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


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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