Jaime Woo is a Canadian writer, game designer, and festival director.
His book, Meet Grindr, was released in February 2013 and examines the popular and mildly infamous app’s journey to five million users worldwide who, on average, spend an hour and a half a day checking each other out, and collectively send over two billion messages a year.
The book was featured in the New York Times and NPR, called “impressive” by Kirkus Reviews, and a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.
Jaime is also the festival director and co-founder of Gamercamp, an annual festival in toronto celebrating video games. In its fifth year, Gamercamp will occur November 1 - 3, 2013.
His physical game Gargoyles has been played around the world. It was selected to be part of the 2011 Indiecade big games program in Los Angeles, the 2012 Come Out and Play festival in New York City, and the 2012 Hide and Seek festival in London, UK.
He is also the curator of “For All Gamers’ Sake,” an interactive art show examining queerness and gender in videogames.
He has spoken at the influential SXSW interactive conference, as well as for organizations such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Rotman School of Business (at the University of Toronto), North by Northeast interactive, and the Toronto chapter of the International Game Developers Association.
He has been featured and interviewed on programs such as New York Times, BBC News, NPR’s On The Media, CBC’s Here and Now, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and Metro Morning, Space’s Innerspace, the syndicated program Electric Playground, Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, xtra, Fab, In Toronto, and the AV Club.
He is on twitter @jaimewoo
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org