Potatoes are quite the tubers. You can cook and enjoy them in a variety of different ways. You can turn them into stamps for fun art projects. Or you can turn them into cute little pirates and create a card game to teach code. At least, that’s what Aditya and the rest of the Codomo team did. Although more and more kids are wanting to learn about the ins and outs of computer programing, parents and educators are wanting kids to spend less time staring at screens. Aditya and the Codomo team started to jump in on this trend and create an educational game that was still fun and engaging for people of all ages.
It took quite a bit of trial and error to design and create the full Potato Pirates game. The team started out with creating game cards from poker cards. They soon realized that warriors and wizards were fun but not very memorable. Through some wild brainstorming and inspiration from a Steve Jobs quote, the Potato Pirates were born. However, the art skills of the Codomo team were not quite at the level they were needing, so they went out and continued to scout out a team member who could help fulfill their need in visual and graphic design skills. Similar to the initial design period of the game, they went through many different artists, asking them all to design the same pirate potato with a hook and an eye patch. Once they decided on their two favorite artists, they asked them to design some more pirates with a greater variety. One piece of advice that Aditya and the Codomo team can give to creators is to not be afraid to outsource if you do not have the skills. “Just don’t be a [jerk] and ask for unlimited edits” they recommend.
Potato Pirates is a story of creativity, even if sometimes creativity needs a little help. The good news is that, according to the Aditya and the Codomo team, the Potato Pirates will continue to conquer with their next game, Enter the Spudnet. Enter the Spudnet launched on Kickstarter January 14th. To hear and see more of the hottest products from our creators, register today to attend our FCBC Asia EXPO and listen to Aditya as a featured speaker.
Although formally a computer science engineer, Aditya prefers to describe himself as a growth hacker – engineering efficient, effective and unorthodox marketing and product development strategies in order to achieve growth. Aditya is the Co-founder and CEO of Codomo, an education technology company with a mission to deliver delightful education experiences to nurture innovative minds through products and experiences rooted in Design Innovation; an amalgamation of design thinking and computational thinking. Under Aditya’s leadership, Codomo’s first product; Potato Pirates has gone on to be the most backed gaming project from Singapore on Kickstarter – raising over a quarter million dollars with over 5,000 backers. Potato Pirates has gone on to featured on large publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Mashable amongst others. Potato Pirates is now distributed worldwide by American game publisher Thinkfun. Aditya is an Apple Certified Educator, Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner and an Adjunct Fellow for Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). An avid life-long learner, Aditya’s myriad of personal interests include biohacking and spirituality. He is also a certified personal trainer, independently recording musician, a black belt holder in Goju-Ryu Karate, and holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for which he won a Bronze medal in Grappleasia’s Dumau tournament 2017.