On the evening of December 9 in Washington DC, games for learning were front and center at the ED Games Expo, an event that featured 45 entrepreneurial developers. Thirty of those developers received funding to develop their games from the Small Business Innovation Research program across six Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Defense. During the Expo, developers demo’d the latest version of their games in areas such as science (link is external), coding (link is external), history (link is external), early childhood, social and behavioral learning, smoking cessation, mental health, and military training.
More than 200 attendees played the games, met the developers, and asked questions during and after gameplay. The free event was co-sponsored by 1776 and the Entertainment Software Association.