11.22.2017 — by Tommi Toivonen

Co-creating a more sustainable future at SDC 2017

In Categories: In English

We were really happy to be a part of the annual Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco with a new playful prototyping workshop. Instead of diving deep into hacking and creative programming our participants worked against the clock to co-create new ideas and visual prototypes around various sustainability challenges.

Picture from SDC WorkshopSolving sustainability challenges sounds serious but it can be messy and fun - Mehackit style!

SDC 2017 was held on 18th to 19th of October at Moscone Center for the global Samsung developer ecosystem of coders, designers, content creators, business people and innovators. The agenda was to learn about new trends and be part of the bigger picture of our technological and connected future. Last year we disrupted the booth area by bringing in some noise and electronic music with the Sonic Pi music programming workshop. This time we made a creative playground with 1-hour workshops called "Co-create a sustainable and connected future". While keeping our Maker influences and fun-factor, the workshop was based more on pen & paper & crafting action and Design Thinking principles. 

The initial idea came from Elin Wallberg, the Head of Nordic Corporate Citizenship at Samsung, as she wanted to encourage SDC participants to create ideas and solutions around some really pressing problems in the world and, while doing that, have a lot of fun and feel the Mehackit maker spirit! The workshops were in line with the theme of the conference, ”Connected Thinking”. Few weeks prior to SDC, we started to prepare a new kind of sprint workshop based on Design Thinking principles and created eight different workshop challenges based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by United Nations. They were presented as short illustrated stories about problems related to health, water scarcity, urban traffic, quality education and more. 

SCD Workshop challengesSustainability challenges presented with illustrated posters 

Participating teams discussed and created around their chosen challenges in a moderated Idea Sprint session. The teams filled in a design template with all the ideation steps visible within a timeframe of 15 minutes. Tough task, but in the end no one dropped out! Ismael Matos, a Freelance Web Developer and one of the participants, reflects: ”I think it is a great way to get people focused. Brainstorming has to happen really fast and any great idea could pop up even if you first think it is silly or crazy. It helped that the way that you presented the challenges was really nice and simple.”

After the ideation, the teams entered a 15-minute prototyping phase. The prototypes, which were like visual design flowcharts, explained how the idea works. By using a lot of colors, crafting materials, Samsung devices, LEGOs and even electronic components, the visual prototypes became alive, fun and engaging!

From an idea to a prototypeFrom an idea to a visual prototype

All in all, we got over 12 prototypes of how modern technology could be used to solve real sustainability problems, ranging from ways to reduce food waste to product ideas for the future classrooms! The participants impressed us with their ideas that would actually have a positive impact in this world. We hope they keep on developing them also after SDC. By the way, most of the participants didn’t have a programmer background, so you really don’t need to be a developer or a coder to start creating ideas and solutions with technology.

Otilia Rosianu, Digital Marketing and Research Analyst, was really happy to participate: ”It was so much fun with a good amount of interaction. Combining creativity and technology to solve today’s issues was an interesting approach yet fun and actually in some cases effective to the cause.” After the workshop, Ismael felt more open to the possibilities of technology: ”After the workshop, I felt amazed by how connected we can be, and how the technology could help us to solve any problem to improve our lives.” 

SDC Workshop participantsEach day teams behind the best prototypes won Mehackit Maker kits!

In the end, we felt the workshops were like at home in SDC. While the approach can make a big difference in understanding the complex digital world, it is also in line with Samsung’s goals: coming up with new innovations for the connected world surrounding us. The workshops also were a very valuable learning opportunity for Mehackit. Activities like this help Mehackit to bridge some gaps between the programming curriculum and the real world out there. They can be used, for example, as a game-like introduction to our programming courses. 

Thank you Samsung again for an amazing Developer Conference. It was definitely an unique experience and we hope to be a part of it next year as well!

Pictures by Marica Määttä (Samsung) and Tommi Toivonen

10.02.2017 — by Heini

Mehackit among the 100 most inspiring innovations in K12 education year 2017

In Categories: In English Educator

It is a true honour for us to be listed among 100 Global Inspiring Innovations in K12 Education by Hundred!

It is an honour to share this with all of you, teachers, colleagues and partners, with whom I think we share one thing in common - we all believe that education is the best way to change the world to be a better place - more peaceful, more sustainable more equal!

As the future is not built yet, it is very important to give all people equal opportunities in taking part in building it and, while doing so, to live satisfying, meaningful lives together and be happy. 

