Schedule

  • Pre‑Festival Summit – Monday, June 20

    9:15am
    Workshop 1: Inspiring Digital Kids With Game Design

    Start time: 9:15am
    Until: 9:30am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    Welcome from the AMD Foundation, workshop sponsor. 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 Read more »

    Workshop 2: The Case For Social Impact Games

    Start time: 9:15am
    Until: 9:30am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    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 »

    9:30am
    AMD Changing the Game

    Start time: 9:30am
    Until: 9:45am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    AMD Changing the Game, an initiative of the AMD Foundation, is AMD’s global signature education program designed to take gaming beyond entertainment, and inspire youth to learn. The program teaches kids how to create their own video games on subjects such as energy and the environment and other important social issues. By creating games, students Read more »

    Case Study: iCivics

    Start time: 9:30am
    Until: 10:30am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    Spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, iCivics is a web-based education project designed to reinvigorate civic teaching and learning. iCivics features free lesson plans, web quests, discussion forums, and games. With these tools, iCivics empowers the first generation of ‘digital natives’ to become knowledgeable civic participants and leaders. Developer: Filament Games (Dan White, Founding Read more »

    9:45am
    Understanding the Landscape: An Overview of Approaches, Platforms and Intended Outcomes for Teaching Youth Game Design

    Start time: 9:45am
    Until: 10:45am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    What is the pedagogy behind the use of game design for youth? One of the biggest challenges for educators new to this space is considering how to incorporate game design into the school curriculum and after-school programs.  What are these approaches, what are the potential expected outcomes, what level of skill or commitment is required Read more »

    10:30am
     
    Case Study: At-Risk

    Start time: 10:30am
    Until: 11:30am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    At-Risk is a suite of online role-playing games to prepare specific groups to identify, approach, and refer those exhibiting signs of psychological distress including PTSD and suicide ideation. Its avatar-based learning is used to train 900,000 families of Veterans in NY/NJ, faculty and students at 95 universities, and ED personnel at 80 hospitals. Developer: Kognito Read more »

    10:45am
    Game Design in the Classroom: A Globaloria Case Study

    Start time: 10:45am
    Until: 11:45am
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    Bringing innovation into the classroom requires a commitment that includes the superintendent, principal, teachers, students and parents. This case study looks at how 3 school systems in TX, NY, and WV deployed Globaloria system wide. The Globaloria Learning Network is designed for deep integration into school systems. It teaches students in a year-long structured curriculum, Read more »

    11:30am
     
    Case Study: EnerCities

    Start time: 11:30am
    Until: 12:00pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    At the time of the beta, EnerCities was the first serious game on Facebook. In this city building game, players are challenged to build a sustainable city. It runs online (www.enercities.eu) and on Facebook, and is available in six languages. The game is part of an educational platform dealing with energy issues, backed by European Read more »

    11:45am
    Break

    Start time: 11:45am
    Until: 12:15pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    12:15pm
    Keynote: Vice President
    Al Gore

    Start time: 12:15pm
    Until: 1:30pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Vice President Gore will be introduced by Maya L. Harris, vice president for the Ford Foundation’s Democracy, Rights and Justice program. All Access passholders and Pre-Festival Summit Passholders will automatically receive a complimentary ticket to this keynote when they check in for Monday’s workshop. If you are purchasing a Festival Only Pass (Tues-Wed), you can also Read more »

    Keynote: Vice President
    Al Gore

    Start time: 12:15pm
    Until: 1:30pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    All Access passholders and Pre-Festival Summit Passholders will automatically receive a complimentary ticket to this keynote when they check in for Monday’s workshop. If you are purchasing a Festival Only Pass (Tues-Wed), you can also purchase a ticket to Al Gore’s keynote by selecting the “Festival Only + Al Gore Keynote” ticket on our registration page. Read more »

    1:30pm
    Lunch and A Presentation of Games Designed by Teen Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Start time: 1:30pm
    Until: 2:00pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    In 2010, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers introduced game design as one of the artistic disciplines of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A curated selection of games designed by youth of various ages and working on a variety of platforms will be presented. These projects demonstrate game play and levels within each Read more »

    Lunch

    Start time: 1:30pm
    Until: 2:15pm

    Lunch will be provided.

    2:00pm
    Introduction to Game Design: A Hands-On Workshop for Educators

    Start time: 2:00pm
    Until: 4:00pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    Alan Gershenfeld, Founder and President, E-Line Media, leads a hands-on workshop for educators to assist in their understanding of the skills necessary to use a variety of game-making tools.

