Not too cool for school?

In the geek year of 2018, Girl Geek Dinners Trondheim started off with an event about EdTech. EdTech is an abbreviation of Educational Technology, and according to Wikipedia it is defined as “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources”.

Our generous sponsor this month was Atea. Atea is the leading provider of IT infrastructure solutions in the Nordic and Baltic region with NOK 32 billion in revenue and approximately 6,900 employees (2017). Atea is present in 87 cities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Read more about the company on their web pages.

Fullt hus på #edtech arrangement. Årets første. Vertsbedrift #ateanorge

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Over 100 geeks, both girls, boys, men, and women met us at Bror. The popular burger bar in the middle of Trondheim City was crowded with curious souls, but we still managed to complete our traditional presentation round where all 100 attendees got to say their name, job title, and passion. Some even took the opportunity to reveal that they were either highering or seeking for a new job.

Funfact: Did you know Girl Geek Dinners has mediated more then five new hirings, because of out meetups? And that is only the ones we know of.

The evenings’ program was packed with interesting talks. The headline of the event was “What will the future school look like?” and we started off by setting the scene with a quote by Norways´ Minister of Education:

“The most important task of the school is to teach their students how to gain knew knowledge. In the 21st-century one will also need other skills than the IQ-based skills, amongst other the ability of self-control, self-regulation and concentration”


The first speaker was Tonje Foss, the regional manager at Atea, recently named one of the top 50 women in IT in Norway. She introduced the evening and presented the new strategic network focus, where contracts have been signed with both NTNU Accel, Technoport and Women in Tech Conference DigIT 2018. Atea has been sponsoring Girl Geek Dinner events before and also give away some complimentary tickets to their conference Atea Community each year. They are contributing to increasing the number of women in tech each step at the time.

Next up what Jørgen Sundgot, the Education Advisor in Atea specializing in the introduction of digital tools and workflows into classrooms to further learning and enable 21st-century skills. Skilled in strategic advisement, project management, change management, solution design, infrastructure, operating systems, platforms, ecosystems, software, hardware, device management and financing.

Third up on stage was Anna Holm Heide, representing one of the most award-winning and promising start-ups in Norway at the moment: No Isolation. No Isolation has a bold mission to exterminate all loneliness. They started by making the robot AV1 who enables sick or handicapped kids to attend school through their iPad, seeing the classroom through the eyes of the robot. Watch how it works here:

Last, but not least, the startup Learning Moment Technologies presented their successful tool Dokker™ (SaaS). Dokker™, a service for documentation of skills and personal lifelong learning. Learning Moment Technologies works every day for that guidance, monitoring and learning should be personalized, smarter and more efficient. Learning Moment innovates and develop tools and methodologies for personal learning and development. Our own girl geek Hilde Amundsen stepped up to the challenge and did their presentation for them when they were prevented. Great success!

Thanks for reading, geek love from the organizers: