CTO & Co-Founder - Edvira
Since 2016 helping schools to start coding. Edvira's purpose is to help teachers in Sweden meet the classrooms of tomorrow.
Having studied IT & Media at high school , I had fallen in love with using creative software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress, applying these skills as a young freelancer. Upon graduation, I felt limited by self-taught HTML, CSS and WordPress. I wondered what it would feel like to be able to develop new creative technology: games, apps, web platforms...
The Media Technology & Engineering program at Linköping University became a perfect fit, and I became a creative and very entrepreneurial full-stack developer, focused on edtech.
I had now done web/graphic design freelancing for small businesses since 2007, but my own company Marcus Nygren AB enabled me to work with clients that were more focused on digital innovation: startups, science parks, and organizations. I organized a lot of tech events, and became passionate about web and app development in the process.
In July 2012, these experiences got me an offer via LinkedIn as a Digital Media/Webmaster Intern at the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA, September 2016 - March 2016. I said yes, and took a gap year from university to work at the non-profit.
I couldn't believe it, but USA was followed by a project leader position at the headquarters of what had been my dream company since starting Media Technology: Spotify.
At Spotify in Stockholm, I was part of People Operations in the Technology & Product department for the remaining 6 months of my gap year. I co-organized events like Student TechFest 2013 and led a CTO-initiated research project.
I have this experience to thank for many things, also outside of the company itself: I was introduced to the global young entrepreneurship network Sandbox (member since december 2012), and volunteered at CoderDojo in Stockholm.
After the gap year in 2012-2013, working as a web intern in the U.S. and as a project leader at Spotify in Stockholm, I wished to start the concept of CoderDojo (free coding clubs for girls and boys 7-17 years old) in Norrköping. Together with some friends, we decided to start the non-profit chapter CoderDojo Norrköping led by students, now having reached 5000+ youth!
I was mentored in service design methods, during my Master Thesis work in Uganda and Zambia. I developed an app for entrepreneurship coaches. I was an ambitious apprentice, also developing the service design methods further as I applied them on the field. I loved it!