Jane McGonigal, Ph.D.
The morning signature session features Jane McGonigal, world-renowned creator of alternate reality games and author of the runaway bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Through her extensive research, McGonigal has found that multiplayer online gaming generates collective intelligence that can be applied to solve complex real-world challenges—including poverty, global warming, and disease. She is currently director of game research and development at the Institute of the Future and creative director at the game development startup SocialChocolate.com. A highly sought-after consultant, she has developed internal game workshops for leading technology organizations in Asia, Europe, and the United States, as well as more than a dozen Fortune Global 500 companies. Her breakthrough thinking has earned her numerous awards and inclusion on such high-profile lists as MIT Technology Review's top 35 innovators changing the world, Businessweek's top 10 innovators to watch, and Oprah Winfrey's 20 most inspiring women of the world.