MVP OF THE WEEK 2015: BOW WOW, MEET OUR… DOG NINJA!

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Initially only capable of communicating with dogs and fumbling at social interaction, Belle now has skills she can actually use in the real world. These are skills she picked up in polytechnic, and they include: a strong immunity to the sweat and pain that comes with film production, thick skin towards criticism that had constantly been shot at her writing, and forced calm when her HTML coding doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

 

Armed with these new skills, Belle was sent to Gametize for her 22-week internship, where she joined the business operations team. Here, Belle is being groomed and shaped to take charge and to take initiative. She is sent to business meetings, and asked to head several internal projects.

 

Belle is learning many new things, and she is also getting to hone the skills she already possesses. By the end of her journey with Gametize, Belle will be a different person yet again, with newer skills in her arsenal!

MVP of the week 2015: The incredibly lovely and adorable… Rainbow Ninja!

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In a society where certificates are most important, and time is a monster breathing down your neck, Shi Teng has done the unthinkable: she’s taken a gap year.

Shi Teng hopped aboard the Gametize train a few months after graduating from polytechnic, a whole skill set tucked under her arm.

While some consider a gap year to be a pause, or a break, in your progress, Shi Teng sees it as part of her journey. Her gap year with Gametize is another story she will be able to tell people, another stepping stone to finding out what she really wants.

Here at Gametize, Shi Teng handles several projects, following up with clients and creating demo samples. Whatever you ask her to do, she’ll do it, and she’ll do it well. Hence her moniker, “Rainbow Ninja”. Just like how a rainbow has many different colours, Shi Teng has many different skills that range from content management to illustration to web design. Also like a rainbow, she brightens up the place wherever she goes, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

Her time here with Gametize is shaping her and giving her a new-found confidence that will enable her to make the right call for herself when her gap year is over.

MVP of the Week 2015: Introducing the oh-so-delicious… Strawberry Ninja!

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Hailing from NUS with his strawberry-shaped head and insane tech skills is Oswell! You can find him typing away in his hacker-language at his desk. If not, he’ll be reading books and manga, or playing table tennis and basketball.

Oswell is with Gametize on a 6-months internship, though we wish we could keep him for a bit longer. Here, Oswell works magic with laptops and codes, working on and learning more about UX, UIs, and how gamification can drive real-life behavior.

Some may call tech-savvy people geeks, or find them boring, but Oswell can certainly spin a tale that will have you laughing till tears come to your eyes (evident by his Dixit stories!). He’s a valuable team member, and not just because of his tech skills.

Oh, and. He has another prestigious job title as the CBGO – Chief Board Game Officer. It sounds a little vulgar for some Singaporeans, but it is an important role to teach us new games to inspire our creativity. We will be sad to see him go, but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

MVP Of The Week 2015: The sharp and deadly… Ninja Philosopher!

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From a land where numbers and words collide, Wena is stuck in the middle: She’s mastered both.

Wena was born in The English Language tribe. Words were her true love. Nouns, verbs, and adjectives were her siblings whom she tossed around and played with growing up. Together, they constructed beautifully complete sentences that would make Shakespeare weep.

However, Wena is a free spirit, hungry for more knowledge.

So, in her tertiary years, Wena danced with banking and finances instead, learning all she could about the inner workings of mathematics and formulae. This act, however, was considered treason by her tribe, and she was banished from her home.

Never one to be deterred, Wena never lost hope, and she trudged on in her solitary journey, until she found a new tribe: Gametize.

Here, she is allowed to love both numbers and words. Here, she is allowed to utilise both.

With her numeric and linguistic skills, in conjunction with her inherent wit and charm, you can bet (if you’re a gambling man), that Wena will be hitting home-runs for Gametize’s leads and clients.


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Stay tuned to meet more ninjas!

 

4 entrepreneurial traits of the Gametize Ninja

Culture is the unique atmosphere, environment and surrounding of an organisation. It is the shared understanding that everyone in the organisation share. At Gametize, we see ourselves as ninjas, stealth and quick warriors of the night sky. Every ninja who has been part of the Gametize clan adopted these 4 codes at work,

1) Zen state of mind

ninja1We adopt the entrepreneurial spirit of agility and precision. We are fearless in thought and methodology. We are driven by self-motivation. We only have ourselves to prove at the end of the day. Hierarchies is a no go, respect is.

