On February 3rd, IGDA Chair Tobi Saulnier, and Vice-Chair Mark DeLoura, were part of a meeting at the White House with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to talk about how games and technology can be used to engage children and young adults in a manner that increases their activity and informs them about the value and means for proper nutrition.
Tobi and Mark were joined by Susan Gold, chair of the Education SIG and organizer of the Global Game Jam, Ben Sawyer, the co-founder of the Games for Health Project and the Serious Games Initiative, and a number of other prominent IGDA members. A full list of participants can be found on the White House website.
This meeting may lead to further development in the field, and was the start of some exciting discussions about engaging the Game Industry in a whole new way in terms of educating, engaging and interaction with the youth of the U.S. and ultimately the world. A write up of the event can be found on the White House blog, and your comments are invited.