When LearnLaunch debuted in December, Executive Director Marissa Lowman said, “Boston is one of the cities in the U.S. poised to change education.” To prove that, the nonprofit has partnered with the MIT Sloan Education Club to host a two-day education conference, “Across Boundaries: Innovation & The Future of Education.”
“We want people to connect with one another and really recognize this sector has so much to offer and that it’s growing rapidly,” Lowman says, claiming now is “a great time” to support education technology in any capacity, whether an entrepreneur, investor, student or academic.
With more than 150 educational technology startups being built in the New England area, LearnLaunch was founded to provide support to entrepreneurs through classes, peer group learning, conferences and networking opportunities.
The inaugural LearnLaunch conference kicks off Friday, February 1, at 11 a.m. with lunch and networking, and will be followed by the first keynote, given by edX President Anant Agarwal.
Other keynote speakers include Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki; Seth Reynolds, partner at The Parthenon Group; Anthony Kim, founder and CEO of Education Elements; John Katzman, founder and CEO of Noodle and founder of The Princeton Review; and Luis Rodriguez, director of the Office of Digital Learning for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Keynotes will be broken up by a series of breakout sessions, covering a variety of topics ranging from “The Future of Education Content in Higher Ed” to “Heading Toward Hybrid Learning Models.” The conference will come complete with a mobile app to help attendees navigate the agenda.
As an added bonus, 30 education technology/learning startups and growth-stage companies will be delivering investor presentations over approximately 60 minutes. For more on “30-in-60,” click here.
The conference will be held at the MIT Tang Center, and more than 400 people are expected to attend. Unfortunately, tickets have sold out, but those interested can still register for the waitlist. Lowman also points to all of LearnLaunch’s upcoming events the community can get involved in.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response,” Lowman says. “There is such an excitement and interest in the education technology space right now, and we are happy to be leading the way here in Boston.”