Important Information Regarding Games for Change Events and COVID-19

Games for Change maintains the health and safety of our community as a top priority. This includes considerations for all of our event attendees, partners, employees, and volunteers. To that end, G4C is closely monitoring the status of novel coronavirus outbreaks at both the local and national level. We will be cancelling events and programs across the country on a case by case basis and hope to reschedule them at a later date when circumstances improve.
 
At this time, we have no plans to change the format or date of our annual Festival, which is slated to take place July 14-16. However, we acknowledge that this is a rapidly developing situation with shifting circumstances. G4C will be following recommendations from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as they relate to large public gatherings, as well as general safety guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
 
Please follow your local and national health agencies for the most up to date information and best practices for preventing the acquisition and spread of this novel coronavirus:
 
NYC Health: Novel Coronavirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Guide

We’re Hiring: Festival Production Coordinator

Games for Change (G4C) is looking to fill the role of Production Coordinator for the 2020 Games for Change Festival. The Coordinator will work on a 3-person team that handles every aspect of Festival logistics and production, including scheduling, volunteer program for the festival, programming, registration and outreach efforts, website management, and staff/asset coordination.

Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Festival Producer and Executive Producer with information/database management, particularly as it pertains to speaker and session information
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for the G4C Festival. This will require a magnetic personality and reliable communication with hundreds of volunteers via email and in-person before and during the G4C Festival
  • Create, edit, and review website content, including session descriptions, speaker bios, and programming highlights (WordPress)
  • Draft/Edit outreach messaging for volunteer recruitment and other festival needs
  • Draft/Edit session introductions for all sessions at the G4C Festival
  • Oversee content for Festival collateral including paper programs and digital slides
  • Help manage the production team for all Festival events
  • Complete availability, including weekends, between 7/8/2020 and 7/19/2020

Key Qualifications:

  • Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and education
  • Strong Interpersonal skills, able to lead and motivate groups of people; a real people person
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong communication skills (PowerPoint/Keynote, Google Docs) and ability to work with remote teams
  • Strong Writing skills
  • Strong ability to produce high-quality information visually
  • Capable of distilling complex/detailed information into concise and easily communicable content
  • Proven ability to problem-solve and multi-task in high-pressure environments
  • Able to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment
  • Technical background and comfort with the following platforms/technologies preferred: Google Drive, WordPress, Jotform, YouTube, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Steam, Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad


To Apply:

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Festival Production Coordinator” to Marissa Harts, Programs & Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume and cover letter as an attachment.


About Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

The Student Challenge Competition is Back!


The 5th annual Games for Change Student Challenge competition is now open for submissions, and this time it’s NATIONAL

Students across the country have been working hard all year to design digital games focused on social impact themes, and now we want to see them! Through March 31st, middle and high school students across the country will be able to compete in the G4C Student Challenge competition for the chance to win national recognition and a bevy of cool prizes! Spotlight Cities that receive year-round programming (New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Atlanta) will continue to compete in local, citywide competitions, while all other students will compete on a national level.

 

Social Impact Themes



A Clean & Happy Earth (supported by the Truth Initiative):Games that teach players how cigarettes and vaping are contributing to earth’s mounting toxic litter problem.

 

Get the Party Started (supported by iCivics)
Games that examine party politics and imagine the impact of a third party on the 2020 presidential election.

 

Inclusive Play: Designing Games for All (supported by AT&T):Games that are designed for accessibility and a broad range of user needs, fostering inclusivity in the gaming community.

The Human-Animal Bond (supported by Annenberg PetSpace):
Games that explore the importance of the human-animal bond and how both humans and animals benefit from the relationship.

To date, the G4C Student Challenge has reached over 20,000 students, trained 343 educators, hosted 44 game jams, and resulted in the creation of nearly 2,000 original impact games made by students.

Supporters of the 2019-2020 G4C Student Challenge include Take-Two Interactive, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Foundation, General Motors, Motorola, Endless, Truth Initiative, AT&T, Bigglesworth Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

Submit Your Game for the 2020 Games for Change Awards!



