BOSTON--(LearnLaunch, a non-profit driving the growth of learning and education technology companies and the New England ed tech business cluster, announces the visionaries and innovators who will keynote the first “Across Boundaries: Innovation & The Future of Education” conference. The February 1-2, 2013 event examines the potential of new technologies and usage models to tangibly improve learning and education access, and explores market and investment opportunities. It will be held at the MIT Tang Center, Cambridge, MA, and is co-sponsored by MIT Sloan.Ed. (http://learnlaunchconference2013.eventbrite.com).)--
“Across Boundaries: Innovation & The Future of Education”
Anant Agarwal, President, edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University. Dr. Agarwal is a professor in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and currently leads the Carbon Group, which researches operating systems and architectures for many cores and clouds. He is an internationally recognized developer and author.
Gregory Bialecki, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, drives the Patrick Administration’s support and expansion of the Commonwealth’s nation-leading innovation economy.
Anthony Kim, Founder and CEO, Education Elements, which is bringing blended learning to schools across the US. He previously founded Provost Systems, which provided software and services for operating online schools, and which was sold to Edison Learning.
Matthew Pittinsky, CEO, Parchment, which unleashes the value and critical data of education credentials. Matthew was Co-Founder of Blackboard, Inc., whose systems are used by millions of students and educators around the world. As an entrepreneur, sociologist and professor, Matthew is globally recognized for the distinct impact of his contributions, and he continues to help define the leading edge of ed tech innovation.
Seth Reynolds, Partner, The Parthenon Group, strategic advisors for global CEOs, organizations and business leaders. As an Education Practice leader, Seth advises clients on strategy development, operational improvement, performance management, investment due diligence and new venture creation. His experience spans for-profit and public sectors across K-12, post-secondary, and corporate training.
“We and our partners at MIT’s Sloan School are deeply honored to welcome as keynote speakers six of the best minds in education, ed tech and new business growth. These extraordinary visionaries will bring new insight to issues that now constrain education quality and access, and opportunities to newly leverage digital learning across academic and post-academic levels,” said Marissa Lowman, Executive Director of LearnLaunch.
LearnLaunch brings together innovators, K-12 and higher ed educators, investors, students, school leaders, buyers and distribution channels, and supports the creation and growth of education technology and learning companies in New England. It also streamlines and enriches communication among investors and entrepreneurs.