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Program Announcement: XR For Change Fellowships

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Program Announcement: XR for Change Fellowships
 
Games for Change (G4C) seeks two Fellows to participate in our XR for Change initiative and gain essential knowledge and experience to position them for careers in the immersive media, technology, and social impact sector. (XR stands for “extended realities” and spans the rapidly growing field of immersive technology including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality).
The XR for Change program is a year-round initiative that brings together XR developers, media makers, storytellers, researchers, technology companies and users to create and share experiences that can improve people’s lives and further positive social change.
 
Position Details:
 
Fellows will become part of the G4C team and be mentored and have unique work experience while engaging in research, writing, curation, and event production over the course of six months, and participate in generating a white paper study of the state of XR and social impact to guide future investment in the field. Each Fellow will receive a monthly stipend and is expected to make a commitment of 25-30 hours per week.
 
Key Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree or higher in a related field (computer science, videogame/XR development,), or equivalent professional experience
Comfort working with and setting up XR hardware, including HMDs such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, and Magic Leap One
Broad understanding of XR industry and it’s growing impact across various sectors, including non-profit, educational, medical, art, and civic institutions
Demonstrated ability to carry out and manage development research activities across various sectors
Excellent verbal and written skills in English across a range of communication formats (program reports, research briefs, white papers)
Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Proactive ability to work independently
Strong problem-solving skills

Requirements:

Weekly commitment of 25 – 30 hours/week.
Position based in G4C’s WeWork offices in Midtown East, New York.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Applying:
 
To apply, please send an email with the subject line “XR For Change Fellowship” to Marissa Harts, Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following in a cover letter:

Overview of your interest and experience with XR technology, research and writing. Please also include your interest in video games and/or non-profit organizations.
Details on any prior work-related experience.
Availability – (Hours per week/Days)
Location/where you are commuting from.

 
About Games for Change
 
Games for Change (G4C) is a national nonprofit that advances the creation and use of games for social impact and learning. G4C incubates game projects, engages the public through events; connects to educators and students through game design challenges, professional development, and workshops; and supports a diverse community of practice. G4C works with funders, educators and youth, content specialists, learning experts, and creative teams to create and distribute successful impact games. Games for Change is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
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We’re Hiring: Executive Producer Intern

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About this Job
Games for Change (G4C) is looking for an intern to support the Executive Producer of the G4C Festival. The intern will support all projects that the Executive Producer is working on as it relates to event planning and marketing.  The intern will report directly to the Exec Producer, but may also be asked to work with other members of the team.
 
Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.
 
Position Details:

Work directly with the G4C Exec Producer to help support production and marketing on various events.
Production tasks include scheduling, logistics, managing content on websites, creating and managing database spreadsheets, researching/sourcing technology, coordinating with venues, overall event planning.
Marketing tasks include helping to create & execute marketing plan for August event. Assist in marketing outreach for Festival event in June.
Assist in creating and editing documents and presentations.

 
Key Qualifications:

Very reliable, self-motivated, proactive, takes initiative, thinks “outside of the box”.
Highly organized and detail-oriented.
Keen understanding of social media, specifically how to use as a marketing tool. Knows rules of posting, how to reach people, how to create a buzz for an event.  Strong writer for social media.
Basic production skills; interested in organization, logistics and has great people skills.
Strong communication/computer skills are a must (PowerPoint/Keynote, Google Docs, etc).
Strong writing and research skills.
Strong verbal skills; good at negotiation.
Ability to manage websites, loading and finessing content.
Ability to produce high-quality information visually.
Photoshop skills are a plus.
Proven ability to problem-solve and multi-task.
Takes direction well.
Technical background and comfort with any of the following platforms/technologies would be a bonus: Squarespace, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Jotform, YouTube, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream, Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad.

 
Requirements:

Weekly commitment of 24 hours/week; May 2019.
Position based in G4C’s WeWork offices in Midtown East, New York.
Internship is for school credit. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit.

 
Applying:
 
To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Executive Producer Intern” to Marissa Harts, Operations Manager ([email protected]). Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following in a cover letter:

Overview of your interest and experience with marketing & event planning. Please also include your interest in video games and/or non-profit organizations.
Details on any prior related experience, internship or otherwise.
Availability (hours per week).
Location/Where you are commuting from.
School, program and expected graduation year.

 
About Games for Change
 
Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive
real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and
contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C
Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting
projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills
through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact
games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production
expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for
change to the public through our games arcades and awards.
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Program & Operations Intern at Games for Change

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About this Job
 
Games for Change is looking for program and operations intern to support a range of
projects promoting games for social impact this Fall for G4C and the National Student
Challenge. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications
and requirements.
 
