📢 2018 Games for Change Festival Dates & Open Call


#G4C18 Festival Dates


Save the date! We are excited to announce that the 15th Annual Games for Change Festival will take place from June 28 – 30, 2018 at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York City. This will be the biggest Festival yet as G4C celebrates the past 15 years of groundbreaking work from the games for impact community, and explores the exciting new developments that will continue to push social impact games forward into the future.

By popular demand, we are bringing back to you the following four tracks:

  • Games for Learning Summit
  • Neurogaming & Health
  • Civics & Social Issues
  • VR for Change Summit

#G4C18 is full of networking opportunities and hosts an Awards Ceremony, and the G4C Marketplace, where you can showcase your new games and products to Festival attendees. For partnership opportunities, please contact Asif Khan, Senior Director, Partnerships and Programs, at [email protected].

In the meantime, take a look at the recap of the 2017 Festival and videos of past talks on our YouTube channel.


Submit games and ideas for #G4C18


We are now accepting submissions for our 2018 G4C Festival. We welcome your ideas for sessions (talks, panels, workshops and demos) and game nominations for our annual G4C Awards. A limited number of submissions will be selected and receive complimentary passes to the Festival.

The Festival is a platform for all voices and backgrounds, and provides an opportunity to celebrate and reinforce G4C’s core values: diverse perspectives, creative and progressive thinking, respectful dialogue, and collaboration across industries and sectors. As such, our team of Festival curators will strive to highlight the work and achievements from underrepresented communities.

As we celebrate 15 years of Games for Change, we are not only reflecting on the amazing growth of the sector, but also exploring where the G4C community is headed over the next 15 years. What will be the pressing issues of the day? How will technology change the face of games? Who will have access to those technologies? How will these experiences create social change? Please propose session ideas that celebrate the past and explore the future for the games for change community!


Session Ideas

The 2018 Festival will focus on emerging areas in the impact games sector, each as a unique track of programming:

  • Neurogaming & Health
  • Civics & Social Impact
  • Games for Learning
  • VR for Change Summit

Have an idea for a talk that doesn’t fit in one of these tracks? Don’t worry — presentations, discussions, demos and challenging ideas outside of these topics are welcome too!
Deadline: February 7, 11:59 p.m. EST



Game Awards

Each year, we celebrate the year’s best social impact and learning games at our G4C Awards ceremony and an on-site arcade of the Awards finalists for Festival attendees to play. If you have launched or will launch a game between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, then go for it!

Categories include: Most Significant Impact, Most Innovative, Best Game Play, Best Learning Game, and Game of the Year.
Deadline: February 7, 11:59 p.m. EST



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