Games for Change announced programming and speakers for its 2023 20th Anniversary Festival, taking place in New York City from July 18 through July 20. Tickets are now available to purchase.

Speakers and topics include a wide range of issues prevalent in modern gaming culture and technology.

Paul Fletcher, a Professor of Health Neuroscience at University of Cambridge, will discuss mental health and gaming through the Insight Project, which combines gaming technology such as VR with clinical neuroscience to tackle mental distress.

Cynthia Williams, President at Wizards of the Coast, will host a panel discussing Dungeons & Dragons’ impact at schools as a system for improving mathematics, storytelling, and social communication.

Protocol Labs’ Jesse Damiani’s panel will discuss the rapidly-growing metaverse and AI technology, such as ChatGPT, and how it affects safety, data, and digital literacy.

“As the gaming industry continues to rapidly evolve, engaging in critical discussions around timely topics and their impact on our society is more important than ever. As the leader in games and social impact, Games for Change is proud to facilitate these conversations with a diverse group of industry executives who are collectively shaping the future of games and immersive media over the next 20 years,” said Susanna Pollack, Games for Change President . “We are excited to host these important conversations and work towards a mindful, safe, and sustainable future for our industry.”

Tickets are available until July 5.

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