Creative

Apr. 17, 2012 10:30 am

Grassroots Game Conference: gamification conference with Philly Tech Week

Philadelphia Game Lab must know that just one gamification event wouldn't satisfy Philadelphia, so the new Northern Liberties based gamification lab is hosting an entire week of gamification events called Grassroots Game Conference

Philadelphia Game Lab must know that just one gamification event wouldn’t satisfy Philadelphia, so the new Northern Liberties based gamification lab is hosting an entire week of gamification events called Grassroots Game Conference in conjunction with the second annual Philly Tech Week presented by AT&T.

The conference will highlight using gamification to facilitate creative development and social good, according to a press release.

Notable game entrepreneur and author Gabe Zichermann who runs Gamification.co, will deliver the keynote. In addition to Zichermann, the Smithsonian, NEA, GlitchLabs LA, and a variety of developers and educators will have presenters at the nine events throughout the week, according to a press release.

“The sessions are low cost or free, and intended for an audience that is interested in game creation and usage, for a variety of purposes. You don’t need to be a game developer to attend any.” said Philadelphia Game Lab founder Nathan Solomon in announcement about the event to OpenAccessPhilly.

Here’s what to expect from the Grassroots Game Conference:

MONDAY April 23rd
TUESDAY April 24th
  • Games and Gamification for Non-Profits: A full day of events specifically focused on how non-profits can use Games and Gamification to achieve their goals. We have some great presenters coming in from all over, including Gabe Zichermann, who’s the leading guy in gamification.  http://ggc-non-profit.eventbrite.com/ $20
  • Indie Game: The Movie at the Ritz. With the help of the national leadership of the International Game Developers Association, we persuaded the filmmakers to add Philly to their release tour as part of the conference http://indiegamephiladelphia.eventbrite.com/ $15 -Minus $3 if you use our discount code: GRASSROOTSIGTM
FRIDAY April 27th
  • Unity Lunch Party: A bunch of local developers will be demonstrating Unity, the small team game developers’ software of choice, on multiple workstations at WHYY. http://ggc-unityparty.eventbrite.com/ FREE
  • Collision of Music and Games: Dain Saint of Cipher Prime and Youngmoo Kim of Drexel, will be presenting their ideas on music as a part of gameplay. This should be a unique opportunity to hear two of the most significant and successful thinkers in this area, one from the commercial side, and one from the academic side  http://ggc-musicgames.eventbrite.com/ FREE
SATURDAY April 28th and SUNDAY April 29th

 

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Yael Borofsky was the lead reporter for Technically Philly from from December 2011 to June 2012 before leaving to pursue an urban studies graduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously she was an editor with the Breakthrough Journal in San Francisco. She loves hockey and coffee.

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