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The Mentorspace by Inicio is a physical place where participants experience hands-on practice with digital technology and electronics, developing abilities for problem solving, individual learning style and personal growth through mentorship. The open knowledge sharing eases social inclusion for all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and educational levels. Our goal is to provide Mentorspaces for academia, industry as well as the public sector and community.
Inicio collaborates with e.g libraries, youth centres, schools, industry partners and several public sector initiatives for urban development and social innovation. We offer regular open workshops for example designing mobile apps, creating artistic robots, exploring programming or building sensors for health and well-being. From 2016 we have organised special events celebrating the International Girls in ICT Day to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.
The educational system is challenged by the digital transformation of society and how to provide relevant training and advice for a generation who are uncertain of their career choices and the opportunities of higher education. At Inicio we are developing our own method for gathering data from how the workshop participants learn. Having learning analytics to understand what motivates students and to evaluate the effectiveness of digital skills training is of great value to all educators.
For NCAB Group, diversity is essential for a sustainable company, and a sustainable society. Inicio
are making a difference by inviting and encouraging young people, especially young women, to try
electronics and hardware in real life, with a joyful approach. We gladly support Inicio’s initiatives,
especially the “Girls In ICT” events, where NCAB Group have supplied the printed circuit boards
in 2018 and 2019.Rikard Wallin, Vice President Nordic & Managing Director Sweden, NCAB Group
While I was a student at KTH, I used to spend a lot of time at the Mentorspace. From there I heard about Inicio and all the amazing work they do. They are an organisation that want to spread the ability of digitalisation and technology across all sectors of life, especially those that don’t have the resources. This immediately made me want to get involved. I started mentoring the students that would come over to the Mentorspace. It’s fascinating to watch how much young minds can grasp and how much they want to learn! I personally think Inicio is doing a wonderful job facilitating this, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.Charlene Sequeira, active mentor, former KTH student, now employed at Cybercom
During my last year of high school I wanted to do a quite ambitious examination project. Since my school lacked the resources for a project like mine I reached out to the Mentorspace for help. I was amazed of the kindness and competence in the Mentorspace. Every time I walked through this door I meet someone new who was exited to help me, a high school student without a clue of what I was doing. The Mentorspace allowed me to learn everything from PCB design to RFID to laser cutting and more and I got to meet a ton of awesome people from all over the world and have one of the best years of my life.Emilie Karon Klefbom, former Nacka Gymnasium student, now studies at Chalmers