Randy Asher, the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the NYC Department of Education, emphasized the significance of gaming for youth development. Participating in gaming competitions like Battle of the Boroughs allows students to cultivate valuable skills beyond technical proficiency. Collaboration, effective communication, teamwork, leadership, design thinking, problem-solving, and presentation abilities are just a few examples of the skills acquired through gaming. These skills have a lasting impact, providing lifelong benefits for students as they tackle community issues and contribute to a sustainable future. Victoria Cerullo, MOCEJ Director of Strategic Partnership, highlighted the potential of all career paths to contribute to the city's sustainability and justice. Whether gamers, lawyers, architects, or policymakers, everyone has the opportunity to engage in climate-conscious work and make New York City a better place.
Amanda Ikert, Head of Adaptation Implementation and Water at C40 Cities, praised the teams for their innovative designs: “The ideas generated here today by these teams are exactly what we need as we adapt to the shocks and stressors of climate change. We can't be resilient without fresh thinking. These are the people who are going to be living in our cities and we’re eager to show these designs to policymakers because there’s a lot here to take inspiration from.”