Computational Thinking

corporate-innovationAt Nimbeo, we are working in a number of projects related to education technology.  Hence, we carefully monitor trends in education, particularly those attaining a certain level of innovation. Education is a trillion dollar market, as Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, likes to point out. And it is also one of those critical domains where innovation is necessary, because if a Greek golden age student, from the times of Plato, would now enter a classroom it would be one of those few environments or scenarios probably still to be understood and recognized.

Some trends are pushing the power of MOOCs,  the “almanac of higher education”, which strive for monetizing the effort of some of the best Universities in the world, and proof that results are good, or at least similar to offline education ones However, these are not the only innovation lines.

Ultimately,  some of our efforts are devoted to Computational Thinking, where Google, who might know a thing or two on computation, has been researching and pondering recently.  It would encompass helping students, mostly K-12 level to understand and work with other related disciplines through knowledge acquired by and from programming and computer-related skills, mostly algorithms such as finding patterns, decomposing the problem, abstracting and so on and so forth.

An interesting approach? As the years have rolled by, many countries are moving those an educational schema where kids should learn to code as soon as possible with the support of authorities. For example, in Australia with the Learnable program or in the UK,  teaching students the power of data. 

These are exciting times for education, particularly, in education technology, so stay tuned with us in Nimbeo!!

 

 

eCommerce Zeitgeist in Spain

CarritoCompraeCommerceEspana2013In Nimbeo we believe eCommerce is still the next step in the ever-growing digital revolution.  According to the last I Estudio de eCommerce [PDF 7,6 MB] by Elogia and published by IAB Spain, where fashion and travel shopping are clearly the two main cornerstones of eCommerce in Spain.

These days we are also reading about important changes in the sector, such as the Offerum acquisition of Destinity, an online  travel agency, and Planeo, a Groupon-like portal ownedy by Prisa, which would point at a certain maturity in the market and a process of consolidation.

Since in Nimbeo we are working on the development of Smart Stores, one of our core products, we will keep on researching and analyzing these bullish upcoming of eCommerce related activities and provide our expertise and know-how in the resulting projects.