Menno van Pelt-Deen
Dr. Menno van Pelt-Deen is a Design[er] Researcher, he explores game design in new and weird contexts. He creates games in swimming pools, therapeutic sessions, and forests. By creating games with professionals, students, and non-game developers, Menno builds bridges between industries, disciplines, and people. As a result, he fosters the inclusion of new perspectives and domains into the creative industry of game development.
As incubation manager at Dutch Game Garden, Menno continues to build bridges between startups and the game industry. He is responsible for the program that trains aspiring developers to bring their games to market. He currently represents 20+ companies from the Netherlands.
Menno initiated the Games [4…] Jams. These game jams bring people together to develop a working game in a rather short time span. The jams produce case studies in the domains of health, education and cultural heritage. Most of all, they inspire and connect.
Together with Mark van Kuijk, Menno founded the game studio Lapp. Lapp develops prototypes and performs user tests for games that stimulate meaningful interactions between (grand)parents and children. Combining two playing styles and cognitive abilities in one game in order to resonate both experiences and invite players to communicate with one another.
Lapp creates games for parents that are most engaging when played with their kids.
Dutch Game Garden is a game incubator and business center. For the last 10 years, we created job opportunities and economic growth by supporting the Dutch games industry and by promoting entrepreneurship.