For nearly two decades, the Games for Change Festival has provided a venue for people who want to make an impact on the world through video games and other immersive media.
This year, the Games for Change Festival return to New York City for an in-person conference at the Times Center. The conference will take place from July 13 to 14, and it will be followed by a global online event from July 15 to 16.
The list of main stage speakers includes Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), Kjersti Fløgstad (Nobel Peace Center), Allison Matthews (Minecraft Education), Jeffrey Burrell (Riot Games), Kareem Edouard (Drexel University), Lynn Herrick (Best Buy Health), Anne Lord Bailey (Clinical Tech Innovation, Veterans Health Administration), and Jakki Bailey (Immersive Human Development Lab).
“Now in its 19th year, the Games for Change Festival is a one-of-a-kind convening that attracts the most diverse collection of industry veterans and rising voices across a variety of sectors,” said Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change.
This year’s topics include an examination of how VR affects the cognitive skills and social responses in young children as part of the XR for Change track, plus much more.
VR enthusiasts also shouldn’t miss XR Brain Jam, which will precede the Games for Change Festival and take place from July 9 to 11. The Jam pairs researchers with XR game developers and digital creatives to explore the intersection of games, science, and the power of immersive technology, making it a great primer for the XR for Change track.
Those who are interested in attending the Games for Change Festival can already register to secure their tickets.