The history of Poio
The inventor of Poio is Daniel Senn, a Norwegian father, teacher and tech-expert who quit his job to find a better way for children to crack the reading code.
The backdrop is a personal story. In 2012, Daniel and his wife had a son born with a hearing disability. They knew that he would require more, and better, assistance to master the skills of reading. However, they wanted to make his journey to cracking the reading code a fun one.
To begin with, Daniel invented a paper-based game to help his two sons practice letters and words on the kitchen table. The imagination of his sons was the guiding inspiration for rules, story and visuals. Soon, the playful hours at the kitchen table evolved to creating games on the family tablet and, finally, to the full-scale gaming platform we now know as Poio. With animated trolls and figures named and voiced by Daniel and the two boys themselves.
Poio was first launched in Norway during the summer of 2017, and then in Sweden a year later.
As of the end of 2018, more than 60,000 Scandinavian children have used Poio in the process of learning to read, and the number is growing every day!