What is GRID?

GRID is a social initiative that leverages the power of digital games to educate, engage and empower.

Our games raise awareness and inspire behavior change by giving people the information they need to make better decisions about their lives, their health, their money and their future, all while having a good time!

OUR STORY

Founded by Mariam Nusrat Adil in 2013, GRID is powered by a global team of young professionals who share a passion for video games and social change. GRID grew as a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Commitment to Action and has been featured twice on the CGIU stage in sessions moderated by President Bill Clinton.

We have created games on women’s health, diversity and tolerance and STEM learning and have games in the pipeline on child abuse, climate change, financial literacy and animal rights.

Grid Story

The GRID team is engaged in an active dialogue around the role of digital games in social change and has presented at numerous high-level events including two Tedx talks in Washington DC by Mariam and two by Rizwan, our CEO, in Pakistan. Mariam is a CGIU Honor Roll Alum and has won the GWU Best Social Venture Prize, SID Andrew Rice Award, GWU Knapp Fellowship and UN PeaceApp prize for GRID. GRID has been featured by 50+ media outlets in the past three years.

GRID exists as two entities, a not-for-profit arm, Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development (2016) and a for-profit arm, Gaming Revolution for International Development (2013).

THE GAME CHANGERS

Mariam Adil

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Our Founder, Mariam, has been called a problem-solver, a leader and sometimes a role model but she sees herself more as an innovator. She aspires to find new ways to solve difficult problems and a good challenge usually takes her from a big fat grin to a focused frown back to a big fat grin. Mariam believes in the power of young people, especially women, and has a vision of a world where empowered girls are not a minority but a norm. Her favorite quote this year is “Why can’t “run like a girl” mean win the race?”

In addition to her roles and responsibilities as an Education Specialist with the World Bank, Mariam is working towards mainstreaming games as development solutions through GRID.

She has presented GRID in front of President Clinton, the World Bank President, famous authors and innovators and a Tedx audience! She is the FAME in our Fun and gAMEs.

She is committed to making the world a better place, one game at a time.

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MARIAM IN ACTION

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The Honor Roll: Meet the Woman on the Front Lines of Social Gaming

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The Honor Roll: Meet the Woman on the Front Lines of Social Gaming

Tedx Mariam Adil – MoHiM – No shame in the period game

Mariam Adil receives Andrew Rice Award 2015

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Mariam at the World Bank OLC Launch

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Learning and Practicing Development: An Interview with Mariam Adil

Mariam and Kiran at CGIU

Reach out at:

mariam.adil@gamingfordev.com

Rizwan Nusrat

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER(CEO) AND DIRECTOR

The guy who keeps things in motion!
Rizwan runs the show in the country office in Islamabad. He makes sure that each GRID game goes from idea to app as smoothly as possible.

With an MBA in marketing and a passion for business development, Rizwan has an extensive experience with product development and specializes in ensuring effective execution of GRID’s development and outreach strategies.

He finds the innovation and creativity involved in his work to be a key driving strength in his career.

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RIZWAN IN ACTION

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Reach out at:

rizwan.nusrat@gamingfordev.com

TEAM

We are backed by a team of experienced software development professionals and graphic designers with an extensive technical skill set.

Matt Miller

Financial Advisor

Heather Terra

Creative Director

Taimoor-Ul-Hassan

Technical Development Consultant

Kiran Javaid

Content Consultant

JinnByte

Design & Development Consultant Agency

OUR KEY SKILLS

  • Android development, PHP, CSS, Java, Html, AJAX, OOP, API’s, MySQL
  • iOS Development, Xcode, XML, Objective C, SOAP, Eclipse, SQlite, OAuth, iBecon, Webservices, Cross Platform, Unity 3d
  • Strong in Object – oriented design/analysis, Classic design patterns, J2EE patterns;
  • Extensive experience in Web Services Development using Codeigniter(PHP), Restlet(Java), webpy(Python).
  • Strong Web development skills. Experience in web based data reporting system, Framework development for Internet application.
  • Hands on experience on various eCommerce frameworks such as Magento, Venda, eBay, Adobe Omniture.

Knowledge of Python, Perl, JavaScript, Jquery, HTML, DHTML, XML, CSS

Our Mentors

Sean Roberts

Elliott School, George Washington University

Shwetelena Sabarwal

World Bank

Hammad Khwaja

Google

Nicole Goldin

NRG Advisory