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2017 Games for Change Festival - VR for Change Summit

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Experience the VR for Change Summit, a brand-new event to explore how virtual technologies are advancing critical real-world causes in a day of talks, workshops, and demos. Meet developers, storytellers, educators, and researchers using VR, AR, and other immersive technologies in radical new ways.

Keynote speakers include Megan Smith (former White House chief technology officer) and Gabo Arora (maker of VR documentaries Clouds Over Sidra, Waves of Grace, and My Mother’s Wing). Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will illustrate that use of virtual reality and innovative apps have impacted empathy and continue to revolutionize the way people access reproductive health care. Amy and Ryan Green, the creators behind the award-winning game That Dragon, Cancer, share how they’re bringing their experience to VR. Aldis Sipolins, head of VR and game design at IBM, will provide an overview of presence and ecological validity in psychological research.

The Summit is part of the Games for Change Festival, the largest convening for the gaming and impact community that explores the positive power of digital games. The Festival offers four tracks of programming, each highlighting an emerging area of research and innovation within the games for impact sector:

  • Civics & Social Impact

  • Neurogaming & Health

  • Games for Learning Summit

  • VR for Change Summit

NEW SCHOOL STUDENTS: All free tickets have been claimed, purchase student passes here. 

In collaboration with The New School's Parsons School of Design.


Event Type

Festivals and Fairs


General Public


Art and Design, Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Creativity and Innovation


University, Parsons School of Design


Humanities, Technology




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