Lecturer: Annakaisa Kultima
Annakaisa Kultima is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland. Annakaisa Kultima has been teaching and studying game design and development since 2006 in several universities in Finland and Sweden as well as traveled as a visiting lecturer around the world including universities in US, China, Denmark, South Korea and Japan. Kultima's research is concentrating on game development cultures, creativity, game industry trends, as well as game jams. Kultima's PhD dissertation"Game Design Praxiology"examined the multitude of issues of understanding ‘games as created’ including game jam cultures. Kultima is also an active member of the game ecosystem in Finland and internationally: she is working as a judge in several game competitions, consulting game companies and projects, running and participating in game jams, as well as curating exhibitions on games. Kultima has been leading Global Game "Game Jam theme committee and been the regional organizer and site organizer for Global Game Jam for many years since 2011. Kultima is also a member of the founding team of The Finnish Museum of Games as well as the co-founder and the head of non-profit organization Finnish "Game Jam between 2013-2020.