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Friday, July 28
 

6:00pm

VR Brain Jam (Advance Registration Required)
A 3-day event prior to the festival, the VR Brain Jam is a collaborative event that pairs neuroscience researchers and game developers to explore how VR can be used in neuroscience research and cognitive therapy. The game jam, co-hosted by Games for Change and Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, will take place July 28-30. Advance registration is required by application only.

Speakers
avatar for Moran Cerf

Moran Cerf

Professor, Kellogg School of Management
Moran is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg and the department of Neurosurgery). Additionally, he is a visiting faculty the Media Lab, and the Sloan screenwriting Professor at AFI. Prior, he worked as a hacker for a decade. He holds multiple patents and his work ha... Read More →
avatar for Dave Culyba

Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his tim... Read More →
avatar for Emily Treat

Emily Treat

VP Production Services, Games for Change
Working as a VP of Production Services, Emily is extending her expertise to oversee social impact game projects at the Games for Change Lab. Drawing from her designer-producer background, she works closely with impact partners, designers, developers, and other team members to pro... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Theresa Lang 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
 
Saturday, July 29
 

8:30am

VR Brain Jam (Advance Registration Required)
A 3-day event prior to the festival, the VR Brain Jam is a collaborative event that pairs neuroscience researchers and game developers to explore how VR can be used in neuroscience research and cognitive therapy. The game jam, co-hosted by Games for Change and Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, will take place July 28-30. Advance registration is required by application only.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Culyba

Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his tim... Read More →
avatar for Emily Treat

Emily Treat

VP Production Services, Games for Change
Working as a VP of Production Services, Emily is extending her expertise to oversee social impact game projects at the Games for Change Lab. Drawing from her designer-producer background, she works closely with impact partners, designers, developers, and other team members to pro... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 8:30am - 9:00pm
Theresa Lang 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
 
Sunday, July 30
 

TBA

Games and Learning Early Career Workshop (Invite Only)
The 2nd annual Games and Learning Early Career Workshop is an invite-only event for early career scholars, offering an opportunity for valuable career advice, network building, and critical feedback on their scholarship in games and learning. We endeavor to both widen and deepen research in the field as a new generation of scholars embarks on their careers.

Sunday July 30, 2017 TBA
TBA 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

TBA

Minecraft Edu Curriculum Hackjam (Advance Registration Required)
The Minecraft Curriculum Hackjam will convene 50 educators, designers, and Minecraft mentors to make subject-area curriculum relevant, immersive, and impactful for all students. Based on each group’s strength and interest, participants will turn their expertise into Minecraft: Education Edition lesson plans to be used by educators around the world. Ready to do some quick-thinking and fast-planning and even faster curriculum-writing?

Speakers
avatar for Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami

Manager, Minecraft: Education Edition
Meenoo Rami, author of Thrive, is a national board certified teacher who taught students English in Philadelphia for ten years, at the Science Leadership Academy and in other public schools in the city. Meenoo is a teacher-consultant for the National Writing Project and an instructor in Arcadia... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 TBA
Starr Foundation

8:30am

VR Brain Jam (Advance Registration Required)
A 3-day event prior to the festival, the VR Brain Jam is a collaborative event that pairs neuroscience researchers and game developers to explore how VR can be used in neuroscience research and cognitive therapy. The game jam, co-hosted by Games for Change and Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, will take place July 28-30. Advance registration is required by application only.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Culyba

Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his tim... Read More →
avatar for Emily Treat

Emily Treat

VP Production Services, Games for Change
Working as a VP of Production Services, Emily is extending her expertise to oversee social impact game projects at the Games for Change Lab. Drawing from her designer-producer background, she works closely with impact partners, designers, developers, and other team members to pro... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Theresa Lang 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
 
Monday, July 31
 

9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Colleen Macklin

Colleen Macklin

Professor, Parsons School of Design
Colleen Macklin is a game designer, professor at Parsons School of Design and founder and co-director of PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab). PETLab projects include disaster preparedness games with the Red Cross, the urban activist game Re:Activism and the physical... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Pollack

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 →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
Tishman Auditorium

9:15am

Keynote - with Michael D. Gallagher
Speakers
avatar for Michael D. Gallagher

Michael D. Gallagher

President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Mr. Gallagher joined ESA in 2007. Under his leadership, the association is transforming the perception of video games by demonstrating the influence of entertainment software on areas of daily life such as education, health, and the workplace. In particular, ESA has heightened awareness and appreciation of the value of video games as next-generation teaching tools, and their increasing impact on classroom learning. Mr... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am
Tishman Auditorium

9:45am

Keynote - Ten Important Findings from the Research on Games for Impact: A Look Back Over the Last Decade of Research with Constance Steinkuehler
It has been over a decade since Jim Gee’s seminal text What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy was published and the proposition that video games are great learning environments was advanced. Since that time, slowly but surely, games have advanced along the Gartner Hype Cycle from “peak of inflated expectations” to the “slope of enlightenment” (Squire, 2016). We now have a decade of research under our belts on what works (and why) in games for learning. We better understand how games specifically can generate learning and behavior change both inside classrooms and out. And we have begun to see third generation products enter the market that blur the distinction between games for impact and games for commercial ends.

In this presentation, Steinkuehler highlights ten big findings from the scholarly literature confirm, explain, and sometimes surprise about the nature of games and changing minds. She then draws some observations about the remaining frictions and opportunities in the games for change ecosystem and offers a few admonitions as we shift into the next phase or R&D.

Speakers
avatar for Constance Steinkuehler

Constance Steinkuehler

Professor, University of California, Irvine
Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she investigates cognition and learning in multiplayer videogames in domains including literacy, scientific reasoning, mathematical reasoning, computational literacy, collective pro... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am
Tishman Auditorium

10:15am

Keynote - How Unique are We? The New Neuroscience of Decision-making and Free Will with Moran Cerf
The neuroscience of our decision making and free will has been progressing in the last couple of years, offering us a new lens on what it means to be human, and allowing for new ways to think about the possibility of expanding human capabilities. This talk with shed light on the new developments and where we are heading with new technologies because of that.

Speakers
avatar for Moran Cerf

Moran Cerf

Professor, Kellogg School of Management
Moran is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg and the department of Neurosurgery). Additionally, he is a visiting faculty the Media Lab, and the Sloan screenwriting Professor at AFI. Prior, he worked as a hacker for a decade. He holds multiple patents and his work ha... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Tishman Auditorium

11:00am

Roll for Learning – Games in the Core Classrooms
Game design is usually a computer science classroom activity. Learn about how ARTSEDGE at the Kennedy Center uses story-first tabletop game design to have students making games based on literature in English classes, and live action role play (larp) to get students to step in to shoes of the characters from Romeo and Juliet. Learn about the process of developing both learning modules, and how we strive to bring games, art, and core learning together.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Brooks

Allen Brooks

Interactive Content producer, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Allen Brooks creates digital and interactive learning content with The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He came to the Kennedy Center after working as an actor, teacher, and 3D animator. Leading different projects across the five art forms, he builds videos, teaching frameworks... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
Room 104

11:00am

Games and Game-based Simulations in Medical Professional Training
Games and game-based simulations have been used in medical professional training for well over a decade. More recently, the medical community has been turning to games to meet their skills assessment, continuing competency, and professional credentialing needs. This presentation will share four game-based assessment products targeting diverse health professionals’ needs: nurse educational skills assessment (vHealthCare), emergency department physician decision making skills assessment (Vital Signs), physician diagnostic interview skills assessment (USC Standard Patient Studio), and occupational therapy professional continuing competency certification (NBCOT Navigator). These applications will be demonstrated to illustrate how different game approaches are being employed to assess skills of medical professionals and drive a discussion of how games must be designed to address assessment versus learning needs. In addition, results of research and end-user feedback on the game-based assessments will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn McNamara

Jenn McNamara

Vice President Serious Games, BreakAway Games
Jenn McNamara is Vice President of Serious Games and Strategic Partnerships at BreakAway Games. She leads a team creating game-based solutions that meet customers’ goals throughout the defense, homeland security, medical, corporate training, and human capital management communiti... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Room 105

11:00am

Can Gaming Play Nicely with Pharma?
Joseph and Luc will discuss their pioneering journey to deliver one of the first medical therapies under prescription that combine games and life sciences. From development to FDA submission, they will address the challenges they faced and what both industries learned from working together in this “unorthodox marriage”. In this session you will learn about how a gaming and life science company commercialized a new medical breakthrough for the treatment of lazy eye.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Koziak

Joseph Koziak

CEO, Amblyotech Inc.
Joe’s background over the past 20 years covers the acquisition, development and commercialization of medical devices, diagnostic and pharmaceuticals. He has founded and created successful exit strategies for three startups. He has raised over $125 million in equity financing and... Read More →
avatar for Luc St-Onge

Luc St-Onge

Associate Producer, Ubisoft
From a very young age, I've always been curious. I liked to deconstruct things to better understand them. That is still how I approach work today. Having worked in various fields such as Creative Writing, 3d animation, Game School manager, VFX, Architecture, lecturer and now Game... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Tishman Auditorium

11:00am

Panel - VR in the Classroom: Practices, Challenges and Opportunities
Immersive virtual worlds provide an opportunity for students to experience a person, place, or process, in a new and engaging way, making learning come alive! But with this new opportunity comes new challenges: challenges of cost, of equity, of software availability and hardware complexity. How are educators using VR in the classroom today? How are developers approaching creating VR learning material? We'll talk with innovative educators and developers about the state of VR in the classroom, and their visions for the future of education.

Moderators
avatar for Mark DeLoura

Mark DeLoura

Games and Education Consultant, Level Up
Mark is an engineer, game developer, and former Senior Advisor for White House OSTP, now focusing on consulting on games for learning and K-12 computer science education. He is a board member of Games for Change and recently was honored with the 2017 Game Developers Choice (GDC... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

Educational Technology Specialist, All Access Labs
Cathy Cheo-Isaacs (@iwearthecrowns) is the Educational Technology Specialist at All Access Labs. Credits include: Google Educator, Google Trainer, Certified BrainPOP Educator, Class Dojo Mentor, Polar Ambassador, Seesaw Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, #MinecraftMentor, Microsoft Surface Expert, #CoffeeEduNJ co-founder, @EdCampNYC Organizer, Wife of @mr_isaacs, mom of @amazingrace1214 and @leilaboo215. She hearts all star cheer, tech, food... Read More →
avatar for Steve Isaacs

Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Game Design and Development, William Annin Middle School, Basking Ridge, NJ
Steve teaches Game Design and Development at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ. He is a strong proponent of Game Based Learning, Student Choice, and Student Voice. For the past two years, Steve has been involved in a research study on Virtual Reality in the Classro... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games
Jesse Schell is CEO of Schell Games, a team of one hundred people who strive to make the world’s greatest educational and transformational games, including Yale Medical's PlayForward: Elm City Stories, Water Bears VR, SuperChem VR, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, and Happy Ato... Read More →
avatar for Dan White

Dan White

CEO, Filament Games
Filament Games CEO Dan White wants learning to be associated with meaning and inspiration rather than accountability and drudgery. Accordingly, he believes that learning should be highly interactive, and that game-based learning, like project- and inquiry-based learning, is a "be... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Starr Foundation

11:15am

10 Years, 100 Countries: The Programmatic Growth of Global Game Jam, Inc.
This sessions explores what the Global Game Jam is up to at 10 years old. Since growing to the world's largest game jam, GGJ is now exploring new programs, new avenues for social impact, and strengthening its capacity as an organization. Learn about our strategy and plans moving forward, and how we are taking the core of the game jam, and expanding our global good.

Speakers
avatar for Seven Siegel

Seven Siegel

Executive Director, Global Game Jam, Inc.
Seven Siegel is the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam. She has experience in all sectors, including academia, nonprofits, for-profit, and government. Throughout her time traversing sectors, Steven always came back to games and social impact, with a focus on social entrepr... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:15am - 11:25am
Room 104

11:20am

The Importance of Screwing Up: Improving Health Through Failure
Sometimes when we want to motivate a friend to change their behavior we end up saying unhelpful things like “it’s time you do something with your life.” In this session, we'll discuss how making those kinds of mistakes in a virtual role-play experience with virtual humans can teach people not to make them in real life. We'll show examples of how games can get people to use effective communication techniques to change lives.

Speakers
avatar for Seth Bleecker

Seth Bleecker

Instructional Designer, Kognito
Seth is a writer, problem-solver, and designer of interactive experiences. Through his work at Kognito, he discovered that communication skills are teachable, learnable, and can improve many aspects of life. Since then he's designed over 20 simulations in an attempt to make the w... Read More →
avatar for Ron Goldman

Ron Goldman

Co-Founder & CEO, Kognito
Ron Goldman is an innovator, tech executive and social entrepreneur. Over the past decade, he has pioneered the use of gaming and simulation technology for learning and assessment experiences in health, behavioral health and education. Ron is the co-founder and CEO of Kognito, a... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:20am - 11:40am
Room 105

11:30am

Beyond the Holocaust: Embodying Jewish Values in WWII Games
When religion is represented in a game, it broadens the exposure of players to unfamiliar practices. However, Judaism is typically absent from games, even as Jewish cultural and religious touchstones are appropriated. As Jewish women designing games about our own heritage, we will discuss ways to represent Jewish concepts in games, particularly when those concepts challenge dominant narratives about religion and about Jews.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hammer

Jessica Hammer

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Hammer is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, jointly appointed between the HCI Institute and the Entertainment Technology Center. She combines game design with qualitative and quantitative research techniques to understand how games impact human behavio... Read More →
avatar for Shoshana Kessock

Shoshana Kessock

CEO, Phoenix Outlaw Productions
Shoshana Kessock is a writer and game designer, co-founder of Phoenix Outlaw Productions and staff writer for the 7th Sea tabletop roleplaying line by John Wick Presents. She is the author of games like Dangers Untold, SERVICE, Keeping The Candles Lit, The Last Ten Minutes, Blood... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:30am - 11:45am
Room 104

11:30am

The Videogame Pioneers Archive at the Smithsonian: Preserving the Legacy
Last year, the Smithsonian embarked on a video archive project to preserve the history of the videogame industry in the words of its founding pioneers. This talk shall provide an update on the Smithsonian’s progress.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Weaver

Christopher Weaver

Founder and former CEO, Bethesda Softworks
Christopher Weaver received his SM from MIT and was the initial Daltry Scholar at Wesleyan University, where he earned dual Masters Degrees in Japanese and Computer Science and a CAS Doctoral Degree in Physics. The former Director of Technology Forecasting for ABC and Chief Engineer to the Subcommittee on Communications for the US... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:30am - 11:50am
Tishman Auditorium

11:45am

iCivics: From Concept to Scale - 9 Years in the Baking. Why Good Ingredients Matter.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at G4C 9 years ago when iCivics amounted to little more than her vision. Today, iCivics – winner of several awards including FAST Company’s 2017 Top 10 Most Innovative in Education - counts 5 million users and is the largest civic education provider in the country.  The panel will look beneath the frosting to expose the less visible ingredients that made iCivics a success at this time when civics matter more than ever.

