Learnings from Aalto University's Game Executive program

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Learnings from Aalto University's Game Executive program

At Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2014, Teemu Saarelainen from Cursor led a panel talk about the Game Executive program through Aalto University.

It occured over a two month period in 2013-2014, working with 15 executives from both large and small studios to improve their leadership skills.

The discussion covered subjects such as the most pressing issues that mobile game studios in Finland struggle with.

These ranged from allowing people to work responsibility while completing projects on time and on budget, to keeping focus and how to motivate your staff.

Leaders talking on the panel were:

  • Harri Granholm, Grand Cru
  • Riitta Lumme-Tuomala, Aalto University
  • Jukka Hilvonen, Nitro Games
  • Jyri Autio, Kinos Game Studio
  • Mikko Wilkman, Grand Cru
  • Jukka Laakso, Rival Games, and
  • Sanna Ingman, Aalto University

You can see all the presentations from Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2014 here

Pocket Gamer Connects is the biggest mobile games show in Europe, which brings together the best speakers and delegates from across the industry and from all over the world.

To-date, Pocket Gamer Connects has been held in London and Helsinki, and the show will be heading back to the UK in January 2015.

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