Opinions

Digital Discoverer: Anna Sort

Written by: Anna Sort, CEO and author, PlayBenefit

A bonus blog in our 'Discover Digital' series to launch an exciting new game.

Discover Digital: for your health and wellbeing was Scotland’s first week of hands on, immersive, multi-media experiences where people of all backgrounds and ages experienced how digital technologies could improve their everyday wellbeing.

To celebrate this ground-breaking initiative and the launch of the Discover Glasgow Digital Trail, we have asked Anna Sort (this link will take you away from our website) what being a Digital Discoverer means to her. Anna is CEO of PlayBenefit and author of “From games to health”.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Anna Sort and I’m a nurse, entrepreneur and gamer.

I’ve loved videogames since I was introduced to them at the age of 5 by my brother. I liked helping people and thought I could really do a good job on it, so I decided nursing was my career. I never thought the two of them could come together until I ended up working as a company nurse for one of the biggest videogame companies in the world, Blizzard Entertainment. There I had a personal experience that made me rethink my career path and my contribution as a nurse to improve people’s life.

2. Your first memory of being awed by technology

VIDEOGAMES. I was like, if we can create this much fun with this machines, I’M IN. What I think is very exciting about video games is that they are the first ones to apply a new technology to them. They are fearless.

3. Three ways in which you use digital tech to look after your health / wellbeing.

I do have many gadgets, we like to try things at home. Have a smartwatch and then a thing that tracks your sleep as I thought I was never going to be able to sleep with something on my wrist like (when Fitbit came out). Also when I’m most under pressure I keep up a calorie counter or similar app because I know I tend to overeat. I have tried to use a gym app but not a fan of those yet. However I do use Youtube to tune in with my favourite yoga teacher ever, Adrienne.

4. The most ridiculous app currently installed on your phone

Happy Love. The story is funny! I don’t even know how to use it, I downloaded for research purposes. I think it’s supposed to be an app to have like a relationship score, save pics with your loved one and places and chat or play a game just the two of you. A bit weird!

5.  Which aspect of Discover Digital are you most excited about?

I think discovering is great, but I think it’s even more fascinating changing paradigms of the old and the “we’ve always done it this way” by asking the boldest/silliest WHYs. Or more obvious, like the ones that none has asked, because why would you ask why a candle is romantic? Also using current technologies that are SUPER obvious in one area into another area, where it was never thought it could work or actually benefit from.

We thought you might also like: