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Yu-Kai Chou

Actionable Gamification

Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework for Behavioral Design , and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is currently

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Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework for Behavioral Design , and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is currently President of The Octalysis Group, and has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification and motivation worldwide, including at organizations like Google, Tesla, Stanford University, LEGO, TEDx, SxSW, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain government, and many more.

 

Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards

While talks on theory and the promise of Gamification run rampant, very few of them provide the necessary tools to turn knowledge into action and deliver a strong Return On Investment for companies. Yu-Kai Chou explains the reason why so many gamification campaigns fail and introduces the Octalysis Framework to use as a tool to implement Gamification design for any process. Octalysis is based on the premise that just having “game elements” does not necessarily make something fun, which is why most games are not successful. Instead of focusing on game elements like PBLs (Points, Badges, and Leaderboards), Octalysis breaks down motivation into 8 Core Drives that propel every behavior we do and optimizes for short-term fun as well as long-term engagement.

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Mandy Smith

Papersmith

Over the last 8 years Mandy Smith has worked day in and day out with paper as her chosen material, hence the name Papersmith. As well as understanding its strengths and weaknesses as a building tool for production design, her real personal interest stems from the idea of

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Over the last 8 years Mandy Smith has worked day in and day out with paper as her chosen material, hence the name Papersmith. As well as understanding its strengths and weaknesses as a building tool for production design, her real personal interest stems from the idea of taking a material so ordinary and everyday and working with that idea to explore new human interactions for installations and film. Smith’s paper journey has lead to a variety of interesting discoveries especially after she asked the question is it possible to use paper to calm the terrifying and explain the difficult?

 

Skipping in the footsteps of her Smith forefathers, Central Saint Martins graduate Mandy Smith traded her anvil and hammer for a scalpel and a cutting mat, forging a whole new era of creativity. Her studio’s techniques and paper problem solving have lead to a diverse body of work, telling memorable stories for both commercial and artistic projects of any kind. Papersmith combines intricate design with unique craftsmanship to execute the unusual and bring people into a world outside of their own. Her projects include sending a paper rocket into the stratosphere (Heineken’s Legendary Posters), touring museums of the world with a full-sized interactive Guillotine that people actually line up for (Paper Cuts Exhibition), creating a paper globe that can withstand submersion in fluid (3M Science at SXSW) and most recently founding an initiative to spread awareness about the complicated and devastating practise known as Female Genital Mutilation (No More Cutting).

 

 

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Sam van Aken

Tree of 40 fruit

Following the Philosopher David Hume’s claim that a miracle is a transgression of the laws of nature, contemporary artist Sam Van Aken’s projects attempt the impossible. Through a single tree that grows 40 different types of fruit and by literally creating holes

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Following the Philosopher David Hume’s claim that a miracle is a transgression of the laws of nature, contemporary artist Sam Van Aken’s projects attempt the impossible. Through a single tree that grows 40 different types of fruit and by literally creating holes in clouds that form the light of the heavens, Van Aken’s work takes place at the point when we have exhausted all technology and resort to the metaphysical. For Dutch Digital Day, Sam will discuss his exploration of the miraculous as a means to challenge industrialized agriculture and the eventuality of weather modification to adapt to the changing climate.

 

Sam Van Aken is a contemporary artist who works beyond traditional modes of art making. Crossing artistic genres and disciplines his work develops new perspectives on such themes as botany, agriculture, climatology, communication, and the ever-increasing impact of technology. Employing “anti-structures and unknowing as generative processes”, Van Aken’s interventions in the natural and public realm are seen as metaphors that serve as the beginning of narrative, sites of place making, and in some instances become the basis of scientific research.

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Taira Akbar

When two worlds collide

Taira Akbar spent almost a decade turning a volatile political and environmental crisis into a feature length documentary. What was meant to be a nine month adventure with two friends turned in to 9 year filmmaking process. Immersed in to Peru's first social unrest since the

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Taira Akbar spent almost a decade turning a volatile political and environmental crisis into a feature length documentary. What was meant to be a nine month adventure with two friends turned in to 9 year filmmaking process. Immersed in to Peru's first social unrest since the Shining Path Spanish Sendero Luminoso the team captured every angle of a power clash between a president hungry for economic legitimacy and an Indigenous leader desperate to protect an ancient Amazonian land from ruin. Taira will discuss how she and her colleagues took on a rollercoaster ride beyond their imaginations, turning a crucial issue into an award winning documentary.

