As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of February, 2020, graduates of the Zagreb High School, Filip Hercig, Matija Fucek and their team, were presented with the award for their Croatian project – Mundus Education System, for which they were awarded 25,000 kuna in a Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) competition called Entrepreneurs of the Future.
The award was presented to them by HUP representatives and by Ivan Gabric, a member of the A1 Croatia Board.
The Mundus Education System is a Croatian project and a smart board game by Mundus Technologies that brings technology closer to formal education through several hardware and software solutions, and is now used by about sixty schools across Slovenia and Croatia.
According to Hercig and Fucak, this recognition has put a spring in their step, and the generous donation has helped them to provide all the schools using the system with the necessary materials. The young innovators, who have worked on this Croatian project for several years, want to study in the US at Harvard or Stanford, and their general vision is, as they say, a blend of business and computer science. In parallel with their studies, they will continue to develop the game because, as they point out, this is their life project.
”This is a great opportunity to expand on the American market as well as in European Union (EU) countries. One segment of the game is educational and the other is for the private user market. The educational part focuses on educational institutions, from schools to kindergartens,” explains Hercig.
“We wanted to do something new and interesting. We had a brief episode of development for the education sector that we dedicated ourselves to, and a growing number of people showed interest in the initial segment of the game. So, the idea is to make a board game that is actually a console; the board connects to a mobile phone via a mobile application (app) and then you choose the game you want. Furthermore, the idea is that you can download and try brand new games through the same physical board that you bought earlier,” Fucek said, adding that the motto of the game is ”one board, countless games”.
Hercig and Fucek are pleased with the feedback they have received from students who are ”interested in learning the material in a non-classical way that professors can present to them through fun,” says Hercig.
Ivan Gabric from A1 gave a lecture after he presented the award, telling the students that it is normal in life to try and sometimes not win, but that this should never discourage them.
“You’re young and I want to encourage and support your ambition, which is often a cruel thing, and life is not as comfortable as it is during your high school days. You need knowledge to showcase your skills and strengths when compared to others, you can’t pay for it, and that is proven every day,” he concluded.
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