"Digital sovereignty and coding fun." This is our vision and this is what drives us. Kids are communicating via social media, they get information on the internet, they use their digital devices in their everyday life. And they are going to shape our future.
"With Calliope mini we want to kickoff digital education in Germany - so kids can learn how the digital world works in a creative and playful way."
Gesche Joost is a professor for design research and is head of the Design Research Lab at the University of Arts in Berlin. She researches new types of human-technology interaction and wearable computing. As the German internet ambassador she represents the German government at the EU commission regarding the Digital Agenda. She is chairwoman at the German Society for Design Theory and Research and member of the board at the Berlin Technology Foundation. Furthermore, she is board member at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Since 2015 she is a board member of SAP SE.
"Our future will be shaped by highly dedicated digital natives with a positive approach towards new technologies. Only if we overcome the fear of digitalization, our kids can understand the digital world and participate actively."
Franka Futterlieb is professor for media design and co-founder of urbn pockets, a company that focusses on developing digital learning toys.
"I want my kids to leave school with a deep knowledge of the digital world around them - and to teach them that IT is not about threat and alienation. Digital technology gives our kids the means to explore their creativity and develop the skills they need."
Stephan Noller is a certified psychologist, digital entrepreneur and dad of four daughters. He is part of the advisory board for digital economy at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and works on the question how to add more digital content in schools.
"Schools should provide kids and teenagers with a learning environment that enables them to be active members of our digital society. This includes a critical approach towards the digital world and a meaningful use of IT."
Jørn Alraun is interaction designer, co-founder of urbn pockets, a company that focusses on developing digital learning toys and a member of the Interaction Design Association.
We understand computational competences as a means of opening a vast field to girls and boys to change the world around them. To me it is most important to reach out to kids of all backgrounds visiting schools on a tight budget. That's why we want to bring Calliope mini to as many schools as possible at a fair price.
Maxim Loick is a dad and founder of several start-ups. He already gained broad experience in the industry working as an independent IT consultant and shares his competences with kids and teens at Coder Dojo Bonn.
"We want to enable children and their parents to cope with the challenges in digitized world. Everybody should participate, using affordable technology."
Klaus J. Buß worked for Lufthansa Systems in Frankfurt and New York and for the German broadcasting station ARD in Potsdam. He is co-founder of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin and Israel. During the last years he accompanied several venture capital funded research spin-offs. Klaus J. Buß is chairman of the board at TUB Marketing Services and the Medios AG.
"Kids need digital education. Only those who understand what is behind digital technology will act critically and responsibly."
Matthias L. Jugel is a computer scientist and former employee of the Fraunhofer Corporation in Germany and South Korea. He is the father of a daughter and works as an independent entrepreneur.