Each year, the Games for Change Awards celebrates exemplary work in the impact games sector. Our Awards portal is now open for submissions. We encourage you to submit your games and XR experiences now through February 14th! The 2020 G4C Awards categories are…

  • BEST GAMEPLAY – Recognizes games that incorporate engaging gameplay mechanics that align with and reinforce the intended impact goals of the project.
  • MOST INNOVATIVE – Recognizes games that pave new avenues for sector-growth by demonstrating creativity and embrace experimentation.
  • BEST LEARNING GAME – Recognizes games that successfully balance learning with fun, engaging gameplay.
  • MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT – Recognizes games that target specific social issues with proven outcomes/actions.
  • BEST XR FOR CHANGE EXPERIENCE – Recognizes the best augmented, virtual, or mixed reality experience created for social impact, irrespective of platform.
  • BEST STUDENT GAME – Recognizes impact-driven games created by college/university students.
  • GAME OF THE YEAR – Our grand prize! The Game of the Year is awarded to an exemplary game that demonstrates impact, innovation and gameplay and raises the bar for the impact games sector.
  • G4C PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Once finalists are announced, G4C invites the public to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Submit Your Game Now!

***Submission Portal is Open Until February 14th***

View a full list of 2019 and past G4C Winners here

University of São Paulo Partners with the Games for Change Accelerator as Part of the Seventh Games for Change Latin America Festival in Brazil!


 
As part of the 7th Games for Change Latin America Festival in Brazil, University of São Paulo will be partnering with the Games for Change Accelerator! Accelerating the creation and development of social impact games, the “Pitch for Change” challenge begins December 5 in partnership with The Games for Change Accelerator (G4CA), Games for Change Latin America, and co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UNESCO Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), and with support from the Brazilian Game Industry Association (ABRAGAMES).
 
“The emerging Brazilian game industry is as creative and competitive as the best companies in the world, creating successful games in genres including adventure, fantasy, and simulation. It is equally important that this creative potential is also geared towards addressing issues such as social inequality, violence prevention, healthcare, environmental, and cultural matters,” said Gilson Schwartz, Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) Department of Film, Radio and TV, who has spearheaded “Games for Change Latin America” for ten years.
 
The “Pitch for Change” competition marks the première launch of the accelerator initiative in Brazil and takes place in conjunction with the seventh Games for Change Festival Latin America. The Judging Committee will evaluate more than 20 pre-selected projects in three categories (ideas, prototypes and games in advanced development stage) on December 5 at the International Negotiations Studies Center at the Institute of International Relations, USP.
 
G4CA (New York City) General Manager Margaret Wallace will be in attendance and will be part of the Judging Committee. The pitching sessions are the leading event of the inaugural year of “São Paulo Play Week”, a partnership with SP Business, the Youth Coordination of the Municipal Secretary of Human Rights and Citizenship, and the Municipal Secretary for People with Disabilities. The event received all ABRAGAMES certifications for diversity.
 
“The future of Brazil’s creative economy lies in the hands of those who find the right mix between market competition and problem-solving, whether through digital and analog games, toys, and smart applications,” according to Schwartz.
 
The Judging Committee is comprised of experts in software development, engineering, communications, arts, law, entrepreneurship, economics, game design, and producers of various technology solutions for companies.
 
Winners of the “Pitch for Change” challenge will present their work at the Games for Change Festival in New York City in July 2020, promoting their products in the international market with support from CAPES, the Brazilian national graduation scholarships program. CAPES brings USP’s research and entrepreneurship group closer to universities, games research, and creative industries centers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Israel, and the United States.
 
“Pitch for Change” is unique because of its profit-driven and social impact emphasis as well as its focus on start-ups from all over the world. “A major priority is in connecting with advanced games research and development centers worldwide,” said Schwartz.
 

