Five finalists, one from each of the Nordic countries, pitched for The Nordic Edtech Award 2018 at the The Edtech Day during Oslo Innovation Week on 26 September. All finalists represent the Nordic Edtech core values: Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy.
Scores were also based on pedagogical quality, performance/usability of product, degree of societal and/or commercial impact, business model, quality of the presentation and timing.
Sweden – Strawbees Hands on creativity and problem solving with construction and code
Denmark – Acadal Meaningful adult life-long learning and training in large organizations
Norway – Leap Learning Teaching children to learn how to learn. Combining technology and hands-on games into a flipped classroom – the Leap Learning Labs – with different stations, focusing on logic, literacy and numeracy
Iceland – LearnCove LearnCove is a platform where teachers can access learning apps and see students progress in them, students can complete personalised activities and learning app providers can distribute their apps.
Finland – WordDive An AI-based app for learning foreign language speaking skills
The Nordic Edtech Award 2017 was the first initiative from Nordic Edtech Alliance, a partnership launched in the autumn of 2017. Organised for the second time in 2018, the award had 34 applications from all over the Nordics.
A jury consisting of Tim Praill, CEO of Navitas Ventures (AUS), Nikolaj Plagborg-Møller, Future Learning Manager, Danish Technical University (DK), Svenia Busson, CEO and Founder of LearnSpace accelerator (Fr), Hege Barnes, Director of Innovation Norway New York (No), Niko Lindholm, Project Manager Smart Learning Programme at the City of Helsinki (Fi), had the very difficult job picking one winner among the five shortlisted finalists.
The Nordic edtech community is growing stronger and has a large number of promising and exciting companies. Through joining forces and pulling together, Nordic edtech has the opportunity to take a position as the best and most competitive in the world.
Nordic Edtech Alliance is a partnership between Nordic Edtech communities and actors. The aims of Nordic Edtech Alliance are to support and profile Nordic Edtech internationally, where the Nordic Values of Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy are core values. The goal is to attract Nordic and International investors to invest in Nordic Edtech companies and to build bridges to international markets for Nordic Edtech companies and suppliers. The Nordic Edtech Award, launched in 2017 was NEAs first cooperative initiative.