On 4 November 2023 we became part of Sofia Game Night 2023's family with our LEAD ONLINE TALK! Throughout the day, more and more people came to our innovation lab to participate in the three themed events related to games and their role in creating skills, building communities and raising awareness among youth.
We hosted the ARC Academy, which brought together parents and experts for a discussion on innovation in games, the digital world and how video games can go from a hobby to a profession. The end of the event turned into the presentation of our game HATE OUT!, which we developed within the LEAD - Online project, and presented and played with our guests. During the presentation, we discussed what hate speech is, how to recognize it and respond, and how to build strategies to counter hate speech. Our guests immersed themselves in the nine scenarios from our game and together discussed what is the best possible response to strengthen community bonds and weaken hate speech. The entire Saturday afternoon was dedicated to our other partners, MindHub, who ran a treasure hunt with robots, digital tools and games for kids and teens.
The project is co-funded by the EU Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme.