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Conference Drawing Record Number of Registrants

LearnLaunch, along with co-host MIT Office of Digital Learning, unveiled today the full agenda for the upcoming Across Boundaries Conference, to be held on February 2-3, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. With a theme of “Personalizing Pathways to Learning and Careers,” the conference will bring together professionals from across the edtech sector, to discuss critical challenges toward moving education practice forward, to play with cutting- edge products, and to learn from leaders in the field.

Keynotes include:

  • John Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, on What Neuroscience has to Say for Education 2.0
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER , on Will a Robot Eat My Job?
  • Phyllis Lockett, CEO of Leap Innovations, on Personalizing K-12
  • Joseph Aoun, President of Northeastern University, on Personalizing Higher Ed, and
  • Tom VanderArk, CEO, GettingSmart, on The State of Edtech

The Conference’s Learning Innovation Showcase will feature the innovations of 25 secondary and higher ed teacher and student teams, ranging from “greengineering” to the application of virtual reality at a local high school. Leading superintendents, including those from the recently launched MAPLE Consortium, will address how to personalize the system as well as the classroom, while pioneer educators will address successful piloting and the latest in research on product efficacy.

Hot topics include sessions on assessment, on simulations and on coding and IOT. Business leaders will address the need for product interoperability, the role of tech giants in edtech, the move to software suites and the use of marketplaces. Leading Investors will take on the role of social impact investing and global opportunities

The five 2017 LearnLaunch Accelerator Breakthrough Cohort companies will be introduced by Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage Learning and will demonstrate their products at the Breakthrough Showcase event on Friday, February 3, 2017. They include: CareAcademy, CourseStorm, Kaymbu, Quality Interactions, and WriteSteps.

More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, educators, edtech industry participants, students, and investors will connect with each other and the opportunities presented in five plenary sessions, a pitch competition, 48 concurrent sessions, birds-of-a-feather dinners, and a startup exhibition area – a sneak peek of cutting-edge innovations that are not only transforming learning but also changing the way educational institutions do business.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: McGraw Hill Education, Curriculum Associates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Parthenon-EY, EF, Pearson, Extension Engine, Vital Source, Nelson Mullins, Google, Ligature Partners, Nutter, Rethink Education, Tyton Partners, Cengage Learning, Bisk, KnowledgeVision, and Credly.

Please visit our sponsorship page if you are interested in becoming a Conference sponsor. To register for the 2017 Across Boundaries Conference, visit the event registration page.