Media Summit to benefit GameChanger Charity!

Popular Twitch and YouTube Gaming stars Tom Syndicate, CaptainSparklez, and 20 fellow streamers will compete in Minecraft Ultra Hardcore (UHC) mode, where online viewers can donate to send in-game items to their favorite players and influence the competition.

Keep an eye on this website toward the end of the week, when we’ll be announcing special pre-stream events where you can play mini-games, meet up with celebrity Minecrafters, build with friends, and win prizes.

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Finalists of the Feed the Pig Game Design Challenge Announced!

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We are thrilled to announce the three Feed the Pig Challenge finalists, who will pitch their game ideas live on-stage at our Games and Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.

With our partners at Ad Council and AICPA, we will award a prize of $10,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the two finalists. 

The Feed the Pig Challenge asked participants to submit their game ideas around financial literacy and personal finances. After weeks of judging and deliberation, 75 submissions were narrowed to three finalists by a panel of expert judges with background in game design or expertise in financial literacy.

The selected finalists are:

SaveZing
Submitted by Eric Gordon
SaveZing is a mobile game where players compete to save real-world money by strategically sending playful push-notifications called Zings. The game uses the power of direct competition and in-game rewards such as profile upgrades and level-ups to motivate players to save.

Life_Dash
Submitted by Jessica Fiorini
Life_Dash is a mixture of a platform runner, puzzler and social experience that educates and entertains as players literally dodge financial obstacles while quickly making important life choices. Life_Dash further contextualizes financial decision impacts through the usage of data visualization.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow
Submitted by Scott Garner
Jump from point to point in your character’s life to see how financial decisions have a tangible impact at different ages. Sound choices lead to a more prosperous and comfortable life as the years go by. The two-dimensional game involves creating art assets and writing dialog.

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New programming added to Games and Media Summit! Our first charity game-a-thon!

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Playing for Change, a charity game-a-thon co-hosted by 3BlackDot and benefitting GameChanger Charity, will stream live from our Games and Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.

With massively popular Twitch and YouTube Gaming stars Tom Syndicate and CaptainSparklez on site, this livestreamed charity event has the potential to reach millions of fans globally and raise funds for GameChanger Charity, which aims to improve the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses through video games.

Tom Syndicate, CaptainSparklez, and 20 fellow streamers playing along online will compete in Minecraft Ultra Hardcore (UHC) mode, where online viewers can donate to send in-game items to their favorite players and influence the competition.

How can you get involved? If you can’t join us in person at the Games and Media Summit, you can support the charity game-a-thon events on www.playingforchange2016.org and help us spread the word!

Playing for Change schedule

  • Special Events (April 6 to 18): Donate early to receive unlimited access to a customized, private Minecraft server, where you can play mini-games, meet up with celebrity Minecrafters, build with friends, and win prizes. We’ll host daily special events from April 6 to 18. Hope to see you there!
  • Game-a-thon Pre-Show (April 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST): Our two let’s play superstars Tom Syndicate and CaptainSparklez play a variety of titles from the Games for Change community.
  • Charity Game-a-thon (April 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST): Tom Syndicate‘s and CaptainSparklez‘s teams face off against other let’s players in Minecraft UHC, a popular Minecraft mod where the last character standing wins. Watch them on their Twitch feeds or on YouTube Gaming. Donate to send items to your favorite players and help lead them to victory!

Thanks to Razer for providing the PCs and peripherals that will make the charity livestream possible!
 

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And don’t forget to get your Games and Media Summit passes!

Only one week left for regular registration! Regular registration for the Games and Media Summit ends on April 7, when ticket prices will increase $50. Pick up your pass today and save!

 

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G4C Student Challenge now open for submissions!

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We’ve opened the submission portal for middle and high school students participating in the Games for Change Student Challenge. Games must be submitted by April 30.

If you know a middle or high student in New York City who likes to code, please help spread the word! There’s still time to prototype a game for the chance to win prizes, such as paid internships, design classes, and gaming gear.

The G4C Student Challenge is open to all middle and high school students enrolled in NYC public schools. Games must be playable on a web browser, and address one of the five Challenge themes: Animal Welfare, Smart Cities, Civic Journalism, Literacy or Youth Justice.

For more information on eligibility and submission guidelines, visit the Student Challenge website.

The G4C Student Challenge is expanding!
We’re planning to bring the Challenge to additional U.S. cities in the 2016-17 school year. If your organization is interested in getting involved or supporting this program, please email Project Director Sara Cornish.

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Play impact games and hear how they’re made at Playcrafting + G4C Demo Night

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It’s back! We’re co-hosting our second Demo & Play Night with our friends at Playcrafting NYC. You’ll get to hear developers talk about the process of making their games and then get to play each game too. Join us March 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Microsoft’s NYC headquarters.


