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Michael Woods, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention


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What is 30under30?

30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw a surplus of highly qualified entrants, so we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30 by a wink. Behold, our 2012 30under30 Honourable Mentions! More.

Michael Woods, VIC (b. 1987)

Name: Michael Woods
Age: 25 (Born: July 1987)
Gender: Male
State: VIC
Known for: Media Saints

Businesses that are stuck in the pre-digital age have a prayer of hope thanks to Michael Woods, the creative director of Media Saints.

A full-service digital development company, Media Saints designs games, mobile apps and even feature films for clients.

A former student of both film and business, Woods helped to forge a new direction for the company that he joined in 2009. His biggest achievement so far in his career — which has included a genre-bending film about his adventures in California — is Knowledge Quest, an educational game for Year 7 and 8 English students.

Whatever the medium, the previous 30under30 winner excels at creating vivid worlds and captivating story lines to buoy audiences onward.

Think of it this way: he’s getting teachers to assign students video games for homework.

Pretty close to miraculous.

Anthill asks: Michael Woods, what motivates you as an entrepreneur?

I’m motivated by the rush of a big project, the challenge of solving something so complicated it seems impossible. The relief you get when people play your game, watch your film, admire your work. It’s a feeling that keeps me waking up at 2am with new ideas and getting me out of bed at 8am to make them a reality.

Knowledge Quest: What do students say?


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