We at Mehackit are doing our share in making creative technology skills more equal! We want to give youth their first experience in planning, designing, prototyping and presenting their creative projects to their peers - “Look what we made!" We want that their first experience is positive and empowering!

Blending human instructors with online course platform

We want to make it as easy as possible for any school to take creative technology learning into classrooms. Our innovation is our digital course platform together with our instructor network. We have recruited and trained over 50 lovely, skilled technology university students!

Creativity, art and self expression through technological projects is very motivating and close to the hearts of Mehackit instructors. They see that the most important gift they can give to students is, infact, inspiration and motivation to open a door to the curious world of creative technologies. Whatever our wildest dreams and ideas with new things may be, they only scratch the surface of what's possible with good mentoring.

Mehackit instructors have been to almost every 5th Finnish upper secondary school and they have instructed long 38 hour-courses to students. We have also instructed courses in Swedish schools. For some of our instructors this is their first work experience in their own field, and, with our help, they are super enthusiastic to share their own enthusiasm with others.

With creative technologies we mean projects such as (links below are to our free courses)  
  1. learning to program digital music and having a concert in the end of the course, 
  2. combining visual art with programming and creating beautiful moving images or animations and presenting them in schools' art gallery or
  3. making objects move or communicate with each other by programming small sensors and motors (electronics, robotics or even Internet of Things) and to have a demo day at school. 
By making something creative and fun has an incredible effect on motivation to learn, to figure out what problems to solve in the first place and what questions to ask: there are no wrong answers as long as you get it to work! 

Mehackit Instructors to support local schools, teachers to co-create with Mehackit

Mehackit courses have been developed in continuous co-creation process with and feedback from our instructors, local teachers and students. Our content fits well with the Finnish National Curriculum for general upper secondary education under "Exploratory work with technology" (TO2). In basic education our courses are related to the Mathematics, Physics, Art, Music and Computer sciences. In Finland programming has been integrated in the curriculum as part of the objectives set for mathematics since 2016. 

Mehackit Instructor network makes it possible for schools to offer courses without training the teachers first. In fact, we invite teachers to take part in the courses to learn and get inspired as well!

However, we also provide pedagogical and concrete teacher training workshops for any groups of teachers seeking for inspiration and support. We have had workshops with not only Finnish teachers but also groups from Korea, Saudi-Arabia, Sweden, and even professional programmers and developers, to mention some. 

Mehackit is looking for partners to take creative technology learning to classrooms internationally!

Now, after three years of partnering up with Samsung Nordics, who we share many values with such as appreciation of education, equality and wellbeing, we are thankful to continue working with them in the future too.  

We are also looking for new partners to help us to take our pedagogics to other parts of the world in a smart, sustainable way!

Regarding maker culture, which we promote, you’ve all heard about DIY - do it yourself... It should be DIT from now on - do it together

08.22.2017 — by Reetta Heiskanen

Interview with Karin Nygårds: Tech education in Swedish schools

In Categories: Educator In English

Karin Nygårds is a teacher, programming enthusiast and TV host of the program "Programmera mera". We were lucky enough to chat with her about the level of technology education in Swedish schools, necessary future skills and exciting technologies. 

Picture: Severus Tenenbaum

Karin, how is technology education present in Swedish schools right now?

We have some schools that are way ahead, and I dare to say among the best in the world, but then we also have the ones that are way behind. Generally speaking, I think education still focus too much on using the tools, and too little on how they affect us. Teachers should get more involved in discussions what technology is doing to us, and how it changes the world we live in and the way we think and learn. Teachers are the ones who see the changes first.

In your opinion, what should technology education be like?

I think we all need more knowledge about the systems that surround us. Many aspects of our lives will change because of technology - everyone should be able to see how technology affects us. The more transparent the technology gets, the more important it is for us to reveal the invisible barriers. I also wish that every teacher, not just the programming teachers or math teachers, thought about how digitalization affects education. It's a matter that we all should care about.

What is your background, how did you get excited about programming and tech?

I used to be a regular Swedish teacher. I started to use a blog with my first graders in 2011 and that made me more curious about how to incorporate the digital world in my classroom. I wanted to create something with my students and started to look into programming with kids. After taking my first programming course in 2012, I was convinced this was something we need to teach in school today. 

Learning how to write my own programs for my computer made a huge impact on how I see the digital world. I want my students to feel the same power over the tools, not just being a slave under them.