Moderators
avatar for Asi Burak

Asi Burak

CEO, Power Play
Asi Burak is a veteran of the videogame and tech industries, and an award-winning executive producer. He is currently the CEO of Power Play and also the chairman of Games for Change. He has served as a strategic advisor to organizations like EON Productions (producer of the James... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Louise Dubé

Louise Dubé

Executive Director, iCivics
Louise Dubé serves as the Executive Director of iCivics. Inspired by a deep commitment to learning, she has devoted her career to ensuring that all students are prepared for active and thoughtful citizenship and life. Louise began her career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada, and holds a law degree from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Yale University. Louise has been recognized as a Draper, Richards, Kaplan Social Entrepreneur. During her tenure, iCivics won the MacArthur... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Norton

Daniel Norton

Chief Creative Officer, Filament Games
Dan has been designing learning game and positive impact media for over a decade. He is a co-owner at Filament Games, where he serves as Chief Creative Officer, alongside the miscellaneous duties of being a Founding Partner. | | His design methodology centers on building mode... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:45am - 12:15pm
Starr Foundation

11:45am

Panel - Building a Bigger Tent: How to Make Media that Includes All Kids
Can you identify media that is designed to include all kids? Does your development process follow a framework that prioritizes being inclusive, equitable and accessible? Learn how producers like Toca Boca use content, art and functionality to create a welcome space for play and learning. Panelists will share their examples for incorporating research, best practices and collaboration to create diverse children's media, using a checklist created by the Kids' Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP).

Moderators
avatar for Sandhya Nankani

Sandhya Nankani

Founder, Literary Safari
Sandhya Nankani is the founder of Literary Safari, which has been producing and creates kids educational content since 2008, including learning games for Lion Television, E-Line Media, and UNICEF. In 2014, she embarked on an experimental journey to create her own apps for multicultural audiences because she was having trouble finding edtech media that was fun AND came from a rigorous pedagogy AND was diverse. One result was her award-winning game... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Chamberlin

Barbara Chamberlin

Game Designer, Professor, NMSU Learning Games Lab
Barbara Chamberlin directs game development and research at the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University. Her research interests include user testing (particularly, how to do it in a way that doesn't actually slow down development), and game design models used for develo... Read More →
avatar for Raul Gutierrez

Raul Gutierrez

CEO, Tinybop Inc
Raul Gutierrez the founder and CEO of Tinybop has enjoyed a long career in technology and the arts. Tinybop was built on the belief that all kids should be exposed to big ideas and that the best way to learn is through play.
avatar for Ingrid Simone

Ingrid Simone

Executive Editor, Toca Boca
Ingrid joined Toca Boca in 2014, bringing a passion for providing quality content focused on kids, family, learning and a love of most things digital. As executive editor of Toca Magazine, she provides relevant and relatable content for families on topics including play, diversity and technology. Previously, Ingrid was the senior editor for apps at Common Sense Media, the... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Room 105

11:50am

MISSING: Beyond Awareness
The MISSING Game moves beyond awareness to generate action. The unique aspect of the game is that it creates awareness directly among the public who is a key stakeholder in the issue of sex-trafficking as demand-maker rather than with a third party. The game has been designed specifically to generate analysis. We are using the data generated by the game (demographics, ratings and reviews) to extrapolate a behavioral pattern of players (i.e. demand-makers).

Speakers
avatar for Leena Kejriwal

Leena Kejriwal

Founder, Missing Link Trust
Photographer and installation artist. Her work reflects a preoccupation with human-trafficking and finds a new language in the public artwork MISSING, to spread awareness of the plight of young girls lost into the dark holes of sex-trafficking. The MISSING project, uses the public as important stakeholders in the issue, through online and offline campaigns. The street stencil art project has gone global since 2015 via the iconic silhouette available online. She launched the MISSING game for the cause in 2016 and won the... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:50am - 12:00pm
Room 104

11:50am

Making Games for Good: Kickstarter as a Platform for Games with Impact
Since 2009 Kickstarter has provided a platform for creators to launch independent projects and appeal directly to their communities. But our mission has never been simply to distribute money. We seek to use the platform to champion creative independence and provide a place where underserved communities can have a voice.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Crane

Luke Crane

Head of Games, Kickstarter
Luke is the Head of Games at Kickstarter where he has been helping creators bring their games to life for nearly five years. When he’s not helping creators make their games, he’s making his own. Since 2002, he’s published numerous RPGs like The Burning Wheel, Burning Empires, Mou... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:50am - 12:10pm
Tishman Auditorium

12:00pm

Designing with Purpose: Creating Games for Global Competency
How can games challenge kids to solve global problems? Learn how the team at WGBH’s Design Squad Global is creating EMMY-award winning experiences that help children build their engineering design process skills while exploring global issues.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Carlson

Melissa Carlson

Senior Digital Producer, WGBH
Melissa Carlson is an Emmy Award-winning Senior Digital Producer at WGBH in Boston, where she leads the development of digital games and experiences for children’s educational properties including PBS KIDS’ Design Squad Global and Plum Landing.


Monday July 31, 2017 12:00pm - 12:10pm
Room 104

12:10pm

Beyond Representation: Designing Games With Sociocultural Context
Many modern games let players play as characters who look like them--but only as outsiders, inhabiting a fictional world shaped by the developer's culture and worldview. Kevin Chen, project director at Nuclear Fishin' Software, discusses how the team behind their teenage immigrant simulator Four Horsemen uses simple technology and radically unique design to make the world of the game feel recognizable as a reflection of the player's own, from language cues to cultural values.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen

Director, Nuclear Fishin' Software
Kevin Chen is the founder and sole full-time employee of Nuclear Fishin' Software, a tiny indie game studio in Brooklyn. Most recently, he was writer, programmer, and project director on Four Horsemen, a visual novel / simulation game about the immigrant experience, which shipped... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 12:10pm - 12:20pm
Room 104

12:10pm

Unpacking Unconscious Gender Bias in Media
The research that The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media performs centers around unconscious gender bias in media and how media portrays women and girls. T

Di Nonno will discuss present research findings from the Institute's new machine learning research software, GD-IQ, Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient. The presentation will also provide solutions for how content creators can use the data to change the gender inequity in media.

Speakers
avatar for Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno

CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working within the entertainment industry to improve gender and diversity in children's entertainment. Previously, Di Nonno served as President and CEO, On The Scene Productions, and led devel... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 12:10pm - 12:30pm
Tishman Auditorium

12:15pm

Playing for Change: Ten Years of Kids Helping Kids in the Virtual World of Club Penguin
Do kids care about giving back? How do you engage an under 13 virtual community and gaming audience? Learn how Club Penguin inspired a generation of gaming kids through an innovative, virtual, community-driven campaign "Coins For Change" along with other innovative campaigns. Over ten years, Coins For Change inspired millions of players in 196 countries to take action to make a difference through gaming. With the power of a virtual community, tens of millions of dollars were donated to causes helping children, the environment, and endangered animals around the globe. Most importantly, kids were given the chance to use their voice to make a positive impact.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Rustad

Nicole Rustad

Chief Impact Officer, Vortovia
Don’t make changes. Change the world. Vortovia was founded by Nicole Rustad, a champion for world change who uses equal parts strategy and passion to make things happen. Formerly the Corporate Citizenship Program Director for the Walt Disney Company, for almost ten years she drove the corporate social responsibility vision, strategy, and programs across multiple lines of business including... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Starr Foundation

12:20pm

How to use Comic Books and Augmented Reality to Challenge Sexual Violence
Comic books can move young adults and teenagers to action, and superheroes are modern-day mythological icons. A case study of the "technologically innovative and wildly popular” (MSNBC) augmented reality comic book series, “Priya’s Shakti” which features India first female superhero, who is a survivor of sexual violence. Learn how they used augmented reality from comic books to street art to engage audiences and talk about very difficult and complex topics.

Speakers
avatar for Ram Devineni

Ram Devineni

Producer, Priya's Shakti
Ram Devineni produced "The Russian Woodpecker," which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His most recent film, The Karma Killings, about the Nithari serial killings is out exclusively on Netflix worldwide. He is the creator of the comic book... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 12:20pm - 12:30pm
Room 104

1:45pm

How Gaming is Bringing Education to Children in Conflict Zones
An estimated 2.5M Syrian children have had their education disrupted by six years of conflict. Norad - The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation has sponsored the development of two free mobile learning games. The apps, "Antura and the Letters" and "Feed the Monster", help teach basic Arabic literacy skills to out of school children ages 5-10.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Alves

Rachel Alves

Digital Strategist, NORAD - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Rachel is a Digital Analyst and Strategist with over six years experience in the gaming industry managing AAA core and casual titles. She holds a degree in Sustainable Development from St Andrews University, where she wrote papers on how to use gamification and digital tactics to... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Room 104

1:45pm

English learning via Alphabear
Alphabear is an original, English word puzzle game that has been played by over four million people worldwide since 2015. It has received numerous awards, including Google's first annual "indie game award" in 2016. Thanks to support from the US Department of Education, Spry Fox is now working on a sequel to Alphabear that will include multiple new educational features. This lecture will cover why Spry Fox decided to focus its educational ambitions on the Alphabear IP, explain the studio's prototyping process and share the features that have been prototyped thus far, and share the studio's future plans for Alphabear.

Speakers
avatar for David Edery

David Edery

CEO, Spry Fox
Co-founder and CEO of Spry Fox, a game development studio focused on making the world a happier place. Spry Fox has developed several hit games including Alphabear, Bushido Bear, Triple Town, and Realm of the Mad God. Collectively, Spry Fox’s games have been played by over 50 mil... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Tishman Auditorium

1:45pm

The Promise of Brain Training Games
Imagine if you could see better, hear better, have improved memory, and even become more intelligent through training done on your own computer, smartphone, or tablet. I discuss recent research that begins to unlock this potential in the context of training vision and how to apply similar principles to achieve effective training for other cognitive abilities. I discuss the substantial potential of the field, current limitations, and paths to overcoming these limitations through on-going research.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Seitz

Aaron Seitz

UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being
Aaron Seitz is an internationally recognized expert on the mechanisms of learning and applies knowledge of brain plasticity to create brain-training video games that are effective in improving performance in real-world tasks. A notable example is his vision training game ULTIMEYE... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Room 105

1:45pm

Panel - The Youth-to-Industry Pipeline: How Challenges & Game Jams Create Career Pathways
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
avatar for Susanna Pollack

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
avatar for Sara Cornish

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 →
avatar for Mark German

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 →
avatar for Geneva Heyward

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 →
avatar for Marc Lesser

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 →
avatar for Ani Martinez

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 →
avatar for Kevin O'Hanlon

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 →
avatar for Olivia Thomas

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

2:00pm

Mini-Talk Series - How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom
From every corner of the continent, teachers are finding new ways of using games to engage their students. This series will feature inspirational mini-talks from educators who are on the front lines of that innovation. Learn about game-based learning in action, game design curricula, successes and failures of using games in the classroom and social impact games for underrepresented students. Then contribute lessons learned during a discussion with the audience.

Moderators
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MacKenzie Rawcliffe

Digital Marketing Manager, ISTE
MacKenzie works for the International Society for Technology in Education in Portland, Oregon. | | ISTE is the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards. Their mission is to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passiona... Read More →

Speakers
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Randall Deich

STEM Coordinator, Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED/ SBBC
Randall Deich is the STEM Coordinator at Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED (Multilevel Entrepreneurship Design), a Title 1 school in Broward County, Florida. As a Program Coordinator and educator with 24 years of learning experiences, Randall has been able to utilize and exploit resources... Read More →
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Matthew Farber

Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
Matthew Farber, EdD is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy program at the University of Northern Colorado. He is an Edutopia blogger, a Certified BrainPOP Educator, and he is in the iCivics Educator Network. Look for his first book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning... Read More →
avatar for Mike Farley

Mike Farley

High School Teacher and Director of ChangeGamer, University of Toronto Schools and ChangeGamer
Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography and Social Studies for 15 years in Toronto. He has been using digital games with his students for 13 years and founded ChangeGamer.ca to bring together teachers and academics who are excited about the use of games in... Read More →
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Heather Hibner

School Administrator, Elizabeth Forward School District
Heather was a high school English teacher and gaming teacher. She is now a secondary administrator with experience in innovative instructional technology implementation and curricular redesign. Heather has been in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Techno... Read More →
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Tammie Schrader

Computer Science Coordinator, Northeast Washington Education Service District 101
Tammie Schrader is the Regional Computer Science and Science Coordinator for the NEWESD 101. Prior to this, Schrader taught science and CTE classes to middle school students in Cheney, Washington. She teaches science methods courses at Whitworth and Gonzaga University. Schrader w... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 104

2:05pm

G4C Live Pitch Event
The Pitch Event invites select game creators to present their in-progress games in to a live panel of judges, audience, and potential partners and funders. This year's Pitch Event focuses on games that creatively respond to current political events to encourage civic engagement.

Moderators
avatar for Ira Fay

Ira Fay

CEO, Fay Games
Ira Fay is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Game Design at Hampshire College (ranked top 10 nationally for game design by Princeton Review) and is the CEO of Fay Games, a studio primarily focused on games for educational impact. He previously co-founded the Game Design and Development program at Quinnipiac University. Before beginning his academic career, Ira worked in game design and production roles at Electronic Arts... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

2:15pm

Panel - Brain Training Games: Fact, Fiction, or Somewhere in Between?
The debate rages over the effectiveness of brain training games. Are they the secret sauce for a strong mind or just marketing hype? The real answer is somewhere in between. Dive into the reality of brain training games and come prepared with your own questions at this panel discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Sterling

Amy Sterling

Executive Director, Eyewire
Amy Robinson Sterling is an expert in crowd sourcing. She is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain played by a quarter million people worldwide. | | Sterling is an international speaker and has advised The White House OSTP and US Congress. She is a leading... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Seitz

Aaron Seitz

UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being
Aaron Seitz is an internationally recognized expert on the mechanisms of learning and applies knowledge of brain plasticity to create brain-training video games that are effective in improving performance in real-world tasks. A notable example is his vision training game ULTIMEYE... Read More →
avatar for Lance Vikaros

Lance Vikaros

Director of Game Systems Design, Lumosity
Lance Vikaros, Ed.D., has been designing, developing and teaching others how to build educational software since 1992, for groups like Scholastic, Lexia Learning, Intel, the MIT Media Lab and now Lumosity. Recently he completed an educational doctorate degree specialized in educ... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 105

3:00pm

Speed Networking

One of our most popular events, Speed Networking is a high-energy, fast-paced opportunity to meet a new person from our community every 5 minutes! Enjoy the chance to network with executives from Epic Games, the Entertainment Software Association, Ubisoft, and other leaders in the game world and experts in social change.


