Bios – About

Short Bio

Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab, a mobile development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Australia. Secret Lab builds games and apps for mobile devices, including the award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, and the Qantas Joey Playbox. Paris formerly worked as mobile product manager for Meebo (acquired by Google), has a degree in medieval history, a PhD in Computing, and writes technical books on mobile and game development for O’Reilly Media. He can be found on Twitter @parisba.

Long Bio

Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab, a mobile development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Australia. He has operated and worked extensively with new media, startup and interactive/mobile media businesses across Australia, USA, Europe, and Asia.

Paris Buttfield-Addison - preferred headshot – photo by Trav Williams of Broken Banjo Photography

Secret Lab builds amazing games and apps across iPhone, iPad and Android –– it believes in the power of native apps to bring incredible experiences to mobile users. Recent products built by Secret Lab include the AIMIA winning Play School Play Time, as well as Play School Art Maker for iPad, Foodi for iPad, and Good Game for iPhone –– all for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), as well as Meebo for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Secret Lab serves clients across the globe. Secret Lab also offers comprehensive public and private mobile development training through our popular iOS Developer Labs, held around the world.

Paris is currently an author for O’Reilly Media, and is currently working on ‘The Kerbal Book’ (covering Kerbal Space Program) and ‘Mobile Game Development with Unity First Edition’, as well as books on Android design, the Apple Watch, and an update to the ‘iOS Game Development Cookbook’. Recently Paris released ‘Swift Development with Cocoa First Edition’ (2014). Previously Paris has written ‘Learning Cocoa with Objective-C Third Edition’ (2012), ‘Learning Cocoa with Objective-C Fourth Edition’ (2014), and ‘iOS Game Development Cookbook First Edition’ (2014), all on iPhone, iPad and Mac app/game development. He has previously written for the best-selling ‘For Dummies’ series (at Wiley), co-authoring ‘iPhone and iPad Game Development For Dummies’ in 2010.

Paris sits on the board of the Australian Computing Society (ACS) in Tasmania and the Apple University Consortium (AUC). Through Secret Lab, Paris was awarded the ‘TasICT President’s Award for Excellence’ 2010, the ‘TasICT Award for Excellence in Digital Media’ 2010, the ‘TasICT Award for Export Success’ 2010, the ‘TasICT Award for Best Software Product’ 2013, and the ‘TasICT Awards for Best ICT Solution‘ in 2014. He also jointly received (with Secret Lab co-founder Jon Manning) the Pearcey Award 2010. In 2014, Secret Lab’s Play School iPad apps won two AIMIA Awards: ‘Best of Tablet – Entertainment‘ and overall ‘Best of Tablet‘.

Paris completed his PhD in Computing, exploring the design, UX, and feature considerations for mobile Personal Information Management technologies, at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). At UTAS he is part of The UTAS Computing Society (TUCS) and the Information and Interaction (i^2) research group in the School of Engineering and ICT (formerly School of Computing and Information Systems).

If you’re into such things, you can find Paris on Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Facebook, Google+,, Instagram, and GitHub. You can email Paris at paris AT