Meet our moderator Ulf Skarin
This autumn, for the third consecutive year, Ulf Skarin will join us for EdTech Sweden, moderating the conference and creating its content in collaboration with Meet In Grid. We had a chat with this inspiring entrepreneur and Creative Director of Veckans Affärer to find out why he’s so passionate about the edtech industry in general and EdTech Sweden in particular.
What does edtech mean to you?
As a combination of the words “education” and “tech” it describes the ongoing revolution in learning. It’s a brand new world out there where the whole concept of how we learn and educate has to be reconsidered. Today we all live in a knowledge society where you constantly have to relearn and update your skills. And the fast technological development presents new forms and channels for doing so.
Why do you think the edtech industry so important?
To succeed in a knowledge economy you as a person and as a company constantly have to learn new things. I would say that learning is the single most crucial factor for improving your personal growth and your business. That also makes the edtech industry one the most interesting and important sectors of today.
The Swedish Edtech Industry Association was launched just a couple of months ago. What difference will it make for the Swedish edtech companies?
Being such an important industry in terms of creating our future it’s about time that the sector now have a dedicated organization to make an even bigger impact on the debate and future development.
EdTech Sweden was founded two years ago by Meet In Grid (then RAU) and you’ve been connected to the project practically from the start. How did you first get involved in this initiative?
As a former editor in chief of Veckans Affärer I’ve always been interested in covering the most important business trends. And edtech for sure is being one of them!
Learning and education is also very closely linked to innovation and tech, two areas that I’m personally very interested in.
What are some your best memories from the previous events?
This is the third year I’ve been working with creating the content of EdTech Sweden and it’s remarkable – although not surprising – to see the huge rise in interest for the sector. You can see it in the numbers of people visiting the conference, but also in the many new Swedish startups in the sector and also in the big interest from investors and large companies.
Networking is an important part of EdTech Sweden. Have you made any special connections during the previous conferences that have inspired you and/or enriched your business?
Speaking about learning and education I have found my own personal way of constantly learning new things. For the last three years I every day have lunch with a new person. So far, I’ve lunched with over 600 persons, a lot of them having a connection with the edtech industry!
When we asked you to join us as our moderator again for the 2017 conference, you never hesitated to say yes. What is it with this conference that inspires you so much?
I think mainly because of the chance of being part of putting the conversation of edtech where it belongs; right in the middle of the public debate as being one our most crucial factors for the future.
The theme of this year’s conference – Learning Economy – was picked by you together with the founder Meet In Grid, who’s still responsible for the content. How did you come up with it and how will it influence the conference?
I think our theme this year really captures what it is all about; to put the importance of education and constant learning as one of our time’s most important issues, for individuals, companies and the society as a whole.
You will also be deeply involved in the production of the conference program. Can you give us any hints on some of the topics we might experience in October?
The program is still under construction but some of the questions that we will focus on are for example:
• How do we build the best structures for lifelong learning? What needs to be changed and developed?
• The fast ongoing digital development is vital, which are the best new techniques and how do we use them in the best way?
• How does the most important players in edtech think, in terms of for example universities, startups, investors and large companies?
• Which are the new exciting formats and channels that are revolutionizing our present education system?
• How will companies make the most out of the constant need for new knowledge?
Who should not miss this conference?
Anyone who is being affected of the ongoing radical changes! In short that means practically every person who is responsible for their own learning as well as being a part of the company or organization where they belong!
Listen to Ulf and his podcast (in Swedish) »