 

Taira Akbar is a filmmaker and artist, whose work provides a voice for underrepresented cultural groups and environmental issues. She graduated in Fine Art from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, before working on documentaries at the BBC, including the award winning feature, The Tower. Here she developed a passion for long form documentary, going on to co-found Yachaywasi Films, recipient of the Knowledge Exploitation Fund Award in 2007. When Two Worlds Collide is Taira's first independent feature.

  

http://www.whentwoworldscollidemovie.com/

 

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Japie Stoppelenburg

You're a Legend and Everyone Else Sucks

Working in the creative industry is like standing in a river of shit. Millennials are a wonderful group of talented people, but are also the absolute worst at being a professional creative person. So if you work in the creative industry and you sometimes get frustrated by

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Working in the creative industry is like standing in a river of shit. Millennials are a wonderful group of talented people, but are also the absolute worst at being a professional creative person. So if you work in the creative industry and you sometimes get frustrated by your colleagues, your clients, your office, or just your weird and talented brain? Then check this presentation by Creative Director - and Millennial - Japie Stoppelenburg who tells his story of frustration, desperation and ultimate peace.

 

Japie Stoppelenburg is a creative director, writer, public speaker, designer, researcher, singer, dancer and actor – often for clients and mostly for fun. In his latest book "You're a Legend and Everyone Else Sucks' he shares what it's like to work as a millennial in de creative industry. A story of frustration, desperation and ultimate peace.

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Jim Stolze

Host

Jim Stolze is a tech-entrepreneur and a prominent figure in the European startup scene. In 2009 he was approached by TED.com to become one of their twelve ambassadors worldwide. Between then and 2016 he was the driving force behind TEDxAmsterdam and many other TEDx events in

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Jim Stolze is a tech-entrepreneur and a prominent figure in the European startup scene. In 2009 he was approached by TED.com to become one of their twelve ambassadors worldwide. Between then and 2016 he was the driving force behind TEDxAmsterdam and many other TEDx events in Europe, the Middle East and even the Caribbean. An alumnus from the prestigious Singularity University (California) Jim Stolze is a thoughtleader and changemaker in the field of exponential technologies. Since 2017 he focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI). With his platform Aigency Jim Stolze connect algorithms from PHD’s and startups to data-sets and challenges from big corporates. This initiative was labeled by the media as “the world’s first employment agency for artificial intelligence”.

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Justin van der Lek

Born and raised in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Justin van der Lek moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue his dream of working in movie visual effects. Since then he has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hobbit,

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Born and raised in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Justin van der Lek moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue his dream of working in movie visual effects. Since then he has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hobbit, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, GI Joe, The Mummy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Real Steel and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For his work on JJ Abrams’ Star Wars at Industrial Light & Magic, he won the Visual Effects Society Award in 2016 for Best Environment where he was Environments Sequence Supervisor. Justin has worked at the most prominent VFX studios like Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Domain and Weta Digital. Most recently, he worked on Spielberg's The BFG, Independence Day Resurgance, and is finishing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Justin lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jacqueline Makkee who is a succesful Special Effects Makeup Artist. Together they have a newborn girl, Jeia.

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Christiaan Triebert

Bellingcat

Open Secrets: In Pursuit of Facts in the Post-Truth Era
What can a regular citizen do to investigate governments and armed groups who don’t or hardly provide any information about incidents, bombings, tortures or corruption? A growing number of citizens are

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Open Secrets: In Pursuit of Facts in the Post-Truth Era
What can a regular citizen do to investigate governments and armed groups who don’t or hardly provide any information about incidents, bombings, tortures or corruption? A growing number of citizens are pursuing facts themselves, given the provenance of misinformation and disinformation. Bellingcat, an international investigative collective, uses online open source information in combination with digital tools to uncover the facts themselves. How do they work, and which tools and methods do they use? In his presentation, Christiaan Triebert will give a unique insight into Bellingcat, thereby discussing four cases: the downing of flight MH17, the Turkish coup attempt, a Tunisian jihadist, and fact-checking military claims with regards to airstrikes in the Middle East.

 

Christiaan Triebert is a conflict researcher with Bellingcat, a multi-award winning collective that uses online open source information to investigate armed conflicts and corruption. Among a wide variety of topics, Triebert has especially focused on investigating airstrikes in the Middle East, also in his capacity as geolocation expert for monitoring organisation Airwars. His digital reconstruction of the Turkish coup d’état attempt won the Innovation Award of the European Press Prize. Triebert aims to spread Bellingcat’s techniques and tools by giving worldwide digital forensics workshops, including in Iraq, Ukraine, and Colombia. He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London, and two undergraduate degrees (International Relations, Political Philosophy) from the University of Groningen.

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