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JurriaanJurriaan van Rijswijk

Games for Health Europe Chairman

Jurriaan van Rijswijk, MSc, is the founding chairman of Games for Health Europe and CEO of Monpellier Venture, leading applied games solution in the Netherlands and beyond. He has been an Applied Game Architect for 20 years. 

Jurriaan develops game strategies and designs behaviour change with games for among others healthcare professionals, therapies for patients with chronic illnesses, mental and emotional health therapies, lifestyle interventions and rehabilitation. He has developed and produced more than 800 applied games and game concepts which have been clinically and/or scientifically validated. 

In 2010 he also founded the Games for Health Europe Foundation of which he is the chairman and responsible for organizing and programming the successful annual Games for Health Europe Conferences.

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Elaine Raybourn

Social Scientist from Sandia National Laboratories Center for Computing Research on assignment to Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL)

Dr. Elaine Raybourn is a Social Scientist who has led the development of an award-winning government game and currently explores next generation learners’ interactions with future technology such as personal assistants for learning (PAL). Elaine an ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) Fellow who has worked with Cooperation Systems at Fraunhofer FIT and Inria (French National Institute for Computer Science). She has also been a guest researcher at BT Global Research and Development in Adastral Park. Elaine’s interests include the design of games and transmedia storytelling ecosystems that present opportunities to hone intercultural communication competence, self-awareness, and adaptability.

With-Dom-Rotheroe-in-Liberia-March-2006-2Juliana Ruhfus

Senior Reporter for Al Jazeera English 

Juliana is a Senior Reporter for Al Jazeera English specializing in investigative work. She has filmed in over 30 countries and has extensive experience covering human rights and war crimes, operating in areas of conflict and undercover work.

She produces films from conception to completion – starting with pitching the original idea, securing access, production and overseeing the edit. For Al Jazeera’s People & Power strand seh has presented both, on location and in the studio.

Prior to Al Jazeera she worked as an expert consultant to the United Nations Security Council, various NGO’s and as a freelancer for some of the world’s leading broadcasters. Her films can be seen on her website: www.julianaruhfus.com


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Transmedia producer for the web series “The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy”

Emmett Furey is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and transmedia storyteller.  In 2014, he co-created “Enter the Lodge,” a fan-run third season of Twin Peaks told in real time entirely on Twitter.  “Enter the Lodge” spanned four weeks, 70+ character accounts, and more than 5,000 tweets all told. Emmett is currently the transmedia producer for the web series “The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy”, a modern update of J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan,” which won Best Transmedia Experience at the 2015 International Academy of Web Television Awards.  He’s also engaged in pioneering research in the field of cognitive narratology.




PaulPaul Irwin

Creator of TryLife

Paul is the creator and director of the interactive drama TryLife, a factual project designed by some of the best people from the creative, youth, education and healthcare industries.





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Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in the Division of Media Arts + Practice.

Her research and teaching is focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She is author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade, editor for the collection, Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History, and co-editor with Virginia Kuhn for the forthcoming collection, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies. This summer she was an NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and this September she will be in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar. With Lina Srivastava she co-authored the site TransmediaActivism.com, and she is developing a transmedia database site with Sarah Atkinson. Her teaching blog is DJ Zoe Trop: Participatory Archives and Remix, where you can find several class blog sites and course summaries, many of which employ transmedia storytelling toward educational or community engagement objectives.

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Michael Bodie

Filmmaker and Associate Professor in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Bodie began his career working for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film and Theatre Programs where he participated in the development of independent artists and their projects including “Me and You and Everyone We Know”, “Grey Gardens”, and “Passing Strange”.

After attending UCLA’s School of Film, Television, and Digital Media’s graduate directing program he returned to Sundance as their Content Producer where he directed an eight part documentary web series about their prestigious labs. Bodie was integral to the inception and direction of the Sundance Film Festival’s live-stream coverage, and continues to produce and direct their festival video content to this day.

Bodie has written and directed award winning short films and other projects that have aired on MTVu, Logo, and the Sundance Channel, and has collaborated with DJ ShyBoy to create music videos for his debut album “Water on Mars”. Currently his video work can be seen as part of the Los Angeles Public Library’s exhibit, “To Live and Dine in L.A.” exploring food culture and issues of food justice in and around LA.

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Co-Director of i-Docs and Director of the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre.

