Nordic EdTech News #11 : 2020-01-20

Your Week 2 & 3 update from the Nordic & Baltic EdTech ecosystems

One of my objectives when launching this newsletter was to showcase Nordic and Baltic EdTech to the world. This coming week, with BETT and Educa, provides the perfect opportunity to do just that!

It’s impossible for me to summarise everything happening at both events. However, I’m delighted to see Educa expanding its international programme (Link) and am particularly looking forward to seeing the Norwegian Classroom at BETT and the Nordic CRAFT session on the main arena stage. (Link) Details of all companies exhibiting at BETT are here and those at Educa are here.

There’s a lot happening as business cranks back up after the holiday, so onto the links!

Best, Jonathan

Regional news

  • N8’s summary of the year highlights the great advances made across our ecosystem in 2019. (Link)

  • Finland and Sweden lead the way in the EIU’s Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2019. (Link)

  • Cannot mention them all, but congrats to the Nordic companies who are finalists at the 2020 GESS Education Awards. (Link)

  • Baltic and Nordic cities also dominate Bloomberg Philanthropies’ New Digital Innovation Programme. (Link)

  • Nordic 9 has all the 2019 national investment funding numbers you’ll need here and the Hub presents the 12 biggest Nordic investment rounds in 2019 here.

Global trends

News from Denmark

News from Estonia

  • BeED at BETT 2020. (Link)

  • Estonian robotics lessons in action. (Est, Eng)

  • The HITSA IT Academy programme announces plans for four university-led projects to promote e-learning in 2020. (Est, Eng)

  • Inga Kõue, Start Up Estonia’s Head of EdTech argues that schools and education need to do more to equip young people with tech and innovation skills. (Est, Eng)

  • Plans announced to increase the data transmission speed to 1 Gbit / sec in all colleges and schools in Estonia. (Est, Eng)

News from Finland

  • Interesting analysis of Finnish education post-PISA. (Link)

  • Will watch for outputs from the Finnish-Russian Educational Forum. (Link)

  • Rob Kolkman has been appointed chief executive of Sanoma Learning. (Link)

  • School Day has been shortlisted as one of the five finalists for the prestigious SXSW Launch competition (Link) and announce product update. (Link)

  • Seppo talk gamification and learning with C.M.Rubin. (Link)

News from Iceland

News from Latvia

  • Accenture Latvia launch .NET training course as part of ‘She Goes Tech’ initiative (Link) and expand student Bootcamp training scheme. (Latvian)

  • Edurio launch a free staff wellbeing self-assessment tool for school leaders. (Link)

News from Lithuania

  • BitDegree are in the final of the Blockchains for Social Good EIC Prize. They’re aiming to win the 1m EUR prize. Good luck! (Link)

  • Good to see GOSU.ai and Qoorio included in the EU-Startups list of ten Lithuanian startups to watch in 2020. (Link)

News from Norway

  • Looking forward to seeing The Norwegian Classroom at BETT (Stand SS32). The official launch and reception is 1400 GMT, Wednesday 22nd. (Link)

  • Biblo Tøyen: a case study in digital transformation. (Nor, Eng)

  • Great to learn more about Herdis Moldøen and Lær Kidsa Koding. (Nor)

  • Inspera and THE explore whether the digital revolution has arrived for assessment. (Link)

  • Kahoot! announce that they’re now making money. (Nor, Eng)

  • MakeKit at BETT. (Link)

  • Norwegian government launches national AI strategy. (Nor, Eng)

  • Academics in Norway (and Holland) raise concerns about higher education’s growing dependence on digital platforms. (Nor, Eng) HT Eilif Trondsen

News from Sweden

Thanks for reading and see you again on 3rd February!

Best regards, Jonathan

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