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Games For Change: Growing Hearts & Mind With Play


The 15th Annual Games for Change festival held at the Parsons School of Design at the New School (63 5th Avenue, NY, NY) explores the cutting edge of game development and accessibility, and ingenuity on June 28 - 30. The festival includes panels from leading members of the tech and game dev world on subjects such as civics and social issues, games for learning, and neurogaming and health.

The Immersive Arcade is the showplace for new and experimental titles such as Terminal 3, Lost City of Mer, and HoloAnatomy. Some of the games being shown break new narrative and thematic ground, such as Bury Me, My Love. Inspired by real events and imbued with themes of love, hope and migration, Bury Me, My Love is a video game which tells the story of Syrian refugee Nour and her husband Majd as Nour undertakes a perilous journey to safety. The title of the story-driven interactive fiction comes from the Syrian goodbye phrase that roughly means “Take care, and don’t even think about dying before I do.”

Within the fest is the XR For Change summit, with more than 30 speakers and panelists from all over the world from leading organizations such as United Nations, University of Washington, Stanford University, Oculus, Microsoft, IBM, and the Sundance Institute.

To learn more, go to:

Games for Change
June 28 - 30, 2018

Parsons School of Design at the New School
66 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10011


Mighty Minds of Music & Media Meet at Syncsummit NYC


In the ever changing world of the music biz it can be hard to keep up with things. That’s where Syncsummit comes in. Running June 22 - 23 at the Opry City Stage (1604 Broadway, NY, NY) with a massive slate of lectures and panels from top professionals in the music industry.

The summit opens with a keynote discussion with the Viacom Music Team, as they discuss weaving music and media together to find new audiences. Rosie Lopez, President of Tommy Boy Entertainment, discusses the hip-hop giant’s method for licensing music. Mick Kiely, CEO of Xhali explores the world of AI generated music. Catherine Patterson, Director, Experiential NA, Y&R, looks into how brands and music intertwine, while other panelists look at new forms of tech and tools that can better help people getting into the music world.

To learn more, go to:

Syncsummit New York
June 22 - 23, 2018

Opry City Stage
1604 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Tech Takes Over the Town at CE Week

A meeting of the giants of tech is happening at the Jacob Javits Center. CE Week 2018, running June 20 to 21, features retailers, distributors, manufactures, and industry pros showcasing the latest in everything from 3D printing to wearable technology.

 You can also expect panels and lectures covering topics such as:

  • New Strategies for Consumer Tech Startup Success
  • Driving Customer Experiences in Retail
  • Smartphones
  • Connected Home
  • Mixed Reality
  • Connected Car
  • Improving TV Quality
  • Privacy and Security

Discover the future of tech and business at CE Week.

To learn more, go to:

CE Week 2018
June 20 - 21, 2018

Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Kaiju & Brews at Five Points Festival

Art by Thomas Fernandez (@liveradstudios).

What do you get when you get art, toys, and beer colliding in one event? You get The Five Points Festival, happening June 2 and 3 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Now this isn’t convention for Funko Pops and mass produced products, Five Points Fest instead features designer statues, toys, soft vinyl (sofubi). Sometimes these toys look like vintage Godzilla figures from the 1970s, sometimes they look like creatures born from your strangest dreams, and often times they look like a combination of the two. The toys at this fest come from the likes of Super7, StrangeCat Toys, Wonder Goblin, Unbox Inudstries, Punk Drunkers, Hakaba Gallery, and more.

Sometimes these toys can be a little on the expensive side since they are hand made in very limited quantities, so some visitors might need to drop some inhibitions to drop the cash on them. That is where the other part of this festival comes in: the beer. Five Points Fest is co-sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company and they will be providing a Beer Garden flanked by a phalanx of food trucks.

The Festival will also be kicking off the Designer Toy Awards. Curated by Clutter Magazine, the DTA celebrates excellence in the world of strange plastic, with public voting and special guest judges.

To learn more, go to:

Five Points Festival
June 2 - 3, 2018

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222


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