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Top Game-Based Learning Conferences to Attend in 2024

Ah, the start of a fresh year! 2024 is teeming with opportunities – opportunities to go to game-based learning conferences, that is. Forget scouring the vast expanse of the internet for the best events to attend; we’ve got your back. This guide brings you our curated list of some of our most anticipated events. Here’s your compass for navigating game-based learning and edtech gatherings this year!

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Game-based Learning and Edtech Conferences

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Connected Learning Summit

When: TBA

Where: Online

What’s it about: Get ready for an experience that combines innovation, education, technology, and play – also known as the 2024 Connected Learning Summit! Tailored toward the vibrant community of professionals that leverage emerging technologies to enhance peoples’ access to participatory, playful, and creative learning, the year’s upcoming CLS event promises to be dynamic, as usual. Past CLS gatherings have showcased sessions led by top academics, and we’re anticipating nothing less for this year’s installment! 

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Play Make Learn

When: TBA

Where: Madison, WI

What’s it about: Next, let’s shine a spotlight on an event that holds a special place in our hearts, and it’s none other than Play Make Learn, conveniently located in our home base, Madison, Wisconsin. This gathering is a haven for game-based learning enthusiasts from various backgrounds – be it educators, researchers, developers, policymakers, and beyond. This event contains hands-on workshops, insightful speaking sessions, and captivating demo opportunities. Adding to the excitement, this conference also hosts the GEE! Awards. Stay tuned for more details about this event unfolding in the upcoming months!

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When: TBA

Where: Madison, WI

What’s it about: Surround yourself with game development excellence with M+DEV, a premier conference tailored for professional game developers and aspiring industry enthusiasts. This gathering provides a dynamic space for game developers from local, regional, and global arenas to convene and exchange insights on the ever-evolving realms of science, art, mechanics, and business within the gaming industry.

M+DEV is a unique opportunity to broaden your exposure to the diverse spectrum of video game development, particularly in the Midwest. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your game development craft, refine your marketing strategies, or discover potential mentors and financiers for your gaming endeavors, M+DEV is your gateway to unlocking new possibilities in the world of gaming!

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When: June 23 – 26, 2024

Where: Denver, CO

What’s it about: Get ready for the ultimate edtech experience at the renowned ISTE conference, which is hailed as “the epicenter of edtech” for a reason! This annual event, dedicated to revolutionizing learning and teaching through cutting-edge technologies, is set to take place in late June in Denver, Colorado. ISTELive24 promises four days packed with top-tier speakers, immersive workshops, and abundant networking prospects, making it an essential gathering for educators, administrators, and enthusiasts passionate about the transformative power of edtech! Mark your calendars for this event – it’s not to be missed. 

Games for Change Festival 2024

When: TBA

Where: New York City, NY

What’s it about: Discover the transformative power of gaming at the Games for Change (G4C) Festival this year. This event gathers industry luminaries and professionals to explore the profound influence of games in areas like education, healthcare, civics, and beyond. This gathering offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from insightful panels and engaging keynotes this event contains invaluable learning and networking opportunities. As a highlight, the G4C Awards celebrate the most impactful games, spanning categories like “Best XR for Change Experience,” “Best Learning Game,” and “Most Innovative.” 

Other Notable Conferences

CES 2024

When: January 9 – 12, 2024

Where: Las Vegas, NV

What’s it about: Organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES stands out as the singular trade show that unveils the entire spectrum of the tech landscape in one extraordinary event. Explore a diverse showcase featuring manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, and technology delivery systems. 

Beyond the exhibits, attendees can check out the conference program, where industry leaders and forward-thinking visionaries tackle the sector’s most pertinent issues. Speaking of, our Chief Partnerships Officer, Jennifer Javornik, will not only be attending CES this year but she is also featured on a panel called “Gaming Beyond Leisure.” Don’t miss her panel, and don’t hesitate to say hi if you see her at the event!

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When: March 13 – 15, 2024

Where: Portland, OR, and virtual

What’s it about: NTEN’s annual conference, known as the NTC, awaits! This gathering is a celebration of individuals united by a shared passion for using technology skillfully and equitably to make the world a better place. At the NTC, dive into the wealth of best practices in nonprofit technology while connecting with a dynamic community committed to driving social change. What sets the NTC apart is its seamless fusion of in-person and virtual experiences, creating a one-of-a-kind hybrid event. Jennifer will also be speaking at this event, and you can tune in to her virtual presentation, “Activating Your Supporters Through the Power of Play” from anywhere!

We hope you join us in exploring the future of education, technology, and gaming at these premier conferences. Each of these events offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of game-based learning. Whether you’re an educator, developer, or gaming enthusiast, these conferences are the perfect way to stay connected, stay informed, and continue pushing the boundaries of educational excellence!

Speaking of pushing boundaries of educational excellence, if you’re interested in leveraging video games to make the world a more educated place, you’re in the right place. With almost two decades of industry knowledge and experience working with clients such as Amazon, Scholastic, and iCivics, we can turn your ideas into a reality. Send us a message and let’s chat about your project! 

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