“Pitch for Change” Details

When: December 5, 2019
Where: International Relations Institute at the University of São Paulo, Auditorium

Judging Committee

President
Gilson Schwartz
 
Experts
Amâncio Jorge Silva Nunes de Oliveira (CAENI, IRI, USP)
André Leme Fleury (Engenharia de Produção, POLI, USP)
Cristina Helena Pinto de Mello (ESPM)
Cristina Northfleet de Albuquerque (Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, USP)
Elizabeth Balbachevsky (FFLCH,USP)
Ernane Guimarães Neto (Rede Brasileira de Estudos Lúdicos)
Fabio Kon (IME, USP)
Marcelo Cypriano (Economista-Estrategista da Mont Capital)
Margaret Wallace (General Manager, Games for Change Accelerator, New York City)
Ricardo Nakamura (Engenharia de Computação, POLI, USP)
Tatiana Calvo (Produtora, Hacienda)
Vitor Blotta (ECA, USP e Núcleo de Estudos da Violência, USP)

We’re Hiring: Partnerships and Fundraising Intern

About this Job

Games for Change (G4C) is looking for an intern to support partnerships, business development and fundraising efforts related to G4C’s work in social impact video games, esports, and immersive media. The intern will have hands-on opportunities to work on projects related to business development, fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, and event management. The intern will report to G4C’s Director of Development, who oversees fundraising efforts for G4C, and will also work closely with the Director of Partnerships who leads on forging strategic relationships and alliances essential for achieving G4C’s mission. Candidates for this unpaid internship (school credit only) should meet the below qualifications and requirements

Position Details

  • Support the Directors of Partnerships and Development (and other staff as needed) in research, project management, outreach and communication.
  • Assist with planning, logistics, and invitees list for G4C’s events throughout the winter.
  • Research and compile information, including contact information, on current and potential partners and funders.
  • Assist in planning meetings and events as needed.
  • Assist in creating and editing documents, and presentations.
  • Key Qualifications

  • Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive.
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and education.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong communication skills (PowerPoint, Google Docs, Adobe) and ability to work with remote teams.
  • Strong English language skills (oral and written).
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills and ability to produce high-quality information visually.
  • Skilled researcher able to collect, evaluate, and synthesize information from diverse sources, and effectively present it in spreadsheets and other documents.
  • Proven abilities for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meet deadlines and work under pressure, strong follow-up skills.
  • Be able to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment
  • Requirements

  • Weekly commitment of 20-30 hours/week; minimum of 12 weeks. Start date January/February 2020.
  • Position based in G4C’s WeWork offices in New York City.
  • Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
  • Applying

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Partnerships Intern” to Marissa Harts, Operations & Programs Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Availability (hours per week) and location
  • School, program and expected graduation year
  • Overview of interest and experience with business development and corporate/foundation partnerships.
  • Details on any prior related internship experience
  • About Games for Change

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

    We’re Hiring: Production Intern

    About this Job

    Games for Change (G4C) is looking for an intern to support production efforts for the organization. The intern will support projects related to event planning and management as it relates to core G4C initiatives such as the G4C Student Challenge and XR for Change. The intern will report to G4C’s Production Manager who leads on supporting the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of G4C. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.

    Position Details:

  • Work with G4C Production Manager to produce all aspects of live events in NYC across various G4C initiatives, including the G4C Student Challenge and XR for Change. Examples of events include game jams, arcades, panels, and awards ceremonies.
  • Tasks include scheduling, coordinating with venues, managing Eventbrite listings, researching/sourcing technology, managing database spreadsheets with contact info, and working with ad hoc facilitators as needed
  • Assist in early-stage production of the Games for Change Festival, particularly as it relates to online submission form management, website edits, and research related to session curation.
  • Assist in creating and editing documents and presentations.
  • Key Qualifications:

  • Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and education
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong communication skills (PowerPoint/Keynote, Google Docs) and ability to work with remote teams
  • Strong English language skills (oral and written)
  • Strong ability to produce high-quality information visually
  • Proven ability to problem-solve and multi-task in high-pressure environments
  • Able to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment
  • Technical background and comfort with the following platforms/technologies preferred but not required: WordPress, Jotform, YouTube, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream, Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad
  • Requirements:

  • Weekly commitment of ~24 hours/week; minimum of 12 weeks. Start date January 2020.
  • Position based in G4C’s WeWork offices in New York City.
  • Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
  • Applying:

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Production Intern” to Marissa Harts, Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following in a cover letter:

  • Overview of your interest and experience with video games and/or non-profit organizations
  • Details on any prior related experience, internship or otherwise
  • Availability (hours per week)
  • Location/Where you are commuting from
  • School, program and expected graduation year
  • About Games for Change

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

    We’re Hiring: Programs & Operations Intern

    About this Job

    Games for Change is looking for Programs and Operations Intern to support a range of projects promoting games for social impact this winter/spring for G4C and the National Student Challenge. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.

