[games_access] Games for Health Event

Ben Sawyer bsawyer at dmill.com
Tue Aug 7 18:02:50 EDT 2007


Hello Everyone,

Despite the schedule below I could fit in 30 minutes if someone wants
to provide a general overview of cool accessibility technologies...

We're holding a late summer meeting on August 23 in Seattle the day
before the Penny Arcade Expo. More news on this will go back out
again on Monday but here's the core information for people here if
they want to join us. Feel free to pass this around as well.

This is a FREE event.

On August 23, the eve of Penny Arcade Expo the Games for Health
Project is hosting a day long West Coast Meetup devoted to games and
healthcare.

Games for Health Day Seattle is designed to provide a unique overview
and introduction to this fast emerging approach to health
communications, training, and therapy. This event features hands on
demos of game projects aimed at health and healthcare and an array of
interesting sessions.

This event is free to the first 50 participants who RSVP to
rsvp at seriousgames.org. Thereafter attendance will be $99.00 a person.

Games for Health Day Seattle runs from 9am-7pm including a networking
reception and is located at the Hotel Deca (4507 Brooklyn Avenue, NE).

Games for Health Day is organized by the Games for Health Project
(www.gamesforhealth.org) which is sponsored by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation.

Click through for the complete current schedule!

Our Current Schedule is as follows:

9:00am Ben Sawyer : Welcome & Why Games for Health?

The basics of the field of games for health and what it may offer
health & healthcare

9:30am West Virginia Games for Health Team : Statewide DDR

Details on the research behind and rollout of a unique statewide
campaign to encourage active lifestyles

10:15am 15 Minute Break

10:30am Casual Games : Serious Health? (PopCap Games)

What does the leader in casual gaming have to say about the
intersection of games and health?

11:30am 15 Minute Break

11:45am Games in Hospitals

An expert in how games can be used for hospital child-life scenarios
shares expertise.

12:30pm Lunch w/demos

During lunch get hands on time with a half-dozen or more health
oriented game demos.

2:00pm Yasmin Kafai : Why Whypox Matters

Research results on how online world Whyville teaches kids how
viruses and vaccines work

2:30pm Judy Shasek : Grassroots Exergaming

What are the strategies for enabling exergaming in schools, local
organizations, and in general at the grassroots level? The leader of
Generation Fit shares a wealth of basic how-to's and results.

3:00pm 15 Minute Break

3:15pm Alan Au : Games for Health Japan - More then BrainAge

Japan's game community has produced a number of projects and products
related to health & wellness. Beyond the BrainAge phenomenon lies
exciting projects and software you've never heard about until now.

4:00pm Dominec Greco: Biofeedback & Videogames

BioFeedback systems offer opportunities to improve therapy for ADHD
and other cognitive and stress-related disorders as well as new ways
to look at training effectiveness. A leading expert in brainwave-
based biofeedback systems discusses their health specific applications.

4:45pm Ben Sawyer : Turning Health in Games into Health With Games

Games have featured health-related content since the earliest days of
gaming and over time there have been a number of interesting elements
to how health is portrayed in games. By understanding this better we
can look forward to how health might be further improved through
games and elements of everyday games.

5:30pm End with Reception

Please join us for a casual after-meeting mixer



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