Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Paris Buttfield-Addison

Paris Buttfield-Addison
Cofounder, Secret Lab

Website | @parisba

Paris Buttfield-Addison is a cofounder of Secret Lab, a game development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Australia. Secret Lab builds games and game development tools, including the multi-award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, the BAFTA- and IGF-winning Night in the Woods, the Qantas airlines Joey Playbox games, and the Yarn Spinner narrative game framework. Previously, Paris was a mobile product manager for Meebo (acquired by Google). Paris particularly enjoys game design, statistics, blockchain, machine learning, and human-centered technology. He researches and writes technical books on mobile and game development (more than 20 so far) for O’Reilly and is writing Practical AI with Swift and Head First Swift. He holds a degree in medieval history and a PhD in computing. You can find him on Twitter as @parisba.


9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Adopt This Now
Location: Meeting Room 18 C/D
Level: Beginner
Jon Manning (Secret Lab), Tim Nugent (, Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Jonathon Manning, Tim Nugent, and Paris Buttfield-Addison explain how to use Swift to build apps on the server side. Whether you’re coming from an existing server background or client-side work, you’ll come away with useful skills for producing the counterparts to your Swift frontend software. Read more.
1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Collaboration and Community
Location: Meeting Room 19
Level: Non-technical
Jon Manning (Secret Lab), Tim Nugent (, Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)
Jonathon Manning, Tim Nugent, and Paris Buttfield-Addison teach you how to design games and gameplay. Along the way, you'll play, discuss, disassemble, modify, and re-assemble pen-and-paper games, as Jonathon, Tim, and Paris share how and why they work the way they do. You'll leave ready to start thinking about your own games. Read more.
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Adopt This Now, Infrastructure
Location: Ballroom F
Level: Beginner
Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab), Tim Nugent (, Jon Manning (Secret Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Microservices, containerization, Swift—three words that bespeak greatness in this modern technology world. Paris Buttfield-Addison, Jonathon Manning, and Tim Nugent explain how to combine them. This is actually useful—come and learn why. Read more.