PAX East Recap – Gamification, AbleGamers Foundation, Nerdification

After our Brunch at Veggie Galaxy it was time to go Nerd out at PAX. A couple of the signs outside the convention center really capture how it feels to be there – “Welcome Home” was my favourite, another one referencing WarGames was ‘Would you like to play a game?” The Boston Convention Center was totally packed with people and there were so many things to do, it was hard to decide. We managed to catch one of the panels I really wanted to see called “If I hear Gamification one more time I’m going to scream” was great and I’m glad we went. While sometimes it felt like a big self-promotion fest, there was a lot of valuable discussion on what gamification is and isn’t, and it’s potential uses for education, health, and fitness (as evidenced by Fitocracy.)

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Boston – Grilled Vegan Sandwiches from Flour Bakery and PAX East

We successfully arrived in Boston yesterday. The trip out of the Toronto’s city centre airport is so much better than flying out from Toronto’s Pearson International. It’s not as crowded, the security process is quick and easy, and there is a lounge space with free wifi and free drinks (like coffee, tea, juice, and soda.) JC and I weren’t sitting together on the plane (that’s what we get for booking separately!) so I got some quality time with my kobo (incidentally, if you haven’t read Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain, it’s fascinating.) The one thing I like about porter is the snacks are a few steps above the usual stuff. Vegan options included Terra chips and plain blue diamond almonds. Top that off with a nice golden glass of vegan friendly Steam Whistle (a Toronto brewer,) and I almost forgot I was in a plane.

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