Break out your social gaming hats. Games for Change is having a four day festival at Parsons School of Design

You can follow them on Twitter @g4c.

Sandra Day O’Connor will be there.

So, will the first CIO of the United States of America Aneesh Chopra.

About

Founded in 2004, Games for Change is a non-profit which seeks to harness the extraordinary power of video games to address the most pressing issues of our day, including poverty, education, human rights, global conflict and climate change. G4C acts as a voice for the transformative power of games, bringing together organizations and individuals from the nonprofit sector, government, journalism, academia, industry and the arts, to grow the sector and provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and resources. Through this work, Games for Change promotes new kinds of games that engage contemporary social issues in meaningful ways to foster a more just, equitable and tolerant society.

More information on the festival can be foundin the breakdown of the first forum day, with keynote speakers. The section on education games starts on Thursday at 9.00am.

The Annual Games for Change Festival brings together the world’s leading foundations, NGOs, game-makers, academics, and journalists to explore how best to harness the powerful medium of computer and video games to help address the most critical issues of our day, from poverty, climate change, global conflicts, to human rights.

The festival includes four days of panels, keynotes and brainstorming sessions, as well as funders’ meetings, press briefings, and the always popular Expo and reception where attendees can have the direct experience of playing pioneering social impact games.

Featured Speakers

Prior to his appointment by President Obama in April 2009 as the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, leading the Commonwealth’s strategy to effectively leverage technology in government reform, promoting Virginia’s innovation agenda, and fostering technology-related economic development. Previously, he worked as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, leading the firm’s Financial Leadership Council and the Working Council for Health Plan Executives.

Since her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has founded Ourcourts.org, a game-based civic education resource for middle and high school students and teachers. “As the first generation digital natives, today’s youth have demonstrated the potential of digital media for civic education, political organizing,
and civic decision-making,” Justice O’Connor has said. “Ourcourts.org seeks to capitalize on this potential to reinvigorate civic learning and civic participation.”

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