We want to improve education all over the world and help everyone – of any age, aptitude or circumstance – unleash the magic of learning.
Our founding principles are Social, Play and Learning. Driven by our mission, we’ve built a game-based platform that creates an emotional, playful, engaging and truly social learning environment. Instead of looking down into their textbooks or devices, learners are encouraged to look up while playing and connect with each other – we call it a ‘campfire moment’.
For us, engagement is about unlocking everyone’s potential. It means bringing that student from the back of the class to the front and letting everyone become the classroom superhero.
How it all started
So, where did the Kahoot! journey start? A few years ago, several talented entrepreneurs with fire in their belly – Johan Brand, Jamie Brooker and Morten Versvik – put their heads together to make learning awesome. In a joint project with the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, they teamed up with Professor Alf Inge Wang, and were later joined by Norwegian entrepreneur Åsmund Furuseth.
Kahoot! has been around since 2013. Our birthday is dated March 2013 when Kahoot! was launched in private beta at SXSWedu. In September 2013, the beta was opened to public, and it’s been quite a ride ever since!
Building a company with learning at its heart, we chose to address the classroom first, but it seems game-based learning is now a pop culture phenomenon! Today, the Kahoot! movement spans far beyond classrooms: it is played in business training sessions, at sporting and cultural events, or in any social and learning context really.
We believe in giving our Kahoot!’ers the ability to exercise autonomy, mastery, and purpose – and we apply the same principles to our company organisation. We’re a vibrant, diverse, hard-working bunch who are passionate about building something truly amazing, and have a lot of fun doing so! We are an international team, fortunate to be located in some of the most exciting tech hubs in the world – Oslo (Norway), London (UK) and Austin (USA).