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Philly Gaming Conference - with an education component!

Keanan B.
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Philadelphia, PA
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Hi, all - I'm helping out with Philly Game Labs' second annual conference hosted here in Philly next week! Check it out here: http://grassrootsgame...­

We'd like to invite you to join us at the Grassroots Game Conference as the Edtech group represents just the sort of individuals for whom we're building the event. The purpose of each session is to spark interest and involvement in the creation of games. It is intended to be a welcoming and inclusive environment. This conference is organized by Philadelphia Game Lab, which advocates and facilitates small-team game development by diverse individuals and entities for varied purposes. We will be holding one-day Tracks during the week of October 14th-20th (six in total), and there are a couple that may well be of specific interest to this group:

The K12 Track on Sunday the 20th emphasizes how kids can effectively learn to make games. The current dialog around using games in education is both complex and nuanced, whether badges, simulations, or "icing on broccoli," but that isn't the focus of this conference or track. Intelligent people may differ on whether kids playing games is a good thing, but we believe that kids making games is unarguably a good thing.

Philadelphia Game Lab is committed to building a diverse game development community in every sense. We will have more sessions toward this goal at the conference beginning next year, but this year we are making a start by holding a Women in Games Track that brings leading thinkers and game developers to Philadelphia. In addition to our sessions on October 16th, Moore College of Art is holding its own half day on women in games the following day. Hence, in aggregate, Philadelphia has the largest event on Women in Games anywhere.

Discount codes!
- Please use our discount code for education professionals at the k12 Track, on Sunday 10/20, which will bring the cost to $0: K12-Teacher
- For any other track, please use the discount code: speakerGGC which will halve the cost, making general tickets $10 per track, and student tickets $5
- Also, we are working to bring more girls to the Women in Games Track, in order to encourage involvement in game development, and they can use the code: techgirlz
Keanan B.
user 44456232
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 2
Here is some general information about the conference:

The Grassroots Game Conference (October 14th-20th) is specifically formed to bring more entities and individuals into the creative use of game development. It isn’t a game industry/tech conference and it isn’t a “gamer” conference. If you are interested in understanding game usage, having games made, or making games for any purpose, GGC is intended for you, and you are warmly invited to participate. The most important thing to know about this conference is that it’s intended to be comfortable and engaging for everyone. There is no bar for entry except to be curious about games.

This conference emphasizes games made by small teams, because we believe that to be a more valuable resource, as well as a more productive structure for creators. It is also an approach that is credibly viable in a region rich in creative and technical resources, but without a history of large scale game development. This is the second year of the conference, and once again, presenters will be joining us from across the country, and Europe. We will have top people in their fields, and significant announcements, including new initiatives in education and professional game creation in this region.

There will be full-day Tracks in Games and Health, Civic Engagement, Women in Games, Music, Art and Teaching Game Development in K12. Each is keynoted by a noted figure in their field, and organized in coordination with expert entities. Women in Games will be aligned with events the following day at Moore College, and in aggregate these events form the largest conference on women in games.

On the evenings of that Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we are coordinating with 8static, who will be launching the largest Chiptune Music Festival in North America, with performers coming from as far away as Japan.

Tickets are only $20 per one-day track, or $10 for students. Most events are held in the First Unitarian Church, on Chestnut at 21st, but please check the website for specifics, as some events will be elsewhere.
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