term: summer | date: 7th June, 2021

Heirloom‘s Abby Sherlock and Kathryn Yu, alongside Moving‘s Claire Hu and Meny Menczel have been selected as finalists for the Games for Change Festival Best Student Game Category. We wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to both teams.

The annual G4C Awards celebrate the year’s best games and XR experiences that are making a difference. Out of over 200 game submissions, 21 were selected as finalists by game developers, researchers, and players in the G4C community.

The Games for Change Awards Ceremony will honor these finalists and reveal the winning games at the G4C Virtual Festival. Tune in at 7:30 PM EDT on July 12th to find out the winners!

Live Aware Labs is a research company based in Seattle focused on providing usability services for AR games and technologies. Currently, we’re on the lookout for playtesters in the Los Angeles area to participate in upcoming studies. Selected participants will receive a $100 gift card as a thank you for your participation. If you or someone you know may be interested, please visit Live Aware Labs to fill out your information. One of our research team members will contact you with more details!  Thank you, Julie Wagness, Research Manager at Live Aware Labs.

Friday, June 18th – Sunday, June 27th

How can the work of research biologists be applied to virtual reality experiences? What if a social science researcher teamed up with a team of AR developers? What happens when you take virtual reality expertise and apply it to neuroscience problems?

The XR Brain Jam is an innovative week of workshops and collaborations that pairs researchers with xr game developers and digital creatives, and charges them with exploring the intersection of their domains together.

Teams work together for one week to learn, discuss, explore, and create experiences that tackle questions like these. And when it’s all done, their work and lessons learned are shared at the Games for Change Festival.

More Information || Join the Jam

Wednesday, June 23rd, 10:00AM – 11:00AM

The next SMART-VR talk is on “VR & Fitness”! Join Nejc Skoberne of We Are Fit XR, Jimmy Bagley of VR Health, and SMART-VR co-founder James Finley of Finley Lab USC on 6/23 at 10AM PT!