External Development Summit Supports The Foundation of Play
The 9th annual External Development Summit (XDS21 Adapt) achieved new milestones in its second year of going fully virtual. It hosted over 550 attendees from 42 countries, representing 16 time zones, proving the strong existing community within External Development despite differing local hours.
With external development continuously advancing each year, XDS’ 2021 partnership with Canadian-based non-profit organization, The Power of Play (TPOP), opened up our team to supporting the foundation of play for children who otherwise are unable to access video games for entertainment and escapism. The organization supports the vital role that play has in the development of a child. They focus on children living in conditions that have stripped away their right to play and are committed to bringing joy and happiness back into their lives.
Over the course of three months, from June to August, The Power of Play constructed a 52×22 meter playground for Nyarutovu school in Mukingo, Rwanda, a low-income public school. Designed by the school children themselves, the organization sourced sustainable and recycled materials and worked together amidst COVID-19 lockdowns being implemented during the course of the project.
XDS Advisory Committee Chair, Chris Wren, shares,
Our charitable partnership with TPOP is one of the most gratifying contributions we’ve made over the years. The new playground will make a difference to children who might not have access to video games, but now have an outlet for play and escape.
In its expected 10-year lifespan, the playground will be able to reach around 16,800 children from 3.5-14 years of age. View our collection of photos on its build process and grand opening in late August, and watch our interview with Founder and CEO, Reza Marvasti during XDS21 Adapt.