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G4C Festival Highlights
Here are a few session and speaker highlights for today. The full G4C Festival schedule is here.
- Games for Change expands globally featuring a fireside chat with Susanna Pollack and leaders from the Latin America, European and new Asia-Pacific chapters at 8:30 ET.
- Keynote with 2020 G4C Vanguard recipient, Gordon Bellamy at 1:30 ET.
- Courtney Cogburn’s keynote will explore Anti-Racism + XR at 1:50 ET.
- All-star panel discusses Building Bridges to Fight Hate in Games and explores inclusivity in the wake of 2019 survey from ADL where 74% of American adults experienced harassment in online games. Panel at 5:00 ET.
- Creating Caring and Care-full Online Communities explores raising digital citizens with speakers from PBS KIDS, Nickelodeon, Supercell, Connected Learning Lab and ADL at 6:15 ET.
- Dreams from Media Molecule was crowned this year’s Games For Change Game of the Year as well as Most Innovative. Sky: Children of the Light from thatgamecompany was awarded the annual People’s Choice award (sponsored by Facebook Gaming) as well as Best Gameplay. See here for full list of “best of” G4C winners.
- Numinous Games in partnership with The AbleGamers Charity announce the launch of their new community collaboration to create an accessibility-first, one-button multiplayer adventure game for kids, as well as unveil The Playability Initiative, which aims to bring adaptive and accessible technology to the disabled community. The new initiative is funded by AveXis (a Novartis company) and will be a pillar of the G4C’s Student Challenge offering an accessibility modifier and new category to the organization’s youth-facing annual game design challenge. Join Numinous session with Ryan Green at 2:10 ET session for news details.
- U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz to unveil Hair Trigger, a new mobile game from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, developed with Simcoach Games at 1:20 ET. The game pits the player — as the U.S. president — against time, luck, and real-life nuclear incidents. Launching the day before the 75th anniversary of the first atomic test, Hair Trigger is intended to educate young people about the current real-world threats of nuclear war. See release here.
- G4C in partnership with AARP Innovation Labs announces the winner of the VR for Change Alcove Challenge, vying for a $10,000 cash prize at 6:10 ET. Based on Alcove, a VR platform created by AARP Innovation Labs, the Challenge inspired developers to create virtual reality experiences that enhance quality of life and deepen intergenerational bonds.
- Raising Good Gamers, a new initiative to change the culture of online gaming for youth, unveiled yesterday, includes a year-long campaign with TED-Ed that will culminate with the first-ever Games for Change Youth Summit in 2021. This new initiative, led by Games for Change and The Connected Learning Lab, is made possible by a $100K grant from the Susan Crown Exchange. See release here.