We have organized two webinars in the Nordic Edtech Network project, and you see brief descriptions of them below, plus link to the slides of the webinars as well as links to the recordings of the webinar (for those who missed it and want to hear it)
Webinar 1: The Nordic Edtech scene: Current Status and Trends.
Brief Abstract: The target audience for the first (outreach) webinar was education and business students at Nordic universities and business schools as well as academics who are now gaining interest in the emergent edtech industry. The presenter–Eilif Trondsen, Director, Strategic Business Insights (a spin out from SRI International in Menlo Park, CA) and Chair, Silicon Vikings Specif Interest Group on Entrepreneurship and Learning–discussed four main topics: (1) What is “Edtech”; (2) Why Care About Edtech? (3) Edtech Opportunities and Challenges; and (4) How Is the Nordic Edtech Ecosystem Evolving
Link to slides: You can find them here:
Link to recording of webinar: You can find it here
Webinar 2: Accelerating Edtech Growth through Purpose-Driven Business Ecosystems (PDBEs).
Brief Abstract: The target for the second webinar was Nordic edupreneurs looking for ways to accelerate growth of their companies, but also other “service and support players” in the Nordic edtech ecosystem. The presentation was focused on how entrepreneurs and startups to have more success through the use of PDBEs. Kim Wilson–the presenter and author the book They Will Be Giant: 21st Century Entrepreneurs and the Purpose-Driven Business Ecosystem–addressed the following issues: (1) What the PDBEs do today and do not do for you; (2) What can a PDBE to today to make your business grow and expand?; (3) What attitudes and changes will you need in becoming a passionate leader and the riving force behind your PDBE?; (4) What are the critical components of a PDBE?; and (5) How long does it take to form one, and when can I (the entrepreneur) expect to receive some of the benefits of this new approach?
Link to slides: You can find them here
Link to recording of webinar: You can find it here
Podcast #1: December 2015–Babar Baig, WriteReader
Below you will find our first podcast: An interview with Babar Baig (LinedIn profile is here), CEO of WriteReader, a Danish edtech company. WriteReader was part of our Nordic Edupreneuring project in 2012, and we were very pleased when we found out that WriteReader was one of a cohort of 8 edtech companies that were accepted into the Intel Education and Intel Capital edtech acceleration program launched last Summer. Babar completed the program in early December, 2015.
Unfortunately, the audio quality is not as good as we hoped, due to the mic setting and positioning of our new recorder. But we promise that the sound quality of future podcasts will be much better.
Podcast #2: January 20, 2016–Jari Multisilta, Co-founder and Board Member of DiSEL21 Ltd
EdVisto, Learning through stories is a new and exciting product for digital learning provided by DiSEL21 Ltd, Finland, in partnership with the University of Helsinki. DiSEL21 Ltd is a spin-off from the University of Helsinki, and it was established in mid-2015. Jari is now visiting Silicon Valley and I interviewed him about EdVisto and DiSEL21. Jari–who is Professor of Multimedia at the Tampere University of Technology, the Director of the University Consortium of Pori, and the Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Helsinki, Finland (and you can see his LinkedIn profile here). Jari was also a panel member of a Silicon Vikings event on EdTech Journeys: Future Perspectives of Experienced Practitioners, January 21, 2016 in Silicon Valley.
Podcast #3: June 24, 2016–Michael Staton, LearnCapital
This is our first podcast interview with one of the major edtech investors in Silicon Valley, and the world. Michael is a Partner in LearnCapital, which—according to a recent EdSurge report The State of Edtech: How Money Shapes Tools and Schools—is the second largest edtech investor (in terms of number of deals over the period 2010-2015). It is also one of five venture firms with 100% of its portfolio in edtech (and only five of the top edtech investors are 100% focused on edtech). As you will hear from the interview, Michael has a very interesting, and diverse, background which has prepared him very well for being a Partner in LearnCapital. He has been to the Nordics a number of times and hopes to return soon and would also like to see LearnCapital play a more active role in helping Nordic edtech companies succeed in the global edtech marketplace.
Podcast #4: June 6, 2016, Michael Carter, Principal Twin Learning, LLC
Michael has had a long career in education and learning in Silicon Valley, focusing on new technologies, learning, and games. He shaped the curriculum that Oxford, Stanford and Yale delivered to their alumni online and created programs with faculty from leading business schools at Pensare. At Apple, he oversaw educational new media research and funded laboratories world-wide. He has startup experience, designing learning games for kids, and has worked on numerous research projects funded by leading American Foundations funding learning research. Michael is also a popular advisor and mentor for edtech entrepreneurs and startups.
Podcast #5: June 7, 2016–Roger Larsen, Founder and executive of a number of Norwegian companies, including former CEO of Fronter
Roger was the CEO of Fronter, long the dominant LMS company in K12 in Norway and other countries. When Pearson acquired Fronter, Roger took the position as VP Digital Strategy at Pearson, but these days Roger is involved in a number of companies, including startups in learning and MedTech, among others. He has more extensive executive leadership experience in the learning industry than most other Nordic executives, and has interesting historical perspectives on edtech developments but also has strongly held views on what the future holds.
