Education & Inspiration at Wooga
Learning from the best in the industry is key to what we do at Wooga
Voices that inspire
Working at Wooga is all about constantly learning and honing your skills. As well as internal ‘brownbag’ presentations by our fellow Woogas, we also invite inspiring speakers from the industry (and beyond!) to share their knowledge and experience. Check out some of our speakers below!
Amazon’s Dr. Werner Vogels has been at the forefront of cloud computing for a decade. He is also the driving force behind the industry leading Amazon Web Services (AWS), which we use for many of our games, and prolific writer on the subject of tech enterprise scalability.
Werner’s talk offered unique insight into how Amazon dealt with immense growth as they moved toward a more service-oriented model. His understanding of how technology scales, and the issues it causes for business, were useful to everyone at Wooga, not just software engineers.
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has authored four books and numerous articles and is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process.
Tinna C. Nielsen
Tinna C. Nielsen is an anthropologist and a behavioural economist by heart and profession. For the past 15 years, her passion has been to make a difference in as many domains as possible. She is internationally recognised as a dynamic influencer, and has pioneered a new way of working with inclusiveness through what she calls ‘Inclusion Nudges’ (in collaboration w/Lisa Kepinski). Featured by UN, Future of Work, The Guardian and more.
At Google every employee can spend 20% of his or her time on projects they are passionate about. For Immy, Creative Agency Manager at Google, that’s fostering diversity and inclusion. In his talk at Wooga he shared insights on how everyone can contribute to a cultural change and encourage others to speak up.
Don Reinertsen runs a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development, and is considered one of the leading thinkers in the field of lean product development. At Wooga he gave an introduction about his theory, which takes a science-based approach to developing software.
Prior to joining Avvo as their CTO, Kevin was the VP of Engineering at Spotify, where he led a team of 175 engineers for the company’s mobile, desktop, and web platforms. Kevin speaks around the world on topics ranging from product development to how culture affects work productivity and morale.
Matthew Luhn is a writer, story consultant, creative writing instructor and keynote speaker with over 25 years' experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond.
Having previously worked at Pixar, Matthew also trains CEO’s, marketing teams, directors and other professionals how to craft and tell stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award winning movies and corporate brands.
Raph Koster is an American entrepreneur, game designer, and author of A Theory of Fun for Game Design. He is widely recognized for his work as the lead designer of Ultima Online and the creative director behind Star Wars Galaxies.
In his inspirational talk he outlined how fun and playing games are actually helping you progress and learn. A second talk on day two specifically addressed our game designers and gave an in depth view on how human psychology and mathematical complexity drive game mechanics.
Schoolism LIVE workshops are a series of workshops led by veteran artists from Schoolism’s teacher lineup. They are highly respected in the design community and we were lucky enough to team up with them for the second time now to bring the workshops to Berlin.
During a brownbag and several workshops Stephen Silver, Marcelo Vignali and Paul Lasaine shared their personal stories and even more tips and tricks on how to become an even better artist.
Bobby Chiu is the co-founder of Schoolism and the character artist behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton. His lectures for Schoolism LIVE – a series of workshops led by veteran artists from Schoolism’s teacher lineup – are highly respected in the design community.
In his motivational brownbag, Bobby talked about his life story, chasing the dream of art, staying positive, and never giving up. With the follow-up workshop over the weekend, Bobby delved deeper into the practical elements of storytelling and character design in animation.
A leader in the world of user experience research, Tomer works for Google Search in New York City and is author of It's Our Research: Getting stakeholder buy-in for user experience research projects. He is also the founder of UPA Israel and leanUXmachine, a col boxlaboration and mentorship program.
For Tomer’s talk, we opened up our auditorium to tech entrepreneurs from all over Europe. In his lecture based on his experience at Google Search, he debunked myths about customer research and gave practical advice about new and old research techniques.
Robert C. Martin
The father of Agile development, Robert C. Martin (aka Uncle Bob), is a speaker with over 40 years of experience in software development. His background as an engineer and author, as well as his fun-loving attitude, makes his talks both entertaining and practical.
Uncle Bob visited us armed with a series of lectures on productivity, Agile software development and mentoring, spread across a single day. His functional and philosophical insights into were particularly useful given the strong focus on Agile development here at Wooga.
Former president of Kabam, Andrew Sheppard brought years of product and development knowledge to our auditorium. Now COO at Japanese developer, GREE, he draws upon his time at EA, CNET and hi5 to deliver engaging and motivating talks.
Andrew’s talk focused on staying humble throughout the development process, and how to deal with the emotional highs and lows of creating a hit game. His philosophies on awareness and dealing with the unknowns of development were particularly applicable to Wooga.