Association for Computer Professionals in Education
Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and futurist, and she is harnessing the power of the Internet games in new ways to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and tomorrow.
Imagine a world where every challenge is a quest – where the harder a task is, the more people want to do it. Where people take pleasure in failing and come back invigorated every time they fall. Where they communicate spontaneously with their collaborators to pool their knowledge towards shared solutions. It turns out that world already exists and if you draw on its secrets, you can transform your business: that creative collaboration, that effortless grasp of new technology, that very 21st century connectivity and that power to solve complex problems can all be yours.
In her engaging, forward-thinking book Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal make the case that the gamer spirit – an attitude of fun, dedicated, collective problem -solving – is our greatest asset as we face the social, economic, and environmental problems of the 21st century.
Robert J. Hutter is a Managing Partner of Learn Capital, a venture capital fund dedicated to investments in education and learning. Rob is chairman of Edmodo, a leading social learning network for K12, and he also serves on the boards of several Learn Capital portfolio companies including BloomBoard, LearnZillion, and SchoolTube. Rob was co-founder of Edusoft (acquired by Houghton-Mifflin), one of the most widely used assessment management platforms in US public education. Rob is a patent holder in games-based adaptive learning and is the founder of a tax credits partnership administered by the U.S. Treasury focusing on high performance schools. In addition to his background in education, Rob was co-founder of Gazillion, a developer of massively multiplayer online videogames featuring Marvel Entertainment franchises, and was co-founder of SmartDrive, a developer of life saving solutions for fleet vehicle operators that was recently named to the Wall Street Journal Top 50 Startup List. Rob was also a partner at Revolution Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, where he led investments in digital media and networking startups. He is a graduate of Harvard University.