Researchers in Sweden recently studied teenagers' English learning abilities and found that the boys who they studied were much more
proficient in English than the girls (see the Related Articles section). The researchers were surprised because the boys did not have better study habits or anything
like that. After further examination, the researchers learned that the boys played a lot of massive multiplayer online games
(i.e. World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, League of Legends, etc.). Multiplayer online games often involve playing with people from
different countries. In such scenarios English is often the default language for communication. Basically, the games improved the players' (mostly boys)
English reading and writing abilities.
At Convoplace we feel that gamification can make learning fun and or interesting. There are many complex topics and subjects that could use a fun factor to help people learn
them faster. Our site has various games that promote fun and learning.
For example, Name That Place
promotes cultural awareness,
history, and geography. StockMaster
promotes an awareness
of stock market equity and index performance. Various card games promote knowledge of probability, odds, and card counting.
It is worth mentioning that all of this learning and fancy analysis is optional. Our games are engaging but not too engaging. At the end of the day we
want you to try something new and have fun.
Why Use Convoplace?
Convoplace.com is a new initiative that redefines social news and online discussions.
Convoplace allows you to start a discussion, create a poll, play interactive games,
or bet on events (i.e. sports, politics, pop culture, etc.). Note that you place bets
on events with points earned from your activity on our site. There is no money involved, this is NOT a gambling site.
We have 2 key goals:
- Improve your social news discussion experience.
- Promote a safe fun environment.
We improve the online discussion experience by providing sophisticated messaging and message board capabilities.
Many discussion forums have limited visual appeal and limited feature appeal. Social networking sites and social news
sites addressed many of the message board shortcomings.
Additionally, productivity applications, such as Slack and Microsoft Teams, provide sophisticated messaging and
message board capabilities to businesses. We feel that there is a need for sophisticated productivity applications
that target consumers as well as businesses.
Here are some of the key features that Convoplace offers:
- More control over privacy settings: You can control who sees your content. For example, discussions, polls, and wagers can be restricted by password, group, email domain, or IP address.
- Polls and surveys: You can create sophisticated polls. For example, you can create polls with a “correct” answer and reward participants (with points) who get the correct answer.
- A compelling point system: You can get points for a variety of activities. You can use those points for wagers and competitions.
- Point power: The more points you get the more power/privileges you have on the site.
- Bet with points: You can place bets with the points you earn.
- Redeem points: You will be able to redeem your points for gifts and or prizes (feature coming soon).
- Reports: You can view reports so that you can measure the effectiveness of your content. There is a saying that “What gets measured gets improved.”
- Subscription privileges: You can subscribe and enjoy more privileges. For example, you can enjoy an ad-free experience as a subscribed member.
Our Founding Team
David R. Noe, MA, PhD: Co-founder and CEO
David R. Noe was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. David has been building websites
and applications for nearly twenty years. He has worked on website applications for JP Morgan Chase,
Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company, and New York Presbyterian Hospital - one of the nation’s
most comprehensive, integrated academic health care delivery systems.
David recently developed tele-health and machine learning solutions for New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Additionally, he has worked on projects for Weill Cornell Medicine,
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and other medical institutions affiliated with
New York Presbyterian Hospital.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy
degree in International Psychology. Presently, in addition to building website applications, David teaches Statistics
and Research Methods online courses for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. When he is not working,
David enjoys playing tennis, swimming, poker, and board games.
Matthew Gardner, MBA, MAFM, MPA: Co-founder and CFO
Matthew “Matt” Gardner has progressed in the field of Accounting for over 20 years. He can attest to the good,
the bad, and the ugly of how things can go when one starts as a Data Support Accountant, and moves through the ranks
performing in roles as humble as billing operations to leading big data and predictive analytics initiatives in collaboration
with an IBM Watson team within a Fortune 20 technology company. In between those two points there were several
consulting gigs and a few years at CPA firms including CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann.
Matthew’s business philosophy can be summed up in the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Translated into the business world: add value to others so that they may add value to you. He currently lends his
free time to several charities, founded a national All Home Safe initiative within the Women of AT&T 501(c) 3,
and is a co-founder (September 2019) of AT&T’s First Responder Employee Network, currently
performing the role of Chief Marketing Officer.
As a runner and an active Ironman triathlete, he realizes that time, well spent, is very valuable.
If one uses the time they are given wisely, they can expect to yield positive outcomes that many people believe are
impossible. Anything good is possible, and anything good is valuable. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting, a Master of Business Administration, a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management, and a Masters of