Our history

Tokni” is the Faroese word for “technology” and is pronounced [tok-ni].

Tokni was founded in 2000, and over the first two years Tokni provided IT solutions for companies in the Faroe Islands.

As part of the first oil and gas licensing round in the Faroe Islands, the petroleum company Eni and their partners Faroe Petroleum came up with the idea to create a business game for secondary school students to develop their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

Tokni developed the business game in close collaboration with the media agency Sansir, as well as geoscientists and engineers from Eni, and the oil and gas business game was delivered to high-schools in the Faroe Islands as planned in 2002-2003.

It was a resounding success, and Tokni took over the rights to develop and deploy the business game, named OilSim, and started to sell and market it to the international oil and gas training and education market.

Tokni changed name to Simprentis, and expanded the portfolio with advanced courses. Over the years Simprentis became a full training provider to the oil and gas training and education industry with a speciality in enhancing the classroom experience with collaborative learning simulations.

Agreements were made with many of the most prestigious petroleum universities, oil and gas operators, service companies, industry associations and governments around the world, and subsidiaries were established in the UK, Norway and the US.

In 2014, the business simulation OilSim and the associated oil and gas training and education business was sold to NExT, the leading training provider in oil and gas, and part of the largest oilfield service company in the world, Schlumberger. Simprentis changed its name back to the original name Tokni.

Following the sale, Tokni has continued to develop collaborative learning simulations and learning experiences in areas outside oil and gas. Examples of current projects include learning simulations for fisheries management and energy system pathways. In addition to this, Tokni is developing decision support tools for industry, authorities, researchers and educational institutions.