Highlights From Day 2 Of Games For Change Festival Include A Discussion On The Impact Of The World Health Organization’s ‘Gaming Disorder’ Classification, And An Exclusive First Look At Schell Games’ Hololab Champions VR

Additional Programming Featured Microsoft Xbox’s Foray Into Inclusive Hardware Design, and Keynotes by Mimi Ito, Jeffrey Burrell, Ken Perlin, and More.

Press Release – (NEW YORK, NY) June 29, 2018 — Games for Change marked the second day of their 15th annual festival with programming that focused on looking into the past decade and future of social impact games. Key themes explored included games and empathy, connected cities, VR in the classroom, transforming STEM learning, news literacy, and more.

Day 2 Highlights included:

  • a panel moderated by Jennifer McNamara (Vice President Serious Games, BreakAway Games), Kelli Dunlap (Mental Health and Games Manager, iThrive Games), Lindsay Grace (Director, American University Game Lab) and Victoria Van Voorhis (Founder and CEO, Second Avenue Learning), which discussed the World Health Organization’s proposal of including ‘gaming disorder’ in the ICD-11. Panelists addressed WHO actions and the continued critique of games and worked to equip attendees for meaningful dialog on the issue;
  • an exclusive first look at Hololab Champions VR, a game looking to assist students with learning chemistry, presented by Jesse Schell (CEO, Schell Games) and Harley Baldwin (Vice President of Design, Schell Games);
  • the team from Microsoft Xbox was on hand led a panel on industrial design for inclusivity moderated by Chris Kujawski (Senior Designer, Microsoft Device Design Team, Microsoft) featuring Richard Ellenson (CEO, Cerebral Palsy Foundation), Erin Hanley (Web Content Producer, The Geeky Gimp) and Festival attendee Andrew Pilkington. Panelists explored the concept of games as a “shared human” experience and the development process of the new game console.

Keynote presentations were given by:

  • Mimi Ito (Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine), who spoke to her ongoing research on interest-driven and digitally enabled learning, and describe connected learning, as a framework for how to best support learning in a digitally connected era;
  • Sam Gill (Vice President/Communities & Impact, Senior Adviser to the President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation) and Gabriel Stricker (Vice President of Communications, Niantic, Inc.) spoke about how technology is changing our relationship to the places we live to enable more engaged communities;
  • Jeffrey Burrell (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Riot Games), spoke to various programs and design decisions that Riot Games uses to help deliver sustainable, long-term value for players and communities around the world;
  • and Ken Perlin (Professor of Computer Science, New York University), who spoke about the future of connectivity and communication.

The Games for Change Festival continues on Saturday, June 30 with the XR for Change Summit at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.

About Games for Change

Since 2004, Games for Change (G4C) has been empowering game creators and 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. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies as well as nonprofits, foundations and government agencies, to run world class events, public arcades, design challenges and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers working to use games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education.

About Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design is one of the world’s leading institutions for art and design education. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. www.newschool.edu/parsons/

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