Inicio is a non-profit organisation that provides hands-on, technology focused workshops for teenagers. These workshops are designed to equip participants with 21st century skills, which are defined as critical thinking,creativity, collaboration, communication, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, flexibility, leadership,initiative, productivity, and social skills.
Our workshops range from five-day design sprints (based on the Google Venture methodology), teaching website design, simple robotics, to building electronic devices. The main overarching goal of our workshops is to ignite the students passion for technology by exploring different subject areas and career paths, by bringing theoretical concepts (those taught in maths, physics, or science classes) to life through practical hands-on learning, and equipping students with the skills necessary (critical thinking and complex problem solving,creativity, collaboration and communication) to succeed in the digital future.
Inicio’s events are run with the help of our network of mentors that are comprised of Swedish and foreign undergraduate and masters students. These students provide their technical knowledge,contribute other perspectives and cultures, and can serve as role models. Our mentors are passionate about technology, and they aid and support workshop participants from the start of the workshops to successful completion of the task.
Our workshops are 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 meeting places for education to organise hands-on workshops. Our workshops focus on technology, but allow students to see the connection between technology and other subject areas like art, fashion and music. We also connect technology to real life problems. We strongly believe that workshops like the Design Sprint Process will be the “go to” design methodology for businesses over the future - so the next generation should add these invaluable skills to their “creative toolbox” now.
Some of our workshops are the objects of research about 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 how collaborative settings and experiential learning promote the sharing of knowledge and the use of key 21st-century skills such as communication, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. The goal is to shed light on how to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning activities for youth and engineering education for university students mentoring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.