The 2021 Games for Change Festival will take place virtually July 12 – 14!

Games continue to be a powerful tool to inspire, connect, and change the world, supporting today’s most pressing challenges around social justice and civic issues, education, health and more– we’ve seen that tenfold over the past year. The 2020 Games for Change Festival connected almost 7,000 people from across 51 countries, and #G4C2021 will aim to connect even more.

Join our global community of developers, educators, students and researchers virtually to ignite our imaginations about how games and immersive media can help us realize the potential of the years ahead, and address our collective challenges: achieving equity and social justice, ensuring a thriving planet, and regaining a sense of security.

Games for Learning

Games reimagine how we learn, both in and out of the classroom. Discover how game-based learning can help bring long-term success in a year challenged by remote education. Recent speakers include:

 

Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director, Media Molecule
Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP
Laura Higgins, Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility, Roblox

Civics & Social Issues

Everyone deserves a seat at the table. As we strive for social equity and justice, explore how games can drive responsible citizenship in an era that desperately needs it. Former speakers include:

 

Gordon Bellamy, CEO, Gay Gaming Professionals
Anita Sarkeesian, Executive Director, Feminist Frequency
Trinidad Hermida, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Niantic, Inc.

XR for Change

Immersive environments have quickly become a nexus for communities all over the world, providing a glimpse of our digital futures. Learn how XR can close the social distance between us. Recent speakers include:

 

Courtney Cogburn , Associate Professor, Columbia University
Nonny de la Peña , CEO & Founder, Emblematic Group
Kavya Pearlman , Founder & CEO, XR Safety Initiative

Health & Wellness

With digital medicine on the horizon, games continue to reshape how we provide care, comfort, and security. Embrace how games and XR can improve cognitive skills, fitness, and more. Former speakers include:

 

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor & Executive Director, Neuroscape, UCSF
Nichol Bradford, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Transformative Technology Lab
Megan Lawrence, Senior Accessibility Evangelist, Microsoft

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