401 Q&A with Gaming Gurus

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 18

Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of a game designer? Now’s your chance!

In this closing session for day one of the Games & Gamification Summit, we’ll be joined by three leaders in the games and gamification space who will further examine the topics explored in our opening sessions. We will also open the floor to attendees, allowing you to share your own experiences and to ask your own questions of the panel.

Deborah Thomas

President

Silly Monkey

Deborah Thomas, the president of Silly Monkey, consults on game-based and traditional learning, mLearning, and eLearning. Among her many honors, Deborah received the 2011 Fun and Serious Games Award for Europe, the 2009 Dugan Laird Award, and the 2009 ASTD Atlanta E-Learning Excellence Award. She has contributed to several books, and has served in leadership roles for the Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Game Developers Association, ASTD Atlanta, the Technology Association of Georgia Workplace Learning Society, and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association. Deborah earned a BA degree in journalism and education from the University of South Florida and holds numerous training certificates.

David Kelly

Executive Vice President, Executive Director

The Learning Guild

David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

Andrew Hughes

President

Designing Digitally, Inc.

Andrew Hughes, who founded Designing Digitally, Inc. in 2001, has extensive experience in the development of enterprise immersive learning solutions for government and many of the Fortune 500 companies. He is a professor at the University of Cincinnati and has been a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents and the US Department of Education for the Office of Innovation, where he helped to develop groundbreaking learning spaces for the K-12 sector. Andrew was also named 2016 Learning! Champion from eLearning! Magazine, and has been recognized for many honorable learning and development awards with his team at Designing Digitally, Inc.

Lucas Blair

Co-founder

Little Bird Games

Lucas Blair co-founded Little Bird Games, a serious-game development company that specializes in educational and therapeutic games, in 2011. Prior to founding Little Bird Games, Lucas was a lead game designer and co-manager of RETRO Lab at the University of Central Florida. He received an MS in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University and a PhD in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida. His doctoral research explored the use of video game achievements to enhance player performance, self-efficacy, and motivation.

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