The 2008 5th Annual Games for Change Festival is taking place on June 2 – 4, 2008 and is being hosted by Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.
Monday June 2nd at:
Why Games in New York? NYC is known as a hub both for international business and the social change sector including the UN. For games, NYC is emerging as a center for expertise from universities with games production departments and small, highly innovative game makers. State leaders are beginning to see games as an exciting opportunity to develop a high-profile growth sector to reverse brain drain. Other regions of the country have already established momentum around both military games and healthcare games, but NYC is emerging for games and social change -- a strategy which brings together the fields of informal learning, global peace diplomacy, and national/grassroots politics.
The conference is located at Parsons The New School for Design in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. It is accessible via several modes of transportation: MTA bus, MTA subway, or car/taxi.
The subway is the most efficient way to move about NYC. It is clean, modern, and safe although its popularity among locals can make it quite crowded at times.
From Above 13th St.:
One can hail a cab from anywhere in NYC. All cabs are yellow and black and charge by distance/time. It is easiest to catch a cab near hotels and major attractions, but they are rather frequent in the main parts of Manhattan.
There are several car services available in NYC. Rates are negotiated per service per trip.
From the North:
From the South:
Parking on the street is all timed in this area. For monitored parking, try any of the following nearby:
The Festival Hotel is the Gershwin Hotel, a funky and fun “art hotel” about a 10 minute walk to the festivals. We have a fixed number of rooms there, and they fill up fast. So book early.
Give code “CI-GAMES”
Discounted blocks available for reservation by May 1st at the following hotels:
Ask for “Games for Change” Group
W Union Square
Ask for “Games for Change Festival” Group
These are other nearby hotels where you are likely to find good rates:
Inn on 23rd
Union Square Inn
Econo Lodge Times Square