What are the necessary skills that today's youth need for the future?

It is a challenge to manage all the distractions in the digital world. How do we disconnect and focus? It's not getting any easier. We still need to get things done. Focus will be a great skill to excel in.

We need to be able to communicate cross cultural, since the arena is multicultural. How do I express myself, in words and pictures, in a way that people with different background can understand?

And, of course, we need to be better at questioning who made what and why. Critical thinking is our most important skill, now and forever.

Which technologies are you really excited about right now? 

I see the power in VR and AR for the future. Such a great opportunity for schools to exchange conditions and experiences over the world. We can travel far, without leaving the classroom. 

Professors from all over the world can show up in the classroom, through the web. Instead of just watching a film about cole mines, we can step into one and experience what it's like to work in one. Hopefully, this will be a great tool for deeper learning.

Thank you Karin!

Mehackit organizes programming and robotics courses in Nordic high schools. During autumn term 2016 the Mehackit Visual Programming course started in Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Stockholm and ever since Mehackit has held several workshops for youth and teachers in Sweden. 

06.26.2017 — by Reetta Heiskanen

Mehackit x Samsung: educating the next generations

In Categories: Educator In English

The co-operation between Mehackit and Samsung started in November 2014. The base of the partnership is a mutual interest regarding how important it is to educate the future generations with necessary technology skills.

At Slush 2014, Mehackit Founder Henrietta Kekäläinen announced a multi-year collaboration with the technology company Samsung. It has been an unbelievable ride ever since, building technology education to over 70 high schools in the Nordics, educating over 3000 youth and 200 teachers at schools and events. 

The Mehackit school course format gives a fun, hands-on introduction to creative technologies for high school students. Currently Mehackit is running two different courses at high schools: Electronics with Arduino and Visual Programming with Processing. On top of that, we organize music programming workshops in secondary schools and different technology events.

Highlights of our trip with Samsung 

First pilot course in SYK High School in Helsinki

The first Mehackit pilot started in SYK High School in December 2014. 20 high school students gained skills in robotics and programming and were able to build their very first, big and exciting technology projects. With the feedback and confidence that we gained from the course, we were able to start organizing teacher workshops and new school courses in the city of Tampere. The expansion of the Mehackit school course format became reality!

50 schools on board

This was an exciting milestone when we succeeded in bringing the Mehackit school course format to 50 Finnish high schools. The northern-most location for the Mehackit course became the city of Tornio, more than 700 km up north from Helsinki.

Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco

In April 2016, we organized music programming workshops at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco. The Samsung crowd seemed to enjoy the beats and we learned new, inspiring things about our global partner. 
Working with one of the largest technology companies in the world is an opportunity to get insights in global innovations and working with leading experts in the field.

Expansion to Sweden

The first Mehackit school course started in Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium, Stockholm in September 2016. We were super excited to welcome our first Swedish instructor, Hanna Årström on board. Hanna guided both Arduino and Processing-courses in VRG during 2016-2017.

What are the next steps?

Now we have reached the point, where even more schools are joining in for the next school year of 2017-2018. We are looking forward to welcome new high schools and cities and bring phenomena based programming to an even larger audience. During 2016-2017 we have done workshops in England, Russia, Norway, the U.S. & South-Africa in addition to Finland and Sweden. On top of that, the Codebus Africa project has brought our materials to nine other African countries. 

Learning tech skills shouldn’t be the priviledge of a certain group of people. Tech belongs to everyone and we want to give the youth the opportunity to build technology themselves and get inspired by the adventurous process. Working with Samsung has enabled our growth and impact and we couldn’t be happier about such a great partner.

Interested about the mission of Mehackit? Contact us at hello@mehackit.org for more information!

04.28.2017 — by Reetta Heiskanen

Sweden, we are looking for a programming instructor!

In Categories: Educator In English

Are you interested in educating the youth with technology skills? Would you like to be part of the Mehackit family?

Mehackit organizes programming and robotics courses in high schools in the Nordics. Our courses have given young students in over 50 towns and cities in the Nordics and UK the chance to experience coding through art, music and hardware. Our enthusiastic instructors, the beginner-friendly content and the online platform help build (technological) self-confidence.

We are now looking for a new programming instructor to guide our course and possible teacher trainings in Swedish high schools, especially in Stockholm and Gothenburg area. 

