Andrew Johnson, Chief Executive Officer – ACS and Anthony Wong, President – ACS
Jane McGonigal - "Gaming the greatest issues and challenges of our time to achieve the epic wins"
World-renowned game designer
Inventor of SuperBetter
Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health challenges (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction), and get support from their “allies” — real-life friends and family. With more than 400,000 players, it is currently under study at OSU Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Jane’s other healthcare games include collaborations with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Foundation.
Her book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient (debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list), reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.
Her previous book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, is a New York Times bestseller. In this engaging, forward-thinking book, Jane makes the case that the gamer spirit — an attitude of fun, dedicated, collective problem-solving — is our greatest asset as we face the social, economic, and environmental problems of the 21st century.
Jane herself is a specialist in this field, a designer of alternate reality games, where a real-life activity is re-framed as a game. Players of Jane’s games face challenges as serious as surviving peak oil or establishing local sustainable businesses. And they face them with courage and creativity, inspired by their gameful state of mind. Persistence, energy, collaborative creativity, a sense of purpose in hard work — games unlock all of these powerful attitudes. And, most importantly of all, it restores to contemporary life the kind of heroism and communal striving that most of us struggle so hard to find.
She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Her recent projects include a Games for Healthcare initiative with IFTF and the White House as well as Paths Out Of Poverty, a crowdsourcing game by IFTF for the Rockefeller Foundation.
Identifying the Moon Shots: A Company Board’s Perspective
Expediting Australia’s Digital Transformation
Data as the new growth engine
Chief Executive Officer
William Hill Australia
In 2010 he combined his passion for bookmaking with finance and marketing knowledge to launch the online sports betting business tomwaterhouse.com. Within two years, his site became one of the largest Australian online sports betting companies. TomWaterhouse.com in this time grew from employing three people to 110 and from less than 1,000 clients to approximately 200,000. In August 2013 tomwaterhouse.com was sold to William Hill, (Tom continued as Managing Director of tomwaterhouse.com).
In July 2014 Tom became CEO of William Hill Australia operating the Tomwaterhouse.com, Centrebet and Sportingbet brands with approximately 500 people and one million clients. He is currently leading William Hill Australia as a leading digital online wagering business.
Emerging Tech and Transforming your Business Model
Adrian Grenier – "Scaling collaboratively to create new value and purpose in the digital economy"
Tech Investor & Founder of SHFT.com
Actor, Filmmaker, Advocate
In addition to Adrian’s work on ENTOURAGE, Adrian has appeared in many popular films including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006) opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway which grossed over $324 million worldwide, and Twentieth Century Fox’s DRIVE ME CRAZY (1999). His other film credits include the Woody Allen films CELEBRITY (1998) and ANYTHING ELSE (2003), GOODBYE WORLD (2013), CECIL B. DEMENTED (2000), and THE ADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN COLE (1998).
Adrian made his directorial and producing debut with his documentary SHOT IN THE DARK (2002), chronicling his years-long search for his father, which debuted on HBO in 2007. Adrian also directed, wrote, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary TEENAGE PAPARAZZO (2010), a compelling piece of work examining the relationship between celebrity and society. TEENAGE PAPARAZZO first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later shown on HBO. Adrian’s other directorial/producing credits include HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS (2012, Tribeca Films) and DON’T QUIT YOUR DAYDREAM (2010), as well as a variety of shorts.
As founder of RECKLESS PRODUCTIONS, he has served as director, writer and producer of documentaries. Adrian is also an avid and talented musician, and the founder of WRECKROOM RECORDS, which is a music incubator for emerging artists. Adrian is also a passionate environmentalist, which led to his creation of the green lifestyle site SHFT.COM, a content & asset development, distribution and e-commerce hub designed to convey a more sustainable approach to the way people live through film, design, art and food. Adrian is also behind SHFT MOBILE KITCHEN CLASSROOM, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide high school students in NYC with opportunities to engage in experiential lessons around food, health, and sustainability. Additionally, Adrian is on the Board of Directors of REACT TO FILM, a nonprofit that leverages the best documentary filmmaking to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement. Most recently, Adrian’s latest eco-focused creative pursuit comes in the form of a search for ’52: THE LONELY WHALE’, a campaign seeking to raise awareness for ocean noise pollution. Adrian was also recently named Dell’s first-ever Social Good Advocate, in which he will collaborate with Dell to promote healthier, more sustainable choices and actions through digital storytelling and advocacy.
Rooftop Pre-dinner Drinks Function
ACS Digital Disruptor Awards and Pearcey Foundation Awards Gala Dinner
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