The nominees of the 2nd Annual Games for Change Awards are…

With 44 days left until the Festival, we’re excited to announce the nominees for the 2nd Annual Games for Change Awards. For those of you who have already registered, you can expect to play each of the games on-site at the event. If you haven’t registered, what are you waiting for?

And the nominees are…

Direct Impact Award
Farm Blitz
Participatory Chinatown

Knight News Game Award
The Cat and the Coup
Fate of the World
Guess My Race
One Ocean Interactive

Learning & Education Award
The Curfew
One Ocean Interactive

Transmedia Award
America 2049
The Curfew
The Garbage Dreams Game
Inside the Haiti Earthquake

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90 projects were submitted for consideration and we would like to give our sincere thanks to our Nominating Panelists. They put tremendous time and energy into reviewing (and playing!) all of the submissions. We’re pleased to share with you who took part in this process. The next stage for the nominees is our distinguished jury who will select one winner in each category to be announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony (Wed June 22).

Our Nominating Panels:

Direct Impact
Cheryl Heller, Founder, Heller Communication Design, Chair, Design for Social Innovation, SVA, Board Chair, PopTech
Mathan Ratinam, Director, Humanitarian Design Lab, Parsons The New School for Design
Benjamin Stokes, Co-Founder of Games For Change and PhD Student at USC Annenberg

Knight News Game
Leigh Alexander, News Editor, Gamasutra
Simon Ferrari, Researcher at Georgia Tech
Gilson Schwartz, Director, Games for Change Latin America

Learning & Education
Idit Harel Caperton, President and Founder, World Wide Workshop Foundation
Marjee Owens Chmiel, School Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
Jon-Paul C. Dyson, Director, International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and Vice President for Exhibit Research and Development, The Strong
James Jorasch, Founder of Science House
Rafi Santo, Learning Sciences Doctoral Student, Indiana University
Ted Scovell, Director of Science Outreach, The Rockefeller University
Chloe Varelidi, Creative Director of MissionLab at Quest to Learn, and Senior Game Designer with the Institute of Play

Griffin Farley, Strategy Director at BBH New York focused on Propagation Planning and Innovation
Catherine Herdlick, Game Designer and Co-Founder/Director, Come Out & Play
Victor Piñeiro, strategist, copywriter, and social media guy for digital creative agency Big Spaceship
Susana Ruiz, Co-Founder, Take Action Games and Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California

See you all in June!
Major support for the 8th Annual Games for Change Festival is being provided by AMD Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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