Out of many potential innovations among the Boosting Innovations into Business (BIB)-programme, Kidous appealed the most to the public. Our own Päivi Marjanen pitched and stole the hearts of the crowd with Kidous tool and won the BIB Public Awards.
The BIB are the awards for innovative concepts entering markets and born out of research and innovation initiatives among Laurea innovators. Within the programme, financed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation TEKES, awards for Best Innovation (Public Prize) following participation in the BIB-programme, are granted to innovations of high potential and ready for market entry, and voted by its peers, the business community.
According to BIB, Kidous is a remarkable Finnish edtech innovation that is driven by users (educators) by putting children in the center and aligned with the holistic learning process and development principles. It supports the early childhood educators in their everyday observation and documentation tasks and allows easily the school to engage with parents and care-givers, both in Finland as well as in any international context. Kidous tool comprises of documentation support, creating and following up children’s individual curriculum, automatic portfolio, sociogram and messaging tool enabling real-time communication. Unlike any other product in the market and highly appreciated by its clients, Kidous pedagogical tool as well as the sociogram are helping educators to build well-balanced and empowering social environment for the children.
Päivi Marjanen is “proud of Kidous solution, proud of what Kidous team has achieved and this proofs that the business community in particular sees the big potential in Kidous. In addition, she is happy that “we have really developed something that is co-created by teachers for teachers,” while supporting these professionals in their everyday tasks. “We already have very satisfied Kidous lead-users, and running pilots globally ” said CEO Rob Moonen.
Source: Laurea press release December 4th, 2017 (in Finnish).