Intel® Software Innovator Adam Ardisasmita: Teaching Kids through Educational Games

Growing up with games and wanting to learn how they work is what started Intel® Software Innovator Adam Ardisasmita’s journey in game development. Now he spends his time developing educational games to teach young children and working to grow the game developer community in Indonesia.

Tell us about your background.

I graduated cum laude with a degree in Information and System Technology from Institut Teknologi Bandung, the best IT University in Indonesia. In my final year at university, I co-founded and became CEO of Arsanesia, a mobile game developer company based in Bandung. I am also a tech blogger and deeply passionate about growing the game developer ecosystem in Indonesia through community.

How did you get started in technology?

Video games are what inspired my love of technology. I was highly influenced by the video games I played on both PC and console as a kid. One of the first games I remember playing was Lode Runner. The development of technology behind video games has always amazed me and inspires me to be able to combine innovation with gaming.

What projects are you working now?

Right now I’m working on a project to help improve education through games and technology. It is under a special business unit of our company called Arsa Kids. We are experimenting in various technology to make a bigger impact on education. We make a virtual reality (VR) game to help children learn about constellations and a mobile game to improve skills and knowledge in younger children.

Tell us more about Arsa Kids.

Arsa Kids was born in 2015 and focuses on early childhood education for 3-6 year olds. We make games for kids so that they can play and learn using a smartphone. Recently we began looking to work more directly with schools, educators, and the government to create a more broad and integrated product. But that is still in development right now.

Tell us about a technology challenge you’ve had to overcome in a project.

Using technology as our main focus is exciting and also challenging. I am able to play on the latest technology and also prototyping a lot of cool ideas, but on the other hand the technology itself is still not mature. For example, when we are talking about VR, there are still a lot of challenges for us to be able to deliver an immersive experience to our user. We still need to use highly specific hardware and a super optimized code to make sure our VR game is enjoyable. On the hardware side itself there are still a lot of limitations in terms of sensors, mobility, and the most crucial part is the price. The cost of hardware not only makes it difficult for us to experiment on new technology, but also affects our customers as the more costly the equipment, our target market shrinks to those who are able to afford to buy the hardware.  

What trends do you see happening in technology in the near future?

I believe augmented reality (AR) will be one of the biggest things happening in the future. I think that the fact that both Apple and Google are now gearing up their devices with AR technology, with the Apple* ARKit and Google* ARCore, is a sign of this being a driver of where technology is heading. It will make AR become more mainstream and will also create momentum for mixed reality (MR) and VR to become more popular. Besides that, I also believe that big data and machine learning will be an essential part of the future in software development.

In Arsa Kids, we are trying to integrate real-world educational tools with digital tools.  I think one way is using AR. We are still doing research on which kind of integration will fit perfectly with AR for education. We are also working on building a new engine to utilize machine learning to be able to help analyze children who play and learn with our products. In the future, we want to be able to help both parents and educators to assess their student’s potential and passion.

How does Intel help you succeed?

One of the biggest impacts I’ve had has been the ability to network with other Intel Software Innovators from around the world. I can learn, get inspired, and also collaborate with some of the brightest minds out there. Access to new technology trends and hardware has helped me to prepare and invest on new projects so that we can be one of the early adopters on the latest cool things.

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