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ICELW 2015 Keynote Speakers

ICELW is delighted to have award-winning author and game designer Ian Bogost and renowned author, consultant and knowledge management expert Katrina Pugh as our keynote speakers for 2015!

Dr. Ian Bogost
Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Ian Bogost's talk: "Gamification vs. Game Design: What's the Difference?"

About Ian Bogost

Dr. Ian Bogost is an award-winning author and game designer whose work focuses on videogames and computational media. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic.

Bogost’s research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and artgames. He is author or co-author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, Newsgames: Journalism at Play, How To Do Things with Videogames, Alien Phenomenology, or What it’s Like to Be a Thing, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10.

Bogost’s games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, consumer debt, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited internationally at venues including the Telfair Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

His recent independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game send-up of Facebook games, and A Slow Year, a collection of videogame poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, and winner of the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

Bogost holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He lives in Atlanta.

Katrina Pugh
Academic Director
Columbia University Information and Knowledge Strategy Master's Program, New York, New York, USA

Katrina Pugh's talk: "Out of the Fragmentation, Innovation: From Hidden Know-How to Collective Learning"
Leading neuroscientists trumpet “attention density” as the key to shifting our thinking as individuals. How does collective attention density improve our learning as organizations? Katrina Pugh, Academic Director for Columbia’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Master’s program, and author of Sharing Hidden Know-How and Smarter Innovation, will discuss how scaffolded conversation helps to propagate organizational insight. She’ll explain how informing knowledge-elicitation with the science of memory can help us to better target, discover, and translate hidden knowledge into collective learning. Her work combines the disciplines of management, neuroscience, organizational behavior, and information architecture.

About Katrina Pugh

Katrina (Kate) Pugh is the Academic Director of Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Master’s of Science program, and is president of AlignConsulting.

She is the general editor and co-author of Smarter Innovation: How Interactive Processes Drive Better Business Results, a 20-author-team book on knowledge-driven innovation published by Ark Group (2014). She also authored the critically acclaimed book, Sharing Hidden Know-How (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2011) which provides a practical guide to strategic conversation for knowledge-creation. Kate helps organizations and students activate knowledge and intellectual capital through social learning platforms, intranets, practical knowledge-sharing processes, and knowledge networks.

Formerly, she was Vice President for Knowledge Management at Fidelity Investments, Senior Technical Program Manager for Intel Corporation, and First Vice President for Finance Knowledge Integration at JPMorganChase.

She has published in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Digital Media Management, Huffington Post, Ivey Business Journal, Dashboard Insight, Ark Group, and Reuters Great Debate Blog.

The ICELW 2016 conference will be held from June 15-17, 2016, at Columbia University in New York.