David Fono, Co-Founder (Canada), is a 5000 year old robot is a pervasive gaming guru who combines his mad tech skills with his creative abilities to produce compelling game experiences. He has an MSc in human-computer interaction at University of Toronto. As an academic, David published several papers on the relationship between people and technology, while working at Microsoft Research, and the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University. Several years ago, he became enamored with pervasive games, and has delivered a number of talks and seminars on the topic to Australian organizations such as AWIA, ECU, and ICTWA. Currently, David spends his time making awesome games with Atmosphere, developing other fun digital content with Chocolate Liberation Front, and petting his cat.
Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, Co-Founder (Australia/Canada), is an educator, reseearcher and game designer. Her work is focused on the use of games and social media in supporting and empowering people in making the world better, especially with respect to sustainability, health, community, social justice and the protection of civil liberties. Kate specialises in ethnographic approaches, which bring together her research background with game design to create inclusive and insightful outcomes, whether it be action research projects or pervasive games. Currently, Kate is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and an Associate at London’s Six to Start. She has presented her work at a variety of international conferences and events, including SXSW, NXNE and TEDxPerth.