Mehackit trains its instructors for the Mehackit material and content of the course. After the training, the instructor (you?) will hold the course in a high school that has been scheduled in advance. Our vision is to equip the next generation with creative technology skills in a democratic way and wider reach than ever before in history.

What do we expect from Mehackit instructors?

  • Skills and interest in programming (basic knowledge in programming, university course completed/MOOC)
  • Interest in pedagogy and working with 15-18 year olds 
  • A creative mindset when it comes to technology
  • Fluent skills in Swedish and good English skills 
  • The ability to describe central concepts of programming in a fun way

If you're interested, apply by emailing a free application to jobs@mehackit.org. We can't wait to hear from you!

What: Half-time Mehackit instructor, Stockholm area, paid
When: Autumn term 2017
How to apply?: Send us an application now and become part of the stellar Mehackit-team <3

"It has been so great to see the students evolve both in programming and creativity. I have learned a lot about pedagogy and the value of creativity on technology education." -Hanna Årström, Mehackit Instructor

"The Mehackit course has been fantastic and a great experience for our students at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium. They gained some insight to their own understanding about the digital world and programming. They were even able to apply their own interests to the technology projects they built." - John Di Maria, Assistant Principal, Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium

03.17.2017 — by Tommi Toivonen

On the Road with CodeBus Africa

In Categories: Educator In English

We just can't tell you in thousand words how excited we are about CodeBus Africa! The project, that is currently on the road in Uganda, is teaching basic programming skills to local youngsters in dozens of workshops held in 10 African countries.

Back in January, we interviewed Irena Bakić (Project Lead at CodeBus Africa) about the expectations of the whole project as they were still preparing and planning the trip. Mehackit is one of the partners of the project and the CodeBus Africa workshops are based on our “Music programming with Sonic Pi” workshop.

Now, after almost two months later, the journey has started and we had a chance to sit down with Vilma Hämäläinen (Communications Lead at CodeBus Africa) and Jukka Eerikäinen (Workshop Instructor at CodeBus Africa and Mehackit) to discuss their experiences on the first leg of CodeBus Africa in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The CodeBus Africa is set to go on until the end of May and the team continues to do workshops in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Jukka and Vilma, I've been really excited to follow CodeBus Africa trip in social media, and the energy around it is so positive and tangible. It seems like it is making a huge positive impact! I can imagine you probably feel the same, only in hundredfold. So, what’s your overall vibe so far from the trip?

Jukka: Amazing. Simply amazing. The response to Sonic Pi and the workshops has been overwhelmingly positive, pretty much everyone is having fun, and in the end everyone has learned enough to write something of their own, even the ones with no prior computer experience.

Vilma: Motivated, focused, excited. It’s been very satisfying to see how important the project is to everyone involved, and how the shared ambition has pushed us to do great work together. Most importantly we’ve offered youth a positive experience in creative technology. At the same time we’ve created important connections between African and Finnish people.

Jukka, you've been teaching in the workshops. Can you tell us what have the student groups been like?

Jukka: The variety has been huge, from 9-year-olds from outside the official education system who have never used a computer before, much less programmed one, to bearded 18-year-olds from private schools that already have some experience with programming. We even had a pair of around 19-years-old guy and a kid around 10 years, and somehow even that worked out nicely! With Sonic Pi there's a lot of leeway designing the structure: what to take in and what to leave out.

What is the most heartwarming moment you remember from the trip?

Jukka: So hard to pick just one! One of the first moments that truly stuck with me was in the very first workshop in Accra, when the students got some melodies going for the first time and they really really wanted to show them to everyone, to each other and to the instructors. No need to ask if I could listen to what you've created, they were so proud of their work - and rightly so!

Vilma: We had quite a touching debrief on our last day in Ghana. We’d pulled off a fantastic week together and our local partner STEMbees had been able to network on ministry level, which was very valuable for their future plans. Emotions were high and everyone kept swallowing their tears. I also remember one workshop participant saying, when asked about what she will remember from the workshop, “I will never forget Madam Anniina.” This goes to show that Mehackit and Aalto have put together a fantastic bunch of instructors :)

What is your biggest learning experience from CodeBus?

Vilma: On a personal level CodeBus has reminded me of how exciting teamwork can be. The high you get out of coming together under pressure is sweet and the experience teaches you a lot.

