Is the future exciting for EdTech

EdTech founders develop their ideas further at the Startup Salzburg Weekend

The Startup Salzburg Weekend is now in its sixth year a fixed star in the Salzburg startup scene. Last year, the 48-hour program took place online for the first time due to the pandemic. In 2021, the best of both worlds was combined and ideas and projects were honed in a hybrid format from May 7th to 9th.

Another innovation this year: For the first time, we as EdTech Austria were able to help organize the startup Salzburg Weekend and thus offer our own EdTech track with dedicated mentors and experts from our network.

A total of 29 project ideas were submitted, 22 of these ideas were worked on in teams over the weekend and 19 projects were finally pitched in the closing event on Sunday. The EdTech Track has brought young founders from all over Austria to Salzburg. Four exciting projects were able to take their next step on the way to a successful start-up during the weekend.

Demand-oriented training for skilled workers

The first project that was presented to the other participants as well as the experts and mentors on Sunday was “Educate Reality” by Thomas Eichinger. Many companies are desperately looking for new skilled workers. The profile of an applicant often fits the advertised position very well, but there is a lack of the necessary skills in one or two areas. This is where Thomas would like to start with “Educate Reality”. Companies should be offered a simple opportunity to evaluate the competencies of new employees and then to equip them with the missing know-how in specific training courses. There is also already a focus on content: programming languages ​​are the starting point.

Witches and Wizards on the Periodic Table

But not only various programming languages ​​are in short supply on the job market. In general, there is a great need for people from MINT (mathematics - computer science - natural sciences - technology) areas. “Unfortunately, the associated subjects at school are often seen as complicated, annoying or boring. This also applies in particular to chemistry lessons, ”says Florian Wundsam. He is a trained chemistry teacher and would like to remedy this with his computer game "Molecular Witch". In an interactive game experience, getting to know materials, elements and atoms, the building blocks of our world, is made possible in a new way. The crafting system (the production of objects) from Minecraft is to be connected with the possibilities of discovery from games such as Legend of Zelda as well as classic quest systems (orders or tasks to be fulfilled), for example known from World of Warcraft, and thus all children Do "periodic table magicians".

At the startup Salzburg Weekend, EdTech ideas were worked on offline (photos: Claudia Rößlhuber Fotografie):

Maker Spaces for the little ones

Another exciting project is also dedicated to the MINT skills of our children. “Future active: Makerspace for young digital” was brought into the Startup Weekend by Ben Dietrich and Marlene Dietrich-Gsenger. The two, themselves parents of a 3-year-old daughter, want to give children and young people the skills they need to shape their future. For this purpose, an educational location outside of school is to be created where children from the age of six can take part in workshops and projects in the fields of MINT and entrepreneurship education.

Learning digital languages ​​with a social impact

Last but not least, in the 48 hours of concentrated startup power, we also had a social business from the EdTech area on board: Lingonnect - Language Lessons for more Empowerment. Lingonnect was launched by Lukas Clara and is a new type of platform for language courses. The teachers are people from developing countries who can not only teach interested parties a new language, but can also provide insight into other cultures via the platform. This cultural exchange is intended to create a new experience that is not possible in most other language courses, especially in the digital space. In addition, by booking the language courses, social and environmental projects in the global south are also directly supported. There is already a first pilot project with teachers from Uganda.

"It was impressive to see the enormous progress all the participants made during the weekend," says EdTech Austria project manager Hannes Aichmayr. “We are also convinced that very promising ideas have emerged. We will of course continue to pursue and support the projects. "

You can find more impressions from the Startup Salzburg Weekend here.

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