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Please RSVP Now: Can Mobile Games Improve Development Outcomes in Southeast Asia?

By Wayan Vota on April 13, 2015

Look around most Southeast Asian cities, and you’ll soon notice one thing they all have in common: lots of people playing games on their mobile phones. But besides helping to distract during a long commute, can games provide tangible benefit to people’s lives?

There is a growing recognition that "serious" games can increase engagement and understanding of development issues, particularly with youth. As Jennifer Lentfer says, the use of games in development can:

  • Be a quicker and more effective way to engage communities,
  • Result in more productive dialogue than with traditional engagement processes,
  • Trigger independent actions at the community or individual level.

But are games, serious or not, really a better way to do development? Can mobile games engage and motivate better than in-person participatory processes? Or do they seem a flippant extravagance in the face of real suffering?

Please RSVP now to join us for the first Technology Salon Bangkok. We’ll have three thought leaders to guide us in a discussion on when, how, and with whom we should use games in development:

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

Games for Development
April Technology Salon Bangkok
Thursday, April 23rd
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Bangkok, Thailand
RSVP is required for attendance

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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