Playpower Hour, Wednesday, May 26th @ 1-2pm (Rm 101)

“If our typing game can help someone learn how to type,
it can mean the difference between earning a dollar a day and a dollar an hour.”

-2009 MacArthur Foundation DML Winner Playpower

In the spirit of celebrating Games for Change, I would like to invite you to meet the founder of Playpower, a non-profit org dedicated to making learning games accessible to 90% of the world’s learners via ultra cheap $10 computers.

These 8-bit computers, sold widely in places like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Nicaragua, basically look like keyboards with a game slot at the top and are sold with a mouse and two game controllers. Currently, the games that have come out of the Playpower pipeline (via their volunteer network) have focused on basic skills like typewriting and learning English, but they’re hoping to expand the possibilities (this is where you come in!)

Derek Lomas, one of the founders of Playpower, as well as their lead designer in India, Kishan Patel, are in town this week and so I’d like to invite you to a casual Playpower Hour, Wednesday, May 26th @ 1-2pm, 66 W. 12th St., Room 101 (just off the Vera List courtyard at the Tishman Auditorium).

Derek and Kishan can tell you a little more about Playpower and answer any questions you have. They can also describe some of their current needs around content creation and design evaluation… for example, they need some feedback on their game to teach Malaria prevention.

Please let me know if you plan to stop by (just add a comment below)! And if you can’t, you can still email Derek: Derek_at_playpower_dot_org.

Please feel free to share with other designers, educators, writers, etc….

Thanks & hope to see you soon!

3 Responses to “Playpower Hour, Wednesday, May 26th @ 1-2pm (Rm 101)”
  1. Hi
    Can we work with you to create a generic game format that can be reskinned to entertain and educate about different diseases and put on mobiles and the $10 devices?

    Would it be possible to work with you to make a re skinned
    version of existing software so we can help the public to solve other
    social issues (Ideally using that business
    structure)? Maybe working with someone like or which
    is closing so maybe this is something I could help you take on so
    everyone can share local knowledge? Also can
    share video’s and create with your education


    • Dixie says:

      Hi Ed! Thanks for your interest in Playpower. Those are very intriguing possibilities, although I would have to learn more about the orgs/urls you provided to say more… why don’t you join the Playpower ning network ( and perhaps bring it to the group? best, dixie

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