About Jen Helms

Headshot-smallerI’m Jen Helms, a co-founder of Playmation Studios as well as an independent consultant. At Playmation Studios we believe that games can be both entertaining and help us learn, grow, and live better lives. We see a huge opportunity in developing games based on deeper interactions with language and have built custom natural language processing technology to use in game contexts. Our games have won awards for their innovative learning mechanics and have been featured in many publications including the Washington Post and Boing Boing. In addition to making our own great games Playmation Studios is a full service game development and design studio available for hire.

As an independent consultant, I love to work with clients to help turn their ideas into a viable reality using my experiences launching several products over the last four years combined with the education I received earning an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Playmation I co-founded Solution Dojo and rapidly prototyped and released three other products, including FitCycle for android which received over 10,000 downloads before we closed down the company. While at Kellogg I traveled to India to work on a technology education program through the American India Foundation and to Thailand to work for HP Social Innovation on a mobile health consulting project. While it has taken many forms, everything I do is about trying to make a positive impact on the world.

I started out as a game designer in the Georgia Piedmont and then in Yosemite National Park where I worked as an educator using real-world games and play to teach students science. At the age of 25 I was promoted to the role of Director of Operations to oversee the program for the 300 schools throughout California that attended annually and the 35 educators in the field. In Yosemite I also co-founded Sustainable Action, a nonprofit bicycle lending program.

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