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Beyond Gamification: Applied Behavioral Science for Startups
Monday, February 25, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Boston, United States
Beyond Gamification: Applied Behavioral Science for Startups with Ben Foster, VP of Product Management at Opower
Gamification is the hot buzzword these days for any company interested in building consumer engagement. However, gamification is often misunderstood and even more often misapplied. This presents an opportunity for those who can see beyond features like leaderboards and point systems to leapfrog entrenched competitors. In this talk + Q&A session, Ben Foster will discuss the limits of gamification, present a broader category of applied behavioral science, and break down successful "design strategies", many drawn from his own experience leading product management at Opower, which has used these techniques to save consumers over $200M on energy bills and reinvent an established industry.
Ben Foster is VP of Product Management at Opower, which applies the latest behavioral science research to motivate consumers to become more energy efficient. Prior to Opower, Ben ran product management and user experience at adtech powerhouse Adchemy, and launched dozens of high-impact products and features at eBay during its heyday. A thought leader, he has been awarded 9 patents, has presented at TEDx and SXSW Eco, and maintains a blog at pmrant.com. For fun, Ben enjoys to travel, eat good food, play bad poker, and share ideas about product design with students and professionals eager to change the world.
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Harvard innovation lab
The Harvard innovation lab is a new and innovative initiative that fosters team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepens interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community. The i-lab supports Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and activates a building that once housed WGBH-TV’s studios.
The i-lab encourages entrepreneurship and innovation across the University, bringing together many cross-curricular interests, including students from Harvard Business School, Harvard College, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Harvard School of Public Health.