Monday July 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Rooms 204 and 205

3:00pm

Civics & Social Issues Microtalk Salon
In every corner of the globe, creative minds are devising games to address and educate about an incredible range of social and political issues, from drone warfare and homelessness to substance abuse, government surveillance and more. Join us to hear over a dozen developers to talk about their work and their games in a lightning round of five-minute microtalks. (Games by these developers will also be playable in Tuesday’s Microtalk Showcase.)

Speakers
avatar for Min Seok Do

Min Seok Do

CEO, GamBridzy
I believe a game can change the world. | Degrees : Social Entrepreneur MBA at KAIST College of business, South Korea, 2017 | Master's degree of Serious Game at KAIST Graduated school of Culture and Technology, South Korea, 2015 Bachelor's degree of Electrical Engineering at K... Read More →
avatar for Kelli Dunlap

Kelli Dunlap

Psychologist
Kelli N. Dunlap, Psy.D. is a psychologist and game designer. She uses games to reduce mental health stigma and increase awareness and empathy for psychiatric conditions. Dr. Dunlap has collaboratively developed games for organizations including the National Institute for Mental Health, the World Bank, and The Knight Foundation. She has been recognized nationally for her work on mental health and video games and has received awards including the GDC 2016 Top 50 Speaker award, the Microsoft and XBox Most Valuable Professional Award, and a $100,000 fellowship for game design at American... Read More →
avatar for Elin Festøy

Elin Festøy

Producer, Teknopilot
Festøy is a digital media producer working with film and games, with a long career as a digital technology editor and journalist. She has master degrees in literature, leadership and digital communication. Her love of digital media started with computer science studies in Germany... Read More →
avatar for Marina Guiomar

Marina Guiomar

Museum Educator, Evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
With Drone technology progressing beyond strictly military applications towards a more ubiquitous presence in everyday lives, via consumer, commercial, and civil opportunities, this panel addresses the goals, expectations, and effects of the Live-Action Social Game Cash or Crash - The Drone Revolution, a public program especially designed for the temporary exhibit now showing at the Intrepid Sea, Air... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Maler

Elizabeth Maler

Co-founder, Accidental Queens
Elizabeth is the co-founder of Accidental Queens, and co-author of the game A Normal Lost Phone. This game is about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. Through the interface of a mobile phone, the player must discover what happened to... Read More →
avatar for Hilmi Quraishi

Hilmi Quraishi

Co-Founder & Director Social Initiatives, ZMQ Development
Hilmi Quraishi is the Co-Founder of ZMQ - a Technology for Development social enterprise based in India. He is a pioneer in using mobile phones to reach out to grass-root communities. As a technovator, social entrepreneur and educational technologist, Hilmi specializes in developing innovative technological solutions in low-resource settings which effectively reaches out to the bottom-of-the-pyramid markets. Hilmi is an Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow recognized for his technology based innovations for the... Read More →
avatar for Subhi Quraishi

Subhi Quraishi

CEO, ZMQ Development
Subhi Quraishi is the CEO of ZMQ, a Technology for Development Social Enterprise based in India. He is a T4D expert and a serial social entrepreneur. He is an Applied Mathematician and Computer Science expert by qualification. He has established a social game initiative under ZMQ - called Development GameLab. He has developed a gaming behavior change model called... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Robinson

Leslie Robinson

Founder & CEO, Trance4mation Games
Leslie is a therapist and is the inventor of the Keep It Real Game, the Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront Veteran Reintegration game, the Recharge Beyond the Bars Communication Games for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, and the In the Line of Duty transformational Police Dialogue game. She is the CEO... Read More →
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Jed Segovia

Parsons The New School for Design
Jed Q. Segovia is a US-born Filipino cartoonist and designer. He received his Bachelor's in Fine Art, Major in Information Design from Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Class of 2007, and a Masters in Fine Arts, Design & Technology, from Parsons the New Sc... Read More →
avatar for Lee Sheldon

Lee Sheldon

Professor of Practice, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lee Sheldon is a professional game writer and designer; a professor in Interactive Media & Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and author of The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (2011) and Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Second Edition, 2013). | | Currently designing a cybersecurity class as a game for Cal Poly. Recent games include The... Read More →
avatar for Felipe Marlon Soares

Felipe Marlon Soares

CEO, PushStart Studio
Felipe is a geek, programmer, producer and economist. With deep knowledge and extensive experience with new technologies for Games, Tv Shows and Web content. He is one of the co-founders of PushStart Studio, a Brazilian interactive studio that works from visual concept to produ... Read More →
avatar for Greg Trefry

Greg Trefry

Partner & Game Designer, Gigantic Mechanic
Greg Trefry designs games and playful experiences for cities, museums, non-profits, TV networks, amusement parks and just for fun. His studio, Gigantic Mechanic has designed and produced award winning games covering a range of social issues from politics to immigration. Greg has spoken at conferences around the world about play, games and design. He wrote the book Casual Game Design: Designing Play for the Gamer in All of Us and teaches at New York University. Greg serves as the director of the annual real-world game festival, Come Out... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Starr Foundation

4:00pm

Come out and Vote: How Play and Fun Improves Voter Participation
This is what Election Day in America once looked like: Crowds, neighbors, bands, parades, games. It was fun. And voting rates hovered in the 80% range. There is a lot about the 19th Century that needs to stay in the past, but there is no reason we cannot bring play and fun back to voting. This presentation will share the effectiveness of bringing play to voting and how attendees can help revive this national tradition.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Fortugno

Nicholas Fortugno

CCO/Co-Founder, Playmatics
Nick Fortugno is a designer of digital and real-world games and co-founder of the game company Playmatics. Fortugno has been a designer, writer, and project manager on dozens of games, serving as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash, award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life, CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation, and MUSE award winner Body/Mind/Change as well as games with Red Bull, Disney, AMC, the Red Cross/Crescent, PBS, and USAID. Nick is co-founder of the Come Out... Read More →
avatar for Edna Ishayik

Edna Ishayik

Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives, Civic Nation
Edna came to the civic engagement field after eight years in campaigns followed by seven as a freelance food and travel journalist. At Civic Nation she oversees four projects aimed at improving participation in American democracy.


Monday July 31, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 105

4:00pm

Industry Circle Town Hall
Games for Change is celebrating its 14th conference this year, but how close are we to transforming from a movement to a self-sustaining industry?

In this interactive Town Hall will provide an overview of what we have accomplished, and what is left to achieve to build the games for change community into a sustainable industry.

Representatives of companies on the vanguard of building the impact games sector will highlight their efforts in supporting this transformation. And Q&A with the audience will open the session up to an important community-wide investigation of where we are as a field and what we still need to do to grow the industry and ensure that the good work that harnesses positive power of games continues to flourish for years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Angst

Michael Angst

CEO, E-Line Media
Michael is the co-founder and CEO of E-Line Media, a mission-based venture that harnesses the power of games to help people understand and shape the world. Michael has spent his career as an operating executive and private equity investor in healthcare and education, focused on... Read More →
avatar for Manolo Diaz

Manolo Diaz

CEO, Yogome
Computer Systems Engineer from the University Tec de Monterrey in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. 500 Startups Alumni, Summer 2012 (Incubator in Silicon Valley). Endeavor entrepreneur since 2013. Founder of Code Heroes, a Yogome initiative to teach 8­-15 year old children in Mexico and Latin America to program and develop technological... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Javornik

Jennifer Javornik

Vice President of Sales, Filament Games
Jennifer Javornik is the Vice President of Sales for Filament Games where she works with companies, organizations, and individuals to explore how they can increase efficacy and engagement through digital learning games, simulations, virtual and augmented reality.  She is also Co-Director of the Wisconsin Games Alliance, an affiliation of video game studios and stakeholders focused on gaining recognition as a premiere hub of video game development both nationally and internationally while recruiting, retaining and growing world-class talent... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games
Jesse Schell is CEO of Schell Games, a team of one hundred people who strive to make the world’s greatest educational and transformational games, including Yale Medical's PlayForward: Elm City Stories, Water Bears VR, SuperChem VR, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, and Happy Ato... Read More →
avatar for André Thomas

André Thomas

CEO, Triseum LLC
André Thomas' passion for game-based learning resonates inside and outside of the classroom. With more than 20 years in CGI production, he has worked on legendary video games, live action feature films and commercials. He served as Head of Graphics for EA Sports Football (including NCAA, and Madden NFL... Read More →
avatar for Devin Young

Devin Young

Co-founder and President, Classcraft
Based in New York City, Devin is the co-founder and President of Classcraft. Classcraft is redefining the classroom experience by transforming classroom management into a game. With over 2.5 million users worldwide, Classcraft empowers students to work together in fun, new ways a... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

4:00pm

Mini-Talk Series - Developing Games for Informal Learning Spaces
Informal spaces often provide more flexibility to combine play and learning than a formal classroom. This series will feature case studies from innovative developers reaching kids outside of school. Learn about new models from experts at WGBH, New York Hall of Science, New York Public Library, American Museum of Natural History and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Co-Founder, Games and Learning
Michelle Miller is the Co-Founder and President of Games and Learning, an information platform dedicated to improving kids’ lives through news, analysis and industry leadership for developers and investors. She first developed the initiative during her tenure as Managing Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. An early e-game producer, Michelle led PBS KIDS Interactive during its initial start-up phase. She has also led online news operations for Greenpeace International, launched a digital platform for the March of Dimes and consulted for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Bush

Ciara Bush

UX Researcher, Girl Scouts of the USA
Ciara Bush is the lead UX Researcher at Girl Scouts of the USA. Much like the girls she researches, she is a lifelong learner who is excited by the challenge of creating engaging digital experiences for her customers. She has a knack for building empathy and extracting actionable... Read More →
avatar for Barry Joseph

Barry Joseph

Associate Director for Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural History
Barry Joseph is the Associate Director for Digital Learning at the American Museum of Natural History. No, really! He sometimes has a hard time believing it himself, what with the T.rex just down the hall and all that. And what an exciting time to explore the intersection of digital media and museum-based... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Knowlton

Thomas Knowlton

School Outreach Librarian, New York Public Library
Thomas Knowlton is a School Outreach Librarian for MyLibraryNYC at New York Public Library. He holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Rutgers State University.
avatar for Bill Shribman

Bill Shribman

Senior Executive Producer & Director of Digital Partnerships, WGBH
Bill Shribman is a Senior Executive Producer at WGBH in Boston where he leads the kid's digital team producing of apps, websites, and AR for PBS, NASA and others. These high traffic projects have won a Prix Jeunesse, two Emmys, and the George Foster Peabody Award. He is the creat... Read More →
avatar for Laycca Umer

Laycca Umer

Research Assistant/Program Coordinator, New York Hall of Science
Laycca has a B.S. in Childhood Education/Psychology and a M.S. in TESOL from CUNY City College. She has worked in formal and informal learning environments since 2012, and is passionate about finding solutions for underserved and underrepresented populations to have access to equ... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 104

4:15pm

Panel: How G4C’s Migration Challenge led Developers to Think about a Global Problem
What happens when we ask designers to respond to migration? Join us for a multifaced look into G4C's recent Migration Design Challenge. Roundtable panel discussion will feature judge, finalists and winning team who will share their experiences participating in the event and their development activities.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Treat

Emily Treat

VP Production Services, Games for Change
Working as a VP of Production Services, Emily is extending her expertise to oversee social impact game projects at the Games for Change Lab. Drawing from her designer-producer background, she works closely with impact partners, designers, developers, and other team members to pro... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Batalova

Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
Jeanne Batalova is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Her research focuses on the impacts of immigrants on society and labor markets; social and economic mobility of immigrant-origin youth and young adults; and the policies and practices regulating immigration and integration of immigrant professionals and foreign students in the United States and other countries. | | She earned her PhD in Sociology and MA degree in Demographic and Social Analysis from University of California... Read More →
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Debra Everett-Lane

ELF Productions
Debra Everett-Lane bridges the worlds of design and education as Director of Content & Activity Design at ESI Design. She has extensive experience creating games, exhibits, activities, and programs, and is also the lead designer of Come Out & Play Family Day, an offshoot of the l... Read More →
avatar for Konstantin Kaiser

Konstantin Kaiser

Game Designer, planpolitik
I have a masters in political sciences, love video games and pen and paper role playing. | | I started to develop face to face political simulation games 8 years ago. Then my bosses gave me the oppportunity to bring this method to the online world by hiring coders and web desi... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Room 105

5:15pm

Keynote - 3 Big Things We Got Wrong: How Humans Decide; How to Change Minds; and How to Craft Narratives that Fire Neurons with Chris Graves
On the heels of his two totally sold out talks at SXSW, Christopher Graves takes us on a romp through historic, accidental discoveries that reveal what everyone working to change behavior should do differently to be more effective. 
 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Graves

Christopher Graves

President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science
Christopher Graves was named President of the Ogilvy Center for Behavior Science in 2017 after serving 12 years as Global Chairman, Global CEO, and Regional (APAC) CEO for Ogilvy Public Relations. He also served as a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board and Executive Committee. Graves was honored as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident in 2016 for his work in behavioral science. | | | Graves joined Ogilvy after two decades in media and news, including 18 years with Dow Jones... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Tishman Auditorium

5:15pm

A Neurogaming Poster Session with Engaged Learning Network

Poster session featuring 11 research projects from the Engaging Learning Network. Come view and discuss visually distilled neuroscience research relating to games, virtual reality and engagement. Meet with ELN working group researchers to get a briefing on the current state of the science. Refreshments will be served.


Monday July 31, 2017 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Starr Foundation

5:45pm

Keynote - Games of Life: Exploring the Arts and Humanities Through Play with Tracy Fullerton
What can we learn of life by creating games that celebrate the arts and humanities? Designer Tracy Fullerton talks about the development of “Walden, a game” as well as the potential for arts and humanities focused games to celebrate the complexities of human experience and to show us the “finer fruits” of life.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Fullerton

Tracy Fullerton

Professor and Director, USC Game Innovation Lab
Tracy Fullerton is an award winning experimental game designer and director of the Game Innovation Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment. Her game credits include Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, and Th... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

6:15pm

Games for Change Awards

Each year we recognize the most impactful, innovative, and engaging social impact games of the year at our Games for Change Awards ceremony. See this year's nominees here.

