About Inicio

What is Inicio?

Inicio is a non-profit organisation that provides free, hands-on, technology focused workshops for teenagers. Our workshops range from five-day design sprints (based on the Google Venture methodology), introductory courses for website design, simple robotics, UX/UI, to teaching students how to build  electronic devices. Our workshops are specially designed to ignite an interest in technology.

Inicio helps students explore different subject areas and career paths. We bring theoretical concepts to life during our practical sessions - from maths, physics, to science. Students leave our workshops better equipped with crucial skills needed in the future workplace. These 21st century skills include critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity, collaboration and communication.

Our mentors

Inicio’s events are run with the help of our network of mentors. Our mentors are comprised of both Swedish and foreign students studying a tech-focused degree at undergraduate or masters level. During our workshops mentors share their technical knowledge, and serve as role models.  They aid and support workshop participants during every session - from the introductory phrase through to successful completion of the workshop task.

Our workshops

Our workshops are specially designed to align with the existing school curriculum and meet the digitalisation requirements set by Skolverket. Inicio collaborates with schools, libraries, youth and community centres, and other places for education, to organise our hands-on workshops. Our workshops also help students see the connection between technology and other subject areas like art, fashion and music. We strongly believe that our workshop offerings, such as the Design Sprint Process, provide the skills needed to succeed in jobs of the future - so the next generation should add these invaluable skills to their “creative toolbox” now! Our unique 'business case' workshops clearly demonstrates how technology can be used to solve real world problems.

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Research around our workshops

Some of our workshops are the focus of research into the development of 21st-century skills in collaborative learning environments. The research is conducted by PhD student Dagmar Hedman from the Department of Education at Stockholm University. This research aims to understand the process behind collaborative settings, and how experiential learning promotes the sharing of knowledge and the use of key 21st-century skills - such as communication, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. The goal of this research is to shed light on how to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning activities for youth, and the education of engineering university students who are mentors for these activities. This research is conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of social research at Stockholm University and guided by the European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). For more information, please contact dagmar.hedman@edu.su.se.