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Games for Change Festival Examines Gaming's True Potential

In a relatively short span of decades, the medium of videogames has undergone many changes in the role they play in the cultural zeitgeist. From barroom novelty, to home entertainment, to just for kids, to grim and gritty, to massive to pocket, from complex to deceptively simple, the medium has taken many faces. The Games for Change Festival (April 21 -23, 2015), in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival and happening at the NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Pl., New York)  looks not just how we play and what kind of games we play, but it also examines the massive cultural reverberations the medium has made, and how it is also a tool for growth, learning, and social change.Yes, even the Angry Birds.

The emergence of the controversial Gamergate movement, gaming’s first culture war, is addressed in a series of talks with Alexandria Neonakis (The Last of Us), Matt Boch (Fantasia: Music Evolved), and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) about how the industry can better address issues of inclusion and representation in games. Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, discuss how games play an instrumental role in learning, while the company Filament shows how to create games aimed at educating and tailor made for schools.

Along with the extensive panels, there will also be playable games including the nominees for this year’s Games for Change awards, boardgames from art-game collective Babycastles, and, which looks at innovative independent games from all over the world.

The Games for Change Festival looks to the future of what video games truly have the potential to become.

To learn more, go to:

Games for Change Festival
April 21 - 23, 2015

New York University
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Fast-track to the 3rd Industrial Revolution Through The Inside 3D Printing Expo

3d-Printed-CarInside 3D Printing returns to the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 15–17, 2015. The largest professional 3D printing event, this conference and expo offers insights into the relatively new, ever-changing 3D printing industry.

The conference covers cutting edge technology alongside established trends in 3D. Inside 3D Printing offer attendees, as the buzz-phrase expresses, “Strategies for the third industrial revolution.”

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include company VIPs from MakerBot, Accenture Technology Labs, and Hewlett-Packard. Sessions cover the most recent developments in the 3D printing industry and how they apply to industries ranging from fashion to aerospace. Before the show floor opens this Thursday, a full day is devoted to tutorials to help participants catch up with the basic aspects of the technology, software, and law.

Among the session speakers are industry experts from: 

  • academia
  • venture capital
  • art
  • architecture
  • fashion
  • toy
  • robotics
  • law
  • government
  • military
  • accounting

Session topics include hos this technology is applied to the medical field and space exploration; new material processes such as metal 3D printing or advanced composites; and workflows involving scanning, CAD, and cloud printing.

The show floor opens on: 

Thursday, April 16 (10:00am–6:00pm) 

Friday, April 17 (10:00am-3:45pm)

Exhibitors will be demonstrating 3D printers and related equipment. The exhibitors include:

  • 3D Systems
  • EnvisionTEC
  • Stratasys
  • Autodesk

For more info go to:

Inside 3D Printing
April 15–172015

Javits Convention Center
New York City

MoCCA Fest 2015 Brings International & Underground Comics Greats to NYC

Raina Telgemeier's Smile

The MoCCA Arts Festival (April 11 - 12, 2015) is one of the best comic events in in NYC. Bringing together young talent, seasoned veterans, and creative minds from all over the world, for years MoCCA has embodied the ever-changing landscape of independent comics. Taking place at Center 548 (548 W 22nd St., New York, NY) near the scenic High Line, this year’s MoCCA Fest features a wide range guests.

moccaGuests include Raina Telgemeier (Eisner Award winner and author of New York Times bestsellers Smile and Drama), alt-comix luminary Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Need More Love, contributor to Wimmen’s Comix), and Scott McCloud (the newly released The Sculptor, along with Understanding Comics, and Zot!). International guests include Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), and Ilan Manouach (MetaKatz, a journey through copyright infringement and reinterpreting Art Spiegelman’s Maus).

MoCCA Fest also includes a series of panel discussions and Q&As with it’s guests on subjects including the history of alt-weekly comics, the artistic technique behind making memorable images, and the precarious line between plagiarism and inspiration. Named after the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, MoCCA is organized by the Society of Illustrators, who acquired the museum in 2012, and have organized the festival since.

Whether your interest is in stapled together mini-comics, international biographies, or strange adventures, MoCCA Fest is sure to have a story just for you.

To learn more, go to:

MoCCA Arts Festival
April 11 - 12, 2015

Center 548
548 W 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011

AD Home Design Show in NYC Remakes & Remodels Your Life

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 19 - 22, 2015) at Piers 92 and 94 (711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019) gives you an opportunity to see some of the best minds in design so you can have that kitchen, living room, bedroom, or domicile of choice you’ve always wanted. Over 400 luxury brands will be represented along with an extensive series of seminars to help you seek interior decorating guidance. David Rockwell takes the stage with design writer Tim McKeough to talk about "Designing with a Mission" and HGTV's "Property Brothers" Jonathan and Drew Scott will be on hand to talk about flipping houses, buying & renovation tips and more.

 The AD Home Design Show also features an enormous shop devoted to interior design houses and more. The reFRESH exhibition (touted as a “show-within-a-show”) unveils international products along with speculative technological advances in premium kitchen, bath, and building products. The MADE section of the show highlights independent and emerging designers of furniture, art, and home accessories.

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show is what you need to reinvent your home.

To learn more, go to:

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show
March 19 - 22, 2015

Piers 92/94
711 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

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