We are pleased to present the following awards, with Anjali Bhimani (voice of Symmetra in Overwatch, actress) as our host!

  • Best Gameplay
  • Most Innovative
  • Most Significant Impact
  • Best Learning Game
  • Vanguard Award
  • G4C + Mashable People's Choice Award
  • Lifetime of Play Award (game designer Bernie DeKoven)

Monday July 31, 2017 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Tishman Auditorium
 
Tuesday, August 1
 

9:00am

Day 2 Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Susanna Pollack

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 →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
Tishman Auditorium

9:15am

Keynote - Gaming the System: The Political Potential of Play with Colleen Macklin
Tennis. Cards Against Humanity. Stardew Valley. What do they have in common? You’ll have to come to this talk to find out! Depending on your politics, this could be a feel-good romp through a brief history of games that have changed our world for the better, or a march towards of a dystopian future. You decide! Covered: games and systems, play and protest, utopia and dystopia.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Macklin

Colleen Macklin

Professor, Parsons School of Design
Colleen Macklin is a game designer, professor at Parsons School of Design and founder and co-director of PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab). PETLab projects include disaster preparedness games with the Red Cross, the urban activist game Re:Activism and the physical... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am
Tishman Auditorium

9:45am

Keynote - Educational Games and the 'Invisible Learning' Opportunity: An Investor's View on the Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Dynamic Game-based Learning Market with Jason Horne
Despite few break-out commercial successes to date, gravitational shifts within the game-based learning sector have the potential to create new scaled opportunities. Capital is increasingly flowing into game-based learning, and into the broader market for educational technologies as the sector embraces innovation like never before. From an investors point of view, where is the market today, how big and attractive is the opportunity, and what land mines should those in the sector be aware of?

Speakers
avatar for Jason Horne

Jason Horne

Principal, GSV Acceleration
Based in New York, Jason Horne is a Principal at GSV Acceleration, a venture capital fund investing in the most dynamic entrepreneurs and companies leveraging technology in the global $4.9 trillion education and talent technology sectors. GSV’s premier portfolio of Learning and T... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am
Tishman Auditorium

10:15am

Keynote - The Case for Evidence-Based Design with Mary Flanagan
How do we think about games for change in 2017 given that the world feels like it's drastically changed to a decidedly less pro-social focus? In this talk Flanagan makes the case that game design for social change requires research if it intends to make a difference. How can a game's impact be better understood?  What does evidence based design look throughout the lifecycle of a project?

Speakers
avatar for Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan

Director, Tiltfactor Lab, Dartmouth College
Mary Flanagan is the founding director of the research laboratory and design studio TILTFACTOR, the founder of the publishing company RESONYM, and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College. She is a cross-disciplinary designer, syste... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Tishman Auditorium

11:00am

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Motivating Millennials to Save Money through Gaming

How do you motivate someone to change their behavior to impact positive long-term change? One way is to encourage people to “game for good” by designing a game that changes people’s perceptions and behaviors around a social cause. In this presentation, the Ad Council’s digital team will share challenges and lessons learned from a G4C design challenge to encourage millennials to adopt better saving habits.


Speakers
avatar for Kat English

Kat English

Director of Digital, Ad Council
Kat serves as a Director of Digital at the Ad Council, where she manages digital products and experiences for more than 20 national public service engagement campaigns. Kat also spearheads the Ad Council’s Game for Good program, an effort to engage the gaming community to benefit... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
Starr Foundation

11:00am

Narrating Chronic Pain—Using Video Games to Tell Aspirational Stories
Serious, persuasive, and empathy games have all become synonymous with giving players opportunities to co-create alternative narrative spaces, gaining the ability to engage with stories that are challenging yet aspirational, enhancing experiential understandings and appreciations of real world experience through play. This talk discusses the science of narrative and how one can leverage the positive benefits of gaming to change and transform the stories we tell ourselves and other people.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Moore

Rhonda Moore

Medical Anthropologist, US Department of Health and Human Services
Rhonda is a medical anthropologist and social scientist who combines anthropological methods, narrative, clinical neuroscience and gaming to better understand the experience and meaning of chronic pain and suffering in vulnerable populations. Rhonda received a Ph.D. in Cultural a... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Room 104

11:00am

Panel - Industry Insights: A Conversation with Craig Hagen, EA and Alan Lewis, Take-Two Interactive
In this session, we will hear from games veterans, Craig Hagen, EA and Alan Lewis Take-Two Interactive as they discuss the state of the industry from their perspective at AAA games studios.  Moderator Anastasia Staten, ESA Foundation will lead a conversation about policy, workforce development, innovation and the changing digital landscape.

Moderators
avatar for Anastasia Staten

Anastasia Staten

Executive Director, ESA Foundation
Anastasia has nearly 20 years of experience spanning nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, and politics. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the ESA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the video game industry. Previously, she served in leadership p... Read More →

Speakers
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Craig Hagen

Global Head of Government Affairs, Electronic Arts Inc
Global head of government affairs, Craig Hagen, is responsible for the management of all government relations and public affairs for Electronic Arts Inc. This includes EA’s interaction with federal and state or provincial governments on a wide range of policy issues. | | Craig works closely with... Read More →
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Alan Lewis

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Alan Lewis has more than 20 years of expertise within the interactive entertainment industry. Since 2008, he has served as VP of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Take-Two. He is responsible for overseeing the Company’s corporate communications initiatives and media... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Tishman Auditorium

11:00am

Mini-Talk Series - Highlights from the Latest Game-Based Learning Research
There is no lack of evidence for game-based learning, but important studies can often be overlooked. This series will offer highlights from researchers studying key aspects of games in the classroom and at home. Learn from reports about teachers’ perceptions of digital games, data capture through gameplay, principles for educational game development and video gaming as part of family routines. Researchers will answer questions from the audience to help apply their findings to specific challenges.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Schrier

Karen Schrier

Assistant Professor/Director of Games, Marist College
Karen Schrier is a full-time faculty member and Director of the Games program at Marist College. Prior to Marist, she spent over a decade producing media at places such as Scholastic, Nickelodeon and BrainPOP. She is the editor of the book series, Learning, Education & Games, pub... Read More →

Speakers
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Yun-Jo An

Associate Professor, University of West Georgia
Yun-Jo An is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). He... Read More →
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Jennifer Dalsen

Gear Learning, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Jennifer Dalsen is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research focuses on the development of scientific language and argumentation through gameplay. She aims to capture student learning through multiple channels, including discourse and clickstream da... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Jennifer L. Miller is an assistant professor and director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on language development and her articles have appeared in journals including Infancy, Infant Behavior &... Read More →
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Sinem Siyahhan

Assistant Professor, California State University
Sinem Siyahhan is an Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology, and the Director of the Game Design Program at California State University San Marcos. She is also the owner of the Play2Connect LLC, a company that designs games and game-based experiences... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 105

11:15am

The Secret Process for Making Games that Matter
Jesse Schell, author of The Art of Game Design, and Barbara Chamberlin, head of the Learning Games Lab, are collaborating on a project to find best practices for creating educational and transformational games. In this talk they describe what they have discovered about translating how players need to change into games they love to play.

Speakers
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Barbara Chamberlin

Game Designer, Professor, NMSU Learning Games Lab
Barbara Chamberlin directs game development and research at the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University. Her research interests include user testing (particularly, how to do it in a way that doesn't actually slow down development), and game design models used for develo... Read More →
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Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games
Jesse Schell is CEO of Schell Games, a team of one hundred people who strive to make the world’s greatest educational and transformational games, including Yale Medical's PlayForward: Elm City Stories, Water Bears VR, SuperChem VR, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, and Happy Ato... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:15am - 11:35am
Starr Foundation

11:30am

Panel - A Conversation with Federal Funders and Artists
A session with leading public media funders to discuss the goals, considerations, and potential of games for change.

Moderators
avatar for Sara Cornish

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 →

Speakers
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Jax Deluca

Media Arts Director, National Endowment for the Arts
Jax Deluca became Director of Media Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in January 2016. In this position, she manages the NEA’s grantmaking activities for arts organizations across the country working in media arts, which includes film, video, audio, internet-based... Read More →
avatar for David Miller

David Miller

Program Director, National Institutes of Health
Dr. David Miller is a Program Director at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute where he manages a broad portfolio of biomedical software and computational modeling research grants in areas including data visualization, science games, interactive media, and crowdsourcing methodologies. Dave has led multiple NIH programs supporting the development of data science software tools, and he is active in... Read More →
avatar for Marc Ruppel

Marc Ruppel

Lead, Digital Projects for the Public / Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Marc Ruppel is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs, where he specializes in game, digital media and transmedia storytelling. Before joining the Endowment, Marc worked on several transmedia/digital-experiential lea... Read More →
avatar for Amy Sterling

Amy Sterling

Executive Director, Eyewire
Amy Robinson Sterling is an expert in crowd sourcing. She is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain played by a quarter million people worldwide. | | Sterling is an international speaker and has advised The White House OSTP and US Congress. She is a leading... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Wallace

Margaret Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, Playmatics
Margaret Wallace | Chief Executive Officer | Playmatics -- www.playmatics.com | | Margaret Wallace is Chief Executive Officer of Playmatics, | award-winning creators of digital and real-world games, products and | other interactive experiences. She was named one of Forbes &ldquo... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

11:35am

Design Lessons from 3 Years at GlassLab
GlassLab was an unprecedented Bill & Melinda Gates and MacArthur Foundation collaborative mission to bring AAA game design together with cutting-edge assessment and data science. This session collects and disseminates learning from that project, emphasizing future-facing topics such as game and learning design collaboration, games as digital maker tools and reversing the player-as-consumer paradigm, approaching game systems design as facilitating, formative assessment, and mapping the future learning game frontier.

Speakers
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Erin Hoffman-John

CEO, Sense of Wonder
Erin Hoffman-John is the Chief Designer and CEO of Sense of Wonder, an independent mobile developer of “smart fun” games, and an Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus. Prior to these roles, she led game design at GlassLab, a three-year... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:35am - 11:55am
Starr Foundation

11:45am

The Power, Cost and Limits of Adaptivity in Neurogaming
Adaptivity promises a personal digital tutor for every device.  It is at the heart of intelligent tutoring systems and found across neurogaming platforms.  Adaptivity refers to how educational games and activities adapt their levelof challenge and personalized instruction to meet the changing  educational needs of a player, as they play.   This talk presents examples from Dr. Vikaros’s work with Lumosity, Agnitus and Lexia Learning to explain and compare different types of adaptive systems, while providing a summary of current research and a glimpse into the future of what is soon to come.

Speakers
avatar for Lance Vikaros

Lance Vikaros

Director of Game Systems Design, Lumosity
Lance Vikaros, Ed.D., has been designing, developing and teaching others how to build educational software since 1992, for groups like Scholastic, Lexia Learning, Intel, the MIT Media Lab and now Lumosity. Recently he completed an educational doctorate degree specialized in educ... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 11:45am - 12:00pm
Room 104

12:00pm

An Active Learning Game for Better Sound Localization Using Augmented Reality (AR)
An active learning game has been developed to examine if a person can reduce localization errors from cognitive training using an augmented reality (AR) device. For each trial a user will indicate the perceived location of the target sound source, then the actual location will be shown along with the user’s estimated location. The training is in multiple difficulty levels. The presentation introduces technical details and the results from the on-going pilot study.

Speakers
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Sungyoung Kim

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
SUNGYOUNG KIM IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL, COMPUTER, AND TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AT RIT. His research interests include enjoyable auditory environment based on a multichannel audio system, virtual reality audio, auditory training, cr... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Room 104

12:00pm

Games on a Budget: Change for Change
Making games is expensive! What's a scrappy non-profit or activist to do? Make games on the cheap! Not every game needs to be an elaborate video game. You can get incredible engagement and results from paper games, role-playing or even a gym game. In this workshop, we'll look at successful games for change made on the cheap & lay out best practices for how to get the most effective play for the buck.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Trefry

Greg Trefry

Partner & Game Designer, Gigantic Mechanic
Greg Trefry designs games and playful experiences for cities, museums, non-profits, TV networks, amusement parks and just for fun. His studio, Gigantic Mechanic has designed and produced award winning games covering a range of social issues from politics to immigration. Greg has spoken at conferences around the world about play, games and design. He wrote the book Casual Game Design: Designing Play for the Gamer in All of Us and teaches at New York University. Greg serves as the director of the annual real-world game festival, Come Out... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Starr Foundation

12:00pm

Panel - Pick Me! Win More Fans With These Lessons from Platform Providers
What do educators, afterschool providers and consumers want when they look for game-based learning products? Discover what Noodle Markets, First Book and Samsung know about how audiences browse, evaluate and select the content they purchase. This panel will explore insights from user data and the latest market research to help inform strategies for planning and distributing learning games.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Co-Founder, Games and Learning
Michelle Miller is the Co-Founder and President of Games and Learning, an information platform dedicated to improving kids’ lives through news, analysis and industry leadership for developers and investors. She first developed the initiative during her tenure as Managing Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. An early e-game producer, Michelle led PBS KIDS Interactive during its initial start-up phase. She has also led online news operations for Greenpeace International, launched a digital platform for the March of Dimes and consulted for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ted Brodheim

Ted Brodheim

Vice President, Vertical Business, Samsung Business
From 2007 to 2011, Ted served as Chief Information Officer for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE). His responsibilities included the instructional and administrative technology needs of the largest school district in the United States. With a $125 million operati... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Neal

Nicole Neal

CEO, Noodle Markets
Nicole is CEO of Noodle Markets, a company that brings vendors and educators together to increase efficiency and transparency in K–12 purchasing. Prior to joining the company, Nicole served in leadership positions at CORE Education Consulting and Solutions, Pearson Education, and Schoolnet. She has managed formative assessment, intervention and content solutions for districts and states serving all sectors of the education market. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Binghamton... Read More →
avatar for Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson

CFO/CSO, First Book
Jane is CFO/CSO at First Book, a social enterprise focused on equity in education. Its models are built to be revenue-generating and bring a new market and collaborative disruption to publishers and other content creators. Jane led the team in writing the business plan for the ce... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 105

12:15pm

From Proteins to Planets: The First Year of Project Discovery
Project Discovery is the first implementation of a new approach in citizen science - the seamless integration of real science and videogames. This is what we call Massively Multiplayer Online Science. Come and hear about how the players of EVE Online submitted 30 million classifications of protein locations and how they will discover the next exoplanet.

Speakers
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Bergur Finnbogason

Senior Development Manager, CCP Games
After graduating from London Metropolitan University with a MA in Architecture of rapid change and scarce resources, Bergur went on a path to explore the possibility of architecture and urban planning in the digitally built world of World of Darkness. The aim was to build a famil... Read More →
avatar for Attila Szantner

Attila Szantner

CEO & co-founder, Massively Multiplayer Online Science
Attila feels very lucky to have combined his two passions with Massively Multiplayer Online Science: citizen science and games. He is based in the beautiful small village of Gryon, Switzerland, where he founded MMOS with Bernard Revaz. For almost two decades, he has worked in IT... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Tishman Auditorium

12:45pm

Civics & Social Issues Microtalk Showcase
Join us for lunch and an opportunity to play, experience, and discuss games made by developers who spoke about their work in Monday’s Civics & Social Issues Microtalk Salon—over a dozen projects from around the world, tackling issues from drone warfare and homelessness to substance abuse, government surveillance and more.

Speakers
avatar for Min Seok Do

Min Seok Do

CEO, GamBridzy
I believe a game can change the world. | Degrees : Social Entrepreneur MBA at KAIST College of business, South Korea, 2017 | Master's degree of Serious Game at KAIST Graduated school of Culture and Technology, South Korea, 2015 Bachelor's degree of Electrical Engineering at K... Read More →
avatar for Kelli Dunlap

Kelli Dunlap

Psychologist
Kelli N. Dunlap, Psy.D. is a psychologist and game designer. She uses games to reduce mental health stigma and increase awareness and empathy for psychiatric conditions. Dr. Dunlap has collaboratively developed games for organizations including the National Institute for Mental Health, the World Bank, and The Knight Foundation. She has been recognized nationally for her work on mental health and video games and has received awards including the GDC 2016 Top 50 Speaker award, the Microsoft and XBox Most Valuable Professional Award, and a $100,000 fellowship for game design at American... Read More →
avatar for Elin Festøy

Elin Festøy

Producer, Teknopilot
Festøy is a digital media producer working with film and games, with a long career as a digital technology editor and journalist. She has master degrees in literature, leadership and digital communication. Her love of digital media started with computer science studies in Germany... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Maler

Elizabeth Maler

Co-founder, Accidental Queens
Elizabeth is the co-founder of Accidental Queens, and co-author of the game A Normal Lost Phone. This game is about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. Through the interface of a mobile phone, the player must discover what happened to... Read More →
avatar for Hilmi Quraishi

Hilmi Quraishi

Co-Founder & Director Social Initiatives, ZMQ Development
Hilmi Quraishi is the Co-Founder of ZMQ - a Technology for Development social enterprise based in India. He is a pioneer in using mobile phones to reach out to grass-root communities. As a technovator, social entrepreneur and educational technologist, Hilmi specializes in developing innovative technological solutions in low-resource settings which effectively reaches out to the bottom-of-the-pyramid markets. Hilmi is an Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow recognized for his technology based innovations for the... Read More →
avatar for Subhi Quraishi

Subhi Quraishi

CEO, ZMQ Development
Subhi Quraishi is the CEO of ZMQ, a Technology for Development Social Enterprise based in India. He is a T4D expert and a serial social entrepreneur. He is an Applied Mathematician and Computer Science expert by qualification. He has established a social game initiative under ZMQ - called Development GameLab. He has developed a gaming behavior change model called... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Robinson

Leslie Robinson

Founder & CEO, Trance4mation Games
Leslie is a therapist and is the inventor of the Keep It Real Game, the Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront Veteran Reintegration game, the Recharge Beyond the Bars Communication Games for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, and the In the Line of Duty transformational Police Dialogue game. She is the CEO... Read More →
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Jed Segovia

Parsons The New School for Design
Jed Q. Segovia is a US-born Filipino cartoonist and designer. He received his Bachelor's in Fine Art, Major in Information Design from Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Class of 2007, and a Masters in Fine Arts, Design & Technology, from Parsons the New Sc... Read More →
avatar for Lee Sheldon

Lee Sheldon

Professor of Practice, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lee Sheldon is a professional game writer and designer; a professor in Interactive Media & Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and author of The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (2011) and Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Second Edition, 2013). | | Currently designing a cybersecurity class as a game for Cal Poly. Recent games include The... Read More →
avatar for Felipe Marlon Soares

Felipe Marlon Soares

CEO, PushStart Studio
Felipe is a geek, programmer, producer and economist. With deep knowledge and extensive experience with new technologies for Games, Tv Shows and Web content. He is one of the co-founders of PushStart Studio, a Brazilian interactive studio that works from visual concept to produ... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
5th Floor

12:45pm

Playtesting and Prototyping Games for the Classroom: Putting Students and Teachers at the Center of Playful Learning
Want to see if teachers and students “get” your game? Join STEM start-up PlayMada for a fun, hands-on session to learn how they conduct useful, focused playtests designed to get to the heart of what best serves the needs of teachers and students. Attendees will observe a live student playtest and leave with knowledge that will help them craft a personalized plan to improve their own educational games.

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Desai

Natasha Desai

Director of Math Pedagogy, CanFigureIt
Lovingly known as "Ms. Panda" to her former students, Natasha has worked in formal and informal learning environments since 2007. She is passionate about finding meaningful ways to integrate technology in the 'traditional' classroom experience, working closely with educators to d... Read More →
avatar for Edward Wang

Edward Wang

Science Pedagogy Director, PlayMada
As Science Pedagogy Director for PlayMada, Edward helps to conceptualize, design and develop new educational games to give high school students a deepened understanding of key scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way. As a former NYC public school teacher of 18 years, he is... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Starr Foundation

1:45pm

Engagement for Change: Improving News Media through Game Design
How can game design thinking address the issue of sustained engagement? Based on more than two years of work with game design veterans, reporters and media professionals, we offer lessons learned for solving problems plaguing news and social impact.  We share a brand new concept for employing game design to create engagement design and demonstrate our projects that have successfully increased audience engagement. These include Factitious, a game about identifying fake news, Commuter Challenge, an empathy game created with Washington DC's NPR Affiliate, and a playful take on trivia quizzes produced for Polygon and Vox Media Storytelling Studio.   

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Farley

Maggie Farley

Fellow, American University
Maggie Farley wants you to know how to tell real news from fake. She has combined her experience from 15 years as an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times with designing games and curricula for learning and news engagement. As a fellow in American Universi... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Grace

Lindsay Grace

Founding Director and Associate Professor, American University Game Lab
Lindsay is associate professor and founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. Widely published on games, his work has been featured on Al Jazeera, several National Public Radio Affiliates and awarded by a variety of organizations. He has showcased his game... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Room 105

1:45pm

Government Grants for Health & Science Games
This talk will provide an overview of federal government funding opportunities for games development. Emphasis will be placed on addressing some of the most common challenges faced when developing biomedical and health research games, including partnering with biomedical researchers, recognizing and protecting private health information in a game, and navigating the grants submission process.

Speakers
avatar for David Miller

David Miller

Program Director, National Institutes of Health
Dr. David Miller is a Program Director at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute where he manages a broad portfolio of biomedical software and computational modeling research grants in areas including data visualization, science games, interactive media, and crowdsourcing methodologies. Dave has led multiple NIH programs supporting the development of data science software tools, and he is active in... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Room 104

1:45pm

Well Played: Walden, a Game
What makes a game good? or bad? or better? Building on the Well Played books and journal and the success of lives sessions, we will explore a game at the festival to help analyze the gameplay experience and open up a discussion around the unique positive social impact games can have. The goal is to help develop and define a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Davidson

Drew Davidson

Director & Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories and transformational experiences across texts, comics, games and other media. He explores the art, design and sc... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Fullerton

Tracy Fullerton

Professor and Director, USC Game Innovation Lab
Tracy Fullerton is an award winning experimental game designer and director of the Game Innovation Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment. Her game credits include Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, and Th... Read More →
avatar for Richard Lemarchand

Richard Lemarchand

Associate Professor, USC Games
Richard Lemarchand is a game designer, an educator and a consultant. Working at Naughty Dog he led or co-led the design of all three PlayStation 3 games in the Uncharted series. He also helped to create the game series Gex and Soul Reaver at Crystal Dynamics. He is now an Associate Professor in the USC Games program, and is the Interim Chair of the Interactive Media... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Tishman Auditorium

1:45pm

Panel - From Player to Maker: Lessons Learned from Young Creators
Challenges, workshops, afterschool programs and formal curricula increasingly prove that game making is a key to unlock STEM skills and learning. But what inspires and equips today’s game players to become tomorrow’s game makers? Learn how diverse initiatives motivate young creators across geography, gender and culture, and what lessons educators and developers can apply to their own work.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Gilliam

Leah Gilliam

VP, Strategy & Innovation, Girls Who Code
Leah Gilliam has channeled her life-long fascination with systems and how things work into a diverse career with a focus on how people participate and invent through technology. As the Vice President for Strategy & Innovation at Girls Who Code, Gilliam leverages her experience wo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

Founder and President, The Sankofa Global Project
Tracy Gray holds dual Master of Science Degrees in Early Childhood and General Education. As an entrepreneur and education consultant, Tracy has devoted her career to building effective S.T.E.A.M. initiatives. In her commitment to advance 21st century learning competency skills... Read More →
avatar for Austin Olney

Austin Olney

Digital Media Specialist, White Plains Public Library
Austin Olney is a Digital Media Specialist at the White Plains Public Library, teaching patrons to be digitally literate and providing them with technology skills necessary for the modern world. Using the library’s teen space as a backdrop, he presents students with a hands-on approach. Receiving his... Read More →
avatar for Josh Weisgrau

Josh Weisgrau

Program Director, Maker Learning, Digital Promise Global
Josh is the Program Director for Maker Learning at Digital Promise. In that capacity he directs the global Learning Studios network and other maker learning work in the organization including the Maker Promise partnership with Maker Ed. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Josh helped develop the makerspace and maker learning programs at... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Starr Foundation

2:00pm

Player Centered Design: Reframing the World through Play
Educational Games and Games for Change are powerful forces for helping people understand the world, but sometimes there’s a disconnect between the play and the topic it attempts to address. But play itself is a powerful tool for uncovering new insights about complex topics. Building on the proven methods of user-centered design thinking, Mohini and Ben will present their “player centric design” model they’ve used at Antidote Games to increase understanding in over 2 dozen countries worldwide.

Speakers
avatar for Mohini Dutta

Mohini Dutta

Narrative Designer, Antidote Games
Mohini Dutta is the cofounder of Antidote, a creative play consultancy. At Antidote, she works with non-profits, journalists, and scientists to find playful methods of communication to increase understanding. She also teaches at Parsons School of Design in the Design and Technolo... Read More →
avatar for Ben Norskov

Ben Norskov

Systems Designer, Antidote Games
Ben Norskov is the cofounder of Antidote, a creative play consultancy. At Antidote, he works with non-profits, journalists, and scientists to find playful methods of communication to increase understanding. He also teaches at Parsons School of Design in the Design and Technology... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:00pm - 2:10pm
Room 105

2:00pm

Leveling Up Demographics: A Data Dive into Who Plays What Games and Why to Broaden Your Audience and Empower Your Impact
The fifty-year-old women sitting to your right on the train is probably playing a pretty different game than the fourteen-year-old on your left. Why? What can we learn from the diversity of play? Understanding how to build better experiences specifically for your audience is key to more inclusive design and reaching goals with your users. Tell us about how you play and learn how to create the ideal resonance for your audience.

Speakers
avatar for Marguerite Dibble

Marguerite Dibble

Founder / CEO, gametheory
Marguerite Dibble is the CEO of GameTheory, a company that uses game design toolkits and mindsets to tackle challenging real-world problems. GameTheory has worked to provide unique game-based solutions across healthcare, energy, and finance, creating products and techniques that... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Room 104

2:00pm

Meet the Experts
Experts from the many areas that support the games for change sector will be available for free 15-minute consultations. Attendees can sign up at the registration desk in the main lobby.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Alspach

Brian Alspach

Executive Vice President, E-Line Media
Brian is a member of the founding executive team at E-Line Media, a game developer and publisher that harnesses the power of games to help youth thrive in a complex, rapidly-changing, digitally-connected world. He is currently leading the design of E-Line's hands-on youth learning programs, and previously oversaw product management efforts for E-Line's consumer and educational games... Read More →
avatar for Jax Deluca

Jax Deluca

Media Arts Director, National Endowment for the Arts
Jax Deluca became Director of Media Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in January 2016. In this position, she manages the NEA’s grantmaking activities for arts organizations across the country working in media arts, which includes film, video, audio, internet-based... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Jacobo

Sandra Jacobo

Director of Education, Yogome, Inc.
Sandra is an experienced content strategist and researcher with over 8 years of experience developing interactive content for emerging new technologies. Products have included digital games, books, interactive bilingual curriculum, and a wearable fitness tracker for kids. She is... Read More →
avatar for David Miller

David Miller

Program Director, National Institutes of Health
Dr. David Miller is a Program Director at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute where he manages a broad portfolio of biomedical software and computational modeling research grants in areas including data visualization, science games, interactive media, and crowdsourcing methodologies. Dave has led multiple NIH programs supporting the development of data science software tools, and he is active in... Read More →
avatar for Marc Ruppel

Marc Ruppel

Lead, Digital Projects for the Public / Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Marc Ruppel is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs, where he specializes in game, digital media and transmedia storytelling. Before joining the Endowment, Marc worked on several transmedia/digital-experiential lea... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games
Jesse Schell is CEO of Schell Games, a team of one hundred people who strive to make the world’s greatest educational and transformational games, including Yale Medical's PlayForward: Elm City Stories, Water Bears VR, SuperChem VR, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, and Happy Ato... Read More →
avatar for Dan White

Dan White

CEO, Filament Games
Filament Games CEO Dan White wants learning to be associated with meaning and inspiration rather than accountability and drudgery. Accordingly, he believes that learning should be highly interactive, and that game-based learning, like project- and inquiry-based learning, is a "be... Read More →
avatar for Devin Young

Devin Young

Co-founder and President, Classcraft
Based in New York City, Devin is the co-founder and President of Classcraft. Classcraft is redefining the classroom experience by transforming classroom management into a game. With over 2.5 million users worldwide, Classcraft empowers students to work together in fun, new ways a... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
7th Floor Teacher's Lounge

2:15pm

Improving Scientific Discovery Games with Data
Scientific Discovery Games have shown the potential of involving the general public in scientific research and contributed to scientific discoveries. One example is Foldit, a game where players can help scientists understand proteins. However, for these types of games, onboarding and retaining players often remains a challenge. In this talk, I will discuss work using gameplay data to evaluate design decisions and potentially improve aspects of games that are applied to solving real-world problems.

