Tuesday, February 26th: Game Designer Kati London

Game Designer Kati London
MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts (136 W. 21st St., 2nd Fl., Manhattan)
Free, registration required

If plants can communicate using Twitter and the telephone, sharks in the Pacific Ocean can play games with people wherever they are, and local currencies can help connect disparate populations across a struggling city, then what might the next five years begin to look like? In this talk, Zynga Executive Producer Kati London will look at the new experiences and expectations created at the intersection of games, networked data, and participatory culture. For her pioneering work in real world games and networked devices Kati London was named one of the top “35 Innovators under 35″ by MIT’s Technology Review magazine as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine. As Executive Producer of Zynga New York, London is leading efforts to integrate news and pop culture directly into gameplay. Previously she was Vice President and Senior Producer of Area/Code, where she created cross-platform products that invented new kinds of play, including MMOs that integrate traffic data and casual games that use telemetry data from sharks in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012 London served as the Innovator-in-Residence at USC’s Annenberg School, where she led workshops in Design Patterns for Autonomous Objects.

Each lecture is followed by a lively Q&A session and refreshments in the D-Crit Reading Room. Lectures are free and open to the public but you do need to register to reserve your space.

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