By: Steve Webner Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
For nearly two decades, the Games for Change Festival has been a destination for developers, educators, researchers, students, and other game-changers who want to make an impact through video games or immersive media.
From July 13 – 14, join us live in person in NYC at the Times Center and Microsoft for two days of curated talks, panels, and arcades with built-in networking opportunities throughout.
Then, from July 15 – 16, catch our free online program for another two days of fresh content and talks to stream. Whether you’re new here or you’ve been a part of the G4C community for 19 years, you belong here.
Every year, Games for Change relies on the support of volunteers to bring the G4C Festival to life. Volunteers’ time and expertise help build a sense of community that elevates the experience for all attendees. We are looking for virtual and in-person all-stars for this year’s Festival. Positions will be scheduled on a first submitted, first-served basis, so don’t sleep on it!
The Following speakers spoke at the Games for Change Festival 2022, Anne Lord Bailey Director, Clinical Tech Innovation, Veterans Health Administration, Anthony Veneziale Co-CEO / Co-Founder, Freestyle Love Supreme / FLS+, Nolan Bushnell ,Entrepreneur Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, ExoDexa, Moxy, Allison Matthews, Head of Minecraft Education, Mojang Studios, Microsoft, Jakki Bailey Founder / Director, Immersive Human Development Lab, University of Texas at Austin, Nanea Reeves., CEO, TRIPP.
Leo Olebe, Managing Director, Google Play Games, Google , Jeffrey Jones, Executive Director, Peabody Awards, Stan Pierre-Louis,CEO, Entertainment Software Association, Eve Crevoshay, Executive Director, Take This, and many more.
The Games for Change Awards,The annual G4C Awards celebrate the year’s best social impact and learning games.
Categories include Most Innovative, Best Gameplay, Most Significant Impact, Best Learning Game.
Best Civics Game, Best Health Game, Best Narrative Game, Best XR for Change Experience, and Best Student Game. All awards are competitive, and expert jurors review submissions through a rigorous evaluation process. Stay tuned for more information on finalists!
Opening remarks were by, Susanna Pollack (President, Games for Change), who welcomed everyone to the festival and next speaker representing Mayor Eric Adams and his administration was, Alia Jones-Harvey Associate Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, she went on to say millions of dollars have been pledged to help the gaming communities by the mayor’s office, and they were very encouraging of the gaming industry and game makers.
Morning opening keynote was by Leo Olebe, Managing Director, Google Play Games, Google, opened up by saying I am a proud Black man, but I am everything, black white, Chinese and Ukraine , we was saying he had family from all walks of life.
We also went on to say , Google play games are helping many minorities world wide, with the gaming platform, he used an example of an French gaming guy who was helping to track the Syrian refugees, and moni pixel and African American girl who invented a game, for women of color of doing many things with the hair.
Games for Change Festival, is a great conference, it has many people attending from around the world from all back grounds, with one purpose and mission that is to help the people to better themselves, through the gaming world.