Friday, February 1
11:00 am-12:00 pm: Registration/Lunch/Networking
The Future of Education Content in Higher Ed
This panel will discuss the different paths publishers and ed tech startups are taking to provide content for students and how the two groups can collaborate in the future. It will also discuss how content is made and delivered.
Moderator: John Hope, Director, Industry Practice, Eduventures
•Ariel Diaz, Co-Founder and CEO, Boundless Learning
•Bill Hughes, Vice President, Business Development and Innovation, Pearson
•Dan Silverburg, SVP Marketing, Cengage Learning
•Dr. Nish Sonwalker, Founder and Managing Director, Synaptic Global Learning
Overcoming Barriers to Technology Adoption in Schools and Beyond
This session will discuss the challenges of implementing education technology in K-12 classrooms, including security, bandwidth, and privacy issues.
Moderator: Meg Campbell, Executive Director, Codman Academy
•Melissa Dodd, CIO, Boston Public Schools
•Craig Powell, Founder and CEO, ConnectEDU
•Deb Socia, Executive Director, Tech Goes Home
Investment Theses in the Education Market
This session will discuss various VC perspectives on the education market and why they are choosing to invest in this sector.
Moderator: Rob Go, Partner, NextView Ventures
•Jennifer Carolan, Partner, NewSchools Ventures
•Matt Greenfield, Managing Partner, Rethink Education
•Todd Hixon, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures
•Matthew Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners
4:00-4:45 pm: Breakout Session 2
What to Be Aware of When Selling to K-12
This session will discuss ways to effectively sell to the K-12 market, lessons learned, and how to reach the right people effectively.
Moderator: Dean Millot, Managing Partner, K-12 and Charter Schools, Good Harbor Partners
•John Antonucci, Superintendent, Westwood Public Schools
•Andrew Joseph, President and Co-Founder, TenMarks Education
•Jed Lippard, Head of School, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
•Jordan Meranus, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevation
•Nicole O’Brien, Technology Lead, Newton Public Schools
What to Be Aware of When Selling to Higher Ed
This session will discuss ways to effectively sell to the higher ed market, lessons learned, and how to reach the right people effectively.
Moderator: Douglas Banks, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, University of Massachusetts
•Chris Hartigan, Vice President and General Manager, Jenzabar
•Stephen Marcus, Founder and CEO, Matchbox
•Mike Pickett, CIO, Brown University
•Carol Vallone, CEO, Educate Online
Entrepreneur Pitch Session
A select group of local startups that are currently fundraising will pitch their companies to the audience.
Pitch Session Moderator: Jean Hammond, Co-Founder, LearnLaunch
5:00-5:30 pm: Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development and Luis Rodriguez, Director, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
5:30-7:30 pm: Reception
Saturday, February 2
9:00-10:00 am: Registration/Breakfast
10:00-10:50 am: Keynote Speaker: Anthony Kim, Education Elements
11:00-11:50 am: Breakout Session 3
Recruiting & Attracting Talent
This session will discuss effective recruitment techniques for education technology startups, including hard to fill positions.
Moderator: Sharon Kan, Entrepreneur in Resident (EIR), Babson College
•Meagan French Fisk, Marketing and Sales Manager, Renaissance Network
•Alex Grodd, Founder and CEO, BetterLesson
•Beth Marcus, CEO and President, Playrific
•Aaron White, Co-Founder and CTO, Boundless Learning
Heading Towards Hybrid Learning Models
This panel will discuss blended learning, flipped classrooms, 1:1 schools, and other learning models and how these methods of instruction are changing the traditional classroom.
Moderator: Shawn Rubin, Director of Technology, Highlander Institute
•Dan Callahan, Co-Founder and Chairman, EdCamp Foundation and K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Pine Glen Elementary School
•Tarunya Govindarajan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Edmodo
•Ray Schleck, Director of New School Development, Match Education
•Jean Tower, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough
Education Technology Ecosystems & Incubators
This session will discuss the education technology landscape in different cities across the U.S. Panelists will discuss the strengths of each community and ways they can mobilize and collaborate to help shape the future of education and learning in the U.S.
Moderator: Katie Rae, Managing Director, TechStars Boston
•Heather Gilchrist, Founding Partner and Program Director, Socratic Labs (New York)
•Christopher Nyren, Founder, Educated Ventures (Chicago)
•Eileen Rudden, Co-Founder, LearnLaunch (New England)
•Tony Wan, Associate Editor, EdSurge (Bay Area)
12:00-12:45 pm: Lunch
12:50-1:30 pm: Keynote Speaker: John Katzman, Noodle
1:40-2:30 pm: Breakout Session 4
Targeting Underserved Populations to Help them Improve their Learning Outcomes
This session will discuss innovative approaches to working with underserved students, including the role data and assessment play in improving student achievement.
Moderator: Melissa Dodd, CIO, Boston Public Schools
•Kristina Buenafe, Math Teacher, Josiah Quincy Upper School
•John Maycock, Co-Founder and President, The Achievement Network
•John Werner, Managing Director and Chief Mobilizing Officer, Citizen Schools and Founder, TEDxBeaconStreet
The Future of Adaptive Learning
This session will examine how big data and game-based rewards are being used to promote student achievement. It will also examine what entities will be developing this technology in the future, how long it will take them to develop it, and who will invest in this sector.
Moderator: Irene Greif, Chief Scientist for Social Business, IBM
•Nikhil Goyal, Student and Author, One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School
•Brian Fitzgerald, VP Product Development, Knewton
•Gerard LaFond, VP Marketing, Alleyoop
•Logan Smalley, Director, TED-Ed
The Challenges of Testing Products in Schools
This session will discuss how entrepreneurs can get their product beta tested in schools and how teachers can become beta testers.
Moderator: Sergei Daniel, Senior Director Strategic Partnerships, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
•Ben Berte, Founder, Socrative
•Judd Caulfield, Vice President, Legal Affairs and Data Privacy, ConnectEDU
•Shelly Chamberlain, Executive Director, MassCUE
•Greg Schwanbeck, Physics Teacher, Westwood High School
2:30-3:30 pm: Networking