Jukka: I think one of the biggest eye-openers to me personally was that background, when it comes to using computers and smartphones and whatever, doesn't really seem to affect learning speed all that much! I mean, sure, the ones who are not all that proficient with computers will type a lot slower, but that's not where the most time is spent anyway. The amount of time it takes to pick up and understand the core concepts seems to be pretty much the same within an age group.

Thanks for your time Vilma and Jukka, it has been a pleasure talking with you and have your insight in the workshops and the whole project! The future of CodeBus Africa certainly looks bright, and we wish the project and the remaining workshops all the best!

Mehackit is an official partner in CodeBus Africa, a project coordinated by Aalto Global Impact.

01.20.2017 — by Reetta Heiskanen

100-day adventure into creative technology in Sub-Saharan Africa

In Categories: Educator In English

We at Mehackit are excited to announce that during spring 2017 we will visit 10 African countries together with CodeBus Africa and organize creative coding workshops for local youth.

At the core of Mehackit has always been the empowerment of the youth. We teach programming through hardware, art and music and we love to bring our fun and creative approach to as many youngsters as possible. At the moment Mehackit is a growing partner of  Nordic high schools but our long-term target is to help high schools on a global scale.

In October 2016 we educated 10 students from Aalto university with the Mehackit programming materials and now these amazing students are able to instruct the workshops in Africa. We will also train more instructors in every country in order to make it possible to continue learning with Mehackit open-source curriculum.

Now as the trip is getting closer, we sat down with Irena Bakić, the project lead for CodeBus Africa to discuss what the project is all about.

Irena, what is the major goal of CodeBus Africa?

CodeBus aims to support equal opportunities for youth, especially girls, in technology by giving them an opportunity to explore programming through music, creativity and self-expression. Programming is often perceived as a solitary world, somehow cold and detached from real-life applications that would be useful or enjoyable on a personal level, and we hope to change these associations.

The first steps into learning programming can be taken together with friends, and they can be a lot of fun. The first experience should be rewarding and it should ensure that the student feels positive about learning. Mehackit has showed us that for example music as a fairly universal language offers a great medium for this.

Another important goal of CodeBus is to promote sustainable partnerships between Finnish and African innovators in education and technology during the centenary year and well beyond. The project leans strongly on the Finland 100 centenary celebration theme “Together”, and we look forward to mutual learning and co-creative efforts both during and after the journey.

How did the idea of CodeBus Africa come to life?

The idea was initiated in early 2016 by Finnish embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The embassies wanted to take part in the celebration of Finland’s 100th year of independence in 2017 with a project that would make the most of the themes Finland is proud of: education, equality, creativity and technology. That’s when the idea of a moving bus providing coding workshops for youth surfaced

The discussions began on the Finnish side with several interested parties in spring 2016 and Aalto Global Impact from Aalto University took over the coordination in early autumn. Mehackit was involved from the beginning as the expert on creative technology education, and they would later come to provide the workshop concept and curriculum for the project.

What do you especially love about the countries the CodeBus is going to visit?

We have fantastic partners in every country and we admire the work the local technology hubs, entrepreneurs and youth organizations have been doing in their respective communities. Especially the commitment to enhance girls’ tech education is admirable. All in all the motivation levels are high and we look forward to collaborating with everyone.

What are you hoping to accomplish during the journey?

We hope to increase awareness of creative programming and gender equality in technology both in Finland and the ten African countries – all the while bringing positive visibility to the centenary of Finland’s independence and celebrating the old and new connections between African and Finnish people.

Codebus Africa will organize workshops in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South-Africa. We at Mehackit are really looking forward to showing our creative pedagogy, learning materials and platforms for local organisations. 

If you have any questions regarding the trip, please do not hesitate to contact hello@mehackit.org :)

You can follow CodeBus Africa and the amazing journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

12.22.2016 — by Henrietta

Wrap up to 2016 and some great updates

In Categories: In English

Deck the halls people..!  

I want to share a few special things that happened this year.. hard work is sometimes indistinguishable from magic.

Gossip & highlights

First Mehackit Alumni spotted at Aaltoes FallUp event! Anni, who took part in our first course in SYK is now studying at Aalto Uni School of Engineering.

We made an sound-art installation of a printer at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco and by coincidence the inventor came by, positively surprised of the new artistic hack..

The original, large sound installation echoed through the Espoo Modern Art Museum, as they let our student-created installation stay to be exhibited :)

All public high schools in the greater Helsinki area in 2016 have been part of the Mehackit teacher training! Finland has now over hundreds of teachers who we have exchanged knowledge with. We learnt a lot. And we feel like the teachers did too. 

