New Georgia Project and Games for Change Prioritize Public Health, Postpone Game Jam
August 22, 2021 Atlanta, GA – Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the New Georgia Project (NGP) and Games for Change announced the postponement of The New Georgia Project Game Jam — an in-person, team-based game design competition —which was scheduled for September 24th – 26th in Atlanta, Georgia.
This competition was grounded in fostering civic engagement in untapped constituencies, including young voters, first-time voters, and the larger gaming community. Teams of game developers and subject matter experts who aligned with NGP’s advocacy campaigns were set to be featured as they utilized technology to tackle an array of issues relevant to Georgians including economic justice, reproductive justice, climate equity, childcare, and more.
The organizations released a joint statement regarding the postponement:
“At the core of our work together is promoting the health and wellbeing of our most underserved and underrepresented communities. As we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the global pandemic, we have decided to postpone this year’s Game Jam in an effort to keep all of our participants and our communities safe. We remain inspired by the ingenuity of the twelve teams who were slated to compete and are grateful for their commitment to ensuring our democracy is accessible to everyone.”
The New Georgia Project (NGP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on voter registration, engagement, and power building for the large and growing population of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans in Georgia. NGP is part of a movement – not a moment – to meet the changing demographics of Georgia, to harness the unheard voices of the New American Majority and to position Georgia for leadership in the South and across the country, identify local policy priorities, demystify the political process, and move their families and neighbors to action.
About Games For Change
Since 2004, Games For Change (G4C) has empowered creators and innovators to drive real-world change, using games and immersive media that help people learn and improve their communities and contribute to making the world a better place. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies and nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies to run world-class events, public arcades, design challenges and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers working on using games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education.
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