Non-profit Games for Change (G4C) holds an annual videogame event in New York City, themed around the positive social impact for gaming. This year the event will be split into two parts, the Games and Media Summit, in partnership with Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) on Monday, 18th April, and the Games for Change Festival, held on Thursday and Friday, June 23-24. The summit will feature a range of speakers with some discussing the role virtual reality (VR) will play in the industry’s future.
Confirmed speakers for Games and Media Summit include: Amy Robinson – Executive Director, EyeWire. Who’ll be discussing the development of EyeWire, a videogame to map the brain, from the titles early beginnings in Sebastian Seung’s lab at MIT to the VR ecosystem it is today.
Dirk Van Dall, Vice President of Multimedia Strategy, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Claudio Silva – Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Data Science at New York University, will be showing how wearable sensors and big data are being combined to create virtual models that enhance team performance and game-day decision making and strategy. And Dan Gray, Executive Producer & Studio Head, ustwo Games. The developer behind Monument Valley and VR title Land’s End will be sharing new techniques, and avenues to explore for those interested in creating VR videogames.
The Games and Media Summit will also host an interactive installation area for visitors to play with interactive experiences in VR, augmented reality (AR), camera-sensing and motion capture devices. Companies involved in providing experiences include Eyewire/MIT Media Lab’s work with VR with Sixense hand sensors, the American Museum of Natural History’s MicroRangers game and biofeedback-based horror game Nevermind. Other titles will be available but haven’t been confirmed yet.