Interview with our Gamification Europe 2017 speaker - Ahmed Hossam
To prepare for Gamification Europe 2017, we asked all our speakers 4 questions about gamification. These are Ahmed's answers!
1) When and how did you first hear about gamification?
I heard about Gamification for the first time in a TEDXAUC speech in Cairo, back then I was a Services Developer in Hewlett-Packard, it gave us a quick introduction about the topic, and it was so interesting because I found that it’s similar to what I used to be applying back in 2006-2009. I was trying to enhance student’s engagement through a game like experience and story. Since 2011 I have been following The Gamification industry.
2) Why and when did you decide that you want to use gamification?
The first time I decided that I want to use Gamification was in Hewlett Packard for an internal employee engagement project, and it was an impressive case study, later on I joined a start up specialized in Education, the founder was highly interested in Gamification for learning, and together we created a lot of great case studies, and I decided to spread the word and knowledge about Gamification for the Middle East region.
3) What is the main takeaway someone will take after attending your session at Gamification Europe?
The Main points in my session will be highlighting some key case studies from some of the projects I worked on either in fortune companies or startups, I will highlight to one of the most important lessons learned I experienced through my Gamification designs, and our latest innovation product HireHunt.com which is a gamified platform based on Gamification & Artificial Intelligence, how we integrated both to increase user engagement.
4) What other session of Gamification Europe are you excited about and want to attend?
Well almost all of them, we have a lot of experience from the other Gamification Gurus, and I am sure it will be very useful to learn from their experience.