GOTO Berlin is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 60 top speaker and 400 attendees. The conference cover topics such as Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture, Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes.

Presentation: "Learning From Games"

Track: Visibility, Usability, Graphics / Time: Friday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Strassburg

The automotive industry has long held that "racing improves the breed" — that the knowledge, technology, and techniques that enhance our boring, everyday lives are best developed under extreme and often adversarial conditions, at the edge of human ability.

Software too has its frontier heroes, pushing themselves and their products so far beyond what came before, we all move forward in their wake. In no sector is their concentration higher than the multi-billion euro electronic games industry.

From the simplest "Game & Watch" to the latest consoles, from the ubiquity of the App Store, to the richness of fully immersive virtual societies, games let us explore the infinite, imagine the impossible, and come one step closer to understanding humans.

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Mike Lee, Mayor of Appsterdam

Mike Lee

Biography: Mike Lee

Known as the “Mayor of Appsterdam” (the worldwide collective of App Makers with their capital in Amsterdam), Mike Lee is also responsible for starting the New Lemurs, an Amsterdam-based startup with the stated goal of making games educational.

Mike describes himself as the world's toughest programmer and has developed apps for Alaska Airlines, Delicious Monster, Tapulous, United Lemur, Apple, and Nextive, producing such hits as Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, Obama '08, and Apple's Mobile Store.

Mike is proud to own the world's largest collection of plush prosimians, and once bought over 100 plush lemurs in a $12,000 fundraiser for the Madagascar Fauna Group. His life's goal is to save Madagascar. When he's not working to change the world, he spends quiet time at home in the 17th century canal house in Amsterdam where he lives with his partner Judy.


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