story | why does experimentQ exist?



Inspired by the AIESEC learning experience, and after bringing the first TEDx event to Moldova, Tudor Tarlev got disappointed in the formal education and dropped out of University to joined the startup world. First he worked in Romania, then moved to Austria and The Netherlands, with brief working experiences in USA and China. 

In 2014, Tudor co-founded Qodemo - a web platform for documenting open source hardware projects. This company took him on a  journey of exploring hackerspaces worldwide and documenting their collaboration culture, in hopes to adjust and grow the software platform. Qodemo and the hackerspace tour changed Tudor's life, he discovered the true value of hackerspaces (communities of learners) and met Ana Negara. 

The gift to pay forward

In January of 2016, Tudor joined Ana in Paris and discovered CRI. Along with this research center came the discovery of VAE - the French government program for "validation of life experiences". The VAE program gave Tudor the chance to complete the M2 Masters degree in Education Technology (without having a bachelor). This gift inspired the creation of experimentQ, first as a simple side project, with one simple idea: Imagine we can validate and celebrate all forms of learning, for all people! 

The lack of data and validation of lifelong, informal learning experiences, is an enormous waste of human potential, perhaps a crime. To solve this problem, Tudor and Ana registered experimentQ as a Dutch Foundation, left their jobs in Paris, and started building the lifelong learning iD (card) while traveling the world to document innovative learning communities and to share their stories with the world. 


The people

Tudor Tarlev, Producer

Tudor is a serial entrepreneur, traveler and passionate lifelong learner. He went from loving school to dropping out of university and eventually getting a research degree in education, at CRI Paris. Tudor is responsible for podcast production, from guest research to recording, editing, distribution and engagement.

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Ana Negara, Project Manager

Ana is a senior project manager who used to work in the consulting industry, with a focus on digital adoption. Her curiosity is fuelled by topics such as future of work and creativity within established organizations. Ana is responsible for project logistics, partnerships and media.

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Legal birthplace

experimentQ Foundation is a non-profit registered in The Netherlands

Chamber of Commerce - KVK 63741245

 VAT number - NL855379820B01