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Thursday, July 9 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
White House Pillow Talk

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White House Pillow Talk
Mark DeLoura, Constance Steinkuehler

Working in the White House is a unique experience that affords many lessons – in politics and bureaucracy of course, but also in technology innovation and its role in the national policy conversation, building partnerships on someone else’s budget, the roles of broadcasting and convening in moving agendas along, and where to find a good sandwich late night on Pennsylvania Avenue. Working as the so-called national “fun czar,” however, is singular indeed. Viewing the overall landscape or ecosystem of games for impact at the national level from the White House point of view yields a person real insight into who the major players are, what their value propositions happen to be, what missed opportunities lie hidden still waiting to be exploited, and where the barriers and frictions within the ecosystem lie. This fireside chat will be a post-mortem discussion between Constance Steinkuehler and Mark DeLoura, two former senior policy analysts in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who were hired to advise on games for impact at the national level, on the state of play in games for learning and society. We will candidly discuss our individual and shared insights into this growing sector in plain terms, getting beyond the hype, hoopla, and talking points.

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Mark DeLoura

Former White House
Games for education, computer science literacy, White House adventures, game technology. Green tea.

Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
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