Sami Hamid

VRFirst BAU Lab Director

Sami Hamid has been working in project operations management for nearly eight years across Europe, APAC and the MENA region. His most notable experience includes the 2012 London Olympics and 2010 Shanghai World Expo. He has been working in Virtual Reality for over a year and is the founder of a virtual reality production startup who have successfully delivered projects for a wide spectrum of clients and industries including the Turkish Red Crescent, a local subsidiary of the humanitarian agency the Red Cross. A VR Evangelist at heart Sami wants to help indie teams take their first steps into creating successful and high impact VR projects and looks to push the boundaries of this new medium in its various commercial and non-commercial applications.


Guven Çatak

Bahcesehir Game Lab Director

Güven Çatak (Dr.) started to write in video games magazines and also make short films while studying architecture at İstanbul Technical University. His shorts won several awards and were screened at various festivals. Now he works as an assistant professor at Bahçeşehir University, Communication Design Department. He is giving classes on motion and game design. At the same time he finds solutions as a creative director for Giyotin Film. His main focus in motion picture films is designing title sequences. He’s also the founder director of Bahçeşehir University Game Lab (BUG) and Game Design Master Program. His research areas are mainly gamification, game based learning, game art and design. He has a master thesis on the usage of architecture in games and a PhD thesis on using games in design education.


Nil Ipek

VRFirst BAU Lab Manager

After graduating from Bogazici University Psychological Counseling, Nil İpek earned her masters’ degree in Maastricht University Biological Psychology (Developmental Track) and did her research internship in Amsterdam University Center for research on Children, Adolescents and Media, on psycholphysiology of video games. Right now, Nil İpek is doing her PhD in Media Research and coordinating VRFirst Lab in Bahcesehir University.