Youthfull Festival in Bahrain

At the 2018 Youthfull Festival, Games for Change curated a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) focused XR Arcade in Bahrain. The conference was organized by the Bahrain Ministry of Youth & Sport Affairs and was held October 21-25, 2018. Attendees included youth leaders from across the world working to promote sustainable development in their communities. We were excited to have met young leaders from Kenya, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Colombia, the USA, The Netherlands, Serbia, and many other countries.

Featured Experiences:

  • Ground Beneath Her [Goal 1: No Poverty], produced by UNDP, took the viewer to Nepal to shadow a 14-year-old girl balancing school and work in post-earthquake Nepal.
  • Amor de Abuela (A Grandmother’s Love) [Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy] is an Oculus VR for Good experience made in partnership with the Global BrightLight Foundation and Jessie Hughes, which takes the viewer to Guatemala where a family’s life is transformed after their grandmother gains access to electricity.
  • The Possible: Hello, Robot by David Gelb via Within [Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure] –  Go face-to-face with the world’s most advanced robots and get a rare look inside Boston Dynamics’ top secret lab, never before open to the public…until now.

All UN Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The SDGs are a call for all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Learn more about the goals here.