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Gustavo F. Tondello, Ph.D.

About Me

I am currently a Software Engineer at Google and a Co-Founder, Gamification Consultant and Specialist at MotiviUX.

I am the lead engineer for the Google Chat Platform developer experience. Encouraging developers to build Chat apps by providing the appropriate documentation, tooling, and code samples that address their needs across all four stages of their development journey: planning, building, testing, and deploying.

I am a professional with over 20 years of experience as a Software Engineer in companies such as OpenText (Canada) and Eletrobras Eletrosul (Brazil).

Previously, I was an Instructor, Instructional Support Coordinator, and Ph.D. student at the Cheriton School of Computer ScienceUniversity of Waterloo, Canada. My Ph.D. in Computer Science was in the field of Human-Computer Interaction under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke and Dr. Daniel Vogel. My research focuses on the design of gameful applications. My main interests include gamification and games for health and learning.

I am also a researcher of Logosophy, and I am affiliated with the Logosophical Foundation of Brazil, Canada, and the USA.

The Gameful Bits blog is a space where I share my thoughts on Gamification and Gameful Design, the results of my research, and other relevant information to academics and professionals interested in these topics.

You can see what I am currently doing on the Now page.

Gustavo’s Ph.D. research was supported by the Games Institute, the HCI Games Group, and IMMERSe, and sponsored by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) of Brazil, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Mitacs, and the University of Waterloo.