(Deutsch) Andrea Sievers

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(Deutsch) Björn Rohwer

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(Deutsch) Daniel Zils

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Alexander Merbeth

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Alexander Merbeth was born in Karlsruhe and studied acting in Hamburg until 2007. Here, he also studied film from 2012-2016 at the HFBK. He is an actor for theatre, film […]

Aljoscha Jelinek

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Aljoscha Jelinek is an author. After writing several short stories, he wrote dialogues for the adventure “The Night of the Rabbit”. At the moment he is writing graphic novels.  ...

Andreas Gaschka

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Born in the early 80s Andreas Gaschka grew up drawing all day and created his first animated films shooting stop motion Lego with his parents HI8 camcorder. In 2010 he […]

Andreas Hedrich

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Executive Direction // Head of Public Relations As the initiator and spokesperson of the Initiative Creative Gaming, Andreas Hedrich has been pleading for the creative use of video games in […]

Barbara Conrad

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While her fellow students invested their pocket money in Panini stickers, she saved her money for vinyls and now has an accorsdingly large collection. Apart from being at the turntables, […]

Benjamin Heinemann

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Monster Lab Benjamin Heinemann studiert an der Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg Kulturwissenschaften mit dem Schwerpunkt Digitale Medien (B. A.), mit dem Ziel in naher Zukunft Medienkompetenzen  ...

Carina Steffen-Schwering

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Team Coordination Carina studied cultural sciences at the University of Koblenz and culture and media management at the University of Music in Hamburg. During times, when she isn’t entertaining  ...

Carola Veit

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Carola Veit was born in Hamburg and is a registered jurist. Since 1991 she is member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). She is vice-chairperson of SPD Hamburg-Mitte. […]

Charlotte Pfeifer

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Charlotte Pfeifer (*1976 in Hamburg) is director and dramatist. She is interested in expanding the stage in relation with art, music and theatre performance. She develops plays for children and  ...

Christian Schiffer

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Christian Schiffer works for ARD and Deutschlandfunk. Moreover, he is co-founder and publisher of the computer game magazine WASD. In 2016, Schiffer attended to the German debate revolving around  ...

Christiane Schwinge

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Artistic Direction Christiane Schwinge holds a degree in pedagogy and works as a freelance media educator in various fields of education. She is founding member and speaker of the independent and  ...

Christina Kutscher

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Creative Gaming Award Christina Kutscher studied British and American Cultures: Texts and Media at the University of Hamburg and is a tutor at the Institute for British and American Studies. […]

Christina Metzler

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Christina Metzler holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Hamburg with a chosen focus on media education. Since 2016, she has been working as freelance media educator  ...

Christopher Weymann

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Claudia Meiners

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Claudia is one of the co-founders of PLAY and the Initiative Creative Gaming. She loves the festival and everything it comes with. She doesn’t play that much, but her favorite […]

Cornelia Geppert

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Cornelia Geppert is the creative head of Jo-Mei Games and responsible for all artistic aspects of the production. As a young talent, she got involved with the biggest German comic […]

Daniel Roßberg

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Dom Schott

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Dom Schott studied archaeology. Now he works as a freelance journalist for various magazines and publishers. He favors writing about gaming culture, exciting online communities and his two cats.  ...

Dominik Johann

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Dom is graphic designer, illustrator, game developer and student at the University for Applied Science in Hamburg. Moreover, he is art director at Crows Crows Crows, which published ‘Dr.  ...

Dr. Benjamin Strobel

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Benjamin Strobel has a PhD in psychology. He is academic staff at the Grimme Institute, the department “Games and Societies” in particular. There, he works on research projects  ...

Dr. Eugen Pfister

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Eugen Pfister studied history and political sciences in Vienna and Paris and received his PhD in Frankfurt and Trento for his work on history of political communication. He leads the […]

Florian Beelmann

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Florian studies theatre pedagogy at the University of Osnabrück. While studying, he has been mainly interested in connecting theatre and digital games. At PLAY19, he supports the coordination of  ...

Gabi Linde

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Gabi Linde is Experience Designer, urban activist, speaker and lecturer for playful interaction with public space, advocate of game and playful cultural education, facilitator, outdoor educator  ...

Heiko Wolf

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Heiko Wolf, alias “Der Medienwolf”, works as a freelance media educator in Düsseldorf. He develops creative media projects like web videos, photographs and games with children,  ...

Jan Boelmann

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Dr. Jan M. Boelmann is junior professor for literary learning at the University of Education Ludwigsburg. In his dissertation “Literarisches Verstehen mit narrativen Computerspielen”  ...