Speakers
avatar for Seth Cooper

Seth Cooper

Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Seth Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. He earned his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Seth is interested in using video games to solve difficult real-world proble... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 104

2:15pm

Panel - All of the Above: Building Learning Games for Both Home and School
Can a game-based learning product successfully reach teachers and parents, or are the two markets as different as apples and oranges? Leaders from Speakaboos, Minecraft and Lightneer will reveal their innovative techniques for bridging both home and school. Learn from the successes and failures in the edtech and consumer worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Wan

Tony Wan

Managing Editor, EdSurge
Tony Wan is Managing Editor at EdSurge where he frets over stories, semantics and snappy headlines. He was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in Education in 2014. Prior to joining EdSurge he co-founded a short-lived startup that developed a game best described as “Zelda with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauri Järvilehto

Lauri Järvilehto

CEO, Lightneer
Lauri Järvilehto is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lightneer, setting out to bring high quality learning to everybody everywhere and scaling the inclusivity of Finnish education globally. Lauri is a learning enthusiast, serial entrepreneur and a Sherlock Holmes fan. He has a PhD in t... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Pittser

Brandon Pittser

Director of Marketing & Licensing, Filament Games
As Director of Marketing & Licensing at Filament Games, Brandon applies his passion for games and learning to their content marketing practice and overall marketing strategy. He thrives on creating and sustaining a meaningful conversation with educators and developers about game-based learning, all while pursuing partnerships that will expand the reach and adoption of learning games. Aside from marketing direction and content generation, his role at Filament also includes business development for both distribution and... Read More →
avatar for Neal Shenoy

Neal Shenoy

CEO & Co-Founder, BEGiN
Neal Shenoy is CEO & Co-Founder of BEGiN, the company behind the award-winning Speakaboos and Homer subscription services. BEGiN's mission is to motivate young children to become lifelong learners through a love of reading that serves as a gateway to learning to read effectively... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 105

2:30pm

VR Hacking: 
from Innovation to Preservation

In this session, we discuss how the team at Isobar is fulfilling on the promise of VR, and it's implications on the education of future generations.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin-Ken Kempis

Kevin-Ken Kempis

Creative Consultant / Professional Nerd, Isobar
As a creative technologist with a strong design background, Kevin leads day-to-day creative initiatives within the Isobar NYC office and the Isobar NowLab. Since age 11 he’s had his hand in print, motion/broadcast, digital, experiential and now VR/AR projects for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Adidas, Jaguar, and Verizon. Kevin is constantly seeking out ways to bring physical spaces to life through transformative technology... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Room 104

2:30pm

Playing Outwards: Critical Games in Context
Games for change are often hyped as magical objects with inherent powers: the power to teach something, to change behaviors, to foster empathy, to encourage action. The hope is to leverage their digital reproducibility to reach a massive user base and automatically perform the work of social change. Starting from Molleindustria's recent projects, I'll expand the scope of critical gamemaking beyond the fetishized content and toward the politics of game platforms, play spaces, and gamers.

Speakers
avatar for Paolo Pedercini

Paolo Pedercini

molleindustria
Paolo Pedercini is a game developer, artist and educator. He teaches digital media production and experimental game design at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2003 he works under the project name “Molleindustria” producing provocative games addressing issues... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

3:00pm

Axon - A Social Media Showdown in Space, A Live VR Game
Fake News! As our lives become increasingly overwhelmed by shared media, how do we handle it all? Project Axon is a live crowd-gaming experience using virtual reality to explore competitive social media. The game was created by a team of students at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Culyba

Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his tim... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Starr Foundation

4:00pm

Xbox Fitness: A Success Story. How One Psychiatrist Used this Game to Lose and Maintain Significant Weight Loss
A psychiatrist used psychological principles and Xbox Fitness to lose over 60 pounds in 10 months and maintain most of this weight loss for years. His experience with this physically intense Kinect 2.0 game and data on the physical intensity and perceived exertion from hundreds of hours of active play of over 60 active video games will be presented. Suggestions will be made on incorporating lessons learned from this project into active virtual reality games.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Ballas

Paul Ballas

Founder, Tiro Enterprises, LLC
Paul Ballas is a board certified child and adult psychiatrist and founder of Tiro Enterprises, a start up company with a mission of developing user experience metrics for active and VR games. He has won awards and fellowships from the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Noguchi Medical Research Institute. He has published two ebooks on his work... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 104

4:00pm

What do 'Fake News' and Video Games Have in Common? Exploration of Some Human Mind Limitations and their Impact on our Behavior and our Society.
In the age of "fake news", educating children and helping citizens to recognize cognitive biases and logical fallacies have become more important than ever. This talk proposes to analyze the most common limitations of the human mind, explore how we can easily fall prey to biases in our everyday life, and give insights on how to (maybe) avoid them. It will cover what this means for games, learning experiences, and social media literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Celia Hodent

Celia Hodent

Director of User Experience, Epic Games
​Celia Hodent is director of user experience at Epic Games and holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. Initially specializing in the development of intelligence, Celia stepped aside from academic research in 2005 to work with an educational toy manufacturer, VTech. Celia joined... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 105

4:00pm

Minecraft Edu Hackjam Outcomes Presentations
Learn how K12 teachers can use Minecraft to teach core content. Come get a firsthand look at brand new lessons created by teachers in the Minecraft Education Curriculum Hackjam, which takes place on July 30th.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Cornish

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 →
avatar for Bron Stuckey

Bron Stuckey

Innovative Educational Ideas
Global Consultant Specialist in Game Play, Game Inspired Learning, Communities of Practice and Learning Communities. Bron cut her teeth in games for learning long before Minecraft exploded into the world through her 10 years with the highly successful Arizona State University Que... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Starr Foundation

4:00pm

Panel - The Women of Overwatch: The Journey of Bringing Strong Female Characters to Life
Join the voice actresses who play Symestra, Sombra and Mercy from the blockbuster game “Overwatch” as well as Senior Casting Director and Voice Director at Blizzard, Andrea Toyais in a conversation about the process of bringing strong female characters came to life.  Moderated by Nika Nour, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association.

Moderators
avatar for Nika Nour

Nika Nour

Director, Federal Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Nika Nour is the Director of Federal Government Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association and an Internet Association Alum. As a triathlete and avid Batman fan, she strives to bridge technology policy issues and Capitol Hill. Currently she focuses on pursuing meaningful... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anjali Bhimani

Anjali Bhimani

Voice of Symmetra in Overwatch, Actress
Anjali Bhimani is known to gaming fans as the voice of Symmetra in Overwatch and Nisha in Fallout 4. On television, fans know her as Nina Patel on Modern Family and Wendy on Cassandra French’s Finishing School, and from appearances on such shows as Silicon Valley, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Sopranos, Law... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Pohl

Lucie Pohl

Voice of Mercy in Overwatch, Actress
Lucie Pohl is a German-born-NYC-raised actor, comedian and writer. She is the voice of Mercy on Blizzard's Overwatch and has appeared in Homeland (Showtime), Red Dwarf XI (Amazon), Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.) and over 25 international Film & TV producti... Read More →
avatar for Carolina Ravassa

Carolina Ravassa

Voice of Sombra in Overwatch, Actress
Born in Cali, Colombia, Carolina Ravassa has appeared on The Affair opposite Dominic West and produced, directed, and starred in the Web series Hispanglosaxon. She is known for her voice work in the video games, Overwatch (Sombra), Grand Theft Auto V (Taliana Martinez) and Max Payne III... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Toyias

Andrea Toyias

Senior Casting & Voice Director, Blizzard Entertainment
Andrea Toyias is the Senior Casting & Voice Director at Blizzard Entertainment where she enjoys bringing a wide-range of characters to life in games such as World of WarCraft, Diablo, StarCraft, Hearthstone and most recently, Blizzard's newest exciting title Overwatch. | | Sh... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

4:10pm

How Uncertainty can be Used to Improve Learning
Game designers typically use uncertainty for heightening emotions or to reduce confusion.In this talk I will show how uncertainty can be used to influence learning. I will show how our brain works in world that revolves around uncertainty. In this world learning is needed to reduce uncertainty. I will present experiments that manipulate uncertainty and influence learning outcomes. This new lens suggests a different perspective on how games can be constructed to improve learning outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Russell Cohen Hoffing

Russell Cohen Hoffing

UC Riverside
Russell Cohen Hoffing is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Riverside. Here he works at the Brain Game Center devoting his time towards making a brain training games to improve self-control.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:10pm - 4:20pm
Room 104

4:15pm

After 'Reality' - Can a Game About Media-Making Save Democracy?
After six years of running an ARG inside USC's School of Cinematic Arts to promote media-making and collaboration, some surprising lessons about motivation and engagement (and even more surprising demographics) suggested some flawed assumptions being made about millennial civic engagement and their troubling low voter turnout. Lead designer Jesse Vigil outlines a new initiative to adapt key game mechanics and apply these lessons in a new intervention for the good of the republic.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Vigil

Jesse Vigil

Faculty/Game Innovation Lab Research Lead, USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media & Games Division
Jesse Vigil is a published writer, game designer, and producer of award-winning film, television and games. He is the co-founder of Los Angeles-based production company Psychic Bunny and faculty at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media and Games Division, where he te... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Room 105

4:20pm

Linking Rhythm Processing and Reading Development Young Children Using an Interactive Self-guided App
Some studies have reported a link between reading-related skills and musical rhythmic abilities, highlighting the potential of music-based intervention methods for reading development.

A tablet-based rhythm-assessment app was developed and deployed in kindergarten classrooms in New England with a battery of pre-literacy assessments. Results from over a hundred children indicate a significant positive association between rhythm discrimination and early literacy skills. The potential application of the app in cross-cultural and neuroscience research will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Ola Ozernov-Palchik

Ola Ozernov-Palchik

Tufts University
Ola Ozernov-Palchik, M.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the interdisciplinary cognitive science and applied child development program at Tufts University. Ola conducts research at MIT and Boston Children's Hospital on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of reading develop... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:20pm - 4:30pm
Room 104

4:30pm

The 5 Rules of Virtual Humans
This talk will provide an overview of what game designers should consider when building and designing virtual humans for engagement in cognitive and health related games. The principles will be based on research in the areas of neuroscience and cognition and include elements such as realism of the VH, voice/tone, features such as memory/emotions/personality, and dialogue. Examples from the field (good and bad) will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Thomasino

Vincent Thomasino

CTO, Kognito
Vince has always loved to build things -- from baubles to hardware and software. His passion for tinkering is the underpinning of his commitment to continuous innovation. At Kognito, Vince is applying that same desire to lead the company's technology strategy, bringing fresh idea... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:30pm - 4:40pm
Room 104

4:30pm

Measuring Impact
This talk offers a window into the tools that nonprofits use to clarify and measure the social impact of their work, and the particular challenges artists face in the midst of this increasingly important topic.

Speakers
avatar for Anjali Deshmukh

Anjali Deshmukh

Independent Artist and Nonprofit Consultant
Anjali is an independent artist and analogue game or interaction designer, and a community engagement professional working for mission-driven organizations. Anjali holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a Fulbright Scholar in Fine Arts. She was named an Award Finalist (and 2nd Place winner) for SXSW... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 105

4:30pm

Pre-Production Frameworks: Tools for Teams to Create Better Design, Development, and Evaluation of Games for Change
Pre-production frameworks are critical tools for teams seeking to develop games focused on targeted outcomes, such as behavior change or knowledge acquisition, and are fundamental to setting the stage for the design, development, and evaluation of games. Dr. Kimberly Hieftje (Yale Center for Health & Learning Games/play2PREVENT Lab at Yale) and Sabrina Culyba (Schell Games) will talk about the pre-production processes they’ve developed and are using to guide the development of several serious game projects.

Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Haskell Culyba

Sabrina Haskell Culyba

Principal Designer, Schell Games
Sabrina Culyba is a Principal Designer at Schell Games, an independent game studio in Pittsburgh that specializes in creating transformational and innovative, interactive experiences. She has worked on a wide range of entertainment & technology experiences, including mobile games, theme park rides, MMOs, animatronics... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Hieftje

Kimberly Hieftje

Deputy Director, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, play2PREVENT Lab
Dr. Hieftje's interests primarily focus on health promotion and behavior change through the use of videogames. She is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and play2PREVENT Lab. Dr. Hieftj... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Starr Foundation

4:40pm

Fit Brains: A Summary of Eight Years in Brain Training
Fit Brains has existed in a wide variety of forms throughout the years. From a flash portal, to the app store, to clinical studies. Maurice Grela will discuss its various forms and what they taught us about the overlap between neuroscience and serious games.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice Grela

Maurice Grela

Game Designer, Rosetta Stone (formerly)
Maurice Grela is a game developer who circulates between Toronto and Vancouver. His work experience includes game design, quality assurance testing, art direction, voice acting direction, technical art, research, and modding of existing games. He has explored a wide spectrum of g... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:40pm - 4:50pm
Room 104

4:50pm

Exploring the Feasibility of Video Games for Cognitive Assessment
The session describes the authors ongoing research into the application of video games in cognitive assessment. The session will present the authors findings from developing a prototype that assesses working memory, language and critical thinking. A discussion will feature on the current availability of game design frameworks for mental health care. Finally, a potential direction to design video games for cognitive assessment will be presented to the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Saiger

Michael Saiger

University of Strathclyde
Ba (Hon) in Games Design and Production Management. MPhil student in Digital Health and Wellness. | With academic and industry experience I aim to research the development of games into new markets and genres. | The current interest is the development of application for peopl... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 4:50pm - 5:00pm
Room 104

5:15pm

Keynote - Unity Education: Democratizing Learning, Creativity, and Impact with Jessica Lindl
Since 2004, Unity Technologies has focused on democratizing development. Now, on the precipice of the 4th Industrial Revolution, creativity is the critical competency required to succeed. Unity is expanding it's reach from democratizing development to democratizing creativity, opportunity and impact for all. How will you join us?

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Lindl

Jessica Lindl

Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies
Jessica is the Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies with a vision of democratizing creativity for all learners. She has spent over 15 years overseeing companies and teams that design, develop, and distribute deeply impactful learning games to the global education market... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Tishman Auditorium

5:45pm

Keynote - Into The Future : A World Without Edges with Graeme Devine
Speakers
avatar for Graeme Devine

Graeme Devine

Chief Game Wizard, Magic Leap
Graeme is a veteran game developer with more than 30 years of experience across multiple platforms, technologies, and major titles. Starting at age 16 working at Atari, Graeme has helped bring numerous games to life, including Pole Position, The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, Quake III Arena, Doom 3, and most... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

6:15pm

Gaming in the Real World
Gaming the Real World is the first feature documentary film about video games changing the real world. It follows three game developers, Mojang - the creators of Minecraft, Paradox Interactive - publishers of Cities: Skylines and indie-game developer José Sanches in their struggle to make their games being more than just a game, but also an effective tool in planning our future cities and democratizing the planning process.

