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Tuesday, June 18 • 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Putting Games to Work in City Government

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In 2018, the City of Portland, ME set out to create a game by, with and for new immigrants and refugees in the city. Over the course of four months, designers worked with the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity and its city-wide advisory council to identify needs, refine learning objectives and design a game to be played by English language learners to discover resources in the city and to provide input. This discussion focuses on the challenges of building new tech, socializing the idea of a game, and creating ownership to assure a project’s sustainability. 

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Eric Gordon

Professor, Engagment Lab at Emerson College
Eric Gordon is a professor of civic media and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College in Boston. His research focuses on building better interfaces between publics and civic organizations in a context of diminishing trust. He has co-designed interventions for large and... Read More →
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Julia Trujillo Luengo

Director, Office of Economic Opportunity
Julia Trujillo runs the City of Portland's Office of Economic Opportunity. The Office is the first of its kind in Maine whose vision is to foster a strong sense of belonging in all aspects of city life for everyone who calls Portland their home. Portland recently released a City Wide... Read More →
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Justin Warren

Media Design Recruiter, Emerson College
Justin Warren is a game designer and play researcher based in Boston. He received his MA in Civic Media from Emerson College in 2018, and currently works as a Recruiter for the program. His thesis focused on designing an online educational game for immigrants and refugees in collaboration... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 3:45pm - 4:05pm EDT
Room 105