The 19th Annual Games for Change Festival is less than a month away. This year, the Games for Change Festival returns to New York City for an in-person conference July 13-14, followed by a global online event July 15-16.
The Festival schedule features several noteworthy themes and speakers, including Davor Devcic of the U.S. Dept of State’s Global Engagement Center; Eve Crevoshay of Take This; Anne Lord Baily of the Veterans Health Association, and many more. You can view the full speaking schedule here.
This year, festival themes include:
● Games as a tool in the fight against disinformation
● Bridging language barriers to increase compassion and understanding on a global scale
● XR as an environmental and cultural conservation tool
● Using games to break down complex ideas like mental health, race, and abortion to drive productive conversation and change
● Combating toxicity in the gaming community
● Improving healthcare accessibility and effectiveness
The Games for Change was founded in 2004 as a non-profit organization that provides support, visibility, and shared resources to individuals and organizations using serious games for social change. The organization’s annual conference highlights games, technology, and immersive experiences. In 2019, Forbes magazine called the Games for Change Festival the “Sundance for video games and immersive media.”