Podcast #6: June 8, 2016–Allison Baum, Managing Partner, Fresco Capital, Tokyo, Japan
Allison Baum is a Managing Partner of Fresco Capital and is involved in all aspects of investment and operations with a specific focus on the education technology sector. Previously, as Regional Director of Asia at General Assembly, she established and grew the company’s first education programs for technology, business and design in Hong Kong. She originally joined the company during its early stages in New York where she developed and scaled their first long-form part-time and immersive courses. Throughout this process, Allison has worked with startups of all sizes across New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Tokyo
Podcast #7: December 12, 2016—Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill, Mindwires.com and e-Literate blog and e-Literate TV
Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill are two of the best education and edtech bloggers and analysts of US and increasingly global education and edtech issues and trends. Phil is located in Silicon Valley, so we meet regularly to compare notes on what is happening in the world of learning and how educators and students are actually using and implementing technical tools and platforms to improve learning. Michael is located in Massachusetts, and both he and Phil travel extensively to interview educators and educational technologists who are doing interesting and innovative things on the leading edge of education and learning, both K12 and Higher Education. If you have not yet checked out their blog [http://mfeldstein.com/] or e-Literate TV [http://mfeldstein.com/tag/e-literate-tv/], I highly recommend them as excellent resources for anyone interested in insightful analysis.
Podcast #8: December 23, 2016—Jeremy Roschelle, PhD., Co-Dircctor, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
Jeremy connects sound learning sciences research and technology innovations to impacts in educational practice, policy, and products. As Director of the Center for Technology in Learning, he co-leads a group of ~90 multidisciplinary researchers who develop educational technologies, conduct learning sciences research and evaluate programs for the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Li Ka Shing Foundation and other government, philanthropic, and industry clients. Within SRI Education, he also leads projects in three lines of work: Community Building, Evaluating Products, and Digital Learning Innovation. Jeremy also leads the Center for Innovative Research in CyberLearning (CIRCL), located at SRI, building a community among over 200 research projects, seeking synthesis across NSF’s portfolio of CyberLearning projects. CIRCL aims to accelerate impact by brokering relationships and sharpening dissemination. Jeremy also serve the community as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Learning Sciences.
Podcast #9: May 15, 2017—Kristian Collin Berge, Founder & CEO of Edtech Foundry in Oslo, Norway.
In addition to launching and leading Edtech Foundry since November 2014, Kristian has worked as an Entrepreneurship Lecturer at the University of Oslo for over 8 years, where he is still teaching and leveraging his teaching experience into his startup company work. Prior to Edtech Foundry, Kristian served in various positions, including Senior Consultant to Industry Media Group, Consultant in Kristian Collin Berge ENK, and served as Founder and CEO of GründerTV (a web-tv channel for entrepreneurs in Norway).
Podcast #10: May 17, 2017—Santeri Koivisto, CEO of 5 More Minutes, Joensuu Area, Finland
Santeri has been the CEO of 5 More Minutes Oy Ltd since December, 2015 and over the last 5 years or so has been a Board Member and Advisor to a number of Nordic companies. He has also been, and still serves, as Managing Partner in TeacherGaming LLC (since May 2011)—the creators of the widely successful Minecraft Edu, which was acquired by Microsoft as part of its purchase of Minecraft (for $2.5 Billion) in September, 2014. Santeri has also been a Visiting Researcher, during 2012/2013, at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
Podcast #11: May 18, 2017—Endre Elvestad, Founder of SignLab Ai, Norway
SignLab Ai was launched in February 2017, as a result of the graduate research work Endre did for his thesis at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. In a very short time, he and SignLab have gained considerable visibility in Norway, winning pitching events and thereby gaining entry into Singularity University’s acceleration program. Endre gained a good view of Silicon Valley while he worked as trainee at the Royal Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco during 2015. Prior to that he served as Board Member of Fondstyret and was member of the National Commission on Use of New Technologies in Higher Education (MOOC Commission).
Podcast #12: May 31, 2017—David Kofoed Wind, CEO and Founder of Peergrade, Denmark
David is a PhD-student at The Technical University of Denmark—and very close to finishing his studies (which he expects to do in the very near future and then return to Peergrade)—with focus on machine learning, analysis of social networks and big data. As he describes in this podcast, his work with teaching, and especially grading, when the class (in big data) suddenly grew very large, made clear to him that here was an education problem that needed fixing, and thus Peergrade was born. David and his team have just now moved into an apartment in San Francisco and ready to start the 3-month acceleration program in the very exclusive accelerator in Silicon Valley known as Y Combinator. In this podcast interview, David shares observations about his journey and edtech more generally, including issues and developments in the Nordic edtech marketplace.