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Ziv Kitaro

Ziv Kitaro

Lecturer on Game Design, the Master's Program in Industrial Design

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Author, Game Designer, all in all creator of cool stuff

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Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Lecturer on Game Design, the Master's Program in Industrial Design

I developed and teach the Game Design course, as part of the new Master's program in Industrial Design. The course is based on the hugely successful Game Design Program I lead at the Midrasha.

The course will give students the tools needed to create playful and game like experiences. Part of the responsibility does include guiding students who wish to engage in projects in this field, and orchestrate cooperation with programs and/or courses.

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UTOPIAfest - The Tel-Aviv International Festival for Science-Fiction, Imagination and the Future

Content Manager

Responsible for the production of the main speaking events of the festivals.
This includes finding high level speakers and coordinating their talks, working with guests from overseas, and leading the events themselves.

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"Land of the Little People"

Executive Producer

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Ziv Kitaro

Consultant, Game Designer

I consult companies that are in need of product strategy, game design and concepts. I offerer full service; starting with on-ground management, weekly meet ups, training and documentation, on to full game design content creation and more.

The type of games varies: mobile games, online computer games, MMO, gaming, etc. I worked both on games aimed at niche crowds, and also on outdoor experiences for broader audiences. Finally, I offer Gamification services tailored for specific products and crowded.

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Faery Guide - Book

Author

Published my first book under “Opus Publishing”. A guide to magical creatures Dragons, fairies, Gnomes or Goblins, they are all there waiting.

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ziv kitaro

Speaker

Public speaking started as a hobby and turned rather quickly to an occupation of mine. The topics of my lectures includes: Technology, Popular culture, Folklore, personal growth, productivity, writing, game designing, and more.

I am invited to speak in both small and large events. Most of these events are festivals (like the Storytelling Festival, Icon,Icon etc.), other are more professional oriented venues like special events arranged by the Ministry of Education in Israel, and other more public events.
These lectures are given in: private events, for the Ministry of Education in Israel, and other more public events.

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Savion Care Center - Center for people with special needs

Therapist

Worked with the tenants to help them physically with various deficiencies, aches and other challenges. I worked with people ages 17 to 70, treating each with the best suited technique for him or her self.

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Jerusalem Post - Good Life

Columnist

A monthly column about tips for better living, leisure activity and health.

KiTARO- A Store specialized in fantasy art, collectible figurine and the Occult

Owner, strategic planer, import manager

KiTARO was a two branches store (one in Haifa, the other in Tel Aviv).
The Store was a center for special books on Magick and the occult, collectable and handmade fantasy status, and limited-edition artworks.

During this time, I contacted, signed contracts and worked with providers from England, Germany,
Italy and the U.S.A to bring special merchandise, collectable figurines, hard to find items and books.

KiTARO's unique needs dictated that I become not only the buyer but also the person responsible of the import of the goods and worked with customs to release the items to the stores.

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DarkMotif

Writer

Wrote a story for a computer game. A dark and epic, cross continent quest with mythical and religious themes about the true origin of our specie. The game is called “Adam Syndrom” and is scheduled to be released in 2009.

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Beit Berl College

Head of the Game Design program

My main responsibility is to Orchestrat and manage the longest running game-design program in Israel. As part of my duties I build the syllabus, recruit and interview Students and staff members and also teach in the program.

My focus is on breaking down core concept in games and teach how to implement game strategies and mechanics into services and products. I work with the students on content and design of games.

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Chess Nations

CEO

Chess Nations is a rich-layered multiplayer chess game. Enhanced with a rich backdrop of historical progression, and offers the most fun and stimulating chess puzzles out there.
Our mission is to make Chess accessible and engaging to new audiences, while helping players to constantly develop their skill.

Chess Nations is driven by experienced veterans of the tech and games industries and partnered with Come2Play to create a strong base for the game to grow from.

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Smite Entertainment

COO

Product manager and Creative Director.
I take products from the idea stage, through all the production phases, up to delivery. I run the in house studio and freelance artists and developers. I also run the day to day activities of the company.

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Calcalist

Consumer electronics journalist

writing a weekly article about gadgets and other technological products from around the world.

