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. Prior to Playmation I co-founded Solution Dojo and rapidly prototyped and released three other products, including FitCycle for android which was my personal favorite. Over the past five years I have led the development and launch of seven products and have become obsessed with the art of making great products.

As an independent consultant, I love to work with clients to help turn their ideas into a viable reality using my experiences launching products combined with the education I received earning an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. 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. 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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