- Boston EdTech's - Design Thinking Challenge with edX
Boston EdTech Meetup group, is partnering with Hult International Business School, in presenting a Design Thinking workshop to help one of Boston’s EdTech start-ups with a challenge they are currently facing. Come and participate in the workshop lead by Ela Ben-Ur, Founder of Innovator’s Compass and with 13 years of experience at IDEO. You will have the opportunity to work together with the Graduate students from Hult on this incredible challenge and share ideas with a truly global population. Take away key Design Thinking skills which you can implement immediately in the workplace. UPDATE: edX will be presenting their challenge related to the future of the modern degree experience. More details will follow at the event. Agenda: 6:00 – Networking 6:30 - Announcements & Introductions 6:45 – Design Thinking Challenge 8:15 – Sponsor and Team Feedback 8:30 - Closing Remarks 8:45 – Networking at Little Lingo Partners & Sponsors Special thanks to Hult International Business School for sponsoring the food and hosting the event! Special thanks to Ela Ben-Ur for leading an incredible Design Thinking workshop.
- Boston's Edtech Holiday Party
'Tis the season for holiday parties! The Boston EdTech Meetup is partnering with LearnLaunch and Young Education Professionals to celebrate the holidays, education, and spreading some cheer in the process. Join LearnLaunch, Young Education Professionals (YEP), and Boston EdTech Meetup to eat, drink, and be very merry at Boston's Edtech Holiday Party. We'll also be spreading some holiday cheer by giving back in the process. Bring an unwrapped toy to get in for free, or make a suggested donation of $10. All donations, toy and monetary, will go to Toys for Tots. Last year set a record for the number of people to fit in the LearnLaunch campus for one event - 229 registered attendees! Let's see if we can make this season's even bigger. More about the event here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostons-edtech-holiday-party-tickets-52630252502?aff=ebdssbdestsearch). About the organizers LearnLaunch LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. We offer a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a world education hub. Young Education Professionals YEP-Boston is the Greater Boston area chapter of Young Education Professionals. Founded in 2012, we are a volunteer-run membership organization interested in connecting young education-affiliated professionals across all sectors throughout the Boston area. Boston EdTech Meetup Group The Boston EdTech Meetup creates a community for collaboration between the education and technology industries of the Greater Boston Area. We meet monthly to hear from those who are transforming teaching and learning through panel discussions, community mixers, member spotlights, keynote speakers, workshops, and hands-on learning experiences to explore the intersection of education and technology. You? Does your organization want to join in the fun? Email us at [masked] to chat about co-sponsoring the party!
- What role does education technology have in helping learning be more inclusive?
Details Boston EdTech Meetup group, is partnering with Ellevation Education, in presenting a panel discussion on “What role does education technology have in helping learning be more inclusive?”. Come and listen to the insights and perspectives of our 4 amazing panelists and moderator. Our panelists come from different backgrounds and between them have a wealth of diverse experience in this subject area. Moderator – Steven Sofronas, Community Marketing Manager Ellevation Education Panellist 1 – Jordan Meranus, CEO Ellevation Education Panellist 2 – Melissa Corto, Founder & CEO Education Modified Panellist 3 – Lois Caneja, Moderate Special Needs Teacher, Bird Middle School Panellist 4 – Stacey Kelliher, ELL Teacher, Bird Middle School They will discuss how technology has aided specific student populations with their learning and what can be done to make technology an even more powerful tool for those learners. Agenda: 6:00 – Networking 7:00 - Announcements & Introductions 7:05 - Panel Discussion 7:40 - Audience Q&A 7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking 8:30 - AfterParty Directions & Parking: Ellevation Education, 38 Chauncy St 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 T Orange Line, China Town T Red line, Downtown Crossing Parking: https://parking.com/boston/neighborhoods/chinatown-south-station?lot_id=&showListOnly=0&view=daily&sw&ne&facility&valet&general=&displayFullCity=0 Partners & Sponsors Special thanks to Ellevation Education for sponsoring the food and hosting the event!
- The New England Venture Summit, by youngStartup Ventures
The Boston EdTech Meetup is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to attend New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures. Special discount: Use discount code "BEFVIP" and receive 10% off the “early bird” rates. Important! Registration is handled at http://bit.ly/2NObTtJ, an RSVP on Meetup.com is not enough to attend! >> Call for Top Innovators to present to leading Investors (details below). Where Innovation Meets Capital Come meet, interact and network with more than 700 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious New England Venture Summit (http://bit.ly/2NObTtJ) being held on December 12th 2018 at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA. Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, The New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures - is the event of the year you won't want to miss. A highly productive venture conference, The New England Venture Summit is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. Partial lineup of over 70 VCs confirmed to speak and judge includes: Magdi Amin, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network | Janet Bannister, Partner, Real Ventures | Peter Bastien, Partner, Next47 | Joshua Berg, Investment Manager, GM Ventures | Dan Burstein, Managing Partner, Millennium Technology Value Partners | Meghan Cross Breeden, Managing Partner, Red Bear Angels | David Cruikshank, Partner, ARCH Venture Partners | Miriam Eaves, Venture Partner, BP Ventures | Michael Fanfant, Investor, Runa Capital | Mark G. Fields, Partner, Alsop Louie Partners | Prashant Fonseka, Principal, Tuesday Capital | Matt Gatto, Partner, Insight Venture Partners | Stephen Gilfus, Founder, Blackboard Inc. | Jamil Goheer, Managing Partner & Cofounder, CoVenture | Jacob E. Grose, Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital | Marina Hadjipateras, Co-Founder & General Partner, Trail Mix Ventures | Mar Hershenson, Co-Founding Managing Partner, Pear Ventures | Noel Jee, Investor, Illumina Ventures | Jamie Kasuboski, Senior Director , Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund | Patrick Kenealy, Managing Director, Ridge Ventures | Daniel Kwak, Investor, Point72 Ventures | Kyle Lui, Principal, DCM Ventures | Hiroki Matsuda, Investor, Sozo Ventures | David Miller, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures | Kirsten Morbeck, Managing Director, SpringRock Ventures | Amit Mulgaonkar, Investor, Mithril Capital Management | Brian Panoff, Senior Principal, Shell Ventures and many more. Special Offer: The Boston EdTech Meetup has made special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of 10% off the existing “early bird" savings. This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Register Today & Save (http://bit.ly/2NObTtJ). (Use promo code "BEFVIP”) In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 50 pre-screened venture backed, emerging and early stage companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking. Call for TOP INNOVATORS! Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster A select group of more than 50 Top Innovators from the Technology, Life Sciences/Healthcare, CleanTech and Fintech sectors will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, and Strategic Partners. Apply to Present / Nominate a company: For more information or to be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots, click http://bit.ly/2NObTtJ. Seed Pitchfest: If you are a seed stage company seeking angel funding of less than $1M (and have raised less than $300,000) click http://bit.ly/2NObTtJ to apply for our Seed stage track.
