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U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Serious Games Conference

I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know this was going on today, until an alert David Becker passed it on. Had I know, I would have prolonged my recent stay in Washington a few days!

The U.S. Department of State will host a conference on the use of games for serious ends, such as education, social change, and simulation, at Tech@State: Serious Games on May 27-28, 2011.

The event will be held on the campus of the George Washington University at the Jack Morton Auditorium (Media and Public Affairs Building), located at 805 21ST Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Sessions are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The event’s first day will feature government and non-government speakers and games experts assembled from throughout the nation. The second day will be an all-day “unconference,” at which attendees will generate their own agenda based on the interests and expertise of the crowd.

Participants and conference leaders include representatives from commercial games makers, international agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions. A conference event schedule and speaker biographies can be found at Registration is free, open to the general public, and can be accessed through The event will also be streamed live online at Participants can also follow the conference live on Twitter via hashtag #TechAtState and through @eDipAtState, @StateDept, and @TechAtState.

For more information or if you have questions related to the conference, please contact Paul Swider at

If anyone is attending, perhaps they can send us a conference report?

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Update: Skip Cole points out that video of the sessions is available online here.

One response to “U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Serious Games Conference

  1. Skip Cole 28/05/2011 at 3:23 am

    I am bummed. I actually presented at this today, but had not thought to mention it to you.
    (Please do not feel slighted. I did not mention it to another great friend who runs this meetup: )

    Paul Swider did a GREAT job pulling together some great talent! I would name names, but I’m sure I would miss someone important. (Okay, I will say that Steve York, Asi Burak, J.C. Hertz and Ben Sawyer where here.) It was really a good day.

    There is another day tomorrow, Saturday, but I’m heading of to SimTecT (18 hour flight that, LA to Melbourne, BTW), so I won’t be able to make it.

    I think that some of the presentations are available here:


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