Games for Health 2013

The 9th Annual Games for Health Conference is June 26-28, 2013, in Boston, MA at the Back Bay Events Center.

Schedule up at!

Ludica Medica III: GFH Pre-Conference Sessions Posted!

Registration is now open! — click this link to register now.

Three Keynotes Announced!

The Reimagination Healthcare
Steven Krein, Co-founder StartUp Health

The Creative Destruction of the healthcare industry is underway and the conditions are ripe for an epic decade of disruption caused by Healthcare Transformers building games for health.

Healing and Health with Virtual Reality
Palmer Luckey, Founder Oculus VR

For years, developers have strived to make immersive virtual worlds, and gamers have spent countless billions on the systems that play them best. Software, hardware, and input devices have all leapt forward, but the connection between the player and the virtual world has remained limited.

We’ve dreamed of stepping inside of our games, but the best we’ve been able to do is puppet characters through a tiny window! Until now. Technological progress in a variety of fields has finally brought immersive virtual reality within reach.

During this keynote, Oculus VR founder, and designer of the Oculus Rift VR headset, Palmer Luckey will talk about the intersection of body, mind, and virtual reality, and offer insights into how this new game technology can make a positive impact on the health of people and communities.

How a Mobile Game (and Zombies!)
Got 500,000 People Running for Their Lives!

Six to Start and author Naomi Alderman combine the emotional power of world-class storytelling with next-generation media to make unforgettable games and experiences.

Arguably the best mobile exergame to date, Zombies, Run! has sold over 400,000 copies and has seen fans of the game from around the world use it as a key part of their outdoor and indoor exercise routine.

This Keynote presentation by members of Six to Start’s Zombies, Run! team will delve into the inside story of the game’s development. From its successful Kickstarter debut to its current bestselling status on leading mobile platforms, you’ll get it all – with zombies included.

Changes for 2013

Our 2013 conference has many changes in store:

  • New venue: This year we’re in the heart of Boston at the Back Bay Events Center.
  • Our traditional track structures have been replaced and new content areas have been added.
  • New offerings include sections on global health, enterprise wellness, business development, and market briefings.
  • We are also excited to help sponsor the first ever Come Out & Play Festival: Boston immediately following the Games for Health Conference.

Speaking at Games for Health

To submit an idea for a session or demo at Games for Health Conference 2013, please visit our submission form here.

Attend Games for Health

To attend games for health you must be an accepted/invited speaker, sponsor, exhibitor, or paid attendee.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting registration.

Travel & Hotel

Visit our Travel/Hotel page for information on discounted accommodations for conference attendees, parking information, and information on getting to our venues.

Sponsorships & Exhibiting

Sponsorships begin at $2000. Advertising opportunities in our program guide begin at $500, and paid exhibition space is available as well.

To learn more about how to support the Games for Health Conference and raise the profile and visibility of your organization and work in the field and health tech in general, please visit our Sponsors page.


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