Mandy is a participatory media pioneer and a researcher of the intersection between documentary and networked culture. During twenty years at the BBC Mandy oversaw award-winning projects including Video Nation and Capture Wales. Her writing appears in Studies in Documentary Film – Interactive Documentary edition (2012) , The Documentary Film Book (Palgrave 2013) and DIY Citizens; Critical Making and Social Media (MIT Press 2014) @CollabDocs @i_docs




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Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures at King’s College London.

Sarah’s research is focused upon new models of audience engagements in digital storytelling, industrial filmmaking process, evolving models of labour in transmedia production, and digital archiving. Her recent monograph Beyond the Screen: Emerging Cinema and Engaging Audiences presents an expanded conceptualisation of cinema, one which encompasses the ways film can be experienced beyond the auditorium by a digitally networked society. The book includes considerations of mobile, web, social media and live cinema through case studies of recent and near-future developments.



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Deputy Head of the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Brighton.

Helen Kennedy has been researching and writing about games since 1993. Her current research is focused on technology, aesthetics and embodied perception in relation to games and other ludic experiences.

She is the co-author of one of the founding texts of Game Studies (Game Cultures: Digital Games as New Media) and an early examination of audience transmedia engagement (Playing the ring: Intermediality and ludic narratives in the Lord of the Rings games). Helen is also Co- investigator on the AHRC funded TRIPACT project.





Dr. Kerry Dobbins

Ph.D.Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Kerry Dobbins has been Assistant Professor of History at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas since 2010. In her first year, she introduced the Reacting to the Past role-playing curriculum to her history classes. After an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from students, she developed a general game study course in the spring of 2014. The students in that class created the foundation for the campus-wide Alternate Reality Game that is now in its second year at the college. Kerry is an avid gamer who joined her first Dungeons & Dragons game when she was thirteen. 


Belen Santa-OlallaBelén Santa-Olalla

Senior Creative Consultant at Transmedia Storyteller Ltd.

Belén Santa- Olalla is Senior Creative Consultant at Transmedia Storyteller LTD , London . Along with Robert Pratten, she has done consulting work for various transmedia corporations in Los Angeles, Mexico , Sao Paulo , Perth, Lima , Madrid , apart from working as Conducttr Product Manager. In Spain, she led the transmedia experience 19reinos.com for the launch of Game of Thrones 4th season on Canal+ . She also works as docent collaborator in post graduate programs dedicated to the study of transmedia storytelling and branded content in Editorial Unit , INESDI , UC3M – DRAFTFCB . She is founder of Meetup Transmedia Madrid, directs the Spanish section of Transmedia Podcast and she’s the author of the blog Universo Transmedia.


Graduated with a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Universidad Complutense, and a BA (Hons) First Class in Media Practice and Theory in Sussex University, Brighton, she has been working in the field of narrative development as stage director, producer, teacher, actress and creativity coach since 2003. She has also worked in the Department of Marketing and Market Research at UCM doing research on the use of second screens with on-device technologies, and also in the field of Mobility Solutions in Creadsmedia .

robert prattenRobert Pratten

CEO and Founder of Transmedia Storyteller Ltd., creators of Conducttr.

Robert’s experience uniquely places him at the intersection of entertainment, marketing and technology: he brings more than 20 years’ experience as a marketing consultant and expertise in Intelligent Networks having formally advised clients such as Ericsson and Telcordia on international pricing, positioning and market entry strategies. In 2000, he left Europe’s leading telecoms consultancy firm to attend the London Film School and since wrote, produced and directed two award-winning, critically acclaimed feature films – London Voodoo (2004) and Mindflesh (2008). He also produced and the original transmedia proof-of-concept project for Conducttr, Lowlifes. Today he is an internationally recognized thought-leader in transmedia storytelling – regularly speaking at numerous conferences including the World Innovation Conference and SXSW Interactive and also to transmedia meetup groups to encourage and inspire a new era of independent creative thinking. He is author of the book Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling: A Practical Guide for Beginners.

NatalyNataly Rios

Creative Consultant at Transmedia Storyteller Ltd.

Graduated with a degree in Systems Engineering (2008), and an MA in Digital Media (2013), she works now in TSL as a Creative Consultant.

She started working as a systems analyst in 2007, gaining experience in information systems, database designing and information architecture. Then, she had the opportunity to work in the creative industry where she gained experience in usability, wireframes designing, and creative thinking. In Transmedia Storyteller Ltd. she has implemented interactive projects for clients like Mills & Boon, Florida Council on Economic Education, and the Mexican National Public Health Institute. She also works in the marketing communications, content strategy, and TSL change management procedures. She was responsible for the conception, implementation and operation of the Conducttr Conference 2014.


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