Gaming and Mobile Apps for Non-Profits


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Gaming and Mobile Apps for Non-Profits

  1. 1. Gaming and Mobile Apps for Non-Profits, Foundations and Socially Conscious Organizations By Richard Hart
  2. 2. My Background -Co-founder of Vancouver based game studio Ethical Entertainment -I've been involved in games and interactive entertainment for over 10 years -Flash, Unity 3D and iPhone developer -A teacher at the British Columbia Institute of Technology for past decade -A psychology graduate form McMaster University -A dad with 2 little ones who teach something new every day
  3. 3. Why Play? Isn't it just a waste of time? The opposite of play is not work, it's depression!
  4. 4. Play is More than Fun Dr. Stuart Brown “Play is intensely pleasurable. It energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” “Play lies at the heart of creativity and innovation. Of all the animal species, humans are the biggest players of all.” “We are build to play and built through play. We we play we are engaged in the purest expression of humanity.”
  5. 5. Why Video Games and Mobile Apps? -Over 500 million people playing games around te world -Over 85 million people with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices alone...and growing -Over 400 million Facebook users and most of them like to play online games. -Over 75 million people play Zynga's FarmVille every month -Over 3 billion games and apps have been downloaded from Apples App store.
  6. 6. What Can Games and Apps Be Used for? -Exposure -Getting your message out to millions of people -Fundraising and way to direct donations -Letting Membership know about special promotions -Membership Renewals -Wish list donations -Notify users of volunteer opportunities -Actively engage user more frequently and for longer periods of time than more traditional methods like email -Help raise awareness and change attitudes -Tap into and connect with social networks -Connect people and ideas -Encourage people to take action and change behaviour
  7. 7. The Fun Theory A site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.
  8. 8. Gaming can make a better world Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
  9. 9. Games for Change
  10. 10. Games for Health
  11. 11. iPhone Apps in the Real World
  12. 12. Online Games and Simulations There are in increasing number online games and simulations being adopted by non-profits These vary form simple 2D Flash games to sophisticated online 3D games. Interactive simulations can allow players to experiment and play what if, enabling them to see the consequences of there choices and actions
  13. 13. Why Can't These Be Fun? World Peace Environmental Projection and Cleanup Global Warming Curing Cancer, AIDS,MS Healthy Eating Sustainable Living Ending Poverty and Famine Decarbonizing or Economies Cradle to Cradle Design and Manufacturing
  14. 14. Some Great Gaming Technologies that won't break the bank! Flash Unity Great tool for 2D Fantastic tool for 3d online games online, mac,pc and iPhone and even console games!
  15. 15. Contact Info I am interested in working with passionate people and organizations who are interested in positive social change. I am ideally looking for opportunities to work on interesting and exciting projects related to the environment, social change, health, kids and education. Richard Hart – Freelance Game Developer (Flash, Unity3D, iPhone/iPad) 604 329-2850