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Play NYC is New York’s largest game convention for creators and players alike and for the first time, Play NYC will be online, free to attend, and a full week long. Running August 10 to 16, Play NYC was launched in 2017 and celebrates NYC’s gaming development scene and features the latest releases from studios large and small, and from developers old and new. Expect 70+ games from New York and beyond in addition to talks, panels, Graffiti Games, and exclusive demos.
This year’s Graffiti Games segment, presented by Rockstar Games, commissions developers to make socially conscious games for Play NYC. This year’s Graffiti Games will feature the work of five talented Black game developers that focus on the importance of creating a safe space for all to be their authentic selves.
To learn more, go to: https://www.play-nyc.com/
August 10 - 16, 2020
The show must go on for the colossal publishing event BookExpo, so BookExpo Online will be bringing panels and discussions on the world of books to the internet. Starting Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, 2020 BookExpo Online has panels and events looking at the world of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, picture books, and how the publishing industry is coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.
BookExpo Online will be followed by BookConline, a two-day event on May 30-31 full of incredible panels with fan-favorite authors including Judy Blume, Cassandra Clare, Zoraida Cordova, Jenny Han, Jodi Picoult, Nic Stone and many more.
BookExpo and BookCon are hoping to resume their regular convention at the Javits Center in Spring of 2021.
To learn more, go to: https://www.bookexpoamerica.com/ or https://www.bookcon.com/Events/BookConline/
BookExpo OnlineMay 26 - 29, 2020
BookConlineMay 30 - 31, 2020
In this time of social distancing and sheltering in place, video games have entered into a new relevancy. Not only are they the distraction and escapism tools that they’re usually considered, they’re how we interact with our friends when we can’t see them, and explore new worlds from the confines of our living rooms. The Games for Change Festival has been going on for years and has always known there was a socially important aspect to games. The Games for Change Festival explores the positive power of digital games and virtual technologies in three days of keynotes, panels, and networking workshops running July 14 - 16, 2020. For the first time registration will be free to all (though RSVP is required), as the festival is now going virtual. The festival’s programming revolve around four tracks:
This The XR for Change interactive sessions showcases the positive influence of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, and the festival will have The Games for Change Award, which looks at important works and movement forward in games in the last year.
The festival will also have a Virtual Marketplace exhibiting games and demos to organizations, schools, and nonprofits,
To learn more, go to:http://festival.gamesforchange.org/
July 14 - 16, 2020
Looking at the future of the music industry, the AMP Music Summit debuts their Virtual Summit
As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Streaming on May 6, 2020 at https://ampmusicsummit.com, the sumit aims to prep the music industry for a “post-Covid-19 world” with panel discussions and fireside chats.
AMP Music Summit is created and curated by music industry veterans Josh Levine, Seth Combs and Simon Rust Lamb, Esq. "Our summit exists to empower the music ecosphere to support and inspire each other through tales of truth and transformation, " said Simon Rust Lamb.
Key topics include: how to lead through tough times, pivoting in the face of immense challenge, livestreaming case studies and insights, marketing and monetization, the future of the live music business, staying safe & sane, and tips for finding employment in the face of widespread unemployment. AMP Summit producers and speakers are all volunteering their time as an act of service. Donations during the Summit will be directed to COVID-19 relief funds.
To learn more, go to: https://ampmusicsummit.com/
AMP Music SummitMay 6, 2020
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