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Cuba, Nairobi, Borneo, Oh My! Creating Games Education (Very) Abroad

Summit Speaker:

Lindsay Grace (Associate Professor, Director, American University Game Lab)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 1:20pm - 1:50pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits, Educators Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In 2017, the world learned of Cuba's first indie game, as the US opened and closed its doors to Cuba. How do you bring the wonders of game design and development across political and national borders? How do you design and develop educational programs not only abroad, but in communities that may offer little or no such education? How do you teach game design and development without the internet? Drawing from the experience of providing games workshops and programs in Cuba, Nairobi, and Borneo, this talk gives you the full process for bringing games education abroad.


Expect samples of student work, process, templates and many photos from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Attendees will learn to orchestrate programs across political and national boundaries, as a games academic or administrator. Learn how to bridge the demographic, psychographic and technographic divide to support successful learning in a games classroom.