    2:15pm
     
    Case Study: EVOKE

    Start time: 2:15pm
    Until: 3:15pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    EVOKE is a ten-week crash course in changing the world. It is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere. The goal of this educational social network game is to help empower people all over the world to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent, social problems. The game’s first season began on Read more »

    3:15pm
     
    Moderated Breakout Conversations

    Start time: 3:15pm
    Until: 4:15pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    Voice questions or ideas that arise throughout the day. Engage fellow attendees on what topics have been most relevant and most challenging.

    4:00pm
    Break

    Start time: 4:00pm
    Until: 4:15pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    4:15pm
    Outside the Classroom: Youth Designing Games

    Start time: 4:15pm
    Until: 5:30pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    What are the best practices for teaching game design in after-school programs or encouraging the exploration of these tools in informal settings? Moderator: Barry Joseph, Director, Online Leadership Program, Global Kids Presenters: Marc Lesser, MOUSE Juan Rubio, Global Kids Tamara Hudgins, Executive Director of Girlstart Dan Rauzi, Senior Director, Technology Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Read more »

    Motivating DIY Development for Change

    Start time: 4:15pm
    Until: 4:30pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    There are thousands of amateur game designers on the web, and they’re constantly making games, on any subject you can imagine, simply because it’s their passion. But how do you inspire them to care about the issues that you’re advocating for? This brief talk takes a look at the successes and shortcomings of the Wikileaks Read more »

    4:30pm
     
    Designing Games For Ethics

    Start time: 4:30pm
    Until: 4:45pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    What are the limits and potentials for designing games for ethics? Karen Schrier discusses the collaborative design process of Mission US: For Crown or Colony?, a game developed by Channel 13/WNET, Electric Funstuff, EDC, and CUNY, and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Based on this case study and extensive research, she describes the Read more »

    4:45pm
     
    Zen and the Art of Serious Play

    Start time: 4:45pm
    Until: 5:00pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    In making serious games, don’t ignore the classic ingredients that make a good game; fun, challenge and competition. Just as Uncle Tom’s Cabin fit cleanly into the template for a good novel to create sweeping social impact, the games you create should leverage the success of proven popular games to get the message across. Presenter: Read more »

    5:00pm
     
    Case Study: Macon Money

    Start time: 5:00pm
    Until: 6:00pm
    Venue: kimmel Center

    Macon Money is a community-wide social game designed for the residents of Macon, Georgia. Using a new local currency with a fun twist, the game builds person-to-person connections throughout the community while supporting local businesses. Developer: area/code (Kati London, Director of Product, Zynga New York) Funder: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Mayur Read more »

    5:30pm
    Building a Community of Practice and Resources for Educators

    Start time: 5:30pm
    Until: 6:00pm
    Venue: Kimmel Center

    This is an open dialogue with educators who have implemented youth game design into their curricula or after-school programs. The goal of the session is to identify ways in which the community of practitioners can strengthen their networks and connections to each other. Panelists: Kerri Schlottman, Director, External Relations, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Read more »

    6:00pm
    Reception

    Start time: 6:00pm
    Until: 7:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Limited to Pre-Festival Summit attendees only.

    Reception

    Start time: 6:00pm
    Until: 7:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Limited to Pre-Festival Summit attendees only.

  • Festival Day One – Tuesday, June 21

    9:30am
    Welcome Remarks by NYU and Games For Change

    Start time: 9:30am
    Until: 9:55am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Asi Burak and Michelle Byrd, Co-Presidents of Games For Change welcome attendees to the festival.

    9:55am
    Introduction of Stakehold’em Conference Game

    Start time: 9:55am
    Until: 10:00am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    10:00am
    The Digital City

    Start time: 10:00am
    Until: 10:15am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, presents an overview from the recent “Roadmap for the Digital City” and shares her thoughts on how games may integrate into the City’s planning.

    10:15am
    Public Media and Games

    Start time: 10:15am
    Until: 11:00am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    A series of short presentations from those supporting games and games makers from within public institutions. Moderator: Matt Locke, Director and Founder, Storythings / Former Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, Channel 4 Presenters: Alyce Myatt, Director, Media Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts and their recently announced Arts in Media guidelines Michael Shirley, Senior Read more »

    11:00am
    The Real-world Games for Change Challenge

    Start time: 11:00am
    Until: 11:30am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    11:30am
    Games and Cultural Spaces

    Start time: 11:30am
    Until: 12:30pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Cultural institutions large and small are increasingly commissioning and exhibiting games as content. This panel will look at how museums, libraries, and gallery spaces are using games to engage new audiences for education and creative exploration. Each participant will showcase their production, curatorial and educational practices. The presentations will be followed by a conversation on Read more »

    12:30pm
    Lunch Break

    Start time: 12:30pm
    Until: 2:00pm

    Lunch is on your own.

