Ashlyn Sparrow is the Learning Technology Director of Game Changer Chicago (GCC) Design Lab at The University of Chicago. As the Lab Director, she works closely with researchers and faculty to lead in the development of serious games, interactive learning experiences, and digital media art with youth and for youth. An experienced game designer with a passion for creating interactive worlds, she discovered her passion for video games on her eleventh birthday when her parents bought her a PlayStation and Final Fantasy VIII. The opening cutscene changed her life forever. From that point on, she has been drawing fantasy characters/maps, designing games, and tinkering around with computers.