And our course has been taken into over 60 Finnish high schools already! We are so excited.

Mehackit also did the first Micro:bit workshops in Finland this autumn. What a great little versatile device that is.

We'll be announcing our advisory board in the beginning of 2017. <3


Our newest addition is Sanna Reponen. Sanna is a rock n roll hacker of all things - loves to repurpose soft toys, augment reality and get objects to communicate.. she has been our volunteer ever since the first workshops in 2013, and we are overwhelmingly happy to have her with us as our CTO.

Otso, my co-founder will be spending more time at the media lab, but still actively contribute to our curriculum and keeping us on the right path. Hilla our youngest hacker took a school break and will be scouting for new instructors very soon again ;)

Audiovisual artist - hacker Tommi has been with us for soon a year, and you can really see his influence on mehackit - the Sonic Pi curriculum for upper secondary schools and #Kesäkoodi campaign and 14-yr old students in Oslo to crazydance to the music they just programmed. Tommi is good fun to be around and a bit crazy like the rest of us, so an absolute match! His and Hanna's electronic duo Phantom also released their album in 2016 and we are proud to watch them take over stages :)

Reetta continues to be epic and besides marketing & communications, she has budded to be our star in opening new nordic markets!

Our first Swedish course rolled out in VRG Odenplan, (fully booked!) and our awesome instructor Hanna is very happy :)

Mikko has also been with us since the beginning of time.. first volunteering and making our first Arduino course material, now relaxing in our team offsites.. Mikko has a great pedagogy - technology mix, an open mind and a strong heart.

Heini joined our team and operations about a year ago. She’s done an excellent work in shaping our ops and makes a great accessible manager to people as well as a steady leader. That's why Heini is the right choice to be our new CEO!

Our instructors all around Finland are rocking it in Nordic high schools - we couldn't be more proud of them! 

Chair of the board 

Tommi told me there are three stages of founder crisis, which I kind of see now..

The first stage is when you realise you shouldn’t know everything that’s happening in your company. I've always pretty much known what colour felt pens people took to events.

The second stage is when you realise that you don’t know everything that’s happening in the company. Someone maybe did something differently than you would have. And good gracious, it even worked.

The third stage comes when you realise the company would be fine even without you. Ha. Something everyone hopes for but will not easily admit to themselves. I think we're now in a mixed level of second and third stage.

I’m taking a new role in Mehackit, away from operations. I am going to attempt to be an effective sidekick. Aka chair of the board.

Mehackit is very dear to me - because its cause is so personal - and this is the place where I can serve it the best from now onwards. We are almost a different company now than we were just the three of us with Otso and Charlotta, and we can feel lucky to have spectacularly different people with us in the crew all across the Nordics now, from Copenhagen to Lapland.

These humans are undoubtedly the best in the world to run the show now, and luckily those same people have helped shape our mission and what we do.


Our team is well and taking a Christmas break now. If you are reading this, it's likely that you are part of our team too. Our mission is to democratise the understanding of the world ever-evolving around us, by showing the creating side of technology. Whether you are a teacher, a principle, a supporter or a crew member, you have also deserved a calm christmas break. Next year will be amazing, and full of positive impact.

Piecing the puzzle again to a new form!

On to the rainbows,


11.28.2016 — by Reetta Heiskanen

Mehackit Tips for Slush 2016

In Categories: In English

Pics: Sami Heiskanen & Jussi Hellsten

This is the week - time to get seriously excited for Slush 2016! Still have some free slots in your calendar? Here are some useful tips from Team Mehackit. 


Slush Deep Dive

Deep Dive is for leaders looking for new business growth. Mehackit Co-founder Henrietta will join a panel discussion regarding the future of corporations. Together with Heikki Leskinen, Sonja Rajala & Perttu Pölönen, Henrietta will discuss whether millenials can help CEO’s transform corporations.

Check out the whole Deep Dive program here!

2:35 PM - 2:55 PM Toward the future of game learning - green stage

Ceo and co-founder of Lightneer Lauri Järvilehto will be talking about how the future of learning is fun learning. According to Järvilehto, we have to figure out how to create learning experiences that are as interesting and fun as other cool things in our lives.

