Imagine leading global technology companies – Apple, Google – uniting to reimagine the future of education. Imagine world-leading universities – Harvard, Johns Hopkins, London School of Economics, King’s College London, the University of Manchester, Queensland University of Technology – coming together to reimagine the future of education. Imagine both of these groups joining forces in one place, and imagine them being joined by a group of enthusiastic innovators from across the world. Imagine them, imagining how academics, technology practitioners, and top global investors can work together to solve problems facing, and create opportunities for, the world of higher education.
Imagining this won’t be necessary if you were at the 2015 Reimagine Education Conference, held in Philadelphia last December – and nor will it be necessary for those attending this year’s edition, now open for delegate registration. The conference, organised by QS Quacquarelli Symonds – compilers of the QS World University Rankings – the Wharton School, and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, will again bring together world-class universities, technology companies, and prominent global investors to discuss how the world can improve teaching, learning, and employability.
This year’s conference will feature four main tracks, each devoted to a different strand of the educational world. The conference organisers – unifying the corporate and the pedagogical – recognise that education is the broadest of churches; the conference structure is designed to provide all attendees with a focus and a voice. The first track concerns itself with hybrid learning and e-learning, while the second moves away from this explicit focus on EdTech: it is concerned with Learning Assessment, Teaching Delivery, and Presence Learning.
The third track focuses on Nurturing Employability, Ethical Leadership, and Sustainability, while the fourth will be explicitly concerned with the ways in which EdTech – namely, ICT Tools – can transform education. Each track comprises keynote speeches and panel discussions led by luminaries in the specific area, numerous networking opportunities, and presentations from relevant finalists of the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards.
Prominent figures at last year’s conference included Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google; Huntingdon D. Lambert, Dean of Continuing Education at Harvard University; Jim Shelton – former Deputy Secretary of Education for the Obama Administration; and Jeremy Rifkin, bestselling author of The Third Industrial Revolution. They were joined by 330 delegates from six continents, and representatives from prominent media institutions across the world – including Caroline Howard, Senior Editor at Forbes, and Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent at the BBC.
The conference, as in previous years, will also represent the culmination of the Reimagine Education awards competition. Featuring 14 award categories upon which the conference tracks are broadly based, it is designed to award the most innovative projects, initiatives, and ideas in the world of education – and the trailblazers that bring them into being. The winner of the Overall Award will receive US$50,000 for their efforts, and global visibility for their successful project. Six of these award categories are designed to focus specifically on innovation in the Information Technology sector, including the inaugural Best Use of ICT Tools Award.
The opportunities for educators and trailblazers seeking to be a part of Reimagine Education are greater than ever before this year; the organising committee have this year invited prominent global investors, who will be providing delegates with Connect 1-2-1 session. These are designed to allow those with successful project ideas to discuss feasibility, investment, and implementation with those who can help make imagination reality.
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We look forward to seeing your application materials, and welcoming you to the Reimagine experience.
Serena Ricci on behalf of
|Yoram (Jerry) Wind
The Lauder Professor
Professor of Marketing
Director, Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management
QS Quacquarelli Symonds