G4C is excited to announce that the 17th annual Games For Change Festival will be virtual! For the first time, registration will be free to all participants – drawing a global audience to explore how video games and immersive media foster resilience, connectedness, and well-being.
That being said…
We are excited to announce that Maria Burns Ortiz will be presenting our games at Games for Change Virtual Festival 2020!
You Are Here: Empowering Underrepresented Youth Through Game Design
Date | Time
Wed July 15, 2020 | 11:50 AM – 12:10 PM
Imagine never seeing anyone like you in the curriculum you’re taught or games you play. From inner-city to rural communities, this is a reality for too many youth. Game design can be a powerful tool in engaging underserved students in shaping their narrative. Using real-world examples – from Caribbean islands to Native American reservations – this session explores how game design can help students find new approaches to how their stories are told and amplified.
CEO & Co-founder of 7 Generation Games
Maria Burns Ortiz is CEO and co-founder of 7 Generation Games, which makes immersive educational video games and interactive apps aimed at closing the math gap in underserved communities.
Taking 7 Generation Games from concept to award-winning company, she oversees all creative aspects of game development.
Burns Ortiz is a New York Times best-selling author and teaching artist at Minneapolis’ Loft Literary Center. Previous to 7 Generation Games, Maria was a journalist for leading international news outlets and taught digital storytelling as an adjunct professor at Emerson College and visiting lecturer at Tufts University.