Mathias was born in London, and grew up in Toronto (which was fine, but cold) and Canberra (which was less fine, but also less cold). After dabbling briefly in biotechnology, Mathias graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in the History and Philosophy of Science.
A brief “career” as a paralegal took Mathias to New York City, where he realized that he had absolutely no interest in the law, but that he did like sitting around all day thinking about large, seemingly intractable problems. Cut to Palo Alto, California where Mathias spent 3 years as a Futurist at the Institute for the Future (IFTF)
It was at IFTF where Mathias discovered his passion for using games to help better understand and solve the problems he had previously only mused idly about. Working with Dr. Jane McGonigal, Mathias has helped design games for the Office of Naval Research, General Electric, the American Heart Association, and his cats. Mathias has written about design and futures thinking for GOOD magazine, and has spoken the Game Developers Conference and MIT’s Sandbox Summit.
Mathias is a Stanford Graduate Fellow in the Department of Communication, where he is studying a combination of human-computer interaction and architecture and design history. He sincerely loves watching cricket, and has recently taken up skateboarding. Jimmy Fallon follows him on twitter, and so can you at @mfcrawford.