UnBox collaborated with the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, to design an EdTech Lab in order to kickstart a long-term collaboration between India and Finland in the space of education technology and gaming. The 4-day event at C-CAMP in Bangalore brought together participants from both countries to leverage Finnish technology and experience in education to ‘Reboot Indian Schools’. The event was funded by the Governmet of India and was attended by various participants from the two countries including educators, organisations working in the edtech and edugaming space, funding agencies and representation from the two governments.
The first part of the event was geared towards getting to know the Indian context and understanding different participating organisations and people better. With representatives from the government and industry experts in the same room, debates were sparked around the ethics of education and what are the challenges with technology in a country like India. Live demonstrations of games, and experiences helped in better understanding existing products and their relevance in the Indian market. The latter part of the event focused on testing out products and services in Indian schools. In partnership with the Atal Tinkering Labs, Finnish products and services were tested across 10 schools in Bangalore. End users, students, teachers, principals not only tested these products but also became active participants by co-creatoring games and tools for learning.