That Dragon, Cancer Numinous Games
An immersive narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s four-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores faith, hope and love.
 


1979 Revolution: Black Friday iNKStories
1979 Revolution: Black Friday is choice-driven, narrative game that brings players into the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970s as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist. Deemed “a truly revolutionary game” by The New Yorker, 1979 Revolution is set for release on April 5.
 


Save the Park Games for Change / Schell Games
Save the Park is a collaborative endless runner game that inspires players to volunteer in National Parks. The game was created through a grant from American Express as part of the National Parks Centennial Celebration.
 


MicroRangers The American Museum of Natural History
An augmented reality game designed to be played on a mobile device while at the American Museum of Natural History. Players team up with scientists and microscopic lifeforms to fight global threats to biodiversity and the 6th Extinction!
 


Mission US: Up from the Dust Electric Funstuff
In Mission US, players experience a pivotal moment in American History from the perspective of a young person. In the latest installment, Up from the Dust, you encounter the twin disasters of the Depression and Dust Bowl. How do you survive the worst hard times?
 


Library Lost The Completely Surrounded
Library Lost is a first-person puzzle game about a girl trying to find her way out of a library by deciphering clues that are hidden in plain sight. It uses stunning images from the New York Public Library’s Digital Repository of 180,000+ items.
 


Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea Killer Snails LLC
In the deck-building card game Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea, you are the scientist collecting predatory cone snails that prey on fish, worms and other mollusks, to build a venom arsenal of potentially life-saving peptide toxins. Out-strategize your competition and concoct the winning solution!

 

 

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Show your game at the G4C Marketplace

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The G4C Marketplace at the Games for Change Festival is an opportunity for your company or organization to showcase new games, technologies, and platforms to over 800 developers, educators, government, technology companies, and more — as well as Festival presenters and VIPs.

The Marketplace will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 24 at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.

We are offering booths by application only. Apply by April 15 using this form.

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2016 Games for Change Festival registration is open!

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Passes for our 2016 Games for Change Festival are now on sale! Don’t miss our all-new program focused on Games for Learning, Neurogaming & Health, and Civics & Social Issues, produced in partnership with The New School’s Parsons School of Design.

Register now and save $50 with the early-bird discount.
 

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Looking for the Games and Media Summit? Please note that this year, the Games for Change Festival (June 23-24) and the Games and Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 18) are individual events. Both events have their own separate registration.

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Games for Change is looking for interns: Social Media and Event Production

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We’re looking for interns who are interested in getting involved with games for social impact and can help us make our upcoming events the best yet.

Interns will get to attend the Games & Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival and the annual Games for Change Festival, where you can learn about and play the latest gaming technologies and hear from leaders and innovators in the world of gaming. Past speakers at Games for Change events include: former Vice President Al Gore; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and gaming industry luminaries, such as Jane McGonigal, Gabe Newell, Brenda Romero, Eric Zimmerman, and more.

See below for more details on each internship and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

The Social Media Intern will support Games for Change’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to promote the work of G4C and its community far and wide!

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic writer/blogger, articulate communicator, and self-starter. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: Immediately
Location: New York City / remote
Duration: Minimum 12 weeks, 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

  • The Social Media Intern will work closely with the Community Manager and Project Director to:
  • Draft, schedule and post content to G4C’s social media channels website (e.g. blogs, interviews, video and media)
  • Track industry and community news to add to social media calendar
  • Help develop G4C social media strategy
  • Create outreach lists to cover different impact games communities (such as learning games and ed tech, games for health, indie developers etc)
  • Use analytics tools to provide reports on G4C social media accounts
  • Help manage inquiries for G4C programs and consulting services
  • Support G4C team across range of projects and community events, including game design challenges, the G4C Festival, and public arcades
  • Live-tweet G4C events (such as the Games and Media Summit and the G4C Festival), taking photos for social media and livestreaming via Periscope

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Experienced with Twitter / Tweetdeck, Facebook, Periscope, Instagram, and writing/blogging
  • Familiar with analytics for Twitter and Facebook
  • Comfortable with WordPress, HTML, and Google Docs
  • Demonstrate exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible and comfortable working with remote team members

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Adobe Suite, graphic design and/or photo editing software
  • Passion for games for social change and interactive storytelling

How to apply:
Please send an email with the subject line “Social Media Intern” to [email protected] that includes your resume and a brief cover letter with your availability (hours per week), school/program and expected graduation year, relevant work experience, and favorite game.

