SONJA HAWRANKE, CEO & Software Engineer, Golden Orb
Sonja Hawranke (36) is the co-founder of Golden Orb, an independent game development studio focused on creating digital entertainment for children. After earning her Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in media technology in 2005 she worked for the creative services company Digital Underground in Washington, DC as a multimedia developer until summer 2007. In August 2007 she joined the gaming industry as an employee of the Bright Future GmbH in Cologne in the position of a technical artist and later transitioned into the software engineering department. In 2014 she finished her master’s degree in practical computer science. In December 2017 she left the Bright Future GmbH and in spring 2018 she founded her own company Golden Orb together with her former colleague Katharina Kühn. Being heavily involved in creating the company’s vision as well as in developing products she wholeheartedly believes in, is what she loves most about her new role as a business owner.