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Monday, July 31 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Panel - The Youth-to-Industry Pipeline: How Challenges & Game Jams Create Career Pathways

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Learn how game-making competitions, hackathons, game jams inspire youth to level up from players to developers, build 21st century skills like coding, computational thinking, and system design, and pursue college and industry pathways.

Moderators
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Susanna Pollack

President, Games for Change
Susanna Pollack is the President of Games for Change.  With a background in media and entertainment, she now leads the nationally recognized organization and produces the annual Games for Change Festival, the largest gaming event in NYC as well as the Games and Media Summit in partnership with the Tribeca Film... Read More →

Speakers
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Sara Cornish

Senior Director, Programs & Strategy, Games for Change
Sara is the Senior Director of Programs and Strategy at Games for Change, where she develops new partnership-driven projects and leads community development and learning programs including the national G4C Student Challenge. Sara has over 10 years of cross-sector experience as a communication strategist, designer and account manager at the United Nations, FCB, inVentiv Health and Project Gaia in Ethiopia. She has worked with partners and clients including Microsoft, NEH, Unity, Institute of Play, World... Read More →
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Mark German

President, E-Line Education, E-Line Media
As President, E-Line Education at E-Line Media, Mark oversees the educational services division offering pathways of learning delivered through game-based programs that empower students to understand and shape their world, including the Gamestar Mechanic platform which has genera... Read More →
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Geneva Heyward

High School of Art & Design
Geneva Heyward is student at the High School of Art & Design in New York City. She has been inspired by video games since age three, which has led to a passion for drawing and programming. Geneva was the runner-up Grand Prize Winner in the 2017 Games for Change Student Challenge. ... Read More →
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Marc Lesser

Senior Director | Learning Design, Mouse
Marc is a specialist in the fields of digital learning and youth development with broad experience designing programming and learning environments in local and national contexts. Marc is currently the Youth Studies Fellow at City University of New York, and directs the national efforts to design and develop web-based and live offerings for... Read More →
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Ani Martinez

Community Manager, Remake Learning
Ani Martinez works as a community manager and creative strategist in learning, the arts, and civic engagement in Pittsburgh, PA. Her recent work includes initiatives like Rec2Tech (rec2techpgh.org), and the My Brother's Keeper Digital Literacy Collaborative. Her work sits between digital literacy and justice, and acts as a catalyst for partnerships across different... Read More →
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Kevin O'Hanlon

Director, Federal Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Kevin is a lobbyist for the domestic video game industry at the Entertainment Software Association. Kevin works extensively on games and education for ESA. He is also the resident virtual reality sherpa for federally elected officials. Kevin previously worked as a staffer on Capi... Read More →
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Olivia Thomas

Olivia Thomas has been designing video games since the age of nine. Now she is double majoring in computer science and GIMM (Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Development) at Boise State University. She has won several awards for her games, including the National STEM Challenge, the NCWIT Aspirations Award and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Most recently she was invited to the White House Science Fair. She is a strong believer in the transformative power of games and hopes to pursue a career making educational... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Starr Foundation

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