Games for Change Festival Broadens Its Horizons

Games for Change LogoCelebrating its seventh year of existence, the Games for Change Festival will be taking place from May 24-27, 2010 at Parsons The New School of Design in New York, NY. The annual event looks at the power of video games to help address the most critical social issues of the day and is an opportunity for interested groups to learn how games can be useful tools to stimulate change.

The event unites philanthropic foundations of all stripes, various non-governmental organizations, as well as game developers and academics for four days of workshops and discussion. The 2009 Festival drew over 400 participants, with organizers looking to exceed that number this year. Read More...

Games for Health Conference Takes Games Beyond Entertainment

Games for Health LogoEncompassed in the new Games Beyond Entertainment Week, the 2010 Games for Health conference runs from May 25-27 in Boston, MA. The annual event will feature six thematic tracks, including a new Games and Rehabilitation track and it features over forty sessions and sixty speakers. Building off the experience and successes of the past six years, the conference is strengthening its role as a key resource in the field of video games in health care.

“This annual conference has become the premier event attracting the top minds in game development and health care,” said Paul Tarini, senior program officer and team director for the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the conference's key partners.

Certain study areas are definitely maturing, finds Games for Health Project founder Ben Sawyer. "They're building upon a basis of work that really exists. You're seeing second generation work go forward and new trails start to fire off," said Sawyer in an interview with Game Forward. Read More...

Discussing Games for Health and Serious Games with Ben Sawyer

Games for Health LogoThe Games for Health Initiative and its annual Conference have been a driving force in promoting the use of video games in healthcare for half a decade. The organization has proven to be an invaluable asset to game developers and health industry researchers, allowing them to pool their knowledge, skills and resources. Game Forward had the opportunity to speak with Ben Sawyer, founder of the Games for Health Initiative, about the future of video games in healthcare.

The 2009 Games for Health Conference, which took place in Boston, MA, on June 11 and 12, was a genuine success. The event was practically sold out, with nearly 400 hundred participants attending over the two days. The event was an opportunity for many researchers to present their work to date and create new partnerships in developing promising new health tools. Read More...