The Games for Health Project announced today that Jay Walker, CEO of TEDMED (another annual conference on the future of health and medicine) will deliver the closing keynote speech at the eighth annual Games for Health Conference in Boston, June 12-14. Of course, you already knew this if you listened to Episode 2 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, which featured a lengthy interview with Ben Sawyer from the Games for Health Project… Walker will close the conference at 4:00 p.m. on June 14 with a talk entitled "Gaming the System."
"TEDMED is a community of people who are passionate about transforming health and medicine through the power of innovation, imagination, and inspiration," said Walker. "I'm excited about the opportunity to participate in Games for Health, an established gathering of creative game developers and passionate health professionals who are putting imagination to work. I look forward to sharing some of TEDMED’s perspectives on the future of health and wellness with this forward-thinking group."
Jay Walker joins other keynote speakers including Constance Steinkuehler Squire, senior policy analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Bill Crounse, MD, senior director of worldwide health for Microsoft; and Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of SuperBetterLabs.
The Games for Health Conference brings together researchers, health professionals, and game developers to discuss a variety of relevant topics involving health and videogames. Previous end-of-conference guest speakers include genomic scientist George Church and artist Mel Chin. Sawyers has told us that these speakers are meant to give attendees something important to think about as they prepare to go home.
The Games for Health Project will also hold three pre-conference events on June 12, focusing on game accessibility, mobile games, and medical modeling with games. Walker will also speak on the mobile track about a special game project TEDMED is currently incubating.
You can learn more about Game For Health by visiting www.gamesforhealth.org.