Gamification Training Program Launched in Kajaani, Finland

Gamificate 2, the second in-service training program in gamification, was launched in Kajaani, Finland, last weekend. The training is jointly organized by the University of Oulu and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and it’s targeted for highly-educated people, who are interested in taking advantage of gamification in their work. The training program runs for the whole school year and it includes ten days of contact teaching in Kajaani

Cloudriven’s CEO Jukka Koskenkanto is one of the trainers. He was also teaching at the first Gamificate training a year ago. Jukka started the course by familiarizing the participants with the basics of gamification, the market need and the process view.

“From a business perspective, it’s important to remember that gamification can only add value if it is part of the company’s business processes”, Jukka says.

Next time the participants will deepen their knowledge on what gamification is in practice and how it can be applied in the workplace. Cloudriven’s gamified Habit solution is being used at the training to support learning; the participants can track their progress during the course.

 

Gamification Expert Juhani Vuoti Joined Cloudriven

Mr. Juhani Vuoti, Bachelor in Media Engineering and Bachelor of Theology, has joined Cloudriven’s rock-solid team of experts on September 15th. Juhani will be in charge of Cloudriven’s consulting services regarding gamification, eLearning and competency development.

Juhani is an experienced gamification professional: he did his Master’s Thesis on the gamification of cognitive psychotherapy and he writes a gamification-related blog called Gamify.fi. Before joining Cloudriven, Juhani has worked as a web communications specialist at the Finnish Lutheran Church.

Juhani Vuoti, Consultant, Gamification Expert

Juhani Vuoti“I want to make the world a better and more equal place, so that everyone would have the same opportunities to be successful and happy.”

  • Lives in Merihaka, Helsinki which is “the ugliest, yet the most pleasant neighborhood in Helsinki”
  • Passionate about music, astronomy, city planning and human rights
  • Favorite color is dark green and favorite food creamy salmon soup with rye bread

Let’s Connect!

Juhani Vuoti // juhani.vuoti@cloudriven.fi // +358 44 3607972 // @gamifyblog // LinkedIn

The Best of Cloudriven’s 2nd Year of Operation

Cloudriven celebrated its 2nd year anniversary last Wednesday September 3rd. To honor this special occasion, our team chose eight of the most memorable moments from the passing year.

1) We Gamified Our Own Performance Management with Habit

“Seeing in practice how Habit has changed our working culture and the way of work, has been huge”, says Tuomas who has just received five carrot points for helping out a colleague.

We started using Habit in spring to guide our weekly efforts. So far the experiences have been extremely positive: we’ve been able to boost our productivity and make work more meaningful and engaging.

The Strongest in Finland2) We Received Recognition for Successful Business Performance

Hard work pays off. As an indication of our outstanding financial performance, we received the Strongest in Finland badge and were chosen as one of the most successful companies in Finland by Finland’s biggest financial newspaper Kauppalehti. Now that’s something!

3) Our New York Operation Started

Our virtual office in New York opened in August. CMO Janne will be working in NYC until the end of the year to map out potential partners and build the network. When he’s not working, he enjoys good food and tries to understand what’s so great about baseball.

4) Team Cloudriven Survived the Challenging Jukola Relay

“The race was good but rough”, Jukka describes this year’s Jukola Relay. The biggest orienteering competition in the world was held in Vehmersalmi, Kuopio, and the route was full of steep hills and dense woods.

Somehow every member of our team still managed to find all the control points and cross the finish line with dignity. Although our ranking wasn’t as good as last year, we conquered ourselves and improved our team spirit, which is far more important than victory.

Team Cloudriven after the challenging race.

Team Cloudriven after the challenging race.

However, next year we will prevail.

5) We Had Many Laughs Shooting Demo Videos for Habit

During the spring and summer Anu, Janne and Antero had some good time filming demo content for Habit. For our customers’ sake, we’ve kept this bloopers behind closed doors until now.

Unfortunately the videos are available only in Finnish, but you’ll get the idea even if you don’t understand the words.

