Gianluca Sgueo with Gamification for Civic Engagement | Episode 099

Listen to this episode on your phone! Gian­luca Sgueo is Global Media Seminar Professor at New York University – Florence, and Research Associate at the Center of Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He is also Department Director at the Institute of Competitiveness, a think tank located in Rome and Brussels. His professional background includes several experiences in the public sector. From 2011 to 2013 he was the Continue Reading →

Experience Design and Gamification in Accenture with Jasmin Karatas | Episode 098

Listen to this episode on your phone! Jasmin Deniz Karatas is on a quest to lead Gamification and Behavioral Design to success for businesses and entrepreneurs alike. She built up and leads the Gamification Chapter within Accenture Interactive. She gives lectures to students, holds international talks and workshops. Trained as a product designer and armed with years of experience in service design, as well as founding her own startup Myndset, Continue Reading →

Using Video Games in the Classroom with Zack Hartzman | Episode 097

Listen to this episode on your phone! Zack Hartzman is a Social Studies teacher at a high school in The Bronx of New York City. He has a Master’s Degree in the teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College at Columbia University. He has taught Global History, United States History, Economics, and Government. He is the founder of Hey Listen Games, a website where he creates curriculum and lesson plans Continue Reading →

Gamification and Digital Transformation with Nicolas Babin | Episode 096

Listen to this episode on your phone! Nicolas has been enjoying life for over 53 years. He has worked and lived in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, Germany and France allowing him to be open and understand different cultures. He worked for Sony for many years and learned to combine marketing and gaming. He is a co-founder of GamFed. Since 2017, Nicolas is a consultant in all digital matters. He Continue Reading →

Short Term Engagement Talk at Serious Play 2019 | Episode 095

Listen to this episode on your phone! This special episode is a recording of most of my talk at Serious Play Conference 2019 in Orlando, Florida. In this talk, I provide an additional perspective to the discussion of games and gamification in education and learning: the short term. Gamification and serious games are oftentimes referred to as a way to keep your users (players) engaged over the long run or Continue Reading →

Clark Aldrich Rapid Prototyping and Short Sims | Episode 094

Listen to this episode on your phone! Clark Aldrich is an education technology thought leader – the author of five books and developer of patent and award-winning projects. He currently builds custom Short Sims for organizations using a revolutionary methodology he has pioneered or helps them build their own, through He is also the host of an audio series called Education X Media ( about evolving pedagogy in academics, Continue Reading →

Daniel Salmanovich and The Arcade Hotel | Episode 093

Listen to this episode on your phone! Dan Salmanovich is founder and director of The Arcade Hotel. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and has spent most of his life in the service industry. His family got into hotels in Amsterdam and he was looking for the next best thing, where he started working in almost everything within hotels. He also did a summer school program at the Continue Reading →

Lauren Ferro and player research as the basis for gamification | Episode 092

Listen to this episode on your phone! Lauren Ferro has a Ph.D. in player profiling and modeling. She is currently an Adjunct Professor and researcher at Sapienza University, in Rome. She is also the co-organizer of the Unreal Engine Meetup in Rome. In addition, she created the game design resource, Gamicards, which is a prototyping tool for game experiences. At heart, she is intrigued by how we interact with the Continue Reading →

Michael Matera’s Hive Summit, free professional development | Episode 091

Listen to this episode on your phone! Michael Matera is an engaging, fun and inspiring nationwide speaker and author, delivering keynotes, workshops and small group professional development to teachers and administration. Additionally, he is a practicing teacher. He ignites both his classroom and professional development audiences with interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning. He helps us all focus on finding the joy in the journey of life both professionally as Continue Reading →

Games are about learning through failure with Karen Schrier | Episode 090

Listen to this episode on your phone! Dr. Karen Schrier is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College. She is also the director of the Play Innovation Lab. Prior to Marist College, she spent over a decade producing websites, apps, and games at Scholastic, Nickelodeon, BrainPOP, PBS/Channel 13, ESI Design and SparkNotes/Barnes & Noble. Dr. Schrier has authored or edited over 80 scholarly publications and educational materials. Continue Reading →