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HundrED Spotlights

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At HundrED, we're committed to finding inspiring ideas and practices in education and helping them to spread.

HundrED Spotlights create unique opportunities for both educational professionals and independent organizers of the Spotlight to gain a thorough insight into the education innovations taking place in either a specific area of education, like literacy or sustainability, or within a certain geographic location, for example, India or London. For each Spotlight, we select 10 of the brightest education innovations, which then undergo a deep study by our Research team and an expert advisory board.

HundrED Spotlights are organized with partner organizations, who help to discover innovations in their area of expertise. Once a Spotlight has been confirmed, applications open for people to submit their innovations for consideration. All innovations undergo our thorough research process and must adhere to our strict search criteria of being impact and scalability.

All of our findings from the Spotlight are packaged in an easily accessible way, made free to share on our website and is supplemented with a research report as well as inspirational photographs and interviews. Being part of HundrED Spotlights further allows those involved to make authentic connections with passionate innovators, schools, young people and partners, gain international publicity and occasionally receive opportunities to speak at global events.

Spotlight organizers always receive full credit for their work on the Spotlight, gain international publicity and occasionally will receive opportunities to speak at global events.

The first HundrED Spotlight focused on Victoria, Australia. This spotlight was organized in cooperation with Education Changemakers and launched in September 2017.

Since then, we have hosted a Spotlight on Sustainability with MUSE School, on Technical and Vocation Education & Training with the Technology Industries of Finland, and on the region of Pittsburgh with The Grable Foundation and Remake Learning.

Currently in 2019, we have four Spotlights running, through which innovations can share their work:

1. Employability

Why?: The rapid advancement of technology has changed the employability skills needed for the future in significant and unforeseeable ways. Many agree that education will need to be aligned and adapted to these shifting demands with innovative solutions. Therefore, it is critical that education implements sustainable innovations to effectively support the future employability of young people.

Who can apply?: Global, Chinese-speaking K12 educators and innovators focusing on employability skills & education.

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Partners: Sayling Wen Cultural and Educational Foundation


2. Switzerland Digital Transformation at School

Why?: With a reputation of an education, science and technology pioneer and a strong national agenda focusing on digital transformation, Switzerland is uniquely positioned to be a global centre of digital education innovation, not only in higher education but already from early childhood.

Who can apply?: Inspiring kindergarten, primary and secondary school educators from Switzerland who are embracing digital transformation in the classroom by experimenting with teaching methods and tools together with their students.

Deadline: 5th July 2019

Partners: We Are Play Lab FoundationGebert Rüf StiftungJacobs FoundationStiftung Mercator Schweizdigitalswitzerland next generationThe Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich).


3. Digital Wellbeing

Why?: The digital world is a rapidly growing part of our lives today, and young people are spending more and more time with digital devices. This technological impact has many positive effects; for example, an increased scope in learning new knowledge and connecting with others from all over the world. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary for young people to adopt healthy habits when using digital devices so that they fully develop their mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Who can apply?: Global K12 educators and innovators focusing on digital wellbeing education and skill-building.

Deadline: 31st July 2019

Partners: Main partner Supercell, research partner The Diana Award and media partner ISTE


4. Financial Skills of the Youth

Why?: Fluent financial skills are a crucial part of every person’s well-being. In the current global and technological world, the importance of financial skills is emphasized, as it is increasingly easier to use money in the form of various digital applications. These applications bring financial services closer to young people. Also, young people will face more and more complex financial issues in the future. It is therefore important to recognize educational innovations that help young people to learn the financial skills they need.

Who can apply?: Global K12 educators and innovators focusing on personal finance and financial literacy skills.

Deadline: 31st August 2019

Partner: OP Financial Group


If you are interested in organizing a HundrED Spotlight please email Lasse Leponiemi at lasse@hundred.org



Spotlight Partnership Opportunity

HundrED Spotlights are organized by HundrED and a Spotlight Partner. Together we select the location or theme of focus and the partner will encourage applications from innovators for this Spotlight. HundrED will conduct in-depth research into these innovations and 10 will be selected by HundrED and an advisory board. Spotlights will be packaged and shared on the HundrED platform.

HundrED Spotlights are non-profit but rely on funding from Spotlight Partners.

Spotlight Partners are able to choose a location or theme of interest, in partnership with HundrED, to help change the face of education today. Partners can promote the findings on their own platforms and through their own networks.

If you are interested in becoming a HundrED Spotlight Partner please email Lasse Leponiemi at lasse@hundred.org