6) We Migrated Our Environments to the Cloud

After we had migrated our private cloud offering to Azure, Tuomas dragged the old servers to our Espoo office. Finally seeing the old hardware you’ve been using for years and years got all of us a little emotional.

“It was like meeting an online acquaintance for the first time in person. Just to find out that the person looks totally different than what you had expected”, says Antti, who didn’t get lucky on the first date. The rack was just too big for him to handle.

7) Pikkujoulut aka Pre-Christmas Party

The honorary party planning committee decided to organize the Pre-Christmas Party in Huone, which is the world’s first events hotel. Food was great, Antero tried to sing Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark in karaoke and at some point we ended up in Lady Moon. That’s about all we can remember.

8) Jukka Strengthened His Reputation as Gamification Guru

Guru-JukkaOur CEO Jukka has been listed as one of the TOP30 gamification gurus in the world and his contribution at the Gamificate lecture series organized by Oulu University and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences’ was greatly appreciated. Jukka’s presentation at the Nordic Digital Summit cemented his place as one of the most respected Finnish thought-leaders in using gamification as a tool to increase employee engagement and productivity.

From now on, we shall refer to him as Guru Jukka.

Bonus Mention

We can’t argue with Napoleon: our army also marches on its stomach. So as a bonus, our team would like to send a special thank you to the people at Voimala for delivering us the best lunch food in the whole world!

Gamification Guru Jukka Koskenkanto Speaks Today at Nordic Digital Summit 2014

Cloudriven’s CEO and gamification guru Mr. Jukka Koskenkanto will be speaking today at the Nordic Digital Summit 2014 in Helsinki. In the presentation Jukka will talk about gamification as a means to increase employee engagement, and with practical case examples he will point out, how meaningful it actually is to do meaningful work. The title of the presentation is Let Their Lives Flourish – Essentials of Enterprise Gamification and it’s part of the Serious Gaming track (see whole programme).

Let their lives flourish – essentials of enterprise gamification

Most of the employees are not engaged with their work based on the reasearch by Gallup. Enterprise gamification is often argued to provide mechanisms to increase employee engagement. In this session Mr Jukka Koskenkanto will introduce the essentials of enterprise gamification for increasing employee engagement via a case study.

Gamification Guru Jukka Koskenkanto
Jukka Koskenkanto is Cloudriven’s CEO & co-founder, lecturer at Aalto University and lecturer at Oulu University & Kajaani University of Applied Sciences’ Gamificate lecture series. He has spent over ten years exploring the possibilities to support productive and meaningful work via digital enterprise solutions. His gamification journey started at Satama Interactive (later Trainers’ House) with business live action role play (BLARP) software. Jukka is also an active member of the gamification community and listed as one of the TOP30 gamification gurus in the world by UK based Leaderboarded Ltd.

 

Cloudriven’s Operation in New York Has Started

Times SquareCloudriven has opened a virtual office in New York for five months. The aim is to map out potential partners on the East Coast and build connections.

In addition to local Microsoft CRM and O365 partners, Cloudriven is searching for partners especially among business coaching, training and management consulting companies. During this fall, Cloudriven launches a brand new online business coaching and training service which makes it easy, fun and effective to develop your own skills and competencies. Cloudriven’s partners will provide the content of the service.

Cloudriven’s CMO Janne Haonperä will be working in New York until the end of the year. You can follow Janne’s work in the Cloudriven blog in the course of the fall.

”It’s amazing to work in such an inspiring city! Telecommuting is easier than I thought and I’m in touch with my Finnish colleagues daily. Even the challenges with the time difference can be solved”, Janne says.

Since June, Cloudriven has also been a proud member of Northern Europe’s leading international business hub, Amcham Finland. Amcham facilitates connections, shapes public policy, and produces and delivers critical business information for members.

Don’t hesitate to contact Janne, if you’re travelling in New York or you want to know more about our upcoming online coaching tool!

Janne Haonperä
janne.haonpera@cloudriven.fi
+1-917-854-3562 (USA)
+358503393466 (Finland)