Vasilis Gkogkidis - Speaking Page
Welcome to my speaking page! Thank you for considering me for one of your events, I am honoured. Organising a conference and training sessions myself I know how hard it is to find speakers and trainers that bring value to your events.
My main areas of expertise are Gamification, Innovation and Lego Serious Play. I have been working at GAMIFICATION+ for two years now delivering talks, workshops and training both on gamification and Lego Serious Play. I can give an overview of gamification and its business benefits, train you on how to use gamification or facilitate a Lego Serious Play workshop to improve processes and strategies in marketing, HR and corporate strategy.
Please find more information about me and the things I have been working on below!
I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. My first degree was on computer science that I studied at the University of Macedonia. I was always very interested in learning and worked as a teacher for some years before moving to Brighton, UK. I did a master's on Business Management at the University of Brighton that I got with a distinction. During my masters, I studied gamification for business alongside Pete Jenkins and started working full time at GAMIFICATION+. I have since designed gamification solutions, spoke several times for organisations and delivered training on gamification and corporate strategy.
In 2017 we started organising Gamification Europe with Pete Jenkins, a gamification conference that brings the gamification community together every year to exchange ideas and best practises.
My interest in learning more about gamification and how it can be used in organisation led to a PhD research position at the University of Sussex where we research gamification, innovation and crowd-sourcing.
I am also the Greek ambassador of GamFed (the International Gamification Federation) a non-profit organsiation where we spread best practices on gamification. To further spread the word about gamification in Greece, I founded the Thessaloniki Gamification Meetup where we organise talks and workshops related to gamification.
I really enjoy public speaking and training people on gamification! Recently I have been speaking at various conferences and running training about gamification. Conferences and training are a great way to engage with people from a lot of different backgrounds that work for a lot of different industries but have a similar interest like gamification. I have spoken at Gamification Europe Conference in Brighton, at Gamification Turkey Summit in Istanbul and I have run various training sessions all over the world. I am always looking for new opportunities to travel and meet more people and share my ideas and experiences related to gamification!
Great crowd in Athens with lots of experience on gamification!
Lego Serious Play Workshops
The other thing that excites me is running LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshops. My final project for my MSc degree at the University of Brighton was on crowd sourcing strategy inside an organisation using gamification. Out of that project a five stage strategy model was born that is the beating heart of the Build your future with LEGO workshop where I use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to help people work on their strategies. I have delivered that workshop for several organisations in house and also at conferences like the Brighton Summit for people working in different businesses. The feedback was great every single time and the interaction between the participants and the results we got from these workshops were a huge reward for me. My framework was helping people design better strategies and I got to see it happening live!
The strategy workshop proved invaluable to myself and my co-director. We covered a lot of ground very quickly, guided by the unique process and would wholeheartedly recommend it to every leadership team.
Great crowd in Rome with very interesting ideas
Great workshop at ApoDec using LEGO to talk about strategy
JFDI Directors drawing ideas on their strategy
LEGO helped everyone visualise ideas for their strategies
Playing with strategy while getting insights on your business! LEGO helped us visualise our ideas and find solutions for our challenges as an organisation.
Past Speaker Engagements
Workshop facilitator at Gamification Europe (Brighton, November 2017)
Workshop facilitator at Brighton Summit (Brighton, October 2017)
Keynote speaker on gamification at Biscotto Workshop Sessions (Thessaloniki, June 2017)
Guest lecturer on Gamification at the University of Brighton (Brighton, May 2017)
Keynote speaker on Gamification at the 'Traditional VS Digital Marketing' event organised by Microstars (Thessaloniki, April 2017)
Trainer at the 'Game Prototyping' Workshop for the Thessaloniki Gamification Meetup (Thessaloniki, April 2017)
Keynote speaker on Gamification at The Marketing Club (Thessaloniki, April 2017)
Guest Lecturer on Gamification at University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, March 2017)
Upcoming Speaker Engagements
Here you can find a list of my upcoming open talks, seminars or workshops.
If you are interested in me being part of your event please send me an email at [email protected] and let's talk about it!
Articles - Blog Posts
Writing about gamification, games and Lego Serious Play is one of the things I try to do as often as possible. I believe very much in sharing my research, readings and experiences with everyone that is interested in them.
There are three categories: Gamification Case Studies, How Games Work and Lego Serious Play insights.