Al Gore to Keynote Games For Change Conference

Former U.S. Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will deliver the opening keynote at the eighth annual Games for Change Conference. The former Vice President and co-founder of cable television network Current TV will speak about the potential of using accessible games to make a social impact.

"Vice President Gore is a significant global advocate who has effectively used popular media to bring issues of pressing concern to mainstream audiences," said Games for Change co-presidents Asi Burak and Michelle Byrd in a statement.

Other speakers at this year’s festival include game designer Jesse Schell, Zynga.org’s Laura Hartman, U.S. Department of Education’s James H. Shelton III and Half the Sky co-author Sheryl WuDunn.

The organizers of the event also announced a new Games For Change Awards program for this year’s show. The awards will recognize games in categories including Direct Impact, Knight News Game, Learning & Education and Transmedia. Nominees will be announced May 6, prior to an awards ceremony on the last day of the festival, June 22.

This year’s event will also host a Demo Spotlight presentation, with six games chosen for display on the main stage. These games will receive feedback from a panel of expert designers and funders, with the hope of getting some good advice and some financial support.

The Games For Change event takes place June 20 – 22 in at the Skirball Center in New York City.

Source: Serious Games Source

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