[Grassroots-l] [OLPC library] [support-gang] Health Jam 2008 (article and pictures)

Arjun Sarwal arjun at laptop.org
Mon Apr 28 23:54:02 EDT 2008

Chris also recently posted about such related events on the Health
mailing list, and I believe he might be going to one/some of them...


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From: Chris Leonard <cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 11:54 PM
Subject: [Health] Serious Gaming conferences (not what you think)
To: health at lists.laptop.org

I just came across these interesting conferences.

Games for Health Fourth Annual Conference 2008
May 8-9, 2008, Baltimore MD
(yes I know it's crazy short notice, but I just came across it)


Games for Change
2008 Fifth Annual Games for Change Festival
Parsons the New School for Design in NYC

June 3

and/or pre-festival workshop, June 2

An OLPC presence at one or both of the conferences below looks like
too good an opportunity to pass up for meeting/recruiting other game
developers with compatible goals and for showing off the XO as a
really cool platform that they should consider porting.  I posted the
info for "Games for Change" to etoys, devel and games lists.  It's
still within a reasonable timeframe to organize an "official OLPC"
presence for that one and SJ has expressed some interest in that idea.

It's less realistic to expect that anyone will be going to Games for
Health, but I passed notice along to OLPC Learning Club DC, just in
case.  In any event, the list of presenters makes for some excellent
leads on identifying potential developers/projects with similar goals.

There is a certain sad irony in the fact that a number of the games in
development seem to be about getting over-nourished kids to put down
the game controller and get active when malnutrition is such a great
concern for the developing world.   That's not to say that a little
economic development won't bring all of the ills of the first world to
others in time or that exercise messaging isn't suitable in any
environment, but I think those particular materials would need
substantial reworking for use by OLPC.  To a great extent OLPC
represents the first time there will be a channel/platform for
reaching the developing world with such games, so it's perfectly
pragmatic that there has been little work there to date.  I very much
want to think that some introduction to OLPC's efforts would bring the
passion of these folks for electronic health message delivery to bear
on a wider world audience.


 Health mailing list
 Health at lists.laptop.org

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 2:00 AM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the update, Ixo!  There's a Games for Health event in Baltimore
> May 8-9.  Did you meet any people there who might like to go?
> http://www.gamesforhealth.org/index3.html
> SJ
> On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 4:14 PM, Alan Claver <alc at psu.edu> wrote:
> > On 4/28/08 3:57 PM, "Ixo X oxI" <ixo at myna.ws> wrote:
> >
> > > lol.  :)
> >
> > Oh, sorry, you're the sorry looking one.. 8-)
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Arjun Sarwal
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