FESTIVAL PRODUCTION INTERN

Games for Change is seeking a Festival Production Intern to support the NYC team on a range of production needs for the 2016 Games & Media Summit and G4C Festival.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and driven production assistant, with experience in event planning and production. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: February 1
Location: New York City
Duration: Minimum 10 weeks (through April 24), 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

Responsibilities:

  • Support G4C Festival production team (Executive Producer and Producer) in daily activities across a range of festival development and production projects
  • Conduct research on partnerships, sponsorships, venues, vendors, and technology
  • Communicate and manage outreach to partners, speakers, and sponsors
  • Coordinate travel plans, volunteer outreach, and website content

Qualifications:

  • Experience in event, festival or media production
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Very reliable, self-motivated, and proactive
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
  • Experience working with interactive media a plus
  • Must be able to work at G4C office in NYC
  • Currently or were recently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student

How to apply:
Please send an email with subject line “Festival Production Intern” to [email protected] that includes your resume and a brief cover letter with your availability (hours per week), school/program and expected graduation year, and relevant work experience with festival, event, or media production.

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

Games for Change is seeking a Graphic Design Intern to support the NYC team on a range of design needs including website design, promotional collateral (print and web), branding, information design and photo editing.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled graphic designer, with ability to work with brand guidelines and communicate clearly both visually and verbally. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: February 1
Location: New York City
Duration: Minimum 10 weeks (through April 24), 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

Responsibilities:

  • Design reports, graphics, digital badges and artwork
  • Creating images to be shared on our website, social media, newsletter, and blog
  • Balance work within brand guidelines and online marketing best practices to produce consistent deliverables
  • Assist in research of the social impact games space (i.e., playing games!)
  • Archiving Games for Change online content

Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Adobe Suite (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google platform
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience designing on-brand (to match a brand’s look and feel)
  • Clear verbal communicator
  • Knowledge or interest in digital games, especially social impact games is a plus
  • Currently or were recently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student

How to apply:
Please email your cover letter, resume, and work samples/portfolio with the subject line “Graphic Design Intern” to [email protected].

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Communications Intern will support Games for Change’s NYC team on a range of communication needs including writing, blogging, social media, marketing and research, helping promote the work of G4C far and wide!

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic writer/blogger, great storyteller, articulate communicator and hardworking self-starter. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: Immediately
Location: New York City
Duration: Minimum 10 weeks, 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

The Communications Intern will work closely with the Project Director and Community Manager to:

  • Write and post content to the G4C website (e.g. blogs, interviews, video and media)
  • Research and manage databases of games, organizations, programs, and developers
  • Help develop G4C social media strategy; draft content for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Use analytics tools to provide reports on G4C social media accounts; archive web content
  • Review and report on games for G4C Arcades; pitch stories for G4C blog
  • Help manage inquiries for G4C programs and consulting services
  • Compose overview documents and concept decks
  • Support G4C team across range of projects and community events, including Challenges, Festival, and Arcades

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Experienced in writing/blogging and social media
  • Able to prioritize and execute without sacrificing quality
  • Flexible and comfortable working with remote team members
  • Comfortable with WordPress, HTML, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs
  • Demonstrate exemplary written and verbal communication skills

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Adobe Suite, graphic design and/or photo editing software
  • Passion for games for social change and interactive storytelling

How to apply:
Please send an email with the subject line “Communication Intern” to [email protected] that includes your resume and a brief cover letter with your availability (hours per week), school/program and expected graduation year, relevant work experience, and favorite game.

FESTIVAL PRODUCTION INTERN

Games for Change is seeking a Festival Production Intern to support the NYC team on a range of production needs for the 2016 Games & Media Summit and G4C Festival.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and driven production assistant, with experience in event planning and production. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: February 1
Location: New York City
Duration: Minimum 10 weeks (through April 24), 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

Responsibilities:

  • Support G4C Festival production team (Executive Producer and Producer) in daily activities across a range of festival development and production projects
  • Conduct research on partnerships, sponsorships, venues, vendors, and technology
  • Communicate and manage outreach to partners, speakers, and sponsors
  • Coordinate travel plans, volunteer outreach, and website content

Qualifications:

  • Experience in event, festival or media production
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Very reliable, self-motivated, and proactive
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
  • Experience working with interactive media a plus
  • Must be able to work at G4C office in NYC
  • Currently or were recently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student

How to apply:
Please send an email with subject line “Festival Production Intern” to [email protected] that includes your resume and a brief cover letter with your availability (hours per week), school/program and expected graduation year, and relevant work experience with festival, event, or media production.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Communications Intern will support Games for Change’s NYC team on a range of communication needs including writing, blogging, social media, marketing and research, helping promote the work of G4C far and wide!

