Hello! I’m Paris Buttfield-Addison! I’m an author, programmer, game designer, speaker, and occasional academic.
My preferred bio, for use by conferences/events/etc., is:
Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab, a mobile development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Australia. Secret Lab builds games and game development tools, including the award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, Night in the Woods, and the Qantas Joey Playbox, and the YarnSpinner narrative game framework. Paris formerly worked as mobile product manager for Meebo (acquired by Google), has a degree in medieval history, a PhD in Computing, and writes technical books on mobile and game development for O’Reilly Media. He can be found on Twitter @parisba and online at http://paris.id.au
You can download a (infrequently updated) copy of my résumé/CV here, if you need it for some reason. Otherwise, here are some things that you might want to know about me:
- I run Secret Lab, a mobile consulting and product development company, with Jon Manning.
- For clients, Secret Lab has built everything from acclaimed and award winning children’s games, such as the ABC Play School iPad games, and the Qantas Joey Playbox, to cooking apps, to interactive guides for world heritage listed former convict settlements, narrative frameworks for high-profile indie games like Night in the Woods, to music visualisers for Internet connected holiday lights.
- At Secret Lab, we’re currently working on a number of games of our own, including: Button Squid, a puzzle game, and Rocket Box, a story driven economic space game.
- I live in beautiful Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 🇦🇺
- I am not looking for a job, and am definitely not willing to relocate (seriously, have you seen Tasmania?)
- I co-organise the /dev/world iOS and OS X developer conference.
- 2017 was the 10th year of the event!
- Between 2009 and 2012 I worked for Meebo as a Product Manager for their mobile software.
- Meebo was acquired by Google in 2012 🙃
- I write technical books (more than a dozen so far) for O’Reilly Media
- I previously wrote two books for Wiley, in their For Dummies series.
- I have a PhD in Computing 👨🏻🎓
- … as well as a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Medieval and Early Modern History, and a Bachelor of Computing with First Class Honours.
- I collaborate on a number of research projects through the University of Tasmania, often with Professor Christopher Lueg.
- I am on the executive of AUC (formerly known as the Australasian Apple University Consortium), as well as the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
- I enjoy speaking at conferences, but am trying to avoid becoming a professional speaker.
- I wish I had more time to take photos of things.
Please do not contact me for recruitment purposes. I am currently not seeking new opportunities; should this change, I will update this notice accordingly. I am not willing to relocate.
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