Slush Music

Our team artist and hacker Tommi will join Slush Music at Kaapelitehdas for the day. We are always up for a chat about Music Programming with Sonic Pi. Check out our amazing Sonic Pi material here!


Slush Youth

Mehackit will organize programming workshops for 300 high-schoolers at the Slush Youth-event.

Follow our live broadcasts from our Mehackit FB-channel and meet the future generations and join the feeling of Slush Youth.

All together, there will be four workshops organized by UPM, Lidl, A-lehdet & Mehackit.


Mehackit co-founder Henrietta will join Ylex at 11.30 AM to discuss the future.  Tune in for the live broadcast and get ready for some epic future visions!

Black Stage

11:25 AM Using mobile to build the sustainable societies of tomorrow!

Funzi and UN are launching a revolutionary mobile learning project to implement sustainable development goals and build entrepreneurial societies. This will be exciting!

2:55 PM - 3:40 PM Who will decide what we learn?

Startup world has been waiting for the rise of education technology companies, but we are still waiting for the run-up. Why is it so hard to scale education and what are the new terms of learning in the future?

Linda Liukas, Luben Pampoulov, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Saku Tuominen and Sanna Lukander will discuss the topic further.

See you at Slush 2016!

11.01.2016 — by Reetta Heiskanen

The Mehackit high school course is now in Stockholm!

In Categories: In English

Great news folks! We at Mehackit are truly excited to expand our creative technology enthusiasm to Sweden. During this autumn-term the Mehackit high school course has started at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Stockholm.

Our course instructor in Stockholm is Hanna Årström, a tech enthusiast, student from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan and a creative mastermind. We sat down with Hanna to discuss her story and maker-culture.

Hanna, you are instructing the Mehackit "Introduction to Creative Programming with Processing" course at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium. How does it feel to teach creative technology to high school students?

It’s just so exciting and fun! I feel like I learn each lesson something new about what programming can be and how different people can approach it. The students have different backgrounds and experience in programming and creativity, which makes it a challenge to meet every students need. I really want to be the best possible instructor for them.

This is a broad question, but what is your background?

I have always been interested in how things work and how the world is constructed. This has led me both towards an interest in visual arts and in technology. Ever since I was a kid I have been jumping between these two areas, until I realized a few years back that maybe I don’t have to choose! I have studied engineering at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm and did my Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics.

That’s how I became interested in programming and felt that it offered a different kind of creativity than other technological areas. But I wasn’t happy with the uncreative way we were mostly taught technology and programming at KTH. That’s why I think Mehackit is so awesome and inspiring since it is highly focused on creativity.

What do you especially like about Processing?

I like that Processing is visual – there is a result of your code right away that you can see. This makes it a good program for beginners, but I think there is infinite possibilities to explore the language since it’s Java-based.

How did you end up studying at KTH?

I went to a Fine Arts program in high school, which didn’t allow to combine my studies with natural sciences. I always knew I wanted to learn more math and physics so I applied to a preparatory year that KTH provides for people who didn’t take a natural science program in high school. I really enjoyed the challenge and so I applied to the engineering program "Vehicle engineering", which is unique for KTH in Sweden.

You have also been involved in the Stockholm Makertjej initiative. Why do you think Maker-culture is important? Or is it?

I think that maker-culture can play an important role in democratizing new technology and making it available to people who wouldn’t normally be around it.

But unfortunately there is a tendency that technology is available mostly for people who already feel confident with the equipment and the technological jargon. So if the Maker-culture is going to reach its full potential, there has to be people in the movement working actively to attract new types of members. This is something that Makertjej works with.

What are you inspired by regarding future technologies?

There is a lot to be excited about! Virtual reality and motion sensing game consoles have so much potential in changing areas most people don’t think about, like visual arts and commercials. I’m also a big fan of airplanes and spacecrafts and I’m inspired (and frightened) by NASA and several other attempts for human space travel to Mars. Another big thing is the environmental challenge and how tech industries will have to change rapidly.

Do you have any role models from the technology field?

Karin Nygårds, a Swedish teacher who has become a spokesperson for education around IT and programming is one role model. The Youtube sensation Simone Giertz is also a big role model around dreaming big, doing silly things with technology and sending a message to young people (especially girls) that technology can be easy and fun to learn.

Thank you Hanna!

We are looking forward to help more schools in Stockholm to get involved with creative technology education - if you want to know more about Mehackit and our courses, you can reach us at hello@mehackit.org :)