    2:00pm
    James Shelton, U.S. Department of Education

    Start time: 2:00pm
    Until: 2:45pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    2:45pm
    Innovations in Business and Funding Models

    Start time: 2:45pm
    Until: 3:15pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Design studios, foundations and venture capitalists are creating new business models to fund social impact games. Presenters: Dan White, CEO of Filament Games, presents a talk on new models in educational games. Chris Swain, CEO and Founder, Talkie

    3:15pm
    Games For Change Europe Showcase

    Start time: 3:15pm
    Until: 3:45pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    In France, The Chamber of Commerce in Valenciennes supported the establishment of Games for Change Europe. Seeing an opportunity to link games with economic development, the government launched the first European Games for Change Festival in May 2011. Highlights from the first event of its kind will be shared with the audience, including some of Read more »

    3:45pm
    Games For Health Update

    Start time: 3:45pm
    Until: 4:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    In May 2011 Games for Health held its 7th Annual Conference in Boston, MA. This fast-paced, 10-minute update will allow attendees to learn a bit more about this veteran effort in the serious games field and what the latest trends that emerged at its annual event. Presenter: Bethany Bryant, Vice President, Digitalmill

    4:00pm
    Break

    Start time: 4:00pm
    Until: 4:30pm

    4:30pm
    Game Demo Spotlight

    Start time: 4:30pm
    Until: 6:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    6:00pm
    Opening Night Reception

    Start time: 6:00pm
    Until: 9:00pm

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

  • Festival Day Two – Wednesday, June 22

    9:15am
    Keynote: Philanthropy, Movements and Making Media Matter

    Start time: 9:15am
    Until: 10:15am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    A provocative conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn, Laura Pincus Hartman of Zynga.org, 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

    Start time: 9:15am
    Until: 9:20am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    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.

    10:15am
    Engaging the News

    Start time: 10:15am
    Until: 11:15am
    Venue: Skirball Center

    While much has been discussed about the challenges posed by news gathering budget cuts and shrinking advertising budgets, not as much has been discussed about some of the forward-thinking and innovative ways in which journalists and news outlets are collaborating with new partners and utilizing media platforms such as games to engage and diversify their Read more »

    Welcome from the Games for Learning Institute

    Start time: 10:15am
    Until: 10:20am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Ken Perlin, Director Jan Plass, Co-Director

    10:20am
     
    Examining Reflective Awareness in Gaming Experience

    Start time: 10:20am
    Until: 10:40am

    Presenters: Thomas Fennewald Gabriel Recchia Ellen Jameson

    10:40am
     
    Covert and Overt Measures of Engagement within an Educational Multimedia Environment

    Start time: 10:40am
    Until: 11:00am

    Presenters: Javier Gonzalez-Sanchez Robert Christopherson Maria Elena Chavez-Echeagaray Robert Atkinson

    11:00am
     
    Observational and Log Analysis Methods for Assessing Engagement and Affect in Educational Games

    Start time: 11:00am
    Until: 11:10am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Ryan S. J. d. Baker

    11:10am
     
    Game Changing: Extending learning both within the classroom and without the classroom

    Start time: 11:10am
    Until: 11:20am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Krishan Patel

    11:15am
    Break

    Start time: 11:15am
    Until: 11:30am

    11:20am
     
    Teaching Scientific Inquiry with a Serious Game

    Start time: 11:20am
    Until: 11:30am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Keith Millis

    11:30am
    Games For Change Around the World: Global Inspiration and Interpretations

    Start time: 11:30am
    Until: 12:30pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    G4LI Advancing Research on Games for Learning

    Start time: 11:30am
    Until: 11:50am
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenters: Ken Perlin, Jan Plass and G4LI PIs

    11:50am
     
    G4LI Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Gabe Newell

    Start time: 11:50am
    Until: 12:50pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

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

    12:30pm
    Lunch Break

    Start time: 12:30pm
    Until: 1:30pm

    12:50pm
     
    Empowering Minority Youth to Engage STEM learning through Comm. Partnerships and Educational Game Design

    Start time: 12:50pm
    Until: 1:10pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Alex Games

    1:10pm
     
    Microtalks: Games as Metaphor Primers

    Start time: 1:10pm
    Until: 1:20pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Katie McMillan Culp

    1:20pm
     
    Microtalks: Lit to Quit: A Mobile Game for Smoking Reduction Using Breathing Techniques

    Start time: 1:20pm
    Until: 1:30pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Adrienne Garber

    1:30pm
    Trends in Gaming: Youth Designing Games

    Start time: 1:30pm
    Until: 1:45pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Presenters: Allyson Peerman, Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs for AMD Barry Joseph, Director, Online Leadership Program, Global Kids and Co-Founder Games For Change Jessy Jo Gomez, Incoming Student, Parsons The New School For Design

    Microtalks: Multiple-choice is for Wimps! Play InterroBang-Change the World!