Position Details:
 
● Support G4C staff in daily activities and collaborate on special projects, as assigned
● Conduct research on games, game-related programs, tech opportunities and
interventions, and game developers
● Help us keep our office organized, and file and scan documents
● Assist with billing and bookkeeping
● Assist with In Kind donation outreach and organization for the National Student
Challenge, Games for Change Festival and other programs
● Support and assist with G4C year-round volunteer program
● Assist with managing local partnerships, communications/social media, events to
promote the NYC Student Challenge program
● Research new outreach platforms for students and teachers
 
Key Qualifications:
 
● Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
● Passion for and interest in social impact games and video game development
● Highly organized and detailed-oriented
● Strong communication skills and ability to work with remote teams
● Desire to share Games for Change’s mission
 
Requirements:
 
● Weekly commitment of 20-30 hours/week
● Start date August/September 2018
● Position based in New York
● Internship is for both credit and non-credit. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or
university level program and be eligible to receive school credit
 
Applying:
 
To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Program & Operations Intern” to
Marissa Harts, Program & Operations Manager at [email protected]
Please send your resume as an attachment and include the following information in the
body of the email:
● Availability (hours per week) and location
● School, program and expected graduation year
● Overview of interest and experience with social impact games (design, play, etc.)
● Details on any prior related internship experience
 
About Games for Change
 
Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive
real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and
contribute to make the world a better place. We convene stakeholders through our annual G4C
Festival and foster the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting
projects. We inspire youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills
through our Student Challenge and train educators to run game design classes on impact
games. We incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production
expertise in coalition building. We act as an amplifier by curating and evangelizing games for
change to the public through our games arcades and awards.
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Videogames: Pleasure and Dependence – Press Release Games for Change Europe

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Is Intensive Game Playing a Mental Health Condition?
 
Join Games for Change Europe in Paris for a spectacular seminar “Videogames: Pleasure & Dependence” and find out by yourself…
 
Compulsive game playing is now a mental health condition according to the World Health Organization in the latest edition of its disease classification manual announced Monday June 18.
 
This decision raises important questions:
 
♦ What are the Signs & Symptoms of Videogame Addiction?
♦ Is game addiction a pleasure-seeking dysfunction or a passion-seeking endeavor?
♦ What are the foundations for game addiction?
♦ Is there a relationship between Game Addiction and Psychological Distress?
♦ Games and “Puritan work ethic”: How games are viewed in France, the US, Japan?
♦ Is game addiction similar to pornography addiction?
♦ Is game addiction similar to drug or alcohol addiction?
♦ What about the Joy of Transgression?
♦ Catharsis or Aggression?
♦ How Game Designers build stickiness?
♦ Stickiness & data analytics: Good or Evil?
♦ From Immersion to Addiction: An irresistible path?
♦ Is it still possible to build a bridge between Gamers and Society (Parents, Educators, Authorities…) and how?
 
Join us in Paris (France), on Friday, July 6, for an intense discussion about one of the hottest topics of the moment.
Gamers, Game Designers, Parents, Analytics Specialists, Educators, Cognitive Neuroscience Experts, Publishers, and Psychotherapists will discuss the impact of games on the mental health of gamers.
 
Speakers
Lévan Sardjevéladzé, CEO – Celsius Online / Président – Syndicat National du Jeu Video (SNJV) ;
Julien Villedieu, General Manager – SNJV ;
Dr Olivier Phan, Addictologist – Centre Pierre Nicole ;
Dr Bruno Rocher, Psychiatrist – Addictologist – Service d’Addictologie / IFAC au CHU Nantes ;
Dr Pierre Taquet, PhD – Clinical Psychologist- GHSC, CHRU de Lille, PSITEC Lille 3
Raphaël Robert-Bouchard, Game Designer – Libellud ;
Joceran Borderie, Game Designer and Psychologist;
Marientina Gotsis, Artist and Designer / Research Associate Professor of Interactive Media & Games, Cinematic Arts – University of Southern California.
Michael Stora, Psychologist & Psychoanalyst – OMNSH ;
Thomas Gaon, Clinical Psychologist, addictology, teenagers, and new media specialist – CSAPA,
Vanessa Lalo, Clinical Psychologist specialized in digital practice and their impact on cognition, education, and culture
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Guardiola, PhD – Prof. Dr. in game design at Cologne Game Lab – TH Koln
Oriane Cappella – Corporate Social Responsibility Director – Ubisoft International
Frédérique Cauvin Doumic – Curator – Games for Change Europe
Jean-Michel Blottière – President – Games for Change Europe.
 
www.G4CEurope.eu
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