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Friday 25 January 2019

07:30 - 13:00

Registration Open QEii - Ground Floor

07:30 - 08:45

Breakfast QEii - 3rd Floor, Overflow on 2nd Floor

Making Change Happen

Eighty percent of jobs that will exist in 2025, don’t exist today. Increasing connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence and other rapid technological changes are dramatically redefining the work environment. Education systems need to adapt to provide the soft and hard skills required to succeed in this imminent new world of work. This track looks at the future of work and how to best (1) prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s workers, and (2) reskill workers for changing requirements.

Equality & Access

Peter Diamandis of the Singularity University predicts that every person on the planet will have internet access by 2025. That’s 4 billion more people than have access today. Learning will take place at all ages, in all places and at any time. Learners will also be increasingly connected to world class educators and to each other.

Impactful Education Innovations Chaired by Rich Henderson, Lenovo

08:55 - 09:35

Impactful & Scalable Grassroots Innovations


Pukhraj Ranjan

Head of Community HundrED


Mary Gordon

Founder & President Roots of Empathy

Serdar Ferit

Co-CEO Lyfta

Zoya Shabir Siddiqui

Strategic Partnership Manager BRAC UK

Katelyn Patterson

Primary Teacher & STEAM Coordinator MUSE School CA

Eva Domínguez

Founder & Director NUSHU Earthling News in 3D

Investing in Quality Early Childhood Education

High-quality, birth-to-five early education programmes give a 13% return on investment (Heckman et al 2017) A dollar spent on pre-school programmes generates a higher return on investment than the same spending on schooling (OECD) Investing in education and care for children aged 3 and under has been proven to give significant economic and social returns and increases female employment. This session will highlight innovations in early years programmes from across the globe and give practical steps for implementation.

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Sophie Bailey

Founder & Host The Edtech Podcast


Dr Swati Popat Vats

President Podar Education Network & Early Childhood Association

Milla Kokko

CEO & Co-Founder Hei Schools

Jen Lexmond

CEO EasyPeasy

Closing the Gap Between Education and the "World of Work": A Comprehensive K-12 Solution

The World of Work is a comprehensive K-12 curriculum solution aimed at early exposure for children to both self and career exploration in the ever-changing landscape of the global economy.  Creating relevance to the real world and enabling students to map their educational goals to their possible future selves will maximize their investments in post-secondary education. World of Work empowers every child with unique strengths, interests and values needed in the world to nurture happy kids, living in healthy relationships on a path to gainful employment.  For more information visit worldofwork.net

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Richard Culatta

CEO International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)


David Miyashiro

Superintendent Cajon Valley Union School District

Ed Hidalgo

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Cajon Valley Union School District

Tamara Otero

Governing Board President Cajon Valley Union School District
09:40 - 10:20

'Today's Education Policy is Tomorrow's Economic Policy'

‘Today’s Education Policy is Tomorrow’s Economic Policy’

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Valerie Hannon

Board Director, Innovation Unit


Dr Attaullah Wahidyar

Senior Policy Program Advisor Ministry of Education Afghanistan

Janis Rosa Greenway

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education of Education, Science and Technology (Antigua)

Roger Qirama

CIO Ministry of Education (Colombia)

Learners on the Move: Educating Transient Populations

Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than other children and less than 25% of refugee adolescents are enrolled in secondary school (UNICEF 2018) There are more refugees and displaced people today than there ever has been. Over half of today’s refugees are under the age of 18 (UNHCR 2017). This session will discuss evidence based projects delivering learning programmes to displaced and transient populations including refugees and other populations on the move with lessons that can be applied to wider distance learning and cloud based education programmes.

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Nick Kind

Independent Strategy Consultant


Mia Eskelund Pedersen

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director Sky School

Silvia Scuracchio

Academic Director Escola Bosque

Stephen Haggard

Co-Founder & Director Digital Learning Associates

Aline Sara

CEO & Co-Founder NaTakallam

Raising India’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Nehru World School is focused on equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in the future. This session will share some of the programmes in detail, including a pan-school, business building project which pays dividends in more ways than one!

