About

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One day we accidentally started building video games and we haven’t stopped since.

We build video games and tools for video games. We’ve worked on games that have won awards ranging from a BAFTA, to an IGF award, to the Australian iAwards and AIMIA awards, to our local TASICT awards. We just love awards so much we have boxes of them in the office. We’ll even show them to you if you ask nicely.

We literally wrote the book(s). We’ve written more than 20 books on everything from Unity game development to Kerbal Space Program to Artificial Intelligence to the Swift programming language.

We had a game on the iOS App Store on Day 1 (that’s 10 July 2008, in case you were wondering), and we've been using Unity for more than a decade (yes, it is that old).

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Paris Buttfield-Addison
BA-BComp (Hons), PhD

Paris is co-founder and business lead at Secret Lab. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval History, a Bachelor of Computing with First Class Honours, and earned a PhD in Computer Science/HCI for his exploration of the use of tablet technology. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at the leisurely pace of two units per year. 他目前正在学习中文.

Paris formerly worked as the mobile Product Manager at Meebo, a groundbreaking Silicon Valley 'Web 2.0' startup that was acquired by Google, and has co-authored more than 20 technical books for iconic brands, O'Reilly Media and Wiley's For Dummies, on a variety of topics such as game design, mobile development, and rocket science.

Paris and his Secret Lab co-founder, Jon, were jointly awarded the 2010 Pearcey Award for innovative achievements within the ICT industry, and in 2016 Paris was recognised by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as a Gold Disruptor. Paris is also participant in 2018 intake of the prestigious Tasmanian Leaders Program.

Paris sits on the board of the Australasian Apple University Consortium, and the Tasmanian branch of the ACS. Paris lives in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, and can be found on TwitterLinkedIn, at http://www.paris.id.au, or via email.

 

Jon Manning
BComp (Hons), PhD

Jon is co-founder and technical lead at Secret Lab. He holds a Bachelor of Computing with First Class Honours, and earned PhD in Computer Science/HCI for his research into manipulation on social media sites.

Jon formerly worked as the senior mobile Software Engineer at Meebo, a groundbreaking Silicon Valley 'Web 2.0' startup that was acquired by Google, and has co-authored more than 20 books for iconic technology brands, O'Reilly Media and Wiley's For Dummies, on a variety of topics such as game design, mobile development, and rocket science.

Jon and his Secret Lab co-founder, Paris, were jointly awarded the 2010 Pearcey Award for innovative achievements within the ICT industry.

Jon sits on the board of the Australasian Apple University Consortium. Jon lives in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, and can be found on TwitterLinkedIn, at http://www.desplesda.net, or via email.