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Thursday 24 January 2019

07:00 - 19:00

Registration Open QEii - Ground Floor

07:15 - 08:45

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

08:00 - 08:45

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?

Equality & AccessQEii - Fleming (3)

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. Could universal internet access help democratise access to education?

Future of WorkQEii - Whittle (3)

85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030, don’t exist today (Dell Technologies, March 2017). 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 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.

08:55 - 09:35

Blockchain in Education

Paper based learning certificates still require prospective employers or academic institutions to phone and verify their origin. Blockchain has the potential to offer transparent, searchable and instant credentialing. But will it ever become mainstream? This session explores the latest advances in credentialing, and wider applications of the blockchain to education.

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Sophie Bailey

Founder & Host The Edtech Podcast


Danielius Stasiulis

Co-Founder, CBDO BitDegree

Jacksón Smith

Co-Founder & CTO Learning Economy

Lisa Short

Group Managing Director ChangerInc. Global

Women and Diversity in STEM

STEM disciplines continue to be dominated by white and Asian men. Despite the proliferation of programmes to increase diversity in STEM, a disparity remains. Paradoxically, a recent study has discovered that in countries that empower women, women are less likely to choose STEM professions. One of the greatest conundrums in education and work, what are the most effective ways to increase diversity in STEM?
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Beth Watson

Director of Channel and Partner Marketing - Education Microsoft


Katie Grootegoed

LEAD STEM Fellow, Director of Technology Enhanced Learning Breakthrough Schools

Megan Roberts

Executive Director MƒA (Math for America)

Kara Iaconis

Global Head of Learning BBC Studios

Knowledge vs. Skills: Equipping Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030, don’t exist today (Dell Technologies, March 2017). Accessing data and knowledge is (or will soon be) easy, fast and practically free for all. In a world where we can access infinite amounts of information via our mobile phone, what knowledge and skills do children need to succeed in the new world of work? This session will feature the view of industry as well as those running programmes to deliver these skills.

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Charles Fadel

Founder & Chairman Center for Curriculum Redesign


Tom Hall

Head of LEGO® Education International LEGO® Education

Dr Lee Clinton Buddy Jr.

Principal Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Yossi Hayut

Head of Educational Innovation Wix
09:40 - 10:20

Social & Emotional Learning: How to Do It (Well)

A study last year found that children who took part in a Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) programme were 11% more likely to graduate from college and less likely to have mental health problems or be arrested than students who didn’t attend one (Taylor, Oberle, Durlak & Weissberg 2017) Empathy, communication, stress management, self-control, responsible decision making and relationship skills are increasingly important. We know Social and Emotional Learning is important, but how do we ‘do’ it? This session will showcase successful SEL programmes and share insights on how to implement similar programmes.

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Ron Reed

Founder & Executive Producer SXSW EDU Conference & Festival


Dr Lee Clinton Buddy Jr.

Principal Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Ellen Heyting

Head of G11 & G12 The International School of Helsinki

The Poverty Related Attainment Gap: Can Poor Kids Ever Do as Well as Rich Kids?

Socioeconomic status remains the greatest predictor of how well a child will do at school, and in later life. This session will discuss strategies to reduce the attainment gap including improving the school environment, the impact of self-directed learning, the importance of investment in early years education and the role of technology and other evidence based findings.

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Dan Sandhu

Chief Executive Sparx


Ed Hidalgo

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Cajon Valley Union School District

Russell Hobby

CEO Teach First

Rebecca Winthrop

Director, Center for Universal Education The Brookings Institution

Industry As Educator: Technical And Vocational Education

Countries who put vocational training at the core of their curriculums have lower youth unemployment rates, yet TVET is still seen as inferior to academic, classroom-based learning. This session will look at apprenticeships and vocational training programmes from around the world, how they’re funded, their structure and their outputs.

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Alexandra Goat

CEO Livity


Sophie Adelman

Co-Founder WhiteHat

Rebecca Garrod-Waters

CEO Ufi Charitable Trust
10:25 - 11:05

The Future Of Curriculum Design & Assessments

Education institutions teach curriculums and are measured by assessment results. The last major changes to education curriculums happened in the 1800s. In a world where skills, rather than knowledge, should be king, and where we encourage each learner to create and manage their own learning journey, what is the role of a curriculum and how should we assess student progress?

