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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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2019 STUDENT CHALLENGE COMPETITION PORTAL IS NOW OPEN!

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It’s that time of year again! Games for Change is excited to announce the launch of the 2019 G4C Student Challenge Competition. Students across the country have been working hard all year to design and code digital games focused on social impact themes. Starting today through April 1st, students will be able to share their work for the chance to win national recognition and a bevy of cool prizes, including a $1,000 Grand Prize Scholarship from Take-Two Interactive!

We invite all middle and high school students in our participating cities of Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York City to submit their games for consideration. Games must be about one of this year’s Student Challenge themes: Automated Communities 2050, Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100 and Endangered Species. NYC students can also submit games that address a fourth theme: Envision Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Each game will be evaluated by panels of industry jurors on Gameplay, Originality, Use of Theme, and Wow Factor. Winners will be recognized at the middle school and high school level for each theme in each participating city. More information on award categories, evaluation criteria, game guidelines and student eligibility can be found on the competition portal website: bit.ly/g4c_challenge

At the end of it all, we will invite all Student Challenge participants to a live awards ceremony in each city to celebrate the incredible work of our finalists and cohort educators. Awards Ceremony dates will be announced in the upcoming weeks and posted on our Events Page.

Good luck, and let the games begin!
HOW TO SUBMIT A GAME

1) Visit the competition portal: bit.ly/g4c_challenge
2) Create an account
3) Complete the entry form and hit ‘SUBMIT’

COMPETITION TIMELINE

February 1 – Submission portal opens
April 1 – Deadline for all game submissions is 11:59 pm ET.
April/May – Judges evaluate game submissions. Finalists notified in May.
May/June – Winners announced / prizes awarded at Awards ceremonies in each city.

THEMES BY CITY
Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles:
(1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100

New York City: (1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100 (4) Envision Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
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Business Research (Special Project) Intern

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Games for Change (G4C) is looking for an intern to support research efforts for the organization around a new project on building out a social impact games and extended realities (XR) accelerator.
 
The intern will lead on this project which will culminate in an accelerator/incubator and impact investment fund supporting video game designers creating games for positive social impact. The intern will report to Senior Director, Partnerships & Programs Asif Khan and President, Susanna Pollack.
 
Position Details:
 
● Lead on a research project on social impact games, funding models and social impact accelerators.
● Do a landscape review of social impact investment funds and accelerators, especially those with a special focus on digital games and/or immersive tech.
● Identify markets that are establishing successful B2B and B2C games and/or immersive tech revenue opportunities (eg education and health)
 
Key Qualifications:
 
● Enrolled in a graduate degree program preferably Business School.
● Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive.
● Passion for and interest in social impact games and education.
● Highly organized and detail-oriented.
● Strong communication skills and familiarity with Windows or Mac applications.
● Strong English language skills (oral and written).
● Demonstrate strong computer skills and ability to produce high-quality information visually.
● Proven abilities for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meet deadlines and work under pressure, strong follow-up skills.
● Be able to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment
 
Requirements:
 
● Weekly commitment of 10-12 hours/week over 12-16 weeks. Start date September/October 2018.
● The team is based in G4C’s WeWork offices in Midtown East, New York City. Remote work also an option.
● This unpaid internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate level university program and be eligible to receive school credit.
 
To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Research/Special Projects Intern” to Marissa Harts, Operations & Programs Manager ([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 business research, social impact, funding models, accelerators, startups, investment funds.
● Details on any prior related internship or work experience
 
About Games for Change Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using digital games and XR 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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We’re Hiring: Communications Intern

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About this Job
Games for Change is looking for a Communications Intern to support a range of projects promoting games for social impact this winter. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.
 
Position Details:

Support G4C Staff (Social Media & Community Manager) in outreach and communication activities across range of game development projects
Conduct research on games, game related programs, tech opportunities and interventions, and game developers
Communicate / Outreach to partners seeking support with impact game projects and lease with game developers, funders, researchers, and evaluators
Compile contact lists and research contact info
Compose copy for overview documents and concept decks

 
Key Qualifications:

Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
Passion for and interest in social impact games and video game development (production, design, & 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; minimum of 10 weeks. Start date end of August or beginning of September 2018
Position based in New York (with the possibility of remote work for the right candidate)
Internship is for school credit only. 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 “Communications Intern” to [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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We’re Hiring: Partnerships Intern

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About this Job
Games for Change (G4C) is looking for an intern to support partnership and business development efforts for the organization. The intern will support projects related to business development, fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, and event sponsorship. G4C Senior Director, Partnerships & Programs leads on supporting the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of G4C. Candidates for this unpaid internship should meet the below qualifications and requirements.
 
Position Details:

Support G4C Senior Director, Partnerships & Programs (and other staff as needed) in research, project management, outreach and communication activities across a range of social impact video game & XR (Extended Realities) development projects and funding opportunities
Assist with planning, logistics and invitees list for G4C’s XR for Change (XR4C) initiative

Help with partner outreach, sponsorship and programming for G4C’s Annual Festival being held in New York City in Summer 2019 
Compile contact lists and research contact information.
Assist in creating, editing documents and presentations.

