The success of TED, the Khan Academy and MIT Open Courseware has demonstrated how technology can disrupt education as we know it - bringing lectures from world class speakers into your front room.
But despite technology-enabled solutions, big educational challenges still exist:
- Britain has the rather dubious honour of leading the developed world in Educational Disadvantage: the inequalities in educational outcomes that arise as a result of children's socio-economic background.
- Thousands of young people leave school without basic literacy and numeracy.
- And employers endlessly complain that young people often lack the basic 'soft skills' they need to perform entry-level roles professionally.
So what's going wrong?
Do we need to rethink the way education works?
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Year Here and Social Innovation Camp are hosting Hacking Education at the Google Campus in central London.
Whether you're an education expert, technology geek or complete novice, this very practical event will challenge you to work together to come up ideas for with technology-enabled solutions to tough educational challenges.
Don't worry if you don't know anything about education or technology, there will be an expert panel discussion to introduce you to the field - plus its your innate creativity that will be your most valuable asset.
The panel include:
After the hack, there will be short presentations from Year Here and SI Camp and a chance to mingle and make connections over a drink.
We look forward to seeing you there!
And in the meantime, get inspired: