Elena Petrucciano
Ambassador

Elena Petrucciano

Trento, Italy

Edtech passionate, Innovation & Entrepreneurship officer at Hub Innovazione Trentino Foundation (local non-profit that offer education and technology transfer support to the University of Trento and two centre of research), previously Biz Dev at Codemotion Kids (#1 in Italy - school of technology and coding for kids), mom of three.

I am passionated about EdTech since many years. I think it's our chance to spread the passion for learning and really engage students all over the world. 

Currently I am working as Innovation & Entrepreneurship officer at Hub Innovazione Trentino Foundation, a local non-profit that offer education and technology transfer support to the University of Trento and two centre of research. I work closely with researchers, University and High School students with our educational entrepreneurship programs and as a startup mentor. 

Previously: Business developer at Codemotion Kids (#1 in Italy - school of technology and coding for kids); I co-founded a software company and a non-profit educational company that delivered workshops and resources for women aspiring to become entrepreneurs; +10y in Marketing, Biz Dev and growth hacking. 

Last but not least, I am the mom of three beautiful kids, and I am discovering again with them the beauty of learning. I am very interested in several innovative educational methods.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I want to be part of this global community because I believe that big changes can happen when there is a strong support behind it. I love to share all the amazing innovation in the education space that are being created around the world, and I am thrilled to know the people involved in them. 

How can education support students to flourish?

I think education needs to be stimulating, fun, engaging, personalized. Usually adults discover the love for learning later on because they are in position of freely looking for what they want to know, dig deep into their interests, passions etc. I think we should give young students almost the same freedom, while being mentored and helped in their discoveries. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

A big role, in order to help mentors, teachers and parents personalize the students learning and to reach a much bigger number of students around the world, with the same quality  level.  

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

I absolutely LOVE Playground ideas because I am big fan of creative playgrounds and the "learn through play" method. 

I love Scratch because it has done an amazing job in introducing kids to coding and so far is the most used and loved by kids everywhere in the world. 

I love NaTakallam for their important goal of connecting refugees with remote income-earning opportunities related to language and cultural exchange.


Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

I like very much Primo Toys  for their ability to merge the coding and robotic skills with a Montessori approach by using wood and a simple design.

I love the mission of Kukua which is "empowering today's generation of African children with the skills and role models", and their tremendous job in the execution and what they have become. 

I love the new foundation for education created in Italy, Future Education Modena, which provides courses for teachers, builds connections and run experiments on new technologies.