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Opening General Session - Featuring: Jane McGonigal
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
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Jane McGonigal believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. This world-renowned and inspiring designer of alternate reality games— games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems—will get you excited from the very first session of Annual Conference about the myriad possibilities for how serious games can be integrated into a variety of library programming.
McGonigal specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, including poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. She’s a New York Times bestselling author (Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Penguin Press, 2011) and inventer/co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has already helped more than 250,000 players tackle health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. She has created and deployed award-winning games, sports, and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the New York Public Library, American Heart Association, International Olympics Committee, and World Bank Institute. Her best-known games includes EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, Find the Future, and The Lost Ring, featured in the New York Times, Wired, and The Economist, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR.
Also a future forecaster, McGonigal is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group. She is the founder of Gameful, "a secret headquarters for worldchanging game developers," and has consulted and developed internal game workshops for Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. A frequent speaker including at TED and the New Yorker Conference, she has keynoted SXSW interactive, the Game Developers Conference, the Idea Festival, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Web 2.0 Summit, UX Week, Webstock, and more.
American Library Association (ALA)
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:55am PDT
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