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Speaker

Gave lectures on a vast range of topics: on folklore, technology and popular culture topics

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Ynet

Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor of the tech section at Ynet. Working on guides, tutorials, and How-to articles.
Also, writing my ongoing and weekly column about mac, iOS, iphone, iPads, OS X, and all things Apple

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geo-spatial web startup in stealth mode

Product manager and Game Designer

A small status that explores the way we communicate today. Our product helps facilitated communication in a better way, taking into account both the tools we use, and also the state of mind and physical location we are at.

My work here was to help define both the core product and its derivatives, and also to define the user experience and gamification elements.

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Kitaro's Mac Show

Producer and host

Kitaro's Mac Show is a leading podcast of all things Apple, mac or iPhone. The show is recorded every week and brings news, products and application reviews, iPhone application reviews, tips, tricks and more about all things Macintosh. 4 permanent members participate in the show, two of them are Apple certified technicians, one is an Art director and designer who is a veteran in the world of macs.

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Beit Berl College

Lecturer

I teach Game Design, focusing on thought patterns for game designing.
Was promoted to the head of the program.

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Keshet Interactive

Journalist for Mako

Writing about technology in general with an ever so slightly mac bias. Bi-monthly Mac column, reviews etc. Also writing for the Men section about productivity, presentation and “life” subjects.

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Kitaro's Sideshow

Producer and host

Producing podcasts is the same as producing any radio show.
As the leading podcaster in Israel I am running three popular shows, I have helped in the creation of over a dozen more shows and conducted seminar and gave lecture on many occasion about the subject.
Creating the show gave me experience in hosting, making the recording, the arrangement, editing, promoting and distributing the show.

What are podcasts?
Podcasts are "internet radio shows" - i.e audio content that is recorded on a regular schedule and distributed over the web. Unlike normal shows, podcasts are available at any time so people can alway enjoy the content, and listen to them where ever they want - on the computer, through a CD in the car, on their iPods etc. There are shows about any subject you can imagine.

Our most prominent ones are:
Kitaros' Sideshow, Kitaro's Macshow and iPhone101.co.il

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Cedar Design Group

Senior Game designer, and Product manager

Cedar Design Group is an Israeli based game company that was founded in January 2008 but began its activity at around 2004.

As a senior game designer my work deals mainly with the creation of the game-play, the rules, the
audio and visual feedbacks and the many aspects that go into making this new game.
I also work on original content for the platform, including background story, character development,
etc.

My second duty is to work on new concepts for games: physical toys, electronic devices and web
based. There are three main games I have developed under this position, and I can elaborate on
them in person.

Last, since we are a small company our work tends to grow to other aspects. In my case, it was advising on presentations and papers for investors and marketing.

An unofficial ElectroHex™ video clip:
http://vimeo.com/2600533

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Walla.co.il

Columnist

Wrote a weekly column about Apple and Macintosh. Tips, guides, Q&As from readers.

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icast.co.il

Product and Content Manager

iCast is leading the podcast and audio content revolution in Israel. The site began as a place that offers anyone to upload their podcast creation. On the site, you can find original content; radio shows and lectures with more content in the pipes ready to be launched.

My job was to find ways to develop the content offered by the Web site. I worked with the “Open University” and got their lectures on the site, Negotiated with book publishers to bring their content in and worked with independent podcaster and get them to keep creating original conte.content.

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NRG.co.il - Ma’ariv Online

Columnist

My column started out from subjects like spirituality in the 21st century and from there it took the form of being a column about mysteries.

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Demons Under the Sink

Owner/Writer/Game Designer

Demons under the sink was the leading Role playing Game magazine. It featured articles, reviews and personal columns about the industry, the community and the hobby itself.

We built the site, wrote for it and created a community which is still active today, years after the magazine stopped its publishing.

Other then working on the magazine itself, we operated conventions for RPGs, gave lectured on the subjects and worked as advisor to an Israeli RPG importer.

For each of the conventions we organized, we created new games and stories. Later I created games for conventions that were created by the Israeli Society for the promotion of Role Playing Games and gave lectures about game and story creation.

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Dale Carnegie

Effective Communication and Human Relations

The Israeli College for Natural therapies

ND, Naturopathy