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Charles Fadel

Founder & Chairman Center for Curriculum Redesign


Yvonne Simon

Chief Learning Architect Southern New Hampshire University

Professor Kylie Readman

Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) Murdoch University

Kevin Fullbrook

Middle School Principal Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Relevance vs Rankings: What Matters Most?

Best schools, top universities, the global 100, the list is endless. Do rankings matter? And if they do, who do they matter to? This session will brings educators and employers together to address what really matters in delivering education.
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Sally-Anne Huang

Vice Chair, HMC & Headmistress James Allen’s Girls School


Simon Henderson

Head Master Eton College

Sarah Adil Shaw

Head of Section - Strategy Department The Executive Office (Dubai)

11:05 - 11:40

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

11:40 - 11:45

Opening Remarks QEii - Fleming (3)


Katy Fryatt

Founder & CEO Learnit
11:45 - 12:05

Fireside Chat: 21st Century Learning QEii - Fleming (3)


Andreas Schleicher

Director, Directorate for Education and Skills The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Essie North

Managing Director Big Change
12:05 - 12:25

Fireside Chat: The Finnish Education Recipe QEii - Fleming (3)


Pia Pakarinen

Deputy Mayor, Education Division City of Helsinki

Saku Tuominen

Creative Director HundrED
12:25 - 12:45

Fireside Chat: From 42 to Zone 01 QEii - Fleming (3)


Nicolas Sadirac

Co-Founder 42

Lord Jim Knight

Chief Education Advisor Tes
12:45 - 13:05

Fireside Chat: An Outstanding Alternative To University QEii - Fleming (3)


Euan Blair

Co-Founder & CEO WhiteHat

Brett Wigdortz

Founder TeachFirst
13:05 - 13:45

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

13:45 - 14:20

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

13:05 - 14:20

Book Signing QEii - Churchill (G), Meetings & Westminster (4)

13:05-13:30 – Andreas Schleicher

13:55-14:20 – Charles Fadel

13:15 - 14:15

Hosted Meetings Programme QEii - Churchill (G)

14:25 - 14:45

Keynote: Transforming Afghanistan Through Education QEii - Fleming (3)


Dr Attaullah Wahidyar

Senior Policy Program Advisor Ministry of Education Afghanistan

Dr Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi

Minister for Education Ministry of Education of Afghanistan
14:45 - 15:05

Keynote: Educating For The Future, Not The Past QEii - Fleming (3)


Simon Henderson

Head Master Eton College
15:05 - 15:25

Keynote: Improving Student Outcomes QEii - Fleming (3)


AJ Crabill

Deputy Commissioner Texas Education Agency
15:25 - 15:45

Keynote QEii - Fleming (3)


Jenny Anderson

Senior Reporter Quartz

Charlotte Church

Campaigner, Entertainer & Founder The Awen Project
15:45 - 16:20

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

Book Signing

15:50-16:20 – Rose Luckin

15:50-16:20 – Rebecca Winthrop

16:00 - 16:45

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.


Artificial Intelligence in Education

Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of many of the most exciting and disruptive advances in edtech. This track covers the impact of AI on learners and educators including new solutions in personalised learning, grading, tutoring and adaptive learning.

The Business of Education: New Public & Private Models

This track looks at new investment models and methods that are driving great outcomes for learners. We’ll draw examples from businesses delivering both social impact and commercial returns.

Learning Spaces in 2025

Classrooms have remained largely unchanged for centuries. This track looks at the the role of physical environments on learning and how technology can drive the best learning outcomes.

16:20 - 17:00

Language Learning in a World Powered by AI

In a world where language translation is available in real time via earbud, and where AI systems can now teach themselves languages from scratch, how should we approach language learning?

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Vince Chan

Co-Founder and General Partner Creta Ventures


Bernhard Niesner

Co-Founder & CEO busuu

Maria Perillo

Chief Learning Officer ABA English

Beatriz Meneguetti

Director Cultura Inglesa Maringá

Teach The Teacher: New Models For Teacher Training & Continued Professional Development

Teaching, one of the oldest professions in the world, has remained largely unchanged for centuries. This session draws on international examples of best practise within teacher training both at the start of, and during a teaching career.