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Arunabh Singh

Director - Principal Nehru World School

‘Engineering’ Teachers to Reduce Probable Failure: A New Perspective

Teacher failure in our schools has been observed by probably everyone; likely as a student, possibly as a parent of a child attending school, or perhaps as an educator in leadership. Oftentimes we wonder how a teacher gets that way, and whether there is a way to prevent it. Schools are one of the very complex organizations humans have created: dense with people and critical because we are in the business of shaping lives. Teachers are at the forefront of shaping those lives and are therefore critical assets.  In many service industries, the aim is to design and maintain key assets well, in order to reduce probable failure and extend working life. Can we draw some parallels with this and the field of Education? That if teachers are assets and we want to extend working life, they must be designed well AND maintained well? What does this look like in your part of the world? What does this look like in Sub-saharan Africa with its growing population of school-age children giving rise to an increasing need for teachers? What happens when we cannot produce enough trained teachers to handle classrooms bursting with children?  The RPFE (Reduction of Probable Failure in Education) model, a new perspective on Teacher Education and Training will be shared with delegates.

‘A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops’    Henry Brookes Adams

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Dr Mary Ashun

Principal Ghana International School
10:25 - 11:05

The HOW of System Change: Lessons from Pioneers Reimagining Education

Change in education is hard. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t happen. This session will highlight countries, states and systems that are taking bold, brave steps to align their education systems with the overall needs of their learners and their economies.

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Essie North

Managing Director Big Change


Gregg Behr

Founder & Co-Chair Remake Learning

Megan Madel

Head of Product Management LRNG by Collective Shift

Damian Allen

Director of People (DCS/DASS) Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

New Models in Post 16 Education

US federal student loan debt stands at $1.4 trillion, and is the largest source of consumer debt after housing. (Brookings 2018) Students and academics alike are starting to question the value of a university education. Graduates today are underskilled, underemployed and are doing a lower level of task than 5 years ago. Is the spiralling cost of higher education really worth it, and what alternatives are available?

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Melody Lang

Founder MPA Education


Professor Mokhtar Sellami

Director of Technological Development and Innovation Ministry of Higher Education, Algeria

Dr Vilhjálmur Egilsson

Rector Bifröst University

James Grant

Co-Founder & Managing Director - Schools MyTutor

Lucian Cosinschi

Regional Director, Europe Minerva Project

11:05 - 11:50

EdTech Capabilities Workshop QEii - Albert (2)

After 50+ years and billions in investments globally, the impacts of ICT are one of the most debated topics in education. This workshop consolidates practices from OECD, ITIL, ISTE and other global research bodies into an interactive workshop to reflect on your ICT plan and to develop and refine your strategy. Read more and apply for a place here. Places are limited and are for educator and government leaders with a mandate for ICT vision and outcomes achievement.

11:20 - 12:00

Coffee Break QEii - 3rd Floor, Overflow on 2nd Floor

Book Signing

11:20-12:00 Svenia Busson

12:00 - 12:25

Conrad Challenge Student Presentations: Transforming Education Through Technology QEii - Fleming (3)

Consider the future – how might we implement new technologies or improve usage of existing ones, to support enhanced educational experiences and better outcomes for future students? Three teams of student finalists from United States and Singapore will share their business plans, innovations and product solutions as part of a global STEM challenge called the Conrad Challenge. The Conrad Challenge is organised by the Conrad Foundation, which honours the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut, Charles “Pete” Conrad, and his four-decade passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Emcee – Jeff Lowe, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, SMART Technologies

Tutoring for Mentally Challenged Students


Deep Chandra

Conrad Challenge Participant

Manish Ravi Varrier

Conrad Challenge Participant

VR App


Ishani Ashok

Conrad Challenge Participant

Reyna Karen Rajkumar

Conrad Challenge Participant

Divya Machineni

Conrad Challenge Participant



Arjun Dhumne

Conrad Challenge Participant

Sahiti Rachakonda

Conrad Challenge Participant

Trisha Pal

Conrad Challenge Student

Vikram Bala

Conrad Challenge Participant
12:25 - 12:45

Keynote QEii - Fleming (3)