 
Key Qualifications:

Very reliable, self-motivated and proactive
Passion for and interest in social impact games and education.
Highly organized and detail-oriented.
Strong communication skills (Keynote, Google Docs, Adobe) and ability to work with remote teams.
Strong English language skills (oral and written).
Demonstrate strong computer skills and ability to produce high-quality information visually.
Proven abilities for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meet deadlines and work under pressure, strong follow-up skills.
Be able to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment

 
Requirements:

Weekly commitment of 20-30 hours/week; minimum of 10 weeks. Start date end of August or beginning of September
Position based in G4C offices in Midtown East, New York City (with the possibility of remote work for the right candidate)
Internship is for school credit only. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university level program and be eligible to receive school credit

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Partnerships Intern” to [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 business development and corporate/foundation partnerships.
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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Recap of G4C18 Festival and XR4C Summit

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15 years celebrating the impact of games!
 
It’s a wrap! This year’s 15th annual Games for Change Festival was a major success! We hosted over 1000 attendees with many of them coming from countries around the world. The 3 day event kicked off with the proclamation from Mayor Bill DeBlasio that Thursday, June 28th was officially Games for Change Day. We were fortunate to have Deputy Commissioner Kai Falkenberg to give the award to founders Barry Joseph, Suzanne Seggarman, Benjamin Stokes, G4C’s chairman Asi Burak and G4C’s president Susanna Pollack. We are so proud to see G4C’s diverse community grow and to be a platform where everyone can join forces to discuss and build impactful projects together.
 

 
We would like to send a special thank you to Matt Parker, Alexander King, the Institute of Play and Ryan Seashore for curating the different tracks and providing such insightful programs and sessions to the G4C and XR4C communities.
 
From the XR Brain Jam to the speed networking and Meet the Funders sessions, we saw so many people meeting each other and forging new partnerships. We hope you keep in touch throughout the year and let us know about the amazing work that is born out of this gathering.
 
Meanwhile, take a look at the Festival and XR for Change Summit photos on our Flickr account and share away with your networks and friends. Also don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel to be notified when the Festival videos are uploaded.

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XR for Change Summit — join the XR4C community
 
Our second XR for Change Summit featured over 13 immersive experiences presented by Microsoft, UNICEF, Oculus VR for Good, Conservation International, Emblematic Group, Sundance Institute, Stanford University, Columbia University and many other leading content creators. We are excited to see what impactful XR projects NGO’s, technologists and game studios continue to produce to tackle social issues.
 
We are very excited to grow the XR for Change community and we continue to look for ways we can add value to the people pioneering this space. Join the ever-expanding #XR4C community to be part of our year round programs such as the XR for Change Talk and Play. Sign-up to our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn on how to get involved. If you are interested in partnering or supporting any of the XR for Change programs, please send us an e-mail on [email protected]

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Round of applause and congratulations to the G4C Award winners and nominees!
 
Congratulations to all the winners of the G4C Awards, specially Life Is Strange: Before The Storm for winning Most Significant Impact and Game of the Year. A special shout-out to tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar for making us laugh hard and emceeing the G4C Awards. Here are the 2018 winners:
 
Game of the Year & Most Significant Impact awards
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm: In this choice-based narrative prequel, players see the world through the mind of Chloe Price, a 16 year-old rebel whose self-destructive lifestyle threatens her relationships and well-being. At the helm of this angsty and emotionally powerful protagonist, the player must navigate Chloe’s life decisions when an unexpected friendship throws everything off-kilter.
 
Best Gameplay Award
What Remains of Edith Finch: Set in the home of “America’s most unfortunate family,” this immersive and unsettling first-person narrative drama delves into hereditary issues. As Edith, players explore the colossal Finch family estate on a quest to discover why she’s the last one alive in her family.
 
Most Innovative Award
Tree: Through virtual-reality, players are transformed into a majestic rainforest tree. With arms as branches and their body as a trunk, players experience firsthand nature’s life cycle, starting as a seedling in the ground to seeing the view at the top of the canopy, and humanity’s ecological footprint.
 
Best Learning Game Award
Attentat 1942: Using cinematic-style interviews with survivors, interactive comics and historical footage, this dialogue-based game places players in the center of Nazi occupation during World War II. Players speak to eyewitnesses, live their memories and uncover compelling details of one family’s story.
 
Polygon x Games for Change People’s Choice Award
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice : Made in collaboration with neuroscientists and personal accounts of psychosis, this action-adventure hybrid pulls the player deep into the mind of Senua, a broken Celtic warrior fighting for the soul of her dead lover. As Senua, the player wrestles with mental illness and the rationalization of the incomprehensible to progress.
 
Vanguard Award
Katie Salen, founder of the Institute of Play, was awarded the Vanguard Award for her inspiring contributions to the field of play based learning and advancing the games for change community.
 

Here’s what G4C’s friends are up to

Join G4C at the Game Devs of Color Expo, taking place July 14th from 11 am – 6 pm at The Schomburg Center. The Game Devs of Color Expo is an inclusive games expo and conference that features creators from across a spectrum of backgrounds showing off their games, building culture, and pushing games forward as an artform. Get your tickets for as little as $20, $5, or for free here.

Be part of Playcrafting’s Play NYC on the weekend of August 11th and 12th at The Manhattan Center. Play NYC will feature over 90 games and 85 game developer studios showcasing the best in indie video games and VR. Don’t miss the interactive playground for all ages and buy your tickets here.

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⏰ 1 Week Left to Purchase Tickets for #G4C18 ⏰

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The Games for Change Festival is only 1 week away!

Register now to snag the last few spots in reserved sessions and a ticket to AU & HEVGA’s networking happy hour. 

Join AU & HEVGA’s Happy Hour
Receive an invitation to join #G4C18’s Happy Hour with American University Game Lab, Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) and theEntertainment Software Association (ESA) on Friday, June 29th after purchasing a ticket to the Festival. Make sure to register to receive your Happy Hour invite!
 

BUY PASS

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