Digital Games in Dialogue
Vienna City Hall, Austria, Friday 10 to Saturday 11, October 2014
It is the 8th time that the annual Vienna Games Conference "Future and Reality of Gaming" (short: FROG) takes place at the magnificent Vienna Town Hall. The main objective of FROG14 is to offer a constructive bridge between recent scientific insights into gaming and game culture and the general public. The Vienna Games Conference is a key element of "Game-City", a high profile event bringing together representatives of the games industry, non-profit organizations, academia and over 60,000 visitors to enjoy and discuss the current state of computer games, digital youth cultures and games research.
Highlights of this year's FROGPublic are keynotes by the two US gaming experts Dr. Constance Steinkuehler and Dr. Kurt Squire. Dr. Steinkuehler is President of the Learning Games Network and Assoc. Professor at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2011-2012 she was Senior Policy Analyst at the White House in Washington. Dr. Kurt Squire is Co-Director of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative and Professor for Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the book "Video Games and Learning". Further highlights are talks focussing on the potentials and risks of digital games in our society by Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer (TU Illmenua), Dr. Peter Purgathofer (TU Wien), Mag. Alexander Pfeiffer (Danube University Krems), Dr. Konstantin Mitgutsch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Fredrik Debong (MySugr). The event is opened by Dr. Sophia Karmasin, the Austrian Federal Minister of Family and Youth, on October 10, 2014. The participation at the event is free of charge, but due to the limited number of seats, an online reservation under http://frogvienna.at/ is highly recommended.
FROGPublic is jointly organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Families and Youth, the City of Vienna, wienXtra, the MIT Game Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the Danube University Krems. Conference language is German –apart from the keynotes, which are held in English.