- Boston EdTech - Project Night
Boston EdTech Meetup group, in collaboration with Curriculum Associates, is presenting the Project Night! Bring your laptop and ideas! Anything goes at project night, but here are some activities you might consider: 1) Continue working on an ed tech project (personal or professional) that you’ve already started 2) Start pursuing an idea you’ve just never found the time to explore 3) Build out a skill. Maybe you’re an educator who has a great idea and wants to learn to code! Or maybe you’re a developer who wants to design curriculum, but has never taken those first steps! Take the time to learn here with others who might have made similar transitions. 4) Connect with other professionals who are working to solve similar issues in the ed tech space. 5) Learn about what other interesting projects others are working on and look for opportunities to collaborate Already have an idea? Feel free to add it to this Google Document, thereby giving an opportunity for other attendees to think of your topic ahead of time! You can also add a brief description of what you've learned in the ed tech space that you think others might find interesting. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19R2n5PS4LPFL5mhQckR6Ej08_bYe_Bb-2k9QJ1br7Ao/edit?usp=sharing Note that you don’t need to have a project to come to project night! This is simply an opportunity to work with like-minded people! Since successful EdTech initiatives require people of diverse backgrounds, we’d love to see collaboration between educators, developers, researchers, librarians, entrepreneurs, investors, reformers and learners! We’re hoping to use this common time as a way to push YOUR idea forward. We’ll gather around different EdTech topics so that people working on similar interests can more easily find each other. Some table topics might include: Personalized and Adaptive Learning, Online Assessments, MOOCs, AR/VR, Computational Thinking in the Classroom, Informal Learning Environments, Ed Tech in Emerging Markets, and Maker Spaces. Let's get a step closer to changing the way the world learns! Agenda: 6:00 pm - Doors Open 6:30 pm - 6:40 pm - Introduction to Project Night and Announcements 6:40 - 7:10 pm - Lightning talks from participants (if there are any) 7:10 - 7:20 pm - Stand up and share! Have an idea or looking for collaborators? Quickly introduce yourself and share what you’re seeking in a short 20 second intro. 7:20 - 8:30 - Project Night begins - find a table and start working on your idea or move around and see what others are working on! (possibly swap table groupings midway through the event if things seem to not be flowing well) 8:30 - 8:45 - Closing Announcements
- Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge (Networking and Information event)
The Boston EdTech Meetup has partnered on an exciting new opportunity: The Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, which is offering $100k each to 10 innovators in the EdTech space. Verizon with NYC Media Lab, the facilitators of the program, will be in the Boston/Cambridge area next week. Please join us for a networking and information event at Alley Powered by Verizon on Tuesday, November 6th (6:30PM-8PM). You can RSVP here: http://bit.ly/AlleyBoston At the event, you'll meet and network with representatives from Verizon and the Boston EdTech community, and learn about the potential emerging 5G tech has in the education space. With 5G, we can: - Imagine a hologram teacher, who can beam in to educate - Leverage low latency virtual reality to help students with diverse learning needs engage and interact. - Use high-speed virtual capabilities to help our students become global citizens and connect to peers worldwide. - Watch this video (https://youtu.be/Xvfupr2n4f0) to learn more! Again, please join us next Tuesday to explore this opportunity. http://bit.ly/AlleyBoston
- EdSurge & LearnLaunch Boston Jobs Fair (Registration via Eventbrite)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edsurge-learnlaunch-present-boston-edtech-jobs-fair-fall-2018-tickets-48353163614?aff=bostonedtechmeetup We’re back with the EdSurge Jobs team & LearnLaunch for the semi-annual edtech jobs fair in Boston, bringing together the leading talent and organizations in education and edtech. Are you looking for any new full-time or part-time opportunities? Is your company looking for fresh talent? Are you just interested in seeing what’s out there and checking out the edtech scene? Jobseekers can RSVP to join us on October 16th at District Hall for an evening of networking, light bites, and panels to explore Boston’s edtech scene, grab a bite, and chat with hiring companies + jobseekers. We’ve added some new programming (including an invite only pre-fair and jobseeker-led coffee chats!). Even if you can’t make it, fill out a quick jobseeker profile (at https://jobs.edsurge.com) and we’ll get your info in front of hiring companies! And, if you are searching for the hottest talent for your company or