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Wednesday, July 14 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
The Kids Are (Mostly) All Right: A Chat Between Developers & Youth

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As most developers know, kids are the first to jump in and play a new game and are often the most vocal about why it is great (or not) and how it can be improved. Yet they are rarely asked their opinion, and are very often the last to be heard. In this session youth are given a seat at the table to talk to developers of some of their favorite games.

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Arana Shapiro

Managing Director / Chief Learning Officer, Games for Change
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Rachelle Vallon

Guidance Counselor, Quest To Learn
Rachelle Vallon is the Middle School Guidance Counselor & Wellness Coordinator at Quest to Learn. For 10 years, she has trained staff and implemented game-like learning, design thinking and systems thinking. Rachelle has provided game-like learning workshops, trainings, and presentations... Read More →

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Afeez Bello

Senior Software Engineer / Tech Lead, Mojang Studios / Microsoft
Afeez is a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft who is currently working on Minecraft: Education Edition to enable students to learn through gaming. He has experience working on a variety of products across various tech stacks. He's also worked at all of the Big 3 gaming companies... Read More →
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Laura Higgins

Roblox, Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility
Laura Higgins is Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility at Roblox with more than two decades of experience building proven safeguarding, online safety and civility programs. Roblox’s groundbreaking Digital Civility Initiative is focused on providing the community with... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT