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About us

Vision and Mission

We believe there is a false choice between experiential face-to-face learning and self-guided eLearning content. We believe that the changing nature of work increasingly requires new types of skills. Only immersive and practice-based learning experiences can be effective in developing and maintaining these skills.

Our vision is to empower creators to supercharge their content creation and engage learners through collaborative learning experiences.

Our mission is to bring more human connection to digital learning experiences.

For learners: Enable collaborative, human-connected online learning experiences
For creators: A simple and easy design process to create, publish and measure engaging learning experiences at scale
 

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Our Story

The Gamoteca platform was launched with the aim of using mobile devices to simulate real-life environments in training. Developed in coordination with the United Nations, it was originally designed for ‘serious games’ and simulation exercises in crisis response training.
 
Since then we have supported a range of clients in the private, non-profit and academic sectors. We have worked with partners to create human-connected, game-based learning experiences on coaching & mentoring, onboarding, tackling bias in the workplace, staying motivated while working remotely, design thinking, practicing public speaking and even learning sign language.

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The Team

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Atish Gonsalves - Founder

Atish Gonsalves is a social technologist, entrepreneur and the Founder of Gamoteca. Atish also leads research & innovation in education at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 
 
With a background in software engineering, AI and human-computer interaction, Atish’s experience includes leadership roles at technology and international non-profit organisations including the United Nations. Atish has consistently implemented successful edtech solutions that have helped democratise learning for thousands of learners in difficult contexts. Atish is a global citizen, having lived in six countries and is a regular speaker at conferences and events on the role of technology-enhanced learning.

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Melisa Zelaya - Head of Content

Melisa is a digital technologies expert and the Head of Content at Gamoteca.
She has a background in journalism and digital communications, having worked in the private sector as well with different UN organisations on the creation of creative digital solutions, including social media strategies, websites, digital toolkits and e-learning components.
Melisa is fluent in Spanish and English and is constantly trying to improve her French, Italian and Mandarin. 

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Lauren Anders Brown - Creative Director

Lauren is an award winning documentary maker in film, audio, and photography producing work focused on global health and human rights in over forty countries. Her work has gone on to international broadcast and film festivals as notable as the Cannes Film Festival. She continues to invest in new ways of storytelling through 360/VR and interactive experiences, like Gamoteca.

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Peter Varga - Head Developer

Peter leads Gamoteca’s technology development and is an experienced full stack developer.

He has over 15 years of web development experience, has been involved in tech startups across the United States, Latin America and Europe. He was previously CTO at Save Sarah and DroneIQ, platforms that support emergency management and search & rescue.