Director Anders Eklund has followed these three game companies navigating the space where urban planning and gaming meet. How will our cities look in 20 - 100 years time?

Can games change the world?

Tuesday August 1, 2017 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Tishman Auditorium
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

9:00am

Welcome to the VR for Change Summit
Speakers
avatar for Erik Martin

Erik Martin

Senior Education Program Manager and VR for Change Curator, Unity
Erik Martin is Senior Education Program Manager at Unity, the leading development platform for games and XR, where he works to democratize creativity and empower learners with skills to help build the future.  Erik previously served as a Policy Advisor at the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration, where he helped develop numerous national education innovation policies and initiatives including reducing and rethinking standardized testing and CS for All, co-wrote the first memo to the president on XR technologies and hosted events like the White House Game Jam and... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Pollack

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 →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
Tishman Auditorium

9:15am

Keynote - A Call to Action for VR for Change with Megan Smith
Speakers
avatar for Megan Smith

Megan Smith

3rd U.S. CTO, Entrepreneur, Engineer
Megan Smith was the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer of the United States and advisor to President Obama. She helped guide the Obama Administration's expansive technology policies and initiatives.  Previous to assuming her role at the White House, Smith served as VP of Google[x], a Google facility that develops the company's "moonshots," or high-achieving technological advancements. She was Vice President of Business Development at Google for nine years and also served as general manager of... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am
Tishman Auditorium

9:30am

Keynote - Technology Can Transform the Way People Access Reproductive Health Care and Information with Dawn Laguens
Planned Parenthood illustrates that virtual reality can impact empathy and technology has revolutionized the way people access information and sexual and reproductive health care.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Laguens

Dawn Laguens

Executive Vice President & Chief Brand and Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dawn Laguens led the successful campaign to defeat the Pence amendment, a hugely unpopular congressional effort that would have eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood's preventive health care services that millions of people rely on. Since then she has shaped the organization&rsquo... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Tishman Auditorium

10:00am

Keynote - The Promise of Virtual Reality and the Brain with Adam Gazzaley
A fundamental and global challenge is the development of effective approaches to enhance cognition in both the healthy and impaired. For the healthy, this is a core mission of our educational system and for the cognitively impaired this is the primary goal of our mental health medical system. Unfortunately, neither of these systems have yet to effectively meet this challenge. Dr. Gazzaley will share his vision of how emerging virtual reality technology can be used to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement, with the ultimate aim of improving our quality of life.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Gazzaley

Adam Gazzaley

Founder & Executive Director, Neuroscape
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs and JAZZ Venture Partners. He is a scientific advisor for over a dozen technology companies including Apple, GE, Magic Leap and The VOID. He has filed multiple patents, authored over 125 scientific articles, and delivered over 525 invited presentations around the world. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:20am
Tishman Auditorium

10:30am

Keynote - Portals: Walk Through The Internet with Amar C. Bakshi
In this session, we will walk through a Portal experience, in which people from different backgrounds meet in a constructed environment for dialogues, collaboration, and play across forms of distance. We will also examine contact theory, the political and policy implications of this technology, and previous activations. We will explore the distinction between a relatively "low-tech" experience – one in which participants are unencumbered by a headset – with VR, AR, and MR experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Amar C. Bakshi

Amar C. Bakshi

Founder & Creative Director, Shared_Studios
Amar C. Bakshi is an artist whose work focuses on how to integrate technology into environments and across pronounced distance to create new forms of digital-physical public spaces that challenge and subvert existing norms. In particular, he works to connect members of diverse communities who would likely not otherwise meet in intimate environments to create their own meanings. As an artist, Amar treats the formation of institutions as, themselves, sites of creation. Amar previously worked as a reporter... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:30am - 10:50am
Tishman Auditorium

10:30am

VR for Change: Can VR Experiences Reduce Prejudice and Promote Empathy?
Virtual Reality experiences are being created with the goal of promoting social welfare and empathy toward others. However, there is actually very little known about the immediate and long term effects of these experiences. This session will review past research in this area and explore the relationship between empathy and VR by providing empirical data showing instances where VR experiences have and have not resulted in positive outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Fernanda Herrera

Fernanda Herrera

PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Fernanda Herrera holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Fernanda's research interests focus on the psychosocial effects of new media and technology as well as the... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 105

10:50am

Is Immersive Storytelling Journalism's Future?
Speakers
avatar for Irving Washington

Irving Washington

Executive Director, Online News Association


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:50am - 11:10am
Tishman Auditorium

11:00am

Lessons Learned­­ From Making 'Injustice'
What if you could talk to characters in VR and change the story’s outcome? In the award-winning VR experience “Injustice”, Users witness an act of racial discrimination, leaving them to make moral/ethical decisions on the spot. In this session, Jaehee Cho (Director) and Ralph Vituccio (Carnegie Mellon University Professor) will share lessons learned­­ developing the project, including playtest and design challenges and how VR impacts social change.

Speakers
avatar for Jaehee Cho

Jaehee Cho

Creative Director, Stitchbridge
Jaehee Cho is an enthusiastic game designer, passionate about telling interesting and unique stories in various media. Beginning his career in film and photography, his work has expanded beyond traditional, using new technology such as interactive technology and virtual reality. He completed his master's degree at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Vituccio

Ralph Vituccio

Associate Professor, Entertainment Technology Center
Ralph Vituccio is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University. His interactive projects on racism, sexual assault and conflict management have won numerous national media awards. As an independent artist, his documentaries have been screened in national and international film festivals. The doc... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 105

11:00am

Speed Networking: VR for Change

One of our most popular events, Speed Networking is a high-energy, fast-paced opportunity to meet a new person from our community every 5 minutes! Enjoy the chance to network with executives from Samsung, Filament Games, the Newseum, and other leaders in the game world and experts in social change.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cafeteria

11:10am

Intimacy over Empathy: The Future of VR
Ryan and Amy Green will share insights from their explorations in VR, including bringing their award-winning game That Dragon, Cancer into VR and their ideas about how the medium can move and change hearts and minds.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Green

Amy Green

Writer and Game Designer, Numinous Games
Amy Green was a contributing writer, narrative designer and voice actor for That Dragon, Cancer, a video game created about her son Joel’s battle with cancer. She continues to work for Numinous Games as a writer and game designer on the studio's current projects. In addition to h... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Green

Ryan Green

Co-Owner / Narrative Designer, Numinous Games
Ryan is an artist and videogame designer, currently focused on creating narrative VR experiences. Ryan currently serves as Head of Narrative for Numinous Games, a studio he co-founded. Numinous Games first title, That Dragon, Cancer, was created as a poetic memorial to Ryan and... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 11:10am - 11:30am
Tishman Auditorium

11:30am

Youth Voices in Virtual Reality
In Global Nomad Group’s Virtual Reality Lab and Digital Promise Global’s 360 Filmmakers Challenge, young people are creating media and cultivating curiosity to explore shared humanity. Join us to hear how students across the country and around the world are harnessing the power of 360 and VR to produce and share stories to develop empathy, global awareness, and inspire action.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Lau

Grace Lau

Director of Virtual Reality, Global Nomads Group
Grace holds over a decade of experience in virtual exchange, global education, and youth programming. As the Director of Virtual Reality, she oversees Global Nomad Group's (GNG) VR Lab, harnessing the power of vr technology to develop a generation of empathetic, aware, and action oriented global citizens. She has played an instrumental role in developing... Read More →
avatar for Dimitri Moore

Dimitri Moore

Video Producer & Digital Storytelling Coach, Digital Promise
Dimitri Moore has produced music videos, short narrative films, promo videos, training videos for Facebook and documentaries. He is the Video Producer and Digital Storytelling Coach for Digital Promise Global primarily focusing on facilitating the 360 Filmmakers Challenge support... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 105

11:30am

Panel - Forging the Cyberfeminist Multireality
Can we build a future for VR that is empowering and inclusive for women? What might that sort of future look like? What kinds of things need to be done now to get there?

Moderators
avatar for Cecilia D'Anastasio

Cecilia D'Anastasio

Senior Reporter, Kotaku
Cecilia D'Anastasio is a senior reporter with Kotaku, where she writes about games, virtual worlds, digital labor and justice. Her reporting methods include embedding in virtual worlds and exploring the cultural tide pools that form around gaming and digital escapism.

Speakers
avatar for Sophia Dominguez

Sophia Dominguez

CEO/Co-founder, SVRF
Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & co-founder of SVRF, the first search and discovery engine for VR content. She also founded AllThingsVR, a weekly newsletter that highlights the best virtual reality news and content. Previously, she was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Rothenberg Ventures and was also the first person to travel the world with Google Glass and document how people reacted to seeing and experiencing it for the first time. Sophia graduated from NYU Gallatin in 2013 with an individualized B.S. degree in... Read More →
avatar for Clorama Dorvilias

Clorama Dorvilias

UX Interaction Designer, Code for America
Clorama discovered VR in the summer of 2015 while researching technology to develop empathy to combat social bias for her MA thesis in London. She realized VR's potential to shape cognitive behavior and self-taught with Unity 3D to develop prototype demos for the Oculus DK2. Sinc... Read More →
avatar for Alice Lloyd George

Alice Lloyd George

Principal, RRE Ventures
Alice Lloyd George is a Principal at RRE in New York and helps the firm explore emerging technologies such as the blockchain, machine learning and computer vision, robotics, VR and AR, and NewSpace. She led the firm's investments in The Wave VR and 8i, where she is a board observ... Read More →
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Zohar Kfir

Testimony
Zohar Kfir is a New York-based media artist working with experimental video, interactive art and VR. Her artistic practice employs non-linear narratives and traditional cinematic techniques and features expanded interactivity. Kfir has shown her work internationally in galleries... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

1:30pm

Journalism360: New Futures for Interactive News
The arrival of consumer-facing VR technologies makes truly immersive journalism experiences is an exciting possibility. However, realizing the potential of VR in journalism will require combining skill sets and expertise across industries that have rarely intersected. This "Collaboratoy" break out session will provide attendees an opportunity to match up with other VR for Change attendees and explore how insights from the games industry, news industry, research, public policy, and advocacy circles could create whole new kinds of journalists experiences, all in a rapid-fire hour of brainstorming.

Speakers
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Heather Chaplin

Founding Director, Journalism+ Design at The New School
Heather Chaplin is the founding director of the Journalism + Design program at The New School and the author of Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness (Simon & Schuster, 2017.) She covered videogames for many outlets including All Things Considered and The New York Times. She is the recipient of more than $2 million in media innovation... Read More →
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Mitch Gelman

CTO, The Newseum
Mitch Gelman is CTO at the Newseum, where he has guided the development of VR experiences around some of the Newseum's most exciting artifacts, including the Berlin Wall and the Unabomber's cabin. As a reporter at New York Newsday, he was part of a team that earned a Pulitzer Pri... Read More →
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Lindsay Grace

Founding Director and Associate Professor, American University Game Lab
Lindsay is associate professor and founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. Widely published on games, his work has been featured on Al Jazeera, several National Public Radio Affiliates and awarded by a variety of organizations. He has showcased his game... Read More →
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Ryan Green

Co-Owner / Narrative Designer, Numinous Games
Ryan is an artist and videogame designer, currently focused on creating narrative VR experiences. Ryan currently serves as Head of Narrative for Numinous Games, a studio he co-founded. Numinous Games first title, That Dragon, Cancer, was created as a poetic memorial to Ryan and... Read More →
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Amy Green

Writer and Game Designer, Numinous Games
Amy Green was a contributing writer, narrative designer and voice actor for That Dragon, Cancer, a video game created about her son Joel’s battle with cancer. She continues to work for Numinous Games as a writer and game designer on the studio's current projects. In addition to h... Read More →
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Samantha Quick

360 Editor, The New York Times
Samantha has been focused on the VR industry for over 2 years crafting interactivity into 360 videos and games. She is currently a video journalist at The New York Times where she edits and produces videos for The Daily 360.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Cafeteria

1:30pm

Live Pitch Session: VR Brain Jam Showdown
This live pitch to a panel of ferocious, brilliant judges will feature selected teams from the VR and Neuroscience Game Jam, or “BrainJam”, that took place prior to the Festival. Judges will make or break dreams, weighing in on the creative new prototypes teams have developed.

Moderators
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Gemma Busoni

COO, Discovr LBS
Gemma Busoni is a cofounder and COO at Discovr Labs, a VR startup that focuses on immersive educational experiences for K12, vocational, and professional verticals. Formerly, she founded a non-profit that brought CS education to inner-city schools, eventually merging with another non-profit to become Hack Club and going nationwide. She also worked at CalTech, StudentRND, and served on LA Mayor Garcetti's council. Recently, she was featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine with Michelle Obama. She's passionate about accessibility, education, VR, and how they all... Read More →
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Moran Cerf

Professor, Kellogg School of Management
Moran is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg and the department of Neurosurgery). Additionally, he is a visiting faculty the Media Lab, and the Sloan screenwriting Professor at AFI. Prior, he worked as a hacker for a decade. He holds multiple patents and his work ha... Read More →
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Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his tim... Read More →
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Fernanda Herrera

PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Fernanda Herrera holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Fernanda's research interests focus on the psychosocial effects of new media and technology as well as the... Read More →
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Aaron Norstad

Head of Product Development, Unity Technologies
Aaron Norstad is an experience specialist who has focused on bending technology innovations to allow the development of immersive and interactive media. Over the course of 20 years Aaron has launched tens of award winning products and games that have moved from physical to digital targeting early learners up through golden age enthusiasts, creating new IP and brand portfolios while also evolving and working with the... Read More →
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Aldis Sipolins

Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design, IBM Research
Aldis is a virtual reality evangelist and lifelong videogame nerd who combines cognitive neuroscience and game design to explore the limits of VR. Aldis received a Ph.D. in Psychology -Visual Cognition and Human Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2... Read More →

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

2:00pm

How High School Students Are Learning to Build VR Content for the Web
Speakers
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Jordan Budisantoso

Teacher, Computer Science, Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
Jordan Budisantoso is the founding Computer Science Teacher at Washington Leadership Academy, a public charter school in Washington, DC that offers a 4-year computer science and civic leadership education to all of its students. One of the exciting things his students are doing r... Read More →
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Jamir Grier

Student, 10th grade, Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
Jamir is a rising 10th grader at Washington Leadership Academy a public charter school in DC that provides all its students a 4-year civic leadership and computer science education. Jamir's favorite subject is science. He is actively engaged as a boy scout and has dreams of worki... Read More →
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Jerome Foster II

Student, 10th grade, Founder & CEO of TAU VR, Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
Jerome Foster II is a rising 10th grader at Washington Leadership Academy a Public Charter School in DC that provides all its students a 4-year civic leadership and computer science education. Jerome started his own VR company called TAU VR (officially recognized by the city) and won 3rd place at the World Series of Entrepreneurship in DC. His favorite subjects in school are Integrated Science and Computer science. He hopes to go to Princeton and major in Quantum Physics and Computer... Read More →
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Khalilah Sutton

Student, 10th grade, Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
My name is Khalilah. I am a rising 10th grader at Washington Leadership Academy a public charter school in DC that provides all it's students a 4-year civic leadership and computer science education. My favorite subject in school is CS because she gets to explore "another dimensi... Read More →
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Dagmawit Zeleke

Student, 10th grade, Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
Dagmawit (or Tina) is a rising 10th grader at Washington Leadership Academy a public charter school in DC that provides all its students a 4-year civic leadership and computer science education. Her favorite subjects are history and computer science because she loves learning abo... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 105

2:15pm

Panel - Teleporting Audiences to Distant Horizons
One great promise of VR is that it can transport people to distant places they may never otherwise experience or even know about. Yet to do so, a few creative and entrepreneurial spirits must go there first. What does it take to make VR that teleports us to distant horizons?

