World-renowned game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal, PhD. takes play seriously. McGonigal is the Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, where she earned "Harvard Business Review" honors for "Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas of 2008" for her work on the future of games. Her work has been featured in "The Economist, Wired," and "The New York Times hailed her as one of the 100 most creative people in business. She has been a featured speaker at TED, South by Southwest Interactive, the Game Developers Conference, ETech, and the Web 2.0 Summit, as well as appearing at "The New Yorker" Conference. Born in Philadelphia in 1977 and raised in New York, Jane now lives in San Francisco with her husband."