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Reuben Moore

Executive Director of Programme Development Teach First


Dr Mary Ashun

Principal Ghana International School

Matt Hood

Chief Education Officer Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching

Megan Roberts

Executive Director MƒA (Math for America)

New Models and Stakeholders in K-12

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and others are using a tech sector approach to education to develop alternative models to K-12 education. Some of these systems are gaining traction fast, and some have shut schools and pivoted from education establishment to technology provider. This session will bring to life new models in K-12 education.

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Alex Bell FRSA

Director Portland Education


Michelle Wikum

Director of Curriculum Fusion Education Group

Thomas Steele-Maley


Sean Bellamy

Co-Founder & Teacher Sands School

David Newman

Principal Brooklyn Technical High School
17:05 - 17:45

The Evolution and Transformation of Educators

AI offers infinitely more personalised, adaptive and engaging learning. It will, and should, impact the role of the teacher, but will it ultimately empower them, or replace them? This session looks at how teaching, one of the oldest professions in the world, is changing.

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Jaime B. Goldstein

Director of Strategic Projects and Innovation Grants Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching


Olivier Crouzet

Head of Pedagogy 42

Joel Hellermark

CEO & Founder Sana Labs

EdTech Investor Panel

The global educational technology market crossed $17.7 billion in revenue in 2017 and is expected to grow to $40.9 billion by 2022 (Frost & Sullivan 2017) This session will look at the latest trends in edtech investment globally including a review of recent funding rounds, valuations and IPOs. The session will also touch on the differences between European and US investment strategies, startup activity in Europe and the role of China both as an investor, and as home to some of the world’s highest valued education businesses.

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Dr Yaki Dayan

Founder & CEO EdTech Israel


Tim Praill

Head of Navitas Ventures Navitas Ventures

Litzie Maarek

Partner Educapital

Alex Spiro

Managing Partner Brighteye Ventures

Jan Lynn-Matern

Founder & CEO Emerge Education

Tech in the classroom - friend or foe?


Richard Culatta

CEO International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)


Dave Eisenmann

Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services Minnetonka Public Schools

John Short Ring

Deputy Head King's College School Wimbledon

Bani Dhawan

Head of Education, India and South Asia Google
17:50 - 18:30

Big Data, Machine Learning and New Forms of Personalised Learning

Personalised learning has been a hot topic in recent years. It’s been celebrated and received huge investment. It’s also been blamed for unmanageable teacher workloads and for creating self-fulfilling prophecies. This session will review the latest evidence base for personalised learning, the latest advances in technology and machine learning and how they can best be harnessed.

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Charles Fadel

Founder & Chairman Center for Curriculum Redesign


Professor Rose Luckin

Professor of Learner Centred Design & Director EDUCATE London UCL Institute of Education

Priya Lakhani OBE

Founder & CEO CENTURY Tech

Nirmal Mukhi

Development Leader Watson Education Platform at IBM

Digital Literacy: A Readable Web for All

  • 70% of published written content on the internet is not understood by the majority of readers
  • A third of people using the internet are children

The internet was not designed for children or adults with low to average literacy. This session, which will be a discussion in terms of format, will share ways to make the web more readable for all and to truly unleash the power of the internet to enable greater access to, and equality in education and learning for everyone.

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Lord Jim Knight

Chief Education Advisor Tes


Leila Walker

UK Director WizeNoze

Helen Freeman

Director Publishing Operations & Home Sector - Oxford University Press

Alison Tarrant

Director School Libraries Association

Learner-Centred Digital Environments

With increasing numbers of students learning online daily, what should the optimal online learning environment look like? This session will cover design thinking, user-centricity, usability and accessibility and what it takes to build the optimal digital learning environment.

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Wendy Palmer

Director, Global Studio Deakin University


Anders Krohn

Co-Founder & CEO Aula

Paul Hunter

Director, Digital Learning IMD, International Institute for Management Development

Eric Goldreyer

Co-Founder & CEO bulb Digital Portfolios
18:30 - 20:00

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