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Wednesday 04/23/20146:30pm-7:15pm - NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts
11th Annual Games for Change Awards Ceremony

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Each year we recognize the most impactful, innovative, and engaging social impact games of the year at our Games for Change Awards ceremony. An international panel of experts – including leaders in games, social impact, technology, and media – have played well over a hundred games for change; each game was launched in the past year and submitted to the awards. Nine Awards finalists were selected, and of these, three will win awards for the Most Innovative, Most Impactful, and Best Gameplay of the year, and one will be selected as the Game of the Year. Play all of the finalist’s games in the Festival’s Awards Showcase in the lobby of NYU Skirball during the Festival and see who you think deserves the prize.

We will also be presenting our annual “Game Changer Award,” which recognizes significant, global contributions of individuals who inspire and mentor new generations of game creators and researchers. This year’s recipient is Dr. James Paul Gee, whose work on the learning attributes in digital games and how they can be applied to the classroom and beyond has been incomparably influential and done great good.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Jesse Schell!

We thank our talented panel of judges, which featured leaders of the gaming community, philanthropic sector, nonprofits and education, for their lending their time and thoughtful critiques in selecting the award nominees.

Nominating Panel Members:
• Michael Astolfi, Carnegie Corp.
• Harish Bhandari, Robin Hood Foundation
• Karl Brown, Rockefeller Foundation
• Brian Chung, IGDA NJ
• Brian Crecente, Polygon.com
• Ellen Doherty, WNET
• Jason Eppink, Museum of Moving Image
• Nick Fortugno, Playmatics
• Jesse Freeman, Amazon
• Nina Freeman, Code Liberation Foundation
• Tracy Fullerton, University of Southern California Game Innovation Lab
• Nettrice Gaskins, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Robert Gehorsham, Institute of Play
• Sheila Jagannathan, World Bank
• Christer Katila, OneGameAMonth.com
• Collen Macklin, Parsons The New School for Design
• Jude Ower, Playmob
• Yaniv Rivlin, Schusterman Foundation
• Haviland Rummel, SCE
• Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency
• Abby Speight, Zynga.org
• Phil Stuart, Preloaded
• Clive Thompson, Wired, NY Times
• Stephen Totilo, Kotaku
• Greg Trefry, Come Out & Play
• John Vaskis, Indiegogo
• Pete Vigeant, ESI Design