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic writer/blogger, great storyteller, articulate communicator and hardworking self-starter. This is a collaborative role that involves working closely with the G4C team.

Start date: Immediately
Location: New York City
Duration: Minimum 10 weeks, 16-24 hours per week
Compensation: Unpaid, school credit available

The Communications Intern will work closely with the Project Director and Community Manager to:

  • Write and post content to the G4C website (e.g. blogs, interviews, video and media)
  • Research and manage databases of games, organizations, programs, and developers
  • Help develop G4C social media strategy; draft content for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Use analytics tools to provide reports on G4C social media accounts; archive web content
  • Review and report on games for G4C Arcades; pitch stories for G4C blog
  • Help manage inquiries for G4C programs and consulting services
  • Compose overview documents and concept decks
  • Support G4C team across range of projects and community events, including Challenges, Festival, and Arcades

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and capable of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Experienced in writing/blogging and social media
  • Able to prioritize and execute without sacrificing quality
  • Flexible and comfortable working with remote team members
  • Comfortable with WordPress, HTML, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs
  • Demonstrate exemplary written and verbal communication skills

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Adobe Suite, graphic design and/or photo editing software
  • Passion for games for social change and interactive storytelling

How to apply:
Please send an email with the subject line “Communication Intern” to [email protected] that includes your resume and a brief cover letter with your availability (hours per week), school/program and expected graduation year, relevant work experience, and favorite game.

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Games for Change Climate Challenge: A $10,000 game design competition on climate change

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Help players understand and respond to climate change in their everyday lives

 

Climate change is no longer a challenge of the distant future. Increased coastal flooding, changing precipitation patterns, and record high temperatures are just some of the climate impacts that communities around the world are facing today. Through the Games for Change Climate Challenge, Autodesk, the PoLAR Partnership, and Games for Change aim to inspire more people to tackle this problem at the local, regional, and global level.

The challenge invites you to submit a working prototype of a digital game that focuses on scientifically-grounded climate solutions, such as preventing carbon emissions, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and/or promoting public awareness and understanding.

Applicants of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. Submissions require a working prototype. Participants are encouraged, but not explicitly required, to use one of the following Autodesk tools in creation of game submission materials: 3ds Max, Maya, Maya LT, or Stingray.

Travel accommodations and festival passes will be provided for up to four finalists to give presentations and demos as part of the final jury, live on stage at the Games for Change Festival in New York City this June.

Before submitting, please be sure to review the guidelines for complete background, competition guidelines, and criteria.

Submit your game idea here.

The challenge is sponsored by Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, and the Columbia Climate Center, with support from the National Science Foundation*.

Key Dates

  • May 6: Deadline for submissions
  • May 27: Finalists notified
  • June 23-24: Winner selected on stage by live jury at Games for Change Festival in New York City


Prizes

Four Finalists One Selected Winner
  • Two complimentary passes to the 2016 Games for Change Festival
  • Complimentary travel and lodging during Festival
  • Recognition on the Games for Change website and Festival communication
  • Opportunity to present design and network with other funders, activists, and designers
  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Opportunities for mentoring with technical and/or content experts to further develop the winning prototype
  • Promotion on Games for Change’s website and social media channels

 


 
* The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1239783). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. No federal funds will be used in awarding prizes to the Climate Challenge winner.

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Two $10,000 design challenges ending soon!

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Enter these design competitions to show your work at the Summit

 
The Games and Media Summit will showcase the finalists of our two current design challenges, and the deadlines to enter are quickly approaching!

Our Feed the Pig financial literacy game design challenge from the Ad Council and AICPA ends tomorrow, and there’s less than one month to enter the interactive media Challenge of Diversity, hosted with Interlude. Finalists of both challenges will be invited to present their work on stage at the Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Keep an eye out for next week’s newsletter — we’ll announce a new $10,000 challenge that will culminate at the Games for Change Festival in June!
 
Challenge of Diversity, Interlude
 
DEADLINE: April 1, 11:59 p.m. EST 
This challenge asks game developers and filmmakers to create a three-minute interactive video, using Interlude’s Treehouse platform, on the subject of diversity. All finalists will be showcased at the Games and Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival, and one team will receive $10,000 to produce the next two episodes of their series. Submit here.

 
 
Feed the Pig game design challenge
 
DEADLINE: March 10, 11:59 p.m. EST  
The Feed the Pig game design challenge invites designers of all levels to propose a game that encourages young adults, ages 25 to 34, to actively work toward financial security through saving. With our partners at Ad Council and AICPA, we will award a prize of $10,000 to one winner and $5,000 to finalists. All finalists will get to pitch their game ideas live on stage at our Games and Media Summit at the Tribeca Film Festival. Submit here.

 


 
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