To promote our upcoming software development conference GOTO Amsterdam, we are organizing another GOTO Night. At this FREE event which is held upcoming Tuesday at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam we have two great sessions lined up:
- Beyond Gamification: Start Playing, and You’ll See – Valentina Rao
- Erlang, The Road Movie – Kresten Krab
Beyond Gamification: Start Playing, and You’ll See
by: Valentina Rao
Gamification, the application of game mechanics to non-game processes, is a main buzzword in 2011, yet its meaning is still unclear, and even more unclear is its destiny five years from now. In fact gamification is all but a new concept, and has been recurrently unsuccessful through history. But gamification is only one aspect of a major cultural change happening in our times, and, if it is true that in some time, as Amy Jo Kim puts it: “every developer eventually will think like a game developer”, then we’ll better be prepared. This talk will cut through the hype beyond badges, points, achievements, and rewards to understand how to make gamification more sustainable; we will explore the most effective ways to motivate long-term -rather than short-term – costumer loyalty, and we will discover how to take the best from the gamification trend and make apps successfully playful.
Erlang, The Road Movie
by Kresten Krab
In November 2009 I set out on a journey to learn Erlang. And not just learn it: I wanted to immerse myself in it, get under it’s skin, feel it, get to think like Erlang. I took it for a test drive, and ended up spending 18 months in Erlang’s company.
This is the story of my trip. Not so much a talk about Erlang itself, but about what I realized on the way about where things are going. The systems that we build are getting increasingly integrated, distributed, and fragile. And becoming so at a disturbing rate when I think about it.
Viewing the world from behind the steering wheel of this old beauty, I’ll take you on a tour of some of the significant issues we’re dealing with in today’s software systems: cloud, multi-core, integration, high availability, and living with the fact that our software isn’t perfect.
For more information on the speakers please refer to the events site.
MORE INFO ON THE FREE EVENT?
Date: Tuesday 13th September, 2011
Time: 19:00 / 7PM
Venue: Pakuis de Zwijger
Address: Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam
Costs: Free of charge / refreshments included
The GOTO Team