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Chris D Software Engineer (ESP/GER)

Gamification at Duolingo – for Fun and Profit

Chris is an independent software engineer based in Madrid, Spain. He is fluent in four languages: German, English, Spanish, and French. Given the mix of his language learning experience and tech-savviness, Duolingo has consulted Chris on key product features for their app.

Duolingo is a free, science-based language education platform that has organically become the most popular way to learn languages online. Duolingo has given Chris permission to share some of their research around the gamification of their app. In this talk, Chris reveals the secrets behind game mechanics that foster effective learning, high user retention, and revenue generation – in a free app. A German native, Chris received his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Koblenz–Landau.