Tag Archives: SXSW


Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… SCVNGR, Priebatsch is the media’s favorite gamification geek. Back in March he gave a popular SXSW keynote speech and since then the blogs, articles and TV spots just keep on coming.

Journalists are clearly hypnotized. But does this “proud Princeton dropout” really deserve quite so many column inches? Priebatsch often claims that game mechanics can make people do anything. If that’s true, skeptics might ask why SCVNGR is still only a moderately successful app. You do get the …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

… is April 4th but you’ve already shown the film at a few major festivals including Berlinale and SXSW. What has the reception been like so far?

Generally the response has been really great! The comment we hear most often is that the film really exceeded everybody’s expectations (even the sceptical ones).

How much of the film would you say was produced through crowdsourcing?

There were a lot of small things that came together in the finished film. For example, lots of plot ideas …

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Down on MyFarm: gamification goes rural

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Picture the pioneers of gamification. Trend-leaders, people who are prepared to really “get their hands dirty” promoting online engagement. Who do you see? A fast-talking baby-faced Princeton drop-out ? A well-groomed San Francisco game-developer ? A good old-fashioned geek’s geek ? Or how about a middle-aged English farmer ? Okay, the clue is in the title. Farmer …

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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… hours indoors gazing into a computer screen, this time of year is exciting for other reasons: SXSW festival in Austin, and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

This year I was sadly unable to attend SXSW because of other commitments (the organizers of SXSW refused to change its date for me on such short notice). With all that is currently happening in the gaming industry and the prominence of Finnish companies at the GDC, there was no way I was going to miss this as …

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The business of business cards

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… meeting partners, potential clients, VCs, lawyers, advisors and government MIB.

Big events like SXSW in Austin or the HTIA Conference in Jerusalem are a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of organizations and people all in one place. After such conferences it is not souvenirs stretching my suitcase pockets as I board the plane, but hundreds of business cards. While this isn’t problematic in the same way that illicit elephant tusks are, it does cause a headache nonetheless.

It is …

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