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BOSTON, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The edtech world’s attention turns to Boston today, as the LearnLaunch Institute’s fifth annual Across Boundaries Conference, co-hosted by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, opens at the Hynes Convention Center. Drawing more than 1,100 participants, from 13 countries and 30 states, Across Boundaries has grown by more than 25% since last year, reflecting continued excitement in the global edtech sector.

More than 300 educators, 250 edtech entrepreneurs, 180 non-profits and 100 students are joining hundreds of education and industry leaders and investors to discuss critical challenges facing efforts to move education practice forward, to experience cutting-edge edtech products, and to learn from others active in the field.

“Edtech is booming in Boston and beyond, bringing real advances to teaching and learning,” explained Eileen Rudden, co-founder and board chair of the LearnLaunch Institute.  “Over the past 4 years, Across Boundaries has gained a reputation for bringing the industry together to discuss some of the hurdles that make it difficult for all students to benefit from education technology.”

With the theme of “Personalizing Pathways to Learning and Careers,” Across Boundaries includes 5 keynotes and 46 concurrent sessions on Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3.  The Learning Innovation Showcase takes place on Friday morning where 23 Massachusetts educators and their students, ranging from middle school through college, will showcase their advances in engaged teaching and learning.

You can follow the conference at @learnlaunch #learnlaunch17