2) Killer instinct

ninja3We believe that every execution of idea should be flawless. Therefore, we do whatever it takes to reach our goals. We are unorthodox and creative with the creation of solutions. We believe that the best ideas are always outrageous and absurd at first, but with time, they can be real gem. We are only comfortable because it is common. Silence the ‘common’ word!

3) Commando spirit

ninja4We are only as strong as the weakest link. Teamwork and trust are critical in a small tight group. We play to our strengths, optimizing the time for work. We have faith in our team mates and their abilities. This is what value-adding is all about.

4) Tough as nails

ninja2Every path is imperfect. There would be obstacles setting us back. We have to remain undaunted, strong and determined in the face of adversity. When at wit’s end, we have calm down and fulfil the intended task to our best ability. Ninja and nails do not flinch at a wrong path.

Feeling like a Gametize Ninja? Sneak up on us, we would love to meet you!

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This post was contributed by Max Ang, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Max is the summer Business Ninja at Gametize in 2014. He loves reading, especially on themes that deal with the modern society. A sporty person who enjoys runs in the morning and rock climbing on the weekends.

Gamifying the internship application process

Let’s face it – whether you’re applying for internships or recruiting interns for your company, the process can be tedious, boring or downright inefficient.

Presenting Gametize’s very own Internship Challenge!

Like any internship application, interns-to-be are given the opportunity to market their skills and knowledge, seeking a right match with Gametize. With Gametize’s Internship Challenge created on our native game platform, you’re given much more freedom to express yourself and have a chance to showcase your personality!.

In fact, let’s have a simple walk through and you can experience it for yourself here:

Step 1: Choose Your Mission

Do you want to be a Dev Ninja, supporting the Gametize web and mobile platforms behind the scenes? Or do you want to be a Growth Hacker, constantly finding ways to engage players and increase Gametize’s brand and product outreach?

The Internship Challenge includes each of these roles as separate quests for clarity’s sake, but you can apply to both if you’re game for it! If you’re not sure exactly what these roles entail and whether or not you meet the requirements, all you have to do is take a look at the Mission Brief at the start of each quest.

The Internship Challenge was created using Gametize's intuitive native platform. Getting to know you is just as important as you getting to know us!
The Internship Challenge was created using Gametize’s intuitive native platform. Getting to know you is just as important as you getting to know us!

Step 2: Why Gametize?

We would love for you to join us as a Gametize Ninja, but first we need to ask: Why do you want to intern at Gametize and what do you hope to learn from this internship?

We take our internships very seriously and will not hesitate to give these limited places to those who want it most. And of course, we expect you to familiarise yourself with what we do at Gametize too (don’t worry, we’ve provided handy links you can refer to). Do your research!

Notice the blue buttons? Answers can also be shared to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, click the heart icon to vote on someone else's answer!
Notice the blue buttons? Answers can also be shared to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, click the heart icon to vote on someone else’s answer!

Step 3: Who Are You?

What are your areas of expertise? What are 3 words your friends use to describe you? Which 3 items would you want to have if you were trapped on a deserted island?

It may sound simple enough, but we’re dying to know who you are! Knowledge and skills are important, but we want to make sure you’re a good fit for our company culture too. Also, feel free to demonstrate your creativity – prove that you’re people-oriented by attaching a photo of you and your circle of friends, or show us your design skills by linking to your online portfolio.

Feel free to attach images to your answers - After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Feel free to attach images to your answers – After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

With all 11 challenges completed, we might just contact you to arrange for a quick interview at our headquarters to get to know you even better face-to-face. And if it all works out…

Welcome to the family!

The Gametize Internship Challenge can be done anytime, anywhere, on both web and via our mobile app, gamecode: internchallenge (iOS, Android). Give it your best shot – YOU could be our next intern! #ChallengeAccepted #Gameon

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This post was contributed by Sarah Ong, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Sarah was offered a mentorship summer 2014 at Gametize under the IDA ELITe Programme. While her special talent is her fluency in the Japanese language, she also dabbles in a bit of design and of course, video games. Recent projects she has contributed to include the Amazing Food Race and Selfiely.

MVP of the Week: Last but not least… The Mind-Bending Ninja

Jonathan

As a final-year Psychology student at the University College London, Jonathan developed a passion for UX design after taking the elective module Computing for Psychologists.

This interest led him to fly across the globe, back to Singapore, to pursue a mentorship in Gametize.

