Blue Tulip Awards 2020 | Finals update

Today’s challenges and uncertainty impact us all, both personally and professionally. With the given circumstances and to ensure everyone’s well-being, we have decided that the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 Finals will take place on June 11 in a fully digital setup. More information will follow shortly. Stay tuned!

The future of learning: the skills that will shape the 21st century

Since the end of the last century, research about the future of learning and education has surged massively. With the Internet revolution undeniably playing a crucial role in this development, the essential skills that future generations must possess are increasingly digital, making learning more accessible and inclusive.
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Inevitably, how we learn and educate global citizens is continuously evolving and we can see that in today’s startup environment. Therefore, some of the most essential skills for the new generations are:

  • Core subjects and 21st-century themes (such as language arts, mathematics, science, global awareness, and financial literacy).
  • Learning and innovation skills (such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving).
  • Information, media, and technology skills.
  • Life and career skills (such as initiative and self-direction).

Most importantly, these skills should not be perceived as ‘one more thing to learn’ but rather be present throughout any learning curriculum or course.

Combining these skills in real life: Education theme innovators

We’re proud to present many innovations in the Blue Tulip Awards Education theme that will shape the future of learning by aiding people to their needs of developing new skills. Many of the innovations selected contribute to not only innovative learning but are defining these skills purely by its existence. The future of learning is always changing!

Combining both learning and innovation skills with technology skills, LoCoMoGo designs products that teach children coding through play. Their launching product is the LoCoMoGo Toy Train that teaches kids aged 4-12 how to code in a playful manner. It starts with basic code logic when kids are 4 years old, entirely off-screen. As children grow up, the LoCoMoGo platform progresses their learnings to proper textual programming when they are 10-12 years!

Also preparing the youngest in our ever-changing world, Foldio teaches children the basics of computer science in a playful and practical way. Foldio bridges the gap between the digital and the analog world by introducing smart paper toys that are programmable and customizable by children themselves. With the help of their patented technology in University of Saarland, Germany, children learn the basics of computer hardware, programming logic, and basics of digital security, combining many 21st century skills into one innovation.

Combining both technology skills and innovative processes, the Winc Academy prepares as many people as possible for their first job as a software developer, without the need for specific knowledge or prior education. The programs provided by The Winc Academy are completely remote, but not without obligation. Every morning the students start their day with a live lecture together with their peers via video conferencing, but also learning life and career skills as they shape their own future. 

An innovation such as Wappler enables professionals to learn in a visually innovative way, teaching how to fully build highly interactive websites and mobile apps. With its extended visual tools and frameworks, users can quickly learn and apply the latest technologies, visual programming and design. 

 

The future of learning starts here!

Most of the innovations are focused around technology skills, but please check our Top 10 innovations, or other 2020 participants, to find all 21st century skills embedded in our future of learning. Also keep an eye out for the Semifinals (March 12) and the Finals (April 17), to see which innovation will truly change the world of learning. 

 
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