Nordic EdTech Network Project Update—August 30, 2016


by Eilif Trondsen, Project Leader, Nordic EdTech Network

Much of the effort in the project since it was made official, has focused on checking, updating and gathering new information on the companies on our initial lists shown in the resources section of the project website .

Some of our initial findings and insights from this early work will soon—in the next 2-3 weeks—be published as a blog post, tentatively entitled “The Emerging Nordic Edtech Landscape: Some Early Research Findings and Reflections” on the project website as well as in the Silicon Vikings blog—so check this out if you have an interest in the emerging Nordic Edtech industry.

We also held an edtech workshop (one of the three tracks) at the World Learning Summit 2016 at the University of Agder, in southern Norway during June 14-15. I designed, recruited panelists, and chaired all the sessions of this edtech track. We had great Nordic participation and great discussions—both among the panelists and very good Q&A sessions. The table below shows the sessions and panelists.

1.   Nordic EdTech Companies’ Perspectives

•  Tom Foosnæs, Chairman of the Board, StudyRoom, Norway

•  Mikael Uusi Makela, Learning Developer, 5 More Minutes Lt and TeacherGaming, Finland

•  Anders Børde, CEO, MOBLRN, Sweden

•  Hanna Kristin, Founder & CEO, Mimi Creations, Iceland

2.   Nordic EdTech Ecosystem: Panel Discussion

•  Hege Tollerud, CEO, Oslo EdTech Cluster, Norway

•  Antti Korhonen, CEO, xEdu, Finland

•  Signe Schak Noesgaard, University of Aalborg, Denmark

3.   National, Regional and Global Trends & Issues: Opportunities and Market Challenges

•   Kristian Collin Berge, CEO and co-founder, EdTech Foundry, Norway

•   Martyn Farrows, Center Director, Learnovate Center, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

•   Suvi Uski, Social Psychology and Interactions, Mightifier, Finland

•   Narashima Boopathi, Partner and COO, Koulu Education Group, Finland

4.   Raising Capital: Trends and Best Practice

•  Keith Devlin, co-founder, President and Senior Scientist of BrainQuake, Inc.

•  Mervi Pänkäläinen, Partner at The Mighty United Oy, Finland

•  Antti Korhonen, CEO, xEDU, Finland

5.   Future of EdTech: Emerging Learning Models & Role of Data

•  Mikael Uusi Makela, Learning Developer, 5 More Minutes Lt and TeacherGaming, Finland

•  Mervi Pänkäläinen, Partner at The Mighty United Oy, Finland

•  Martyn Farrows, Center Director, Learnovate Center, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

6.   The Search for Sustainable Business Models

•  Vidar Mortensen, CEO, Sunsense, Norway

•  Signe Schak Noesgaard, University of Aalborg, Denmark

•  Hege Tollerud, Oslo EdTech Cluster

The upcoming blog post referred to above will also contain information on upcoming activities and work in the project, but feel free to contact me eilif.trondsen@siliconvikings.com or visit the project website.

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