Andreas Hedrich

Andreas Hedrich
Executive Direction // Head of Public Relations As the initiator and spokesperson of the Initiative Creative Gaming, Andreas Hedrich has been pleading for the creative use of video games in […]

Benjamin Heinemann

Monster Lab Benjamin Heinemann studiert an der Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg Kulturwissenschaften mit dem Schwerpunkt Digitale Medien (B. A.), mit dem Ziel in naher Zukunft Medienkompetenzen  ...

Björn Rohwer

Björn Rohwer
Social Media Björn Rohwer studies digital communication at the HAW Hamburg after receiving a BA in Systematic Music Science. He is a freelance journalist, author and will probably never decide  ...

Carina Steffen-Schwering

Team Coordination Carina studied cultural sciences at the University of Koblenz and culture and media management at the University of Music in Hamburg. During times, when she isn’t entertaining  ...

Christiane Schwinge

Artistic Direction Christiane Schwinge holds a degree in pedagogy and works as a freelance media educator in various fields of education. She is founding member and speaker of the independent and  ...

Christina Kutscher

Christina Kutscher
Creative Gaming Award Christina Kutscher studied British and American Cultures: Texts and Media at the University of Hamburg and is a tutor at the Institute for British and American Studies. […]

Claudia Meiners

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Claudia is one of the co-founders of PLAY and the Initiative Creative Gaming. She loves the festival and everything it comes with. She doesn’t play that much, but her favorite […]

Florian Beelmann

Florian studies theatre pedagogy at the University of Osnabrück. While studying, he has been mainly interested in connecting theatre and digital games. At PLAY19, he supports the coordination of  ...

Ivo Rafael Riemann

Ivo is studying Cultural Studies at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, focusing on social and sustainability aspects of entertainment culture and is currently speedrunning his final semester. His  ...

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Jonas Bornmann


Katharina Appel

Katharina Appel is a master student in English and philosophy and plans to become a teacher. At the University of Hamburg she works as a student assistant in the field […]

Kathrin Joswig

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Kathrin Joswig studied education in Münster and Hamburg. She works as a media educator at the Bücherhallen Hamburg and as freelancer at the Initiative Creative Gaming as well as jaf […]

Kemal Amet

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Technical Management Kemal Amet is studying Media Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (B. Sc.) with a focus on game design. With the Creative Gaming Initiative and […]

Maik Helfrich

Technical Supervisor Maik Helfrich is a freelance artist and mainly works in the field of games/art/video. As part of the artist group zkk – Zentrum für kabelgebundene Kunst he realized  ...

Mats Sharma

Speakers’ Corner Mats Sharma studied pedagogy in Apenrade (Denmark) and considers himself a music and technology enthusiast. After visiting the underwater city Rapture, defending the  ...

Matthias Löwe

Matthias Löwe
Exhibition Curation / Design Matthias Löwe is engaged in workshops, talks and festivals in association with the Initiative Creative Gaming to establish an artistic and creative use of games. At  ...

Thilo Lübker

Head of Production For the Initiative Creative Gaming Thilo undertakes workshops, supports other related events and is Head of Production for the locations of PLAY18. He invents own games, sneaks  ...

Tina Ziegler

Head of Press and Public Relations Tina Ziegler has been working in the media industry since 1994. She gained practical experience by managing advertising photo shootings and producing  ...

Tobias Othmar Hermann


Tolke Weinhold

Graphics and Design Tolke studied and worked in design and since 2010 in art direction. After more than five years of learning in the various categories of advertising she took […]

Valentina Birke

Exhibition Curation // Creative Gaming Award Valentina Birke works as a freelance media pedagog with the Initiative Creative Gaming and campaigns the creative and critical use of games and sees  ...

Vera Marie Rodewald

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Artistic Direction // Program Direction for Workshops Vera Marie Rodewald is a media pedagog in Hamburg. She is also a research assistant for media education at the University of Applied […]