Press Release: Former Rovio “Mighty Eagle” Peter Vesterbacka Named “Brand Breaker” for Learning Game Studio Lightneer Inc. Following €2.8 Million Financing Round
New advisory board assembled as education gaming innovator moves forward on its debut title, Big Bang Legends, launching in 2017 HELSINKI – Sept. 14, 2016 – Lightneer Inc., the learning game development studio, has appointed Peter Vesterbacka, the former Mighty Eagle and brand ambassador for Rovio Entertainment Ltd.’s Angry Birds franchise, as its new “brand […]
Is Gaming Mindless Waste of Time?
There was a period in my life when I used to think gaming was mindless waste of time. Maybe good for stress relief, but not much more than that. I used to play a lot of games when I was younger, but there was a ten year patch when I didn’t play almost anything. When […]
How Digital Will Change Schools?
Digital learning is all the craze in schooling now, especially in the Western countries. It seems at times that going digital promises to fix all the challenges and problems in schools these days. The picture is, of course, not that simple. The first truth about digital is that digital alone is absolutely nothing. A book […]
Why Lightneer Exists?
The question that eventually led to the founding of Lightneer was: what if we could really leverage games for learning? And not just any games. What if we could bring together some of the best game designers in the world to create real learning experiences? After having studied these questions for almost five years, we […]
What Will Schools Teach in 2040?
I gave a talk last week at Suomi-Areena, the annual event collecting Finnish decision makers to discuss work, learning and the future among other topics. Our session consisted of seven talks on the future of work and learning that were commented by the members of the Finnish parliament, as well as our former President Tarja […]
Founders Forum 2016
We had the chance to participate in Founders Forum in London last week. The event was nothing short of amazing. A collection of some of the most influential technology founders and executives convened together for a few days to exchange ideas and reflect on where the world is – and should be – headed. In the event, […]
Finnish Gaming Industry is Only Getting Started
Finland is a strange country. Despite our small population of 5.5M, all distributed to a vast area of land relatively to the population, Finland is world leader in several fields, such as education, technology – and games. I visited London yesterday as a part of a Finnish delegation of next generation gaming companies at an event […]
Meet the Team – Lightneer as Marvel Super Heroes
It’s really inspiring and humbling to get to work with some of the brightest talent on the planet. Not the least because our challenge is, while a tall order, a unique opportunity to make a huge difference. To make great things you need great people. Being the comic book geek I am, I wanted to write […]
Talent is Everywhere, Opportunity is Not – Reflections from the ASU/GSV Summit
I spent the last week in San Diego at the ASU/GSV Summit. The summit is the leading US event in education technology. Both the speaker lineup and the attendee list were nothing short of impressive. Speakers included edtech superstars like Bill Gates, Jim Collins and Salman Khan. The attendee list looked like a practical Who’s […]
Our First Learning Game “BIG BANG” Is About Particle Physics
It’s an exciting time! Yesterday, we announced our first game at the ASU/GSV Summit in San Diego. The game has been in production for the last 11 weeks and is due to launch by the end of the year. The question we’ve asked ourselves is, what if a four-year-old could learn quantum physics? At the […]