December 23, 2020 – The Finnish Embassy in Zagreb has been in touch – Santa Claus sends a message to Croatia
Good news from Croatia has reached the Arctic Circle. The Ambassador of Christmas has heard that Croatia is breaking records in the # AIChallenge, a sustainable gift from Finnish friends. In just one month, over 13,000 people have signed up for a free online education www.elementsofai.com/ hr that explains the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) in the Croatian language. There is a lot of talk about AI but there is not enough knowledge about it. This course aims to change that.
In his video greeting to Croatia, Santa says the world is constantly changing and it is important to keep up with this change. Santa believes that new technology, for example, is nothing to be afraid of. “It is not our future, it is already here.” At the end of the video greeting, Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas from his office in Rovaniemi, Finland.
“In the age of digital transformation, we all need new skills. Together, countries like Finland and Croatia can be at the forefront of change if we continue to educate ourselves”, says Ambassador of Finland to Croatia, Risto Piipponen. A year ago, at the end of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Finnish Government gave a sustainable Christmas gift to all European citizens – the Elements of AI, a free online course in artificial intelligence designed by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. The aim is to encourage everyone, regardless of age or educational background, to learn the basics of AI and strengthen the digital competence of EU citizens.
The Croatian language version was launched a month ago and today, over 13,000 Croatian citizens have already signed up. ”The Embassy of Finland in Zagreb wants to thank the dynamic and future-driven partners that contributed to this project’s success: CroAI, University of Zagreb, 404 agency – and Croatian public for accepting the gift with such enthusiasm, interest and joy”, said Ambassador Piipponen.