The public sector is increasingly embracing computer and video games to further key administration priorities; especially in the areas of learning, health and civic participation. Despite the fact that hundred of games are being funded across multiple government agencies, there is no central repository of resources and best practices on designing, developing and publishing impact-focused games. We have a Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio - is there now a need for a National Public Games initiative? This panel will explore the need, challenges and potential structure for such an initiative. Panelists include Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Bill Siemering, President of Developing Radio Partners; Founding member of National Public Radio Board of DIrectors, Sara DeWitt, Senior Director, PBS KIDS Interactive, and Laird Malamed, SVP of Production, Guitar Hero. Moderated by Alan Gershenfeld; Chairman, Games for Change; Founder and President E-Line Media and former SVP, Activision Studios.
Mobile technology is one of the most promising and fast-growing new platforms for enacting social change in both developed and developing countries. Mobile phone games about HIV AIDS are being played by more than 16M people across Asia and Africa and are found on more than 42M devices around the world. This panel will explore the latest work and ideas in this cutting edge field through the lenses of social entrepreneurs and developers in India, leading researchers, and NGOs that utilize mobile platforms on the ground. Panelists include Prabhas Pokharel, Mobile Active, Dr. Subhi Quraishi, CEO of ZMQ Software Systems, and Matthew Kam, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, moderated by Asi Burak, Executive Producer, Games for Change, Co-founder Impact Games (Creator of Peacemaker.)