May 3, 2012

Games for Health Conference: June 12-14, Hyatt Harborside Hotel, Boston, MA

Note: In conjunction with the Games for Health Conference, the Fourth Annual Games Accessibility Day, "Enabled Play", will be held on June 12th.

Here is the press release:

Games for Health Project Announces Keynotes for Its Annual Conference in Boston

April 04, 2012 – (Portland, Maine) – The Games for Health Project announced the keynote speakers for the eighth annual Games for Health Conference, the nation’s largest conference dedicate to videogames, health, and health care, which will be held June 12-14 in Boston.
The Games for Health Conference brings together hundreds of researchers, health professionals, and game developers to discuss a wide range of topics involving health and videogames.
Over three days, more than 400 attendees will participate in over 60 sessions led by an array of international speakers. Topics will include exergaming, physical therapy, disease management, health behavior change, biofeedback, rehab, epidemiology, training, nutrition, and health education.
The 2012 event adds new tracks on sensors and gamification to its traditional exercise, sensorimotor rehab, cognitive and emotional health, and nutrition games tracks.
Keynote speakers include:
Constance Steinkuehler Squire
Constance Steinkuehler Squire, senior policy analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will discuss the opportunities for videogames to address national challenges, including those in health, health care, and biotechnology.
Bill Crounse, MD
Bill Crounse, MD, senior director of worldwide health for Microsoft, will present “Connecting & Kinecting Health and Health Care,” which will explore how Microsoft and its partners are merging its information and game technologies to create global solutions for personal health and professional health care.
Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigalNew York Times bestselling author and co-founder of SuperBetter Labs, will highlight the design and release of SuperBetter, a game-based social application designed to help people boost personal resilience and lead healthier, longer, and more positive lives.
“In the last year, it’s been amazing to see the games for health field take some major leaps,” says Ben Sawyer, conference organizer and director of the Games for Health Project. “The number of new game-based solutions coming to market from entrepreneurs, game developers, research labs, and even the government is absolutely amazing. As biometric sensors like Nike Fuel and JawBone Up! take hold, we’re seeing entire new categories of games for health emerge. The Games for Health Conference is the best place to see and evaluate these and other future opportunities.”
The Games for Health Project will also hold three pre-conference events focusing on game accessibility, mobile games, and medical modeling with games.
“We are excited about how far the field and this conference have come,” says Paul Tarini, senior program officer for RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio. “As a sponsor of the conference and the Games for Health Project, we believe the hard work put in by early adopters in this field is beginning to pay off. The new investments and approaches we’re seeing, informed by what is and isn’t working from years past, tells us that continued gatherings like the Games for Health Conference as well as the ongoing work of its related program, Health Games Research, are helping make the promise we see in videogames increasingly real.”
Learn more about the program of events and register for the conference today by visiting the conference web site.
About Games for Health
Founded in 2004, the Games for Health Project supports the development of the health games community, champions efforts to mainstream health games, and brings together researchers, medical professionals, and game developers to share information about the impact games and game technologies can have on health, health care, and policy. The Pioneer Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a major supporter of both the Games for Health Project and its annual Games for Health Conference.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its Pioneer Portfolio
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing the United States. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. Projects in the Pioneer Portfolio are future-oriented and look beyond conventional thinking to explore solutions at the cutting edge of health and healthcare. For more information, visit
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