Apr 18, 2010

Games for Health Conference, Games Accessibility Day, and Games Beyond Entertainment Week! (Via Ben Sawyer, Digital Mill, Serious Games Initiative)

The Games for Health Conference and Games Beyond Entertainment Week are coming soon.

We can now reveal our excellent keynotes for the 2010 Games for Health Conference:

Day 1: Wednesday May 26
THE MIND-BODY EXPERIENCE OF SONY MOVE: Relationships between Gaming, Play, Exercise, and More!
Dr. Richard Marks
Senior Researcher Sony US R&D group

Dr. Marks also known as the "father of the EyeToy" will discuss the relationship between gaming, play and exercise, referencing his work in the development of Sony’s new motion controller system, PlayStation Move, as well as his previous work with Sony’s EyeToy, PlayStation Eye and other interfaces.

Day 2: Thursday May 27
Chaim Gingold
Chaim Gingold, a longtime independent game developer and original designer of Spore’s creature creator will discuss how existing game genres map onto the human brain and body and how design decisions affect who will be attracted to the game and how they will play.

You can see the nearly full schedule at: http://www.gamesforhealth.org/schedule.htm

Two of our May 25: Pre-Conference Events also have schedules posted:

Out & About: The Mobile Serious Games schedule: http://bit.ly/9MbEEF

3rd Annual Games Accessibility Dayhttp://gamesaccessibilityday.org/schedule.html (See below)

Ben Sawyer
Serious Games Initiative

Games for Health Project
@bensawyer on twitter

Here is the schedule of the Games Accessibility Day,  May 25, 2010:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

8:30 am to 9:00 am


9:00 am to 9:50 am

Opening Ceremonies
Introduction of the Day, Mark Barlet 
Keynote Address:
Chuck Bergen – Making a commercial game targeting at the disabled community, and how he sold the idea to the biggest game company on the planet.

9:50 am to 10:00 am


10:00 am to 10:30 am

Presentation: Tobi Saulnier - Winter's Tale : A Case Study of Designing for Game Accessibility on the Nintendo DS

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Presentation: Katherine Mancuso - Best Practices for Accessible Communication Using a Virtual World

10:45 am to 11:00 am

Presentation: Tim Holt: Game Accessibility in Special Education.

11:00 am to 11:15 am


11:15 am to 11:30 am

Introduction to the “Hacker Hardware Challenge”
  • Adam Coe
  • Ben Heckendorn
  • Suzanne Robitaille

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Presentation: Halimat Alabi - Making the Fantasy Real: Giving Good User Interface

12:00 pm to 12:20 pm

Presentation: Mantha Sadural - SPREAD: Appreciating Speech through Gaming

12:20 pm to 1:30 pm


1:30 pm to 1:50 pm

“Hacker Hardware Challenge” the reveal and Q&A

1:50 pm to 2:10 pm

Presentation: Johnny Richardson - The Social Construction Model of Interactive Gaming for Disabled Users: Benefits and Developmental Evaluation

2:10 pm to 2:30 pm

Presentation: Eleanor Robinson - Game Accessibility and the Aging Community

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Group Activity: Break out into groups and solve the world’s problems
How could we pass up the opportunity to flex the massive amount of talent assembled in one room. Take on a challenge and help develop a solution.

3:00 pm to 3:10 pm


3:10pm to 3:40 pm

Group Activity: Presentation of the breakouts

3:40 pm to 4:10 pm

Presentation: Rock Vibe - Rock Band for People with No or Limited Vision

4:10 pm to 4:30 pm


4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentation: Suzanne Robitaille and Mark Barlet - Reviews for All, A New way of looking at things for our community

5:00 pm to 5:20 pm

Presentation: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla - Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology

5:20 pm to 5:30 pm

Closing Ceremonies

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