Venue/Location: Collective Agency, 322 NW Sixth Ave, Suite 200, Phone: (503) 517-6900
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:00 PM
Gaming for Social Good
Hosted by PDXTech4Good and Pixel Arts
As the use of video games becomes more pervasive--think Angry Birds to Farmville to Wii Fitness--it becomes useful to consider their wider impact on our lives. Are they merely useful for entertainment, or can games help create change through creativity, imagination and play? Can games be valuable for mission-based groups like non-profits, NGOs and community organizations? How can game development connect students to real-world problems?
The evening will kick off with a panel discussion including speakers at the intersection of gaming and game development for education, non-profit enablement and youth outreach. Panelists will explore how gaming and the creation of games can positively impact our local communities and wider world mission-based efforts.
Following audience Q&A, everyone is welcome to continue the discussion over networking, food and soft drinks.
Join the discussion on how creating games and game development can benefit the social good!
Erik Wecks, Author of How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any and contributor to GeekDad on Wired.com
Keld Bangsberg, Academic Department Director at the Art Institute of Portland including Game Art & Design, Media Arts & Animation, Visual & Game Programming, and Design Visualization.
Chris Brooks, VP of Technology at WebMD and Director at TechStart Education Foundation, which hosts the Oregon Game Project Challenge.
Scott Crabtree, HappyBrainScience. Video game designer, producer, and entrepreneur with over 10 years of professional experience managing the development of video games and has published games on PCs, consoles and the iPhone.
Jason Galbraith, Robotics and Programming Instructor at Sunset High School, Saturday Academy Instructor and coach for the Oregon Game Project Challenge.
Brian Jamison, former game developer and founder of OpenSourcery, which specializes in Drupal for non-profits and hosts Donor Rally, a free social fundraising game that has helped non-profits raise nearly a million dollars online.