Ólafur Andri Ragnarsson is the co-founder and currently Technical Visionary at Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), formally know as Betware. NLS is one of the major providers of online lottery and gaming platform software. Novomatic’s platform is running behind the most innovative lotteries and gaming operators in the online and mobile market. Ólafur Andri is frequent speaker at industry events and was selected on Gaming Intelligence Top 50 Rising Stars and Tech Wizards in 2012.
Ólafur Andri has the faculty position adjunct and has been on the faculty of Reykjavík University School of Computer Science since 1989. On fall term, he teaches a course on Software Design and Implementation. This shows how to build high performance enterprise applications, as told by an architect that actually builds them in the real world. On spring term, a course called New technology, covering emerging trends in technology. This course is more of a business oriented course that focuses on how technology impacts business. Again, as told by a someone how runs a business in a highly disrupting business environment.
In 1993, Ólafur Andri co-founded a software company called Margmiðlun. The goal of the company was to create e-commerce solutions. The focus of the company became centered around Internet Services and in 2004, the company was one of the largest ISPs in the Iceland telecom market, offering Internet services and fixed line telephone services. The company was acquired by telecom Vodafone in 2004.
Ólafur Andri started working in the gaming sector in 1987 working as a part-time operator for Icelandic Soccer Pools, a sports betting company. In 1995, as Development Manager at Margmiðlun, he managed a project to offer Internet Betting on the Internet. This became the first Internet betting solution world-wide. Following this project, he co-founded Betware to develop and market betting solutions.
Novamatic Lottery Solutions, Technical Visionary, 2015-current.
Betware, Co-founder, Board member and Chief Software Architect, 1998-2015
Raw Fury Games, Board member
Skema Education, board member
Solid Clouds, board member
Azazo, Board member
Icelandic Gaming Industry (IGI), Co-founder and board member since 2009.
Nordic Game Expert Group, 2012-2015 appointed by the Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture.
Association of the Creative Industries in Iceland, board member.
Promote Iceland Expert Panel on Creative Industries
Youtube: http://youtube.com/olandri Lectures and presentations
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