Joonas Merikko02.09.2022

How It All Started?

In the beginning, there were two innovation contests: Dropout Stop and Klash – both looking for innovative solutions for the dropout problem among young…

In the beginning, there were two innovation contests: Dropout Stop and Klash – both looking for innovative solutions for the dropout problem among young students in Finnish secondary schools. The year was 2018.

Dropout stop

Five Finnish vocational schools – Spesia, LiveMercuriaOmnia and Valteri – together set the challenge: how could modern digital solutions help in increasing student well-being and engagement and preventing dropouts?

 

Drafting outline for the pitch

The two winning teams

Klash

 

About the Author

Joonas Merikko is responsible for the research and development activities at Annie Advisor. He has 10 years of experience in developing and using data-intensive technologies in educational organizations. Joonas is currently finishing his Ph.D. on technology-enhanced self-regulation of learning at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences.

About Annie

Annie the Support Bot offers students the right kind of support at the right time and lowers the threshold for seeking and receiving help. Annie directs students to the support services they need and monitors the implementation of support measures.