Interview with our Gamification Europe 2017 speaker - Alex Chalkias
To prepare for Gamification Europe 2017, we asked all our speakers 4 questions about gamification. These are Alex's answers!
1) When and how did you first hear about gamification?
The first time I heard about the term, was during our initiating meetings on our Ready4Tomorrow project. When I answered a call for interest for game enthusiasts, game designers and creative people to run a competence development project, I couldn’t have known what would follow. A few of our colleagues knew about gamification, and introduced us to it by providing insights and useful links. During project planning, we started familiarizing ourselves with it. 10 months after, when we finished the first phase, I was so fascinated by it, I read most of Yu Kai Chou’s blog within a few weeks, got the Octalysis Level 1 certification, and started Greek Gamification Network with a friend.
2) Why and when did you decide that you want to use gamification?
Initially, I just wanted to use my game design background to create a game that would help people learn in a more fun way. After I had scratched the surface of what gamification was, I understood that by better defining what we wanted our players to do inside the game, figuring out the mechanics for it and creating engagement loops could be implemented in a much more methodical and sophisticated way. The more I learned on gamification and studied use cases, the more I knew this was the way to get better results in terms of engaging people in our project.
3) What is the main takeaway someone will take after attending your session at Gamification Europe?
I wish to share my experience, my 2-year journey inside the world of gamification, and to present what I think is a really good case study of Enterprise Gamification, in a large company such as Nokia. I want gamification professionals to understand what worked for us based on our workplace environment and think what they would have done better. I want gamification enthusiasts to be inspired to undertake a gamification project on their own, by providing insights on how to get started.
4) What other session of Gamification Europe are you excited about and want to attend?
I am really excited about Dr Marigo Raftopoulos session! I have been familiar with her work for quite some time now, and I think we share a common passion on Enterprise gamification. I also really like reading about gamification from an academic point of view, so I believe her speech could further inspire me. Finally, I fully agree that we should embrace our failures in order to improve, so I consider this session a must!