For its third straight year, chip maker AMD will support the annual Games For Change Festival in New York. The event plays host to educators, activists and healthcare professionals looking to work with video games.
This year, AMD will provide a $100,000 grant to sponsor a full-day design workshop geared at educators at the festival. The sponsorship promotes AMD's own Changing the Game initiative, which is designed to support developers in creating social issue games for teens that promote STEM (science, technology, education and math) skills.
"Our nation’s teachers are the most powerful resource we have to advance digital game creation as a learning tool for teens, and this workshop is geared specifically for those influential educators," says AMD Foundation president Allyson Peerman.
"AMD and Games for Change share a belief that through digital gaming and game development, we can help create an entire new generation of creative, critical and civic-minded thinkers, with a particular emphasis on enhancing important science, technology, engineering and math skills," she adds.
Alex Quinn, Games for Change's executive director, said of the sponsored workshop: “This workshop can have a valuable and lasting impact in this space by putting educational technology tools in the hands of a broad network of leaders who serve so many of these young people.”
Event organizers expect around 150 participants at this year's Games For Change at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City on May 24. Interested parties can find more info on the event at its official website