24 Hours After the #SLL2014 Kickoff: Big Thanks!

Yesterday, 6.10.2014, the Sanoma Learning Lab 2014 kicked off in Helsinki, Finland. What a day! Joris, Lassi, and the rest of the accelerator squad rocked the house as usual. Here some vibes from the event:


I had the honor to open the event with the CEO of Sanoma, Harri-Pekka Kaukonen:



Then Eeva Korhonen, our contact person and a general make-it-happen champion of the local partner school, Kulosaari secondary school, welcomed everyone to their premises. In my opinion this school was perfect for organizing the kickoff.

Next we had Johan Merlevede telling about aims and objectives of this program from Sanoma Learning’s point of view – it is all about making an impact in learning, be it better motivation for pupils, streamlining the workflow of teachers, or something else.

Lassi Kurkijärvi gave his usual motivational speech, after which I think most people in the room were quite pumped about the program:



Joris van Heukelom gave a rundown of how technology, society, and institutions are ever more intertwined in today’s world and how that involves learning and education. He also echoed learning impact and how improving that from many aspects is the way forward:



Next on stage was Roderick Martens, who went through the whole program from the practical point of view and also guided the participants towards their first assignment of a quick pitch.

Then the participants indeed got to pitch their ideas in 45 seconds, after which the audience (i.e., the rest of the participants), voted for their favorites. Based on the votes, as well as some wild cards by Sanoma Learning, eleven teams were formed. Here are the team leaders:



Rest of the day was spent working in teams, polishing the quick pitches and presenting them again in front of everyone. I am super excited about the teams and what they will evolve to! More on that in the weeks and months to come.

A big thanks again to everyone who participated (and will participate for the next months and weeks!): Eeva and the hospitality of the Kulosaari secondary school, Sanoma Lab and Maker Street for organizing the whole thing, and first and foremost all the participants. You create the substance of this program and hopefully learn something along the way.

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