June 20

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  • Keynote: Vice President
    Al Gore

    Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a partnership that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. He is also co-founder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independent cable and satellite television news and information network based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. In addition, Read more »

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  • Workshop 2: The Case for Social Impact Games

    Presented in collaboration with NetHope, this intimate workshop will enable funders, implementing partners, and game designers to share in-depth their collaborative experiences on games covering a range of subject areas, including: public health, global development, education and civic engagement. The proposed audience: Decision-makers from NGOs, corporations, government, non-profits, and foundations interested in a high-level overview Read more »

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  • Workshop 1: Inspiring Digital Kids With Game Design

    Sponsored by the AMD Foundation. The proposed audience:  This day-long program is for educators and organizations working in the classroom or informal settings with youth aged 10 – 18. Panels and hands-on activities will show attendees how to engage students in designing digital games. The day is structured as a series of panel discussions, case studies, presentations Read more »

Day One

June 21

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  • Awards Arcade

    The Awards Arcade is opportunity to play each of the games eligible for this year’s Games for Change Awards throughout the two days. Awards will be presented in 4 categories; Transmedia, Learning and Education, Direct Impact and Knight News. The four nominees for each category (total of 16 games) will be available to be played on site. Read more »

  • The Real-world Games for Change Challenge

    The Come Out & Play Festival with Games for Change has awarded the Real-World Games for Change design challenge of $5,000 to Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Jamie Lin and Nien Lam for their outdoor game, “Commons,” which will be played in Lower Manhattan as part of the River to River Festival on June 19th. “Commons” is a game for urban Read more »

  • James Shelton, U.S. Department of Education

    Jim Shelton is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, managing a portfolio that includes most of the Department’s competitive teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs, housed in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Previously, he served as a program director for the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Read more »

  • Game Demo Spotlight

    The “Demo Spotlight” is an opportunity for game developers to present their projects on the main stage of the Games for Change Festival to an open panel of designers and funders for feedback. The six projects selected reflect the tremendous diversity and breadth of “games for change” currently in development and were selected from dozens Read more »

  • Opening Night Reception

    Restricted to All Access and Festival Only badge holders. Your badge will provide admission.

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  • Festival Game

    Looking for a fun way to meet and greet? Stakehold’em – a game of collaborative card combination – will be running for the entire two days of the festival. Every attendee is invited: you will be given a game card and instructions when you arrive. Play for just a few minutes or spend both days Read more »

Day Two

June 22

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  • G4LI Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Gabe Newell

    Keynote from Gabe Newell, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Valve Corporation.

  • Keynote: Philanthropy, Movements and Making Media Matter

    A provocative conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn, Laura Pincus Hartman of, and Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski of the UN World Food Programme representing perspectives from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics and business leaders who have invested in popular media as part of their platforms to address pressing social concerns or are using platforms such as Read more »

  • Games for Learning Institute Day @ Games for Change Festival

    The Games for Learning Institute is hosting the Games for Change Festival at its new home, NYU Skirball Center. G4LI is also co-producing a day-long thematic strand of programming around the theme Design Patterns for Games for Learning on Wednesday, June 22.

  • Games For Change Around the World: Global Inspiration and Interpretations

    Games for change have gone global in their ability to inspire and be reinterpreted in different countries and cultures. The news game “Peacemaker” is inspired by real events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It in turn inspires Gyeonggi Digital Contents Agency’s  “Green Grim,” a game set in an environmental backdrop in the demilitarized zone between North Read more »

  • Trends in Gaming: Mobile, Direct Action, Facebook

    A series of short talks about emerging trends that are impacting gaming and game design. Experts in these areas will point out new developments and opportunities. Youth Making Games: Young people who have been making games through the many programs supporting game design education discuss their work Game Making Tools: With the sustained interest in Read more »

  • Closing Keynote: Jesse Schell

    Prior to starting Schell Games in 2004, Jesse was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest, as well as on Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer game for kids. Before that, Read more »

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  • Awards Ceremony

    Awards presented in the following categories: Knight News Game Award, Direct Impact, Learning & Education, and Transmedia. View the nominees. All nominated games will be available to play in the Award Arcade outside of the Skirball Center Auditorium throughout the festival.