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Gaming for Change: Building a Career in Tech and Social Impact

Craig Zelizer

February 20, 2023

PCDN is pleased to announce our next  Social Change Career Podcast Livestream.

In our upcoming session, Gaming for Change: Building a Career in Tech and Social Impact, Lual Mayen will share his unique journey working at the intersection of tech, gaming, migration, peacebuilding and impact. 

He will share his experience building his skills as a coder and developer in resource constrained environments and how he made the pivot to radically upskilling his abilities and career.

He will discuss how video games and tech are being used in a wide variety of contexts to facilitate learning, connections and behavioral change. Moreover he will share the key trends in gaming for change, the skills and networks needed to thrive in the sector and where he sees the growth in the next decade.

He will also explore some of the challenges in the games for change industry regarding the potential tension between impact and profit, how to secure funding and distribution and also how there needs to be much greater inclusion of designers and gamers from the rest of the world. 


Lual Mayen is a South Sudanese video game developer and founder of Junub games.

His parents had to flee South Sudan to Northern Uganda to find a place of refuge.

Born in South Sudan and raised in the Refugee camp, Northern Uganda.

Passionate about creating games to help promote peace.

Currently a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at American University.

Recognized at the Game Awards as the Global Gaming Citizen by Facebook Gaming and The Game Awards for using games to bring about positive impact.

The awards bring together a diverse group of game players, game developers, and notable names from the popular culture to celebrate and advance gaming’s positions as the most immersive, challenging and inspiring form of entertainment. The Game Awards viewership more than doubled in 2018 with over 27.5 million live streams

He is currently building a VR experience that focuses on the idea that an individual’s behaviors, and decisions; before picking up the gun; are the most powerful. the game shows that even small behaviors and choices can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. the game helps the player to practice and experiences how to avoid the path of war and violence in resolving the conflict

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on  Linkedin & Youtube. The recording will be also uploaded to our Youtube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on March 6 at 1 pm EST. 

Why is PCDN doing this? We are deeply committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. We only have one planet and one life, and our goal is to help as many people put impact & changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent +startup, training and more) + tons of members only benefits please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features short interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests and there is usually time for questions from the audience. 

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