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Friday, June 29 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Panel - Adventures in WHOville: The Proposed Gaming Disorder's Impact on Games for Change

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Have you heard that the World Health Organization proposed including Gaming Disorder in the ICD-11? Media including CNN, BBC, and Rolling Stone have spread the news. The ESA and IGDA have spoken against the decision. This panel calls you to combat the negative impacts from the WHO classification and associated media attention on our Games for Change community. Panelists will address WHO actions and the continued critique of games from social and scientific communities, present research findings and heuristics to critically assess claims, and equip attendees for meaningful dialogue around this classification driven by evidence, findings, and knowledge.

Moderators
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Jennifer McNamara

Vice President Serious Games, BreakAway Games
Jenn McNamara, Vice President at BreakAway Games, is a recognized global leader in the Serious Games industry. For the past 15 years, Jenn has led teams creating game-based learning and assessment solutions. Her novel games have over 100,000 government, medical, and corporate users... Read More →

Speakers
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Kelli Dunlap

Mental Health and Games Manager, iThrive Games
Kelli is a psychologist and game designer. She is the Mental Health and Games Manager at iThrive Games, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of teens through games. Kelli presents regularly at psychological and games industry conferences on games and mental... Read More →
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Lindsay Grace

Director, American University Game Lab
Lindsay Grace is a professor and founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. His work has been awarded by the Games for Change Festival, the Digital Diversity Network, Black Enterprise and others. He has given talks at the Game Developers Conference, SXSW, Games... Read More →
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Victoria Van Voorhis

Founder and CEO, Second Avenue Learning
Victoria Van Voorhis, founder and CEO of Second Avenue Learning, is an EdTech innovator, a dynamic thought leader, and a former Digital Rochester Technology Woman of the Year. At Second Avenue, Victoria’s pioneering yet practical vision is the foundation for the company’s award-winning... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Starr Foundation