To put her vision into practice Aviaja participated in a growth process. Here she worked on developing business plans and goals for Hopspots. The process resulted in expression of interest from two investors. At the same time she presented Hopspots to a panel at ConnectDenmark and got advice and approval of the business plan. Because of this qualification Aviaja was able to start her business.
For several years no one worked on Hopspots. But with the arrival of the new school reform in 2014 new opportunities for development arose and Aviaja chose to make Hopspots a reality. Movement was now a requirement in teaching which perfectly matched Hopspots' philosophy, namely movement, learning and play all in one. New technologies, such as the iPad, made it easier to bring the idea to life and the market had matured and was now ready for the product.
The concept of Hopspots was developed through Aviaja’s master’s project at Aarhus School of Architecture where the first sketches were made. At that time the iPad did not yet exist and the first container for the spots was a plastic tube. However, the design of the spots has kept its original form. The first prototype was made with a hacked keyboard and Flash and the idea of the connection between the spots and sound was tested.
Aviaja came up with the idea for Hopspots 10 years ago when she needed a topic for her master’s project at Aarhus School of Architecture. She was passioned in finding a way to combine technology and physical space with focus on children and their interaction.