HundrED Q & A

About HundrED

 Where is HundrED based?

Our journey began in Helsinki in 2015 as part of the run up to Finland’s 100 year anniversary celebrations (hence the name, HundrED!) In 2016 we went global and we now have an office in London along with our headquarters in Helsinki.

What does HundrED’s work involve?

We discover, research and share scalable innovations in K12 education. Our three main initiatives are HundrED Global (an annual collection of 100 inspiring innovations in K12 education that are innovative, impactful and scalable), HundrED Open (our open resource platform where anyone can share their innovative work in education for free), and HundrED Spotlights (partnerships between HundrED and local partner organizations to focus on a location or theme to research, understand and share 10 innovations). Learn more about our approach here!

Is HundrED not for profit? is not for profit and always will be. In the future, we may introduce additional services to support innovators and implementers, but this will be a separate entity. Watch out for further announcements!

Where does HundrED get its funding?

HundrED’s work is made possible with the help of funding from investors. Our investors do not influence our research or selections in any way.

Who owns HundrED?

HundrED is a small not-for-profit organization founded in Finland, by people with a passion for education innovation and driven by authentic change. Saku Tuominen’s and Juha Tynkkynen’s Idealist Group is the key shareholder of HundrED and additional shareholders are Pekka Viljakainen, Ilkka Paananen, Mikko Kodisoja, Petteri Koponen, Timo Ahopelto and Lasse Leponiemi.

Do you host/ attend events?

Yes! You can find the international events we’re attending here. We also co-host spotlights around the world and our major event is the HundrED Summit in Helsinki every Fall.

About the innovations

How does HundrED see innovation? 

HundrED believes the best way to achieve positive change in education is through impactful, scalable innovations. Sometimes when people hear ‘innovation’, they think of edtech – but this isn’t our focus. In fact, digital innovations represent only a small proportion of the inspirational innovations we select every year.

We search for education innovations across 5 broad categories: Skills, Teachers, Assessment, Learning Environments, and Leadership. Our multi-stakeholder research report revealed ten themes that stakeholders identified as areas for improvement across the breadth of education, so we also use those themes to inform our search for innovation. The themes are Breadth of Skills, Inclusion and Diversity, Educators, Holistic Wellbeing, Assessment, Personalized Learning, Global Citizenship, Leadership, Youth, and Basic Education.

I want to implement an innovation in my setting, what next?

Great! You’ll see implementation guidance at the bottom of each innovation page, as well as contact details. You can write comments and reviews on the innovation pages to help other implementers. If you’ve implemented one of the innovations, our media team would love to hear your story, too!

How can I tell you about my innovation?

Anyone can share their innovations on HundrED Open, an open-resource platform where you can share your innovation with over 150,000 users around the world. All completed submissions will be considered by our research team for the 100 Global Collection. Take a look at the global innovations for examples of how to complete your submission, and be sure to encourage users of your innovation to leave reviews and comments.

How do you find the innovations?

We search for and discover innovations in various ways. Many of the innovations come to us as applications on HundrED Open. We also conduct our own research. We attend events around the world and are in constant dialogue with various experts and organizations, including Academy members and our network of HundrED Ambassadors.

How do you choose the innovations?

We judge the innovations based on 3 criteria: Innovativeness (valuable improvement within the context), Impact (established for at least one year with demonstrable evidence), and Scalability (adaptable for new environments with the commitment to scale).

Our research team works alongside the HundrED Academy to select the final 100 Global Innovations each year. The Academy consists of more than 100 students, educators, and experts.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for the HundrED Global Collection is June 30th. Submissions to HundrED Open after this date will be considered for the following years’ collection.

Deadlines for submission to Spotlights vary, please check the Spotlight page for announcements.

What happens after I submit my innovation?

All completed HundrED Open submissions that meet the selection criteria are put through to interview, usually via an online video call. We may also ask for testimonials from users to help us understand the innovation better. Final selections will be made in the Summer and you will be notified by September 1st. The Global Collection will be announced at the HundrED Summit in November 2018.

How much does it cost to submit my innovation?

Our service is completely free to use.

Does HundrED provide funding for innovations?

HundrED is not currently in a position to provide funding opportunities.

Getting Involved


How do I keep up to date with all the HundrED happenings?

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I love your mission! How can I get involved with your work?

Come and join our buzzing community of ambassadors from around the world, sharing insights together, trying out innovations and letting us know what's going on in their communities.  

What are the options for partnerships?

You can find more information about partnerships here.

 Where can I get more information?
Feel free to contact us with questions regarding HundrED – click here.