Curator #147:Ruth Contreras Espinosa

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Hi! I am Ruth Contreras Espinosa (@ruthsofhia), Game Designer, Researcher and Professor. I will be your curator for the next week @catalanvoices.

I was born in Guadalajara, México, where I studied Graphic Design at The University of Guadalajara. In 2001, I came to Barcelona to study for a Masters Degree in Multimedia Technologies at La Salle University. Afterwards I decided to stay in Catalonia to live!

I have worked in Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) as a professor and as a Multimedia Designer in the Multimedia Lab (UPC) in 2004.

I currently work at University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia as a professor and researcher. It has led me to work with many different projects. One of this is a collection of 6 educational games for elementary students called “Personatges en Joc” that shows historic characters from Catalonia. I am also CEO of Digital Work Force S.L. working for institutions such as Generalitat de Catalunya, Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria (semFYC), and companies like Almirall, GlaxoSmithKline, STADA, among others.

I am interested in everything related to games (serious games, game design, game development, game studies, etc.) and this is the reason that I founded the Observatory of Communication, Video Games and Entertainment (OCVE), building on ongoing work of professors at the Institut de la Comunicació de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and professors at University of Vic – University Central of Catalonia. Now, It is currently an open group with participation from members of other institutions and universities and sometimes, members of companies from the game sector. Join us!

I am a blogger (www.juegosyaprendizaje.com) and sometimes writer (Editorial UOC). Vice president of the “Red de Talentos Mexicanos” (RTM) a Network of Mexican Professionals in Barcelona, Spain.

I will try to share with you my life, thoughts and projects. This week we will be talking about GAMES! Sometimes from Barcelona or from Cuenca, Ecuador (…in another castle!), where I will be giving a course in Game Design at University of Azuay. I will tweet about it!

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