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The 2020 Game-Based Learning Summit

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About The Conference

The Game-Based Learning Summit is a one-day event that brings together gaming professionals and educational leaders to network, learn, and discuss the future of gaming in education.

By sharing industry trends, emerging technologies, best practices, research, case studies, and implementation strategies, the GBL Summit will help educational leaders make informed curriculum decisions for their schools and students, and gaming professionals better understand the educational market.

No Risk, No Reward

The Intersection of Games and Education

Why do students love games, but sometimes drag their feet going into class?

Games consistently provide opportunities and experiences that are not regularly available in every classroom

Join game-based learning trailblazers and navigate the checkpoints and challenges of integrating curriculum-aligned games into school districts. Through breakout sessions, panel discussions, and keynote speakers, you will have the opportunity to: 

Learn best practices from those who have implemented game-based learning

Explore available game-based learning options and the future of gaming

Discover how to help develop the game developers of the future

Discuss current trends in K-12 eSports

Ever wonder how your classroom could be as fun as playing games?

Whether your goal is to contribute expertise in game-based learning, learn from your peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded professionals, register today for the 2020 Game-Based Learning Summit!

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Share your expertise and shape the future of game-based learning! Participate in the day’s agenda by submitting your session abstract here. Submissions must be received by November 30th, 2019 for consideration.

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Keynote Speaker

John Meehan
Educator and Author

John Meehan is an English teacher and Instructional Coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, and the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement Inspired by Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms.  In March of 2019, he created the #EggDashChallenge – a classroom activity that became a viral video, racking up 75K+ views in less than one month, and spawning hundreds of classroom videos in 40 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries. Mr. Meehan is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council.  In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence.  In 2018, he received his level one Sentenia gamification certificate.  He is an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races.

Additional Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Sally Creel
STEM and Innovation Supervisor, Cobb County Public Schools

Dr. Sally Creel has been a district administrator at Cobb County Public Schools for over 14 years.  She currently supervises STEM and Innovation in the second-largest school system in Georgia.


Russ LeWinter
Senior Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

Russ LeWinter is the Senior Business Development Manager for Amazon Web Services, working to bring Alexa to education.  He focuses on helping edtech companies and publishers investigate the use of Alexa/AI and Machine Learning in the classroom.


Dr. Larry Plank
Director of K-12 STEM Education, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Dr. Larry Plank has been a staple of the Hillsborough County Public School system for almost 20 years.  He currently supervises K-12 STEM Education, after many years of supervising secondary science and being a science teacher himself.


Jason Corace
Director of the MICA Game Lab and Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art

After 8 years of teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Jason became the director of the MICA Game Lab.  There, he prepares game developers of the future.


Geoff Boderick
President, World Book

For more than 100 years, World Book has been sparking the imagination of discovery in learners worldwide.  As president, Geoff focuses on transforming traditional learning materials for today’s learners.


Bryan Branford
Co-Founder and CEO, Brinkbit

In 2013, Bryan co-founded Brinkbit, the cloud game development platform.  Brinkbit is a fast, extensible, and scalable BaaS platform for game services, content management, live ops, and more!


Doug Whatley
Founder and CEO, BreakAway Games

Doug founded BreakAway in 1998 and has since positioned it as a leader in Serious Games and Game-Based Learning.  BreakAway creates training games for healthcare, education, and incident command.


Jennifer Javornik
Vice President of Sales, Filament Games

Filament Games is an award-winning developer of digital learning games and learning game solutions.  As the VP of Sales, Jennifer oversees all aspects of the company’s sales function and drives innovation.


Dr. Felicia Martin-Latief
STEM Instructional Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dr. Felicia Martin-Latief has paved the way for innovation and growth in the Prince George’s County Public School system through her position as the STEM Instructional Supervisor.  


And many other amazing representatives from Classlink, the University of Baltimore, Living Classrooms, Charles County Public Schools, Everfi, Geroge Mason University, Gamesalad Inc, and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA)!

February 6th – Day 1

Partner Event

Welcome Networking Reception at the National Aquarium of Baltimore

The Game-Based Learning Summit will begin on Thursday, February 6th with a Welcome Reception!  This amazing chance to meet and network with educational leaders and gaming professionals will set the stage for the full day of content to come.  Dedicated accommodations are available for out of town attendees.

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February 7th – Day 2

Breakfast, Registration, and Networking

Keynote Speaker

General Session

Networking Break

Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session 2


General Session

Closing Thoughts

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Industry Sponsors

Thank you to our amazing 2020 GBL Summit industry sponsors! 
Our sponsors all believe in the power of game-based learning.  Without them, this event would not be possible.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this year’s event, please reach out to

District Partners

A huge thank you to our incredible 2020 GBL Summit District Partners!

Where ?

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
200 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202


About Baltimore

One of the many gems of Baltimore City is the Harbor East district, known as the city’s newest neighborhood.

Where industrial warehouses once stood, you’ll now find dozens of restaurants, from quick bites to fine dining, and a wide variety of shopping options, from high-end to local boutiques.  Best of all, you will be steps away from the nationally renowned National Aquarium!


The Four Seasons Baltimore has arranged a heavily discounted rate to host GBL attendees on site. Rooms are $229* per night and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call (410) 576-5800  to make your reservation today!

Reference the Game-Based Learning Summit when booking your room.

* Room rate does not include state tax and occupancy fees, currently at 15.5%.

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