Global EdTech Thought Leaders Connect at EdTechXEurope 2016

Last week, international edtech thought leaders gathered in London for EdTechXGlobal’s European summit, EdTechXEurope 2016. The summit took place from June 15–16 with over 800 global attendees.

On the 15th, attendees were invited to participate in EdTech Field Trips featuring different edtech innovation groups around London. Six field trip options were available: Kano Field Trip, TES Global Field Trip, Emerge Education, UK & Israel EdTech Startup Summit, University College London Field Trip, or UCL Knowledge Lab. Attendees visited the leading education organizations in the afternoon and attended seminars and workshops corresponding to their chosen track.

The 16th consisted of keynotes, panels, and pitches from over 100 influential speakers. A press release cited some of the most notable speakers:

  • Jonathan Rochelle, Product Management Director, Google for Education
  • Daphne Koller, President & Founder, Coursera
  • Johannes Heinlein, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, edX
  • Satya Nitta, IBM Watson Research Centre
  • Rob Grimshaw, CEO, TES
  • Deborah Quazzo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
  • Vincent Fung, Investment Director, Net Dragon
  • Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island
  • Chip Paucek, CEO & Co-Founder, 2U
  • Charles Hardy, Education Engagement Lead, EMEA, LinkedIN
  • Johan Hägglund, CEO, DigiExam AB
  • John Yates, New Ventures Director, City & Guilds
  • Sir Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society, Imperial College London
  • Luis Pinto, Global Operations Partner, Learn Capital
  • Joanna Bersin, Head of Education, Kano
  • Vineet Bewtra, Investment Director, Omidyar Network
  • Joseph Noble, Head of Channels & Partnerships, Oxford University Press
  • John Martin, CEO, Sanoma Learning

Featured program sessions of the conference included:

  • Disruptive Tech & Future Trends in Virtual & Augmented Reality
  • 21st Century Skills: Meet the Makers
  • Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Education
  • 7 Key Insights from Top Investors: Why Startups Succeed
  • Social Impact of Education Technology
  • 5 Startups Changing How We Teach, Learn & Connect
  • The Science of Early Learning: Understanding Education Implications
  • Evaluating Tomorrow’s Workforce Needs
  • Enabling Change & Innovation in Higher Education

EdTechXEurope provided opportunities for attendees to learn about the latest innovations in edtech, hear from industry leaders, and network with the global edtech community.

In November, the summit will begin an international reach with EdTechXAsia to be held in Singapore. EdTechXAsia will welcome over 1200 thought leaders. If you are interested in attending, you can view and register for the event here.

Both summits are organized by EdTechXGlobal, an insight, investment, and annual thought leadership event series. The event series “aims to connect leading foundations, higher-education institutions, policy makers, and thought leaders from the industry as well.

We had the chance to interview Charles McIntyre, CEO and co-founder of EdTechXGlobal. McIntyre spoke about their focus on thinking through the eyes of students, saying that EdTechXGlobal uses them as a lens to work out how they can adapt and change in order to keep up with the growing technology market.

“We estimate that in five years probably about 85 percent of the world’s population will be able to have access to broadband subscriptions to mobile [technology], which means that edtech and content in that arena becomes a very viable way of using mobile [technology] to get to your audience,” said McIntyre.

EdTechXGlobal holds a strong position in keeping learning social. McIntyre noted that often in edtech, the focus is on personalized learning and individual distribution. EdTechXEurope integrated the social aspect, providing all-day networking opportunities for the community to connect and share ideas.

Invited to participate in the EdTechXEurope summit and an exclusive celebratory dinner in London were those selected for the recently released Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index. The index is the first comprehensive global listing of edtech leaders, compiled by EdTechXGlobal and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).

To learn more about what EdTechXGlobal is doing, listen to our full interview with McIntyre:

Hannah Flynn

Hannah Flynn

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