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Saving the world by writing a gamification thesis at Centigrade

‚We always seek dedicated students looking for an interesting thesis or internship project.‘ – this call can be found when browsing the Centigrade website for job and career opportunities. A call that is hard to resist if you are an upcoming graduate student. Especially when you – like in my case – consider the many given connections between Centigrade’s north-western branch in Muelheim a. d. Ruhr and the many different universities, academies and colleges of the Ruhr area.

As you can easily see, this opportunity led me here… and now I am working on my master thesis based on a cooperation between Centigrade and the ‘Interactive Systems’ chair of University Duisburg-Essen that combines both areas of expertise and professions:

‘Development of a Gamification Design in Consideration of different Play-Personas’

Starting point of my thesis will be running a quantitive survey based on Bartle’s ‘Player Types’ to identify relevant users and their motivators for playful environments. In combination with additional demographic data like age, gender and profession this should result in one or more hypothetical user types (so called ‘personas’) for our use-case. In the following step, these gamification personas could be addressed by a specific designed gamification concept. The use-case of the project will be a mobile app prototype in the context of Energy Transition that should ideally lead to more sustainability in the user’s everyday life. That sounds like an exciting project with actual matter to me!

To those of you, who are also interested in working on their thesis in collaboration with a Centigrade project or who have gathered own ideas that could fit into the wide field of user interface architecture: Feel free to contact Centigrade via e-mail at jobs@centigrade.de .

By the way: A deeper look into my thesis’ survey, the following gamification design process and the prototype development will be soon available and regularly updated on my Instagram account (#appshamrock).

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