Nenad Bakic in FT List of Europe’s 100 Digital Champions

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November 21, 2018. Some well-deserved international recognition for leading Croatian entrepreneur Nenad Bakic for his efforts to improve education and opportunity in Croatia.

It is always nice to see international recognition from some of the world’s most respected media, where Croatian excellence and initiative ranks among its peers on the world stage. 

One of Croatia’s most active entrepreneurs, who divides his time between running several successful enterprises and trying to improve accessibility and options in the way computers and technology are taught in Croatian schools in this digital age, has been recognised for his considerable efforts in this year’s list from the Financial Times, Europe’s 100 Digital Champions. Here is what they had to say about Bakic: 

Leading individuals

These men and women are helping to promote digital transformation in Europe as leaders and influencers, both behind the scenes and in the public eye

• Nenad Bakic Mathematician turned social entrepreneur,

Nenad Bakic is trying to change the way computing and technology are taught in Croatian schools.

Bakic, who made his money from founding a series of online job sites, started by donating 25,000 microcomputers and robotics kits to more than 1,000 primary schools. This first part of the project was partially supported by a crowdfunding campaign. He later expanded the programme, with the backing of Croatia’s ministry of science and education, to every school in the country, delivering some 45,000 microcomputers.

Read more in the FT.

Nenad Bakic spoke at last week’s G2.4 diaspora conference in Zagreb in what was arguably the presentation of the entire conference. In it, Bakic showed where Croatia is today, and the hope he is providing for the future for Croatia’s younger generation through education and his Croatian Makers project. Here is a report on Bakic’s presentation – a stunning snapshot of the realities of life in the modern Croatia. 

To learn more about Croatian Makers, visit the official website.


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