    Position Details:

  • Support G4C staff in daily activities and collaborate on special projects, as assigned
  • Conduct research on games, game-related programs, tech opportunities and interventions, and game developers
  • Help us keep our office organized, and file and scan documents
  • Assist with billing and bookkeeping
  • Assist with In Kind donation outreach and organization for the National Student Challenge, Games for Change Festival and other programs
  • Assist with recruitment/outreach of volunteers for the G4C Festival Support and assist with G4C year-round volunteer program
  • Assist with managing local partnerships, communications/social media, events to promote the NYC Student Challenge program
  • Research new outreach platforms for students and teachers
  • Key Qualifications:

  • Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and video game development
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
  • Desire to share Games for Change’s mission
  • Requirements:

  • Weekly commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week.
  • Start date January 2020
  • Position based in New York
  • Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
  • Applying:

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Programs & Operations Intern” to Marissa Harts, Programs & Operations Manager at [email protected] Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Availability (hours per week) and location
  • School, program and expected graduation year
  • Overview of interest and experience with social impact games (design, play, etc.)
  • Details on any prior related internship experience
  • About Games for Change

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

    We’re Hiring: Program Communications Intern

    About this Job

    Games for Change is looking for a Program Communications intern to support a range of projects and initiatives promoting games for social impact this winter/spring. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.

    Position Details:

  • Support G4C Staff (Communications Manager and Program Coordinator) in outreach and communication activities across a range of programs, with a special focus on student/educational programs
  • Conduct research on games, related programs, tech opportunities and innovations, and game developers
  • Communicate / Outreach to partners, program participants, and the G4C community at large
  • Compile and maintain contact lists and databases. Research contact info
  • Compose copy for overview documents and concept decks
  • Support the planning and execution of G4C events
  • Key Qualifications:

  • Very reliable, self-motivated, and proactive
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and video game development (production, design, & development)
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience with WordPress and Mailchimp a plus
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
    Ability to work autonomously
  • Desire to share Games for Change’s mission
  • Requirements:

  • Weekly commitment of 20-30 hours/week, plus participation at G4C events; minimum of 12 weeks. Start date January 2020.
  • Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
  • Applying:

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Program Communications Intern” to Marissa Harts, Programs & Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Availability (hours per week) and location
  • School, program and expected graduation year
  • Overview of interest and experience with social impact games (design, play, etc.)
  • Details on any prior related internship experience
  • About Games for Change

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

    We’re Hiring: Communications Intern


    About this Job

    Games for Change is looking for a communications intern to support a range of projects promoting games for social impact this winter. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the qualifications and requirements below

    Position Details:

  • Support G4C Staff (Communications Manager) in outreach and communication activities across range of game development projects
  • Conduct research on games, game related programs, articles, tech opportunities and interventions, and game developers
  • Communicate / Outreach to partners seeking support with impact game projects and lease with game developers, funders, researchers, and evaluators
  • Compile contact lists and research contact info
    Compose copy for social media posts, overview documents, and concept decks
  • Aid in creating graphics and collateral for social media posts, events and more
  • Key Qualifications:

  • Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
  • Passion for and interest in social impact games and video game development (production, design, & development)
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and InDesign, After
  • Effects and Premiere Pro a plus!)
  • Experience with WordPress and Mailchimp a plus
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
  • Desire to share Games for Change’s mission
  • Requirements:

  • Weekly commitment of 20-30 hours/week, plus participation at G4C events; minimum of 12 weeks. Start date January 2020.
  • Position based in New York.
  • Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
  • Applying:

    To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Communications Intern” to Marissa Harts, Programs & Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Availability (hours per week) and location
  • School, program and expected graduation year
  • Overview of interest and experience with social impact games (design, play, etc.)
  • Details on any prior related internship experience
  • About Games for Change

    Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.