Moderators
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Adaora Udoji

Producer, The Boshia Group
Adaora is an award winning storyteller, producer, and investor at the intersection of media and new technology; currently focused on virtual and augmented reality. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU-ITP. | | Previously, she worked at Rothenberg Ventures focused on early-stage frontier tech startups and served as interim president of the highly acclaimed media-tech startup, News Deeply; which Time Magazine calls... Read More →

Speakers
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Svetlana Dragayeva

CEO, Fountain Digital Labs
Svetlana Dragayeva is an artist, producer and environmentalist. She unites conservation, education and art with innovative technologies to raise awareness, consciousness and facilitate global empathy and ecocentrism. She has won a BAFTA and two Webbys.
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Malvina Martin

Executive Producer, Black Dot Films VR
Malvina Martin is a co-founder of BlackDotFilmsVR - a leading VR production company. As the launch content and production partner for National Geographic, BDF has produced over 20 films in the last 12 months for NG's VR partnerships with Facebook and HULU, achieving some of the most virally successful VR films seen by over 120 million viewers... Read More →
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Max Salomon

Executive Producer, Black Dot Films VR
Max Salomon is the co-founder of Black Dot Films VR - a leading VR & 360 film production company. As the launch content and production partner for National Geographic, BDF has produced a pipeline of over 30 films in the last 12 months for NG's VR production partnerships with Face... Read More →
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Mia Tramz

Managing Editor, LIFE VR, TIME Magazine
Mia Tramz is the Managing Editor of LIFE VR, Time Inc’s company wide virtual reality initiative. Since joining TIME as an Associate Photo Editor in 2013, Mia has embraced immersive digital storytelling in many forms, culminating with her involvement shaping the editorial voice of Time... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

2:30pm

Why VR and Machine Learning are Good for Science
Human research has always struggled with ecological validity. Studying natural human cognition is hard to do in the lab, and applying lab findings to the real world can be tricky. Presence tricks your brain into thinking VR is real. This gives us a window into natural human cognition and behavior, especially when paired with brain imaging. Machine learning helps us to make sense of all that data.

Speakers
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Aldis Sipolins

Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design, IBM Research
Aldis is a virtual reality evangelist and lifelong videogame nerd who combines cognitive neuroscience and game design to explore the limits of VR. Aldis received a Ph.D. in Psychology -Visual Cognition and Human Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 105

3:00pm

A Call for Collaboration in Education with Seth Andrew
Speakers
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Seth Andrew

Founder, REV: Revolutionary Education Ventures
Seth Andrew is the Global Director of Policy & Partnerships at Bridge International Academies, the world’s largest network of schools for families earning less than $2 per day. Previously, Seth served as the Senior Advisor for Education Technology in the Executive Office of the President and at the US Department of Education. | | Prior to the Obama Administration, Seth founded REV, Democracy Prep, Democracy Builders, and Washington Leadership Academy, a national network of more than 20 high-impact public charter schools and supporting organizations in the... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:00pm - 3:05pm
Tishman Auditorium

3:30pm

Biometric VR: 21st-Century Therapeutics
This sessions will discuss my work at Coresights - combining VR and biometric analysis to design virtual reality content aimed at therapies to decrease stress and anxiety.

Speakers
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Jacqueline Assar

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Coresights
Jacqueline Assar is an entrepreneur with a passion for immersive technologies. Jacqueline spearheads strategy and growth at Coresights, a startup that combines virtual and augmented reality technologies with biometric analysis. Coresights is a member of Play Labs, MIT's first acc... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Room 105

3:30pm

Well Played: BLINDFOLD, by iNK Stories.
iNK Stories will share their latest VR experience, BLINDFOLD, on stage in a unique “Well Played” interactive session followed by a panel discussion. BLINDFOLD is set during the events of the Iranian Revolution in which the player embodies a photojournalist who is being held in Evin Prison and is charged with making propaganda against the state.

Moderators
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Drew Davidson

Director & Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories and transformational experiences across texts, comics, games and other media. He explores the art, design and sc... Read More →

Speakers
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Navid Khonsari

Founder/Creative Director, iNK Stories
Raised in Tehran, Navid Khonsari is the founder and creative director of iNK Stories, the New York City/LA studio that Fast Company calls an “innovation agent” -- where inspiration meets storytelling and technology. Known for having developed the cinematic look and feel for groundbreaking AAA Video Game Franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, The Warriors, Midnight Club, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Alan Wake, Homefront and more... Read More →
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Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Courtney Radsch is the Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate she writes and speaks frequently about the nexus of media, technology, and human rights. Dr. Radsch has worked as a journalist i... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Tishman Auditorium

3:45pm

Hacking the Magic Circle: USSR's Mixed Reality
What is the responsibility of immersive storytellers in a #alternativefacts era where reality is constantly getting mixed up for wrong reasons, across unpredictable contexts? To answer this question, we're going to look at the biggest magic circle ever drawn: the Soviet Union. CEO of Aconite (a mixed reality storytelling platform) and daughter of Soviet LARPers, Nadya Lev looks at large-scale narrative immersion through the lens of Russian propaganda, mass manipulation, and dissident culture.

Speakers
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Nadya Lev

Co-Founder, Aconite
Nadya Lev is a multimedia artist and technologist. Together with her co-founder Star St. Germain, she is building Aconite, a mixed reality storytelling platform. Aconite defines a mixed reality story as an immersive experience that sits at the intersection of narrative, adventure... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 105

4:00pm

Revitalizing Education with Hands-on-Learning in VR
How can VR help today's educational systems expand their resources and impact? In this session, we'll share examples of how Leap Motion hand tracking technology is used in today's classrooms to dissect cadavers, learn geophysics, & more. We'll learn how today's embodied technology is allowing us to finally make good on a time-tested edict of the Montessori classroom: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

Speakers
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Rachel Sibley

VP, Leap Motion
Rachel believes tech can make humans not only more powerful, but also more humane.   As VP Product Marketing at Leap Motion VP, the company that allows people to interact in the digital world with their bare hands, she leads go-to-market efforts to bring embodiment & physical interaction to AR... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 105

4:00pm

Seeing the Future in the Past: Exploring and Designing History in VR
While VR is often referred to as the the next stage in education, entertainment, and even medicine, the application of VR technologies to the past-- exploring history, literature, and cultures far removed from our present-- is, perhaps, one of the platform's most exciting modes.   Exploring a range of historically-based VR projects, from a time-shifting model of the Giza pyramids, to a sunrise walk with Thoreau on the shores of Walden pond, to a first-person account of the incident that started the American Revolution, this roundtable will discuss the affordances and difficulties in meshing VR with the past, and the processes and design possibilities that suggest its most profound future.  The discussion will be moderated by Marc Ruppel from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Speakers
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Adam Blumenthal

Virtual Reality Artist-in-Residence, Brown University
Adam began VR R&D in 1990 and for 25+ years he's awaited the incubation of the technology. In the meantime Adam's been producing innovative digital media with many of the world’s best-known brands. For several years Adam was a digital strategy and production leader at preeminent Madison Avenue agencies. He has been executive producer for a dozen games and virtual worlds. Adam's been a panelist at SXSW and a columnist for Billboard. Products produced under... Read More →
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Caitlin Burns

Vice Chair, Producers Guild of America, New Media Council
Currently Vice Chair of the Producers’ Guild of America New Media Council, and Head VR instructor for the New York Film Academy, Caitlin Burns has developed storyworlds ranging from global blockbuster feature films, television shows, AAA console games to 360° video, VR, AR, Mixed Reality and WebVR. | | Past clients include Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney Fairies, Disney Descendants and Tron Legacy, James... Read More →
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Katerina Cizek

MIT Co Creation Studio
Katerina Cizek leads the emergent Co-Creation Studio at MIT's Open Documentary Lab, which produces and researches collaborative methods in non-fiction media making. Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning documentarian, and a pioneer in digital storytelling most notably as the director of the National Fil,m Board of... Read More →
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Tracy Fullerton

Professor and Director, USC Game Innovation Lab
Tracy Fullerton is an award winning experimental game designer and director of the Game Innovation Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment. Her game credits include Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, and Th... Read More →
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Peter Manuelian

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University
Peter Der Manuelian received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 1990. In 2009, he was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University. He is director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and also directs the Giza Project at Harvard, a... Read More →
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Marc Ruppel

Lead, Digital Projects for the Public / Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Marc Ruppel is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs, where he specializes in game, digital media and transmedia storytelling. Before joining the Endowment, Marc worked on several transmedia/digital-experiential lea... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cafeteria

4:15pm

VR & Body Image: Living Life As An Eggplant
The talk discusses gay body images, body dissatisfactions, and sexual objectifications through the making of VR game, Perfect Eggplants Don't Exi-. In this game, players are encouraged to objectify their own bodies, and modify their body appearances to meet the game's arbitrary beauty standards.

Speakers
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Mikei Huang

Designer/VR Dev, Parsons School of Design
Mikei is a designer and VR game developer focused on visual design and interaction design. He creates games that address current topics in gay culture, often using foods (eggplants, bananas) as innuendos in comedic tones. | | Mikei has worked with Electronic Arts, Panasonic, Viacom, Audible... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Room 105

4:15pm

Panel - The Way Ahead for VR in Education
Can virtual, augmented, and mixed reality contribute meaningfully to the future of education?  And if so, what specific areas of need could be addressed and how?  How can VR technology contribute meaningfully to the future of education and opportunity for all?  Immerse yourself in these questions with a panel that features education leaders and innovators who at the cutting edge of the XR and Education frontier.

Moderators
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Kate Machtiger

Strategist, Luminary Labs
Kate is a Strategist at Luminary Labs, where she brings a multifaceted lens to solving problems and developing solutions, integrating a rigorous analytic approach with creativity and design sensibility. She has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education for her work leading Luminary... Read More →

Speakers
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Gemma Busoni

COO, Discovr LBS
Gemma Busoni is a cofounder and COO at Discovr Labs, a VR startup that focuses on immersive educational experiences for K12, vocational, and professional verticals. Formerly, she founded a non-profit that brought CS education to inner-city schools, eventually merging with another non-profit to become Hack Club and going nationwide. She also worked at CalTech, StudentRND, and served on LA Mayor Garcetti's council. Recently, she was featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine with Michelle Obama. She's passionate about accessibility, education, VR, and how they all... Read More →
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Nick DiCarlo

VP, Immersive Products and Virtual Reality, Samsung Electronics America
Nick DiCarlo leads Samsung’s VR efforts in the United States, including strategy across channels, hardware, services, sales and partnerships. Samsung sees virtual reality as a long‐term opportunity in a range of industries and will contribute by helping VR become more accessible to more people through simple and compelling experiences. Nick previously served as VP of Product Planning and Product Marketing, guiding product strategies that have powered Samsung... Read More →
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Jessica Lindl

Global Head of Education, Unity Technologies
Jessica is the Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies with a vision of democratizing creativity for all learners. She has spent over 15 years overseeing companies and teams that design, develop, and distribute deeply impactful learning games to the global education market... Read More →
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Albert Palacios

Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Albert Palacios leads the EdPrizes portfolio of open innovation prize competitions at the U.S. Department of Education which includes the EdSim Challenge to inspire the next generation of interoperable AR/VR and 3D simulations to improve teaching and learning in career and techni... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Tishman Auditorium

4:30pm

Hacking VR for High School Computer Science
A lighting summary of take-aways from our journey rolling out VR to +300 high schools, testing a DIY viewer, and building a VR storytelling project. Facebook's Education Modernization team is focused on rapid prototyping of new technologies in learning environments, including virtual reality. In this talk, Hassan and Cody recap how Facebook approaches VR design for high school classrooms at scale to learn fundamental computer science skills while creating WebVR content.

Speakers
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Hassan Karaouni

Engineering Manager, Facebook
Hassan’s favorite saying is “build the world you want to see” and he believes AR/VR are the best ways to do so. At Facebook, Hassan leads a team exploring how to modernize education with technology and focuses on applications of AR/VR. | | Hassan co-leads FusedVR, a weekly AR/VR development series. He studied Computer Science at Stanford University, was a founding member of... Read More →
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Cody Karutz

Software Engineer, Facebook
Hailed by The New Yorker as, "a mellow, collegiate blond in jeans and flip-flops," Cody Karutz has over a decade of virtual reality content design experience. During his six years at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, he consulted with major leaders in the growing space including... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 105

5:15pm

Keynote - From the Ice Cap to the Trading Floor: Immersive Journalism using VR and AR with James Pallot
A brief overview of how new techniques including room scale VR, AR, photogrammetry, and volumetric video capture allow journalists better to explain topics  ranging from the melting of the Greenland Ice Cap to the movements of the U.S. stock market.

Speakers
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James Pallot

Co-Founder, Emblematic Group
Jamie Pallot is a co-founder of Emblematic Group, pioneering producers of virtual and augmented reality. The company’s work has been shown at the Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW festivals, with clients and partners including PBS Frontline, Google, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Pallot was formerly Editorial Director of... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Tishman Auditorium

5:45pm

Keynote - Representing the Pain of Others with Gabo Arora
Images of atrocities have become commonplace via the small screens of the television and the computer, and the even smaller screens of mobile phones. Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the daily barrage of such images? What does it mean to care about the sufferings of people in faraway zones of conflict? This talk explores how VR, with its newfound immersive capabilities, can represent and shape our relationship to the pain of others.

Speakers
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Gabo Arora

Founder & President, LightShed
Gabo Arora is an award-winning filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up. His work focuses on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision-making processes more inclusive. Among these projects is a viral... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Tishman Auditorium