In 2018 Forbes magazine lists Johanna Pirker among the 30 most interesting minds from Europe under the age of 30 for her prizewinning virtual reality physics lab. As part of her studies she explored virtual world environments at MIT and Graz University of Technology. Johanna finished her doctoral dissertation in computer science on motivational environments and specializes in games and environments that engage users to learn, train, and work together through motivating tasks. Having worked at gaming legend EA and as a founder of the games research group Game Lab Graz, Johanna will share some of her experiences in game design and development, as well as virtual world development and what makes learning fun and sustainable.
Maroon (2013-now) is an award-winning interactive physics laboratory and experiment environment implemented, designed for active learning in the classroom or at home. It visualizes and simulates various physics experiments and supports room-scale but also mobile VR experiences. In 2017, maroon won the GOLC Award for “Best Visualized Experiment”.