Brett Wigdortz

Founder TeachFirst

Jenny Anderson

Senior Reporter Quartz
12:45 - 13:05

Interactive Keynote: The Learnit Audience View on the Global Learning Landscape in the Next 10 Years QEii - Fleming (3)


Patrick Brothers

Co-Founder & Managing Director HolonIQ

Maria Spies

Co-Founder & Managing Director HolonIQ
13:05 - 13:45

Seated Lunch QEii - Rutherford, Moore & Abbey (4) St James (4) Westminster (4) Windsor (5) Cambridge (5)

13:45 - 14:15

Coffee, Pudding & Networking QEii - 3rd Floor, Overflow on 2nd Floor

13:15 - 14:15

Hosted Meetings Programme QEii - Churchill (G)

Educating Generation AlphaQEii - Mountbatten (6)

Generation Alpha are the children of millennials. Born from 2010 to 2024, they will be the first generation to grow up with tech seamlessly integrated into their lives and some have already started school. What skills do these children need, and how can we best teach them and prepare them to succeed and thrive?

Research PresentationsQEii - Fleming (3)

This track will feature some of the latest research and analysis in education, globally. Each presenter will share new research for 15 minutes followed by five minutes of Q&A from the audience.

14:20 - 15:00

Behaviour Change & Learning: Activley Engaging Learners & Making Learning an Intrinsic Desire

Human beings are not rational creatures. Even when we know the course of action that is best for us, we frequently choose an alternative. This session looks at behaviour change and ways to encourage learning from gamification and other extrinsic motivators and tools, to supporting individuals through encouragement, support and other techniques.  Ultimately, how do we make learning an intrinsic desire that enables all of us to reach our greatest potential?


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Annemieke Frank

Co-Founder EduHeroes Club


Jamie Brooker

Founder Kahoot!

Matt Mead

Head of Education & Innovation Chelsea FC Foundation

David Millage

VP of Education Sphero

Research Presentations Chaired by Meg Hamel, Head of Research, EdSurge

This track will feature some of the latest research and analysis in education, globally. Each presenter will share new research for 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

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Children Can Only Aspire to What They Know Exists: Building a Creative Approach to Social Mobility


Dr Ger Graus OBE

Global Director of Education KidZania

24 Education Innovations Across Europe


Svenia Busson

Co-Founder LearnSpace
15:05 - 15:45

Real World Relevance: Focus on Entrepreneurship & Problem-Solving

Education is at risk of losing relevance in many parts of the world. What does a ‘relevant’ education look like, and how do we deliver it? This session will focus specifically on programmes aims at delivering entrepreneurship and problem-solving skills to students.

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Joe Sweeney

President Pay It Forward Enterprises


Arunabh Singh

Director - Principal Nehru World School

Bob Lenz

Executive Director Buck Institute for Education

Nikki Lucyk

Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship University School of Milwaukee

Overcoming the Hurdles to Teaching and Learning Innovation


Keith Krueger

CEO Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Arjana Blazic

Teacher Trainer & Curriculum Designer Experimental Program: School for Life

The Shape of Things to Come: 5 Scenarios for the Future of Education


Maria Spies

Co-Founder & Managing Director HolonIQ
15:50 - 16:30

Educating the Exceptions and the Exceptional

Education systems are built for the masses. This session will explore ways in which to educate the individual to the greatest of their own potential. How can we deliver learning programmes to disparate groups of learners that enable each individual to excel? Is personalised learning the answer, and what does that mean in practise?

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Justin Cooke

Investor & Adviser


Sigamoney Naicker

Chief Director: Inclusive Education Western Cape Education Department

David Taylor

CEO Academies of Inspiration

Karin Bjerde

Head of Strategic Growth Kognity

LatAm Networking Session

Learnit is excited to host a group of 50+ education leaders from Latin America. This session will be a chance for partners to meet the delegation and to enjoy a short series of presentations from Learnit’s sponsors. Attendance is open to everyone.

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16:30 - 17:30

Learnit Happy Hour QEii - Britten (3)