2011 Games for Health Conference Wraps up Today

May 19, 2011, 9:38 AM, Posted by RWJF Blog Team


After a riveting two days of presentations and demonstrations at the 2011 Games for Health Conference, we’re a bit sad to say that today’s activities mark the close of another amazing event. Now in our seventh year of sponsoring the Conference, we’ve seen it grow from a humble gathering  consisting mostly of videogame developers to what we witnessed this week – a highly energized event that attracted nearly 500 multi-disciplinary thought leaders in health care, academia, research, policy making, and – of course – game development.

The content at this year’s Conference has been just as diverse as those attending it. From the inclusion of new tracks focused on mobile gaming and sensor technology, to yesterday’s keynote address delivered by the founding father of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman, we saw first-hand just how much the landscape is broadening. The amount of legitimate excitement arising across so many disciplines and specialties is truly exciting.

If you’re just tuning into the conversation now, we encourage you to read full coverage of the conference and a few great perspectives on the future of the field, as wonderfully detailed by our blogger friends in attendance. Notably, Gamasutra’s Dennis Scimmeca posted a fantastic Q&A yesterday with Seligman and Games for Health Director Ben Sawyer, which details the potential Positive Psychology has to move health games forward. Also, Bridgett Collado provided a nice overview of Monday’s preconference happenings on Pulse + Signal.

Today’s presentations – highlighted by a discussion from Google Health Chief Strategist Roni Zeiger – promise to be just as impactful as the previous two days’. Our team will continue to tweet highlights and capture other content that we will share with you soon, including some of the innovative ideas our on-site thought activity is capturing. You can follow the conversation as it unfolds via the hashtag #g4h11.  If you’re attending the Games for Health Conference, feel free to leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this year’s event. 

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.