Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Founding Partner and Chief Creation Officer of the premium consulting/design firm The Octalysis Group, as well as Co-Founder and Chief Experience of Metablox – an NFT platform powered by Real World Places and Real Life Memories.
Yu-kai is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. Yu-kai has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification and motivation worldwide, including at organizations like Stanford/Yale/Oxford, Google, Tesla, IDEO LEGO, BCG, the governments of UK, Singapore, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more. His design work has empowered over 1 Billion users’ experiences and he was rated #1 among the “Top 100 Gamification Gurus” in the world 3 out of 4 years by the Gamification World Congress and the Gamification Europe Conference.
Formerly, Yu-kai was Head of Creative Labs as well as Head of Digital Commerce for HTC, pioneering innovation in VR/AR and the Metaverse. He was also the Chief Experience Officer of the Blockchain company Decentral, working with the Co-Founder of Ethereum Anthony Di Iorio to create delightful Blockchain experiences. Yu-kai is also the creator of Octalysis Prime, a Gamified Library of all his work and research.
Yu-kai was one of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, starting his work in the industry in 2003. He has helped a variety of companies, from seed stage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as LEGO, Uber, Porsche, Walgreens, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, AIG Japan, Verizon, and more.
Yu-kai is an Investor or Board Advisor for many organizations and companies, including Mighty Bear Games, LuckyDiem, Incentive Games, GoalSetter, Motion Auto, and many more.
Yu-kai is a follower of Christ, and his other hobbies include playing/teaching chess, writing/playing string quartet pieces, rating high quality movies, though he rarely has time for these hobbies. Yu-kai is the proud father of his twin daughters, Symphony and Harmony.
“Yu-kai’s reputation precedes him in the field of gamification, so I know him professionally before I know him personally. Professionally he’s as efficient and effective as a black hat hacker. But personally, he’s as kind and passionate as a white hat artist. Yu-kai himself is the perfect embodiment of his octalysis framework. You may have only seen some aspect of him; but believe me, he has all 8 sides of the octagon, plus the center—he’s sensational.”
-Michael Wu, Chief Scientist @ Lithium Technologies
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