    Start time: 1:30pm
    Until: 1:40pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Adrian Dede, Brad Lewis, Allyson Knox

    1:40pm
     
    Microtalks: The Sack School: Little Big Planet 2 as an Educational Environment for a Community of Learners and Contributors

    Start time: 1:40pm
    Until: 1:50pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Vittorio Marone

    1:45pm
    Trends in Gaming: Game Making Tools

    Start time: 1:45pm
    Until: 2:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Game Making Tools: With the sustained interest in integrating game designing into the classroom and game design skills as transferable systems thinking, a host of tools have come to the forefront. Alan Gershenfeld, Founder and President of E-Line Media, will talk about what this space has to offer and where it is going.

    1:50pm
     
    Microtalks: Development Post-mortem and Research Results for Mecanika, a game to learn Newtonian concepts

    Start time: 1:50pm
    Until: 2:00pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Francois Boucher-Genesse

    2:00pm
    Trends in Gaming: Direct Impact

    Start time: 2:00pm
    Until: 2:15pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Direct Action and Impact: Two short talks about how games are expanding their magic circle to leave lasting, tangible impact on the world. Jamison Selby, Senior Producer at TimePlay Entertainment will explore opportunities for in-game economies to facilitate donations to real world causes. Jason Behr, Designer at 343 Industries, will discuss game incentive systems that Read more »

    Game Play Reception and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Break

    Start time: 2:00pm
    Until: 2:30pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Various G4LI PIs and Students

    2:15pm
    Trends in Gaming: ARGs

    Start time: 2:15pm
    Until: 2:30pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    For years now Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) have gathered momentum as transmedia storytelling and storymaking experiences, but the concept of ARGs is still evolving and remains hard to explain. Ken Eklund, the creator of WORLD WITHOUT OIL, demystifies the ARG and explains how to use alternate reality experiences in pursuit of serious goals. Presenter: Ken Read more »

    2:30pm
    Trends in Gaming: Rethinking Mobile

    Start time: 2:30pm
    Until: 2:45pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    This is a high-speed provocation.  Claim #1: the mobile activism space is hot, but they don’t know games (or learning).  Claim #2: our mobile games are overlooking civic history.  Luckily, we might have a solution.  To make the case, we will profile five mobile projects you should know about (including ARIS, CommunityPlanIt, and ReActivism).  Then Read more »

    Games as Formative Assessment Environments: Making Assessment Criteria Explicit and Incentivizing Use of Feedback

    Start time: 2:30pm
    Until: 2:50pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenting: Girlie Delacruz

    2:45pm
    Trends in Gaming: Facebook

    Start time: 2:45pm
    Until: 3:00pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    Non-profits are beginning to explore the Facebook platform to spread their cause. Mallika Dutt, President and CEO of Breakthrough, will discuss trends in gaming and Facebook that lead Breakthrough to use the platform as the base for their alternate reality game, America 2049.

    2:50pm
     
    What is Stealth Assessment?

    Start time: 2:50pm
    Until: 3:10pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenter: Val Shute

    3:00pm
    Break

    Start time: 3:00pm
    Until: 3:15pm

    3:10pm
     
    Microtalks: Playing the Data Stream: Ghosts in the Machine

    Start time: 3:10pm
    Until: 3:20pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenter: Matthew Landes

    3:15pm
    International Aid Programs, Social Media, Gaming and Mobile…The New Frontier

    Start time: 3:15pm
    Until: 4:15pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    From USAID and the World Bank to private foundations and NGOs, international aid programs are increasingly embracing social media, gaming and mobile to affect change. These emerging communications platforms are credited with powering such large-scale social and economic changes as the Arab Spring. This panel will assess the potential impact they will have on the future Read more »

    3:20pm
     
    Microtalks: Imagining Future Learning Spaces

    Start time: 3:20pm
    Until: 3:30pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenter: Chloe Varelidi

    3:30pm
     
    Microtalks: Learning about Games, Playing for the Future, Expanding Environmental Consciousness

    Start time: 3:30pm
    Until: 3:40pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenter: Wanda Gregory

    3:40pm
     
    Microtalks: Fun and Frustration = Learning and Games

    Start time: 3:40pm
    Until: 4:00pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Presenters: Drew Davidson

    4:00pm
     
    Closing Remarks and more Game Play

    Start time: 4:00pm
    Until: 4:15pm
    Venue: NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South), Greenberg Lounge

    Ken Perlin and Jan Plass

    4:15pm
    Closing Keynote: Jesse Schell

    Start time: 4:15pm
    Until: 5:15pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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 »

    5:15pm
    Awards Ceremony

    Start time: 5:15pm
    Until: 6:15pm
    Venue: Skirball Center

    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.