Learning experiences that help you grow

Hyper Island designs transformative learning experiences to enable growth – for individuals and for businesses. Unlike typical education or service providers, we follow a tried-and-tested methodology and a wide network of real industry experts. Through our global network of schools and business services, we put people at the heart of innovation, leadership and change – for success today and tomorrow.

28,400

people impacted during 2017

5,000+

full- and part time alumni

250+

active collaborators

20years

exploring tomorrow

1,200organizations

onboard during 2017

What we do

We are all about your success

Hyper Island works with individuals and organizations to enable personal and professional growth. Unlike typical education or service providers, we design transformative learning experiences using real industry experts to respond directly to both current needs and possible future challenges of an evolving marketplace. We equip our students and participants with an open mind and relevant skills and they will actually use.

  • Our school is the heart of Hyper Island

    We immerse future talents and industry professionals in transformative learning experiences to help them to adapt to rapidly changing times. We offer full-time programs and master’s degrees, online and on-site courses, in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

  • Courses to suit your needs

    We host both on-site and interactive online courses where participants experience how to anticipate and adapt today to the changes of tomorrow.

  • Business solutions that get results

    We partner with companies all over the world to create dynamic and innovative cultures that accelerate long-term change and future-proof their organizations. Check out our client list here.

Hyper Island Karlskrona

The old military prison in Karlskrona, Sweden, where Hyper Island first started.

Story

What is Hyper Island?

When multimedia pioneers Jonathan Briggs, David Erixon and Lars Lundh met to work on a CD-ROM project, little did they know that they were at the beginning of a journey of lifelong learning that would impact tens of thousands of careers and businesses over more than twenty years.

The year was 1996 and, as they got to know each other better, they discovered that they had something in common: not one of them had enjoyed learning as kids. They were frustrated about the linear and fixed way of teaching in a constantly changing world that is far more complex than what the traditional schools seemed to teach.

They put together an alternative way of learning, with experience of learning by doing at its core, and bought a disused prison in Karlskrona, Sweden. The word ‘hyper’ comes from the ancient greek ὑπέρ and means over/above. Just as it is used in coding today (it’s the ‘h’ in http), the word references digitization and navigation through a non-linear world. The ‘island’ is Stumholmen, the small piece of land to the east of Trossö in Karlskrona, where the prison stands. Formerly the property of the Swedish Navy, today it houses our school as well as one of Sweden’s oldest naval museums and several other historic buildings.

Hyper Island would be an experiment for young people to learn about life and science. Where students would learn to make what seems impossible possible. Where they would learn to always explore how the latest science and technology could be an enabler for innovation and progress in the world. Here students would be encouraged to question the status quo and empowered to follow their dreams.

There would be no right or wrong at this school, no teachers and no homework. Instead, students would be involved in real projects where they would learn by doing to solve problems that matter. They would be inspired to focus on team collaboration instead of individual effort, and get the skills to work effectively and innovative together. The founders had a strong belief that everyone had the potential to grow, and introduced new ways of thinking and learning for students to develop themselves into lifelong learners and lead the change.

Today, Hyper Island has a global presence and is renowned in the industry for its progressive methodology and its lively community of young talents, forward-thinking thought leaders, and experts coming from all corners of the globe. Our purpose remains true and we still want to change the world by impacting many people with useful skills, tools, and drive to thrive in the digital world. Our vision is a world of lifelong learners.

Founders

Jonathan Briggs

Co-founder and Academic Director, Hyper Island

David Erixon

Business Consultant

Philosophy

Our guiding principles

Lifelong Learning

At Hyper Island, learning isn’t confined to a classroom or even a course. To us, learning is a way of life. Learning means being constantly engaged, passionate, trusting and curious about the changing world – and by doing.

Real World Ready

We collaborate with thought leaders and experts to anticipate industry needs in a world where innovation drives disruption. We may not be able predict the future, but we can support individuals and companies to be ready when it comes.

Lead the Change

We are active participants in the great tides of transformative technology. Tomorrow’s leaders will be those who embrace change, adapt swiftly to new paradigms and lead by action. We seek to inspire, equip, and support these new leaders.

Seize your Potential

Hyper Island empowers passionate participation by challenging people to set ambitious goals and giving them authority over their own learning, and power to realize their own potential.

Team is Everything

Collaboration, inclusion and transparency are crucial to growth. Through constant feedback and deep reflection, individuals gain deeper self-awareness, enabling them to become more effective team members and leaders.

Change the World

We haven’t met a status quo we didn’t challenge. Together we can change the world by igniting a passion for lifelong learning.

Students at Hyper Island in Stockholm pitching an idea to their industry leader.

Students at Hyper Island in Stockholm pitching an idea to their industry leader.

Methodology

New ways of thinking and learning

Hyper Island courses and training are designed to challenge participants to grow personally and professionally by using methodology that focuses on the why as much as the how and the what – on team collaboration rather than individual effort. We introduce new ways of thinking and new ways of learning that help participants become lifelong learners.

Management

Who's who at Hyper Island

Board of directors

Fredrik Månsson

Chairman of the Hyper Island board, Entrepreneur and investor at Nextory, Impactpool, Renthia and ZupportDesk

Mikael Ahlström

Entrepreneur and transformation strategist at Sprout Park, The Park, Britny and SUP46

Patrik Salén

Investor and Advisor, Finix and Pa de Kaphoe

Pia Anderberg

HR and Innovation Executive, Novax and Axel Johnson

Leslie Bradshaw

Entrepreneur and innovation leader at Bionic

Åsa Silfverberg

Learning designer and change facilitator, The Collaboration Lab

Josef Bexell

Investment Manager, Novax

Management

Sofia Wingren

Chief Executive Officer, Hyper Island

Umberto Garabello

Chief Financial Officer, Hyper Island

Nick Wright

Managing Director, Hyper Island UK

Jennifer Allen

Managing Director, Hyper Island New York

Nathalie Trutmann

Managing Director, Hyper Island Brazil

Melanie Cook

Managing Director, Hyper Island