Janina Kozubik (OddNina)

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Jennifer Hicks

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Jennifer Hicks was born in Washington, Tacoma in 1988, but lives in Berlin now. She studied Interface Design and has worked on service apps, storytelling apps and mini games. SInce […]

Jill Mao

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Johanna Janiszewski

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Johanna Janiszewski is freelance game designer and CEO of Tiny Crocodile Studios in Berlin. Her first work was ‘Simon the Sorcerer 5′, which she developed for Silver Style  ...

Johanna Otte

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Johanna Otte is a freelance media educator in the field of game design with children and adolescents. Her focus is on active media work, discussing the medium computer games, creative […]

Jonas Bornmann

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Katharina Appel

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Katharina Appel is a master student in English and philosophy and plans to become a teacher. At the University of Hamburg she works as a student assistant in the field […]

Kathrin Joswig

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Kathrin Joswig studied education in Münster and Hamburg. She works as a media educator at the Bücherhallen Hamburg and as freelancer at the Initiative Creative Gaming as well as jaf […]

Kemal Amet

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Technical Management Kemal Amet is studying Media Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (B. Sc.) with a focus on game design. With the Creative Gaming Initiative and […]

Kristina Thoms

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Lisa König

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Lisa König is academic staff at the University of Education Freiburg and coordinates the department Virtual and Augmented Reality at the Centre for didactic video game research (Zentrum für  ...

Maik Helfrich

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Technical Supervisor Maik Helfrich is a freelance artist and mainly works in the field of games/art/video. As part of the artist group zkk – Zentrum für kabelgebundene Kunst he realized  ...

Manuel Fritsch

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Mareike Kochansky

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Mareike Kochansky is media scientist focussing on children and adolescent’s media. She is currently wiritng her master thesis on magic and witches in teen magazines. She is member of HSG  ...

Mark Brown

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Mark Brown is the creator of Game Maker’s Toolkit: a highly regarded YouTube series about game design, with over 50 million views. The show is intended for game design students, […]

Mathilde Hoffmann

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Mathilde Hoffmann is sound designer and composer from Hamburg. Accompanied by a recording device, she loves walking with open ears and incorporating the collecteed sounds. She studied at the  ...

Mats Sharma

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Speakers’ Corner Mats Sharma studied pedagogy in Apenrade (Denmark) and considers himself a music and technology enthusiast. After visiting the underwater city Rapture, defending the  ...

Matthias Kempke

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Matthias Kempke is author and game designer at Daedalic Entertainment in Hamburg, a video game developer and publisher that is specifically known for its adventures like Deponia and Edna bricht  ...

Matthias Löwe

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Exhibition Curation / Design Matthias Löwe is engaged in workshops, talks and festivals in association with the Initiative Creative Gaming to establish an artistic and creative use of games. At  ...

Michael Cherdchupan

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Growing up between grey concrete buildings, Michael found that the courage to start something new is what he likes in games. Crazy ideas, melancholic dreams, kafkaesque nightmares or musicals  ...

Nico Nolden

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Nico Nolden studied history until 2009 in Hamburg. Before and after that he worked on several academic projects. Since April 2014, he researches digital games as public productions of history  ...

PD Dr. habil. Andreas Rauscher

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PD Dr. habil. Andreas Rauscher (*1973), researcher for media science focussing on film, media aesthetic and games at the University Siegen. Visiting professor at the Universities Freiburg and  ...

Rock & Wrestling

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Since 2004, Rock & Wrestling takes place in Hamburg-St. Pauli. It is a wrestling show tournament for an entire evening, where characters are created who then perform a choreographed fight  ...

Thilo Lübker

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Head of Production For the Initiative Creative Gaming Thilo undertakes workshops, supports other related events and is Head of Production for the locations of PLAY18. He invents own games, sneaks  ...

Tina Ziegler

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Head of Press and Public Relations Tina Ziegler has been working in the media industry since 1994. She gained practical experience by managing advertising photo shootings and producing  ...

Tobias Othmar Hermann

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Tolke Weinhold

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Graphics and Design Tolke studied and worked in design and since 2010 in art direction. After more than five years of learning in the various categories of advertising she took […]

Tom Schley

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As for many others, the legendary “RPG Maker” has been the start of Tom’s games career. As Silkersoft, he provided soundtracks for dozens, no thousands amateur RPGs. As soon as  ...

Valentina Birke

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Exhibition Curation // Creative Gaming Award Valentina Birke works as a freelance media pedagog with the Initiative Creative Gaming and campaigns the creative and critical use of games and sees  ...

Vera Marie Rodewald

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Artistic Direction // Program Direction for Workshops Vera Marie Rodewald is a media pedagog in Hamburg. She is also a research assistant for media education at the University of Applied […]

Verena Cojic

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Verena Cojic is a creative and culture freak. She actually studied economics, but art is just more fun. This year, she invites PLAY visitors to be creative.