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LIVE YouTube WEBCAST: Jane McGonigal on How Games Can Change the World

Career Education Scholarship Fund

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM (MDT)

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Colorado Technical University is proud to present visionary interactive game designer and New York Times bestselling author - Jane McGonigal. Watch to learn how Jane is harnessing the power of games to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world.

She'll discuss:

  • Using games to address 21st century social, economic, and environmen­tal problems
  • The value of the gamer spirit — a fun attitude and dedication to collective problem-solving
  • Why game designers can be critical players in solving top challenges of our time 



This event is part of a speaker series aimed at giving CTU students, alumni, and faculty members access to innovative business and technology thought leaders. Jane's gamification work has inspired many distinguished CTU faculty members and Doctor of Computer Science students and will be streamed live during CTU’s quarterly Doctoral Symposium in Denver, CO



Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned game designer who has led work for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Associa­tion, the New York Public Library, plus many more. Jane wrote the New York Times bestseller Reality is BrokenHow Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World.

Jane's credentials also include:

  • 2013’s Entrepreneurial Women to Watch, Entrepreneur
  • World-renowned game designer, Inventor of SuperBetter 
  • Former Director of Game Research and Development, IFTF
  • TED Speaker on using games to make a better world and add 10 years to one's life
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley in performance studies
  • Advisor and affiliate researcher, Institute For The Future, a non-profit futures research group based in Palo Alto, California
  • “Young Global Leader” and featured speaker at the Annual Meeting at Davos, World Economic Forum (2012)

Follow Jane on Twitter @avantgame or explore her website to learn more.


Jane McGonigal



Jane herself is a specialist in this field, a designer of alternate reality games, where a real-life activity is re-framed as a game. Players of Jane’s games face challenges as serious as surviving peak oil or establish­ing local sustainable businesses. And they face them with courage and creativity, inspired by their gameful state of mind. Persistence, energy, collaborative creativity, a sense of purpose in hard work — games unlock all of these powerful attitudes. And, most importantly of all, they restore to contemporary life the kind of heroism and communal striving that most of us struggle so hard to find.

Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the health­care space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health issues (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction), and get support from their “allies” — real-life friends and family. With more than 125,000 players, it is currently under study at OSU Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Jane’s other healthcare games include collaborations with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Founda­tion.

She is currently an advisor and affiliate researcher with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, where she served for four years as the Director of Game Research and Development. Her recent projects include a Games for Healthcare initiative with IFTF and the White House as well as Paths Out Of Poverty, a crowdsourcing game by IFTF for the Rockefeller Foundation.

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The Career Education Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) fund dedicated to providing both need-based and merit-based scholarships to qualified students who are attending one of its participating institutions.

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