Hyper Island 2.0 — A view of its future

After a long day of working I started to think of Hyper Island (HI). It was quite some years since I studied at HI and I began to think about what would attract me to study there today and how HI can keep on being the Digital Harvard that once seduced me to apply that spring five years ago.

Hyper Island wants to lead the change and I think HI is an awesome school. The problem is that a lot of other schools also learned what makes HI so good. I think it’s time for them to lead the change again and change the way you learn to learn in a fast paced digital world.

I know that disruptive change isn’t always free and easy. (I will write about that in another post later — now I want to focus on HI). According to Hyper Island’s philosophy, learning isn’t contained in a classroom or a course. So the first action would be to move out from the large premises at Telefonplan and from its branches in Karlskrona, Manchester, New York, etc. Instead the learnings will be virtual and online combined with small hubs in every mayor city in the world. These hubs will be container buildings outside the center in the designated cities.

The hubs will be the base for Hyper Island’s new education-VR-experiences that fuses physical and virtual reality environment. Kind of like The Void. It would deliver both physical and mental immersion by allowing the participant to learn freely around a virtual environment using a physical space. These hubs will also make it possible for Hyper’s to meet up with teams outside of their hub in their journey to become more effective team members and leaders.

HI should also re-think what a school is, as long as you get the skills and confidence needed to lead the future. That is why I say — no more programs or courses. The world is full of possibilities and problems that can be solved. I suggest that Hyper Island only should work with development. I therefore propose that the Hyper Island participants don’t work with clients, but rather solve problems based on data. By working with open data from all over the world, I believe the solutions that participants make would be both nonprofit and profit.

Hyper Island has always had project managers instead of teachers. They are amazing on what they do. But according to HI they haven’t met a status quo they didn’t challenge. That is why I think it’s time to challenge the way they make use of them. I think bots should take over some of the regular tasks the project managers work with today.

Instead, I propose the project managers work with three things: Matching the new solutions that our made at HI with NGO’s and companies. And second, work with the incubation of what’s next for Hyper Island and how to lead the change in a collaboration with industry leaders. And last, find a way to make use of its network of alumni.

The HI revenue stream will be based on the solutions they sell to for-profit corporations. By working with data and providing education-VR-experiences, the participants will increase their understanding of their challenge much faster which then leads to a faster market fit and better timing.

To make sure to not lose talent to other schools and adventures, HI needs to stop accepting applicants once a year as they do for their full-time programs and instead open its doors for applicants on a regular basis.

Instead of charging participant they should give away notes to the participants. The money will be distributed in a cryptocurrency, that will be backed by shares in Hyper Island.