Our learning games focus on important global issues like water scarcity.


With Get Water!, we bring to you the story of Maya, a girl who loves going to school, but has to collect water for her family instead. Have fun helping Maya bring clean water to kids around the world through playing this story-driven endless runner!

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“”Having worked in the games industry, this is the first time that I have come across a social & unique contribution like this!”
- Fan mail
“Excellent graphics and gameplay. Reminds me of home back in India. Thank you for cherishing the spirit.”
- AppStore review


Creative Labs

Learn about the social value of games!

Creative Labs are intensive hands-on learning sessions where we will teach you the basics of game design for social change. You will also learn how games can be used to effectively engage individuals and communities, and energize a new generation in critical global challenges.

Upcoming Creative Labs:

Inspiring Social Change Through Games
Toronto, January 2015 (more details coming soon!)

Montreal, February 2015 (more details coming soon!)

Join Us

Teamwork is where the magic happens!


Game artist/Graphic designer
Game artist/Graphic designer

We’re looking for a game artist/graphic designer to join our mobile games development team for Android and iOS platforms.
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Junior Game Developer
Junior Game Developer

We’re looking for a recent graduate/junior game developer to join our technical team and support the development of mobile games for Android and iOS platforms.
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How it works

We recruit internationally for the brightest and best humanitarian technologists to participate in our projects.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about mobile games and their potential to fuel social change. We build teams with complementary skill sets, and thus are looking for developers, designers, project managers, researchers, and business analysts.

Ideally you would be

  • A recent university graduate
  • Passionate about technology, games, design, international affairs, development studies, human rights, social activism.
  • Eager to learn about different countries and cultures.
  • Excited to working with a diverse international team.
  • Enthusiastic about taking on challenging projects.


About Us

We believe that not only can games be a lot of fun, but they can also teach kids about important global issues.

Angelique Mannella
Angelique Mannella

Angelique has 13 years of experience in technology product design, and has lived in six countries worldwide. Angelique is a professional engineer, and has degrees from McGill University (BEng), the London School of Economics (MSc), and INSEAD (MBA).

Jukka Alasalmi
Jukka Alasalmi

Jukka is a Finnish game developer, with over 5 years of experience developing mobile multimedia applications and middleware. After years of working at Nokia, he decided to join the startup world, and move south to Montreal from Oulu, Finland.

Daniela Yli-Kiikka
Daniela Yli-Kiikka
Creative & UX

Daniela is a Finnish game artist who joined the Decode Global Team in 2012 for a six month Fellowship, and is now a full-time member of the team. She has a degree in graphic design, and is currently finishing up her BBA, specializing in game art.

Nicole Darabian
Nicole Darabian
Marketing & Partnerships

Fluent in three languages, Nicole’s multicultural and interdisciplinary background led her to pursue international development studies with minors in international relations and management at McGill University.

Renee Jackson
Renee Jackson
Education specialist

Renee Jackson is working on her PhD in Education at Concordia University, studying videogames and education. She has 14 years of experience in education, at all levels, and in public, private and community based contexts.

Layla Belmahi
Layla Belmahi
Gender Research Intern

Layla is a Communication student at Concordia University, and an activist whose previous initiatives on social media led to socio-political reforms in Morocco. She is passionate about new technologies and their impact on social change.




The buzz on Decode Global and our games!

“This app offers some fun video game-style play while introducing awareness of the global water crisis and encouraging kids to do something about it.”
“Aside from being easy to play and difficult to put down, the title purposefully raises awareness of unclean water conditions in other countries.”


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