Renowned Game Designer Jane McGonigal to Speak at BlackBerry DEVCON Americas 2011

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(Originally posted on the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog)

BlackBerry DEVCON Americas 2011

Have you ever wondered how playing video games can change the world? I’m thrilled to announce that visionary game designer and futurist, Jane McGonigal, will be speaking at BlackBerry® DEVCON Americas 2011 on Wednesday October 19, 2011.

Her recent book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, explores how some of the most difficult challenges facing humanity can be resolved by tapping into the skills demonstrated in gameplay. Think of how video games offer stimulating challenges, exhilarating rewards, epic victories and collaboration with trusted team members – and then imagine if those same skills could be applied to your next project!

Ms. McGonigal is an engaging speaker whose work offers entertaining and inspiring research. Her credentials include being the director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future, Creative Director of Social Chocolate, and a successful game developer for reality games such as EVOKE, World Without Oil, Crypt Zoo and Superstruct.

As part of her participation in BlackBerry DEVCON Americas, Ms. McGonigal will also hear five pitches from application developers and give feedback into how to improve their apps. Stay tuned on how you can be part of the collaborative session!

Don’t miss this inspiring speaker: register now to attend BlackBerry DEVCON Americas on October 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

About Ian M.

As Manager for Developer Programs at Research In Motion (RIM), Ian and his team are responsible for the design and delivery of programs and services for BlackBerry developers – including support tools and resources, recognition, advocacy, go-to-market, and regional programs. Ian is passionate about making sure that BlackBerry developers have everything they need in order to be successful from the inception of an idea to app deployment or commercialization. Prior to joining Developer Relations, Ian was a Product Manager for various BlackBerry solutions including the BlackBerry Java Development Environment, BlackBerry Maps, and BlackBerry Mobile Voice System.

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