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Less than a week remains in regular registration for the Games for Change Festival. Get your tickets before Friday, June 7, to avoid the last-minute rush (and elevated late registration prices that will start June 8!).
Michael Jones
BREAKING: Opening Keynote from Google's Michael Jones

Michael Jones, the chief technology advocate at Google and a founder of Google Earth, will lead off the "10th Years of Games for Change" series with an opening keynote. Known for his work on Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search, he will share unexpected lessons learned from mobile, social, and gaming.

In addition to Jones, six gaming thought leaders will keynote the Festival: Leigh Alexander, Ian Bogost, Robin Hunicke, Brenda Romero, Jesse Schell, and Eric Zimmerman. 

Finalists in the Sex Etc. Game DesignCheck/Mate
Competition Announced

We've selected three finalists in our first-ever public game design competition! These teams will present their concepts on stage at the Festival, and the winners will receive $35,000 to create a safer sex game prototype with Answer, an organization with 30 years' experience in providing and promoting sexuality awareness to young people. 

The finalists are:
• Safe Sex with Friends by Kaho Abe of NYU Game Center, Ramsey Nasser, and Sarah Schoemann of NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab
• SexEd Super Task Force by Tracy Gromek and Marcus Pingel, co-founders of Brooklyn, New York-based Electronic Bohemia
• Check/Mate by Stéphanie Mader, Julien Barbe, and Judicaëlle Live Lun of ENJMIN in France
Learn more about each game here.

Who will you meet at this year's Festival?
Attendees represent a diverse background from game-making, academia, education, film-making, museums, and NGOs from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Columbia, England, Israel, and more. One in 10 attendees have identified themselves as top founders, presidents or CEOs of companies. Here are some insights of who you'll meet:
Tech and Gaming Industry
Organizations such as AmplifyArkadium Inc.Audible.comESI DesignFableVision StudiosFilament GamesGameGurusGoogleHabitat Heroes, HopeLabiCivics, Impact Games,Large Animal GamesLearning Games NetworkPreloaded, and Zynga.

Nonprofits and Causes
The American Museum of Natural History, the BEST Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, the David and Lucile Packard FoundationHeifer International, the International Center for Research on WomenInternews, the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Hemophilia FoundationPBS Digital, the Poses Family FoundationSesame WorkshopU.S. Fund for UNICEF, and WITNESS.

Learning and Research
In addition to our partners at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, academics, educators, and students will be attending from Arizona State UniversityCarnegie MellonCity University New York(CUNY), Columbia UniversityCornell University, DePaul UniversityEmerson CollegeNYU Game CenterParsons The New School for DesignPrinceton UniversityRutgers UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Media Lab.

The 10th Anniversary Festival will bring together old friends — such as the National Endowment for the ArtsHearst Corp.McGraw-Hill Education, the Institute of Play, and Woodstock Film Festival — as well as newcomers, such as NikePearsonProPublicaTD Ameritrade, Thirteen/WNET, and Zago.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets before they’re all gone.

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Welcome Gameful Monster!

Welcome to Gameful, which we are happy to report is officially a partner with Games for Change!

After you signup, here's what you can do to get started:

  • Explore the groups. Find one that interests you? Join it! Want to invite friends and find new allies? Create your own group.
  • Looking for an opportunity? Looking for collaborators? Check out the classifieds. By the way, here is a Gameful opportunity
  • Check the webinars and learn more about what we love the most
  • Invite friends and group members from Gameful 1.0 to join this shiny new one
  • Make a blog post
  • Friend and talk to the Mayor, or chat with anyone online (lower right)
  • Stay tuned for Gameful challenges, where you can design your own social impact game!
  • Take off your shoes and enjoy :)

Thanks everyone!


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