Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Chris Crawford (original founder of the GDC), Prof. Henry Jenkins (MIT), and Prof. James Paul Gee (University of Wisconsin-Madison) are all confirmed speakers for the upcoming Games for Change NYC conference, to be held June 3 and 4.
Games for Change is a conference about using video games and game technology for altruistic purposes.
Conference organizers have added a special preconference beginners' workshop
on June 2 called “Let The Games Begin: A 101 Workshop for Making Social Issue Games.” Registration for the workshop, which is only open to non-profits, academic institutions and government agencies, is separate from the conference registration.
One of the highlights of the conference will be an Expo Night
, when Microsoft and several finalists from the company's Imagine Cup competition will display the games they built; these games reflect the game-makers' responses to the task, “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”
Another highlight will be a session called “Journalism, Games and Civic Engagement,” a panel that promises to explore issues and challenges of the emerging interest and intersection of journalism in social issue games and civic engagement. Registration
is open and discounted to $200 for non-profits and academic and $150 for students ($250 otherwise).