This year's Games for Change Festival is set for June 18-20 in New York City. The event dedicated to promoting social change through video games will offer plenty of activities this year including case studies, roundtables, lectures, demos, and more. Featured speakers for this year's event include Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author (Grand Theft Childhood) and co-founder of SuperBetter Labs; leading researcher, Dr. James Paul Gee; Valve Software; Navid Khonsari (Grand Theft Auto, Alan Wake), and Chris Bell (WAY, Journey).
A discussion on Games in cultural spaces will be presented by representatives from the Tate, Smithsonian, California Academy of Sciences, and more. Other happenings include the Federal Games Working Group, a day-long track bringing federal agencies working in games with game developers; an evening program called "Agitprop Game Design," curated by the NYU Game Center; the Games for Change Awards, Demo Spotlight (for projects in development) and Games for Learning Day led by the Games for Learning Institute.
Major sponsorships for this year's event are being provided by AMD, Microsoft, the Entertainment Consumers Association, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. By using the code "ECA" you can save 10 percent on the cost of registering for the event. Find out more about the event at http://gamesforchange.org/festival2012.
[Full disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]