Jonathan’s spectrum of talents led him to be thrown immediately into action, working on projects within his first week at Gametize.

Drawing from his psychology expertise, IT knowledge and design skills, Jonathan has produced great work ranging from an awesome infographic on Gamification to a blog post on Milgram’s experiment!

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MVP of the Week” is a series of articles highlighting our awesome teammates. Stay tuned!

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This post was contributed by Quek Keng Yong, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Keng Yong has been placed at Gametize to do a 6-month internship through the iLEAD programme of NUS Entreprise in 2014. He studied Business at National University of Singapore. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike or play computer games.

MVP of the Week: Here we have… the Python Ninja!

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While creating a new programming language, Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum was also reading scripts from the comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. He realized the need to have a name that was short, unique and slightly mysterious, so he decided to call the language “Python”.

Our Python Ninja, Shi Min, is TALL, unique and slightly mysterious. His strength is his incredible flexibility. Not only does Shi Min study Informations Systems at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (which was established in collaboration with MIT), he also finds time to engage in many challenging activities, such as graphic editing, hip-hop dancing and playing the clarinet in a symphonic band.

Shi Min’s creative talents and technical skills proved to be a perfect fit at Gametize, where design thinking and game psychology are combined with our streamlined technology to create gamified experiences.

In Gametize, Shi Min is leading the update of our analytics dashboard.

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MVP of the Week” is a series of articles highlighting our awesome teammates. Stay tuned!

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This post was contributed by Quek Keng Yong, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Keng Yong has been placed at Gametize to do a 6-month internship through the iLEAD programme of NUS Entreprise in 2014. He studied Business at National University of Singapore. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike or play computer games.

MVP of the Week: A rose among the thorns… the Multi-lingual Ninja!

SarahCurrently in Japan for an exchange program, Sarah came to Gametize to learn more about the Way of the Ninja. By day, Sarah is a cute girl studying Information Systems in NUS School of Computing. By night, she roams the digital world as a multi-lingual ninja.

From the day she was born, Sarah yearned to experience many different ways of life. It was this thirst to learn about other cultures that led her to learn Japanese as a third language for six years.

Her knowledge of Japanese culture combined with her expertise in information systems makes her a fearsome ninja. On top of that, Sarah wields many ninja design tools such as Adobe Photoshop CS and Lightroom. She has taken on a wide array of top-secret missions, ranging from smithing virtual items to translating texts into Far Eastern languages.

At Gametize, Sarah is working on a game that introduces Japanese Culture.
She played a key role in promoting our selfie challenge app, Selfiely, in Japan.

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MVP of the Week” is a series of articles highlighting our awesome teammates. Stay tuned!

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This post was contributed by Quek Keng Yong, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Keng Yong has been placed at Gametize to do a 6-month internship through the iLEAD programme of NUS Entreprise in 2014. He studied Business at National University of Singapore. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike or play computer games.

MVP of the Week: Bringing in… The C++ Ninja

Rahul

Rahul’s passion for games and his engineering expertise led him to build
the gamma-powered Glove of Game Design. However, during the development process Rahul was exposed to an overdose of gamma rays, leading to a strange side effect…

When Rahul gets too engrossed in games, Rahul transforms into his beastly alter-ego, RAHULK. RAHULK goes on gaming rampages, destroying all his opponents in strategy games and leaving a trail of sad gamers in his wake.

Only Rahul’s friends are capable of calming down this raging titan, but even then they take hours to reverse the transformation

On one of his rampages, RAHULK sensed a pulse of gamification energy and made a mighty leap, flying into the atmosphere in the direction of Gametize’s HQ. After landing, RAHULK was immediately subdued by Gametize Ninjas
and transformed back into Rahul. Rahul was astounded at the gamification technology used to control RAHULK and volunteered to join Gametize to learn more about it.

Rahul is pursuing Computer Science at NTU and organizes events with NTU’s Visual Arts Society. In Gametize, Rahul is currently fiddling with a project called FameMark.

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MVP of the Week” is a series of articles highlighting our awesome teammates. Stay tuned!

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This post was contributed by Quek Keng Yong, Business Development Mentee @ Gametize
Keng Yong has been placed at Gametize to do a 6-month internship through the iLEAD programme of NUS Entreprise in 2014. He studied Business at National University of Singapore. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike or play computer games.