Eight years ago, Verena Pausder – with boldness, determination and an attitude that said “If nobody else is doing it, I will” – launched Fox & Sheep, a start-up that develops apps for children. The Haba Digital Workshop, developed together with the toy manufacturer Haba in 2016, aims to familiarise children with the digital world and hosts courses and workshops for children and educators alike. At the end of 2019, the entrepreneur handed over the management of the company, but she continues to fight for digital education: she does not just criticize German education policy (an appearance on a German TV show gained her nationwide applause), she does something about it. In May 2020, she started the hackathon #wirfürschule, with around 6,000 participants developing creative ideas for a future school system.
We meet Verena Pausder at the Haba Digitalwerkstatt in Berlin, where flashing robot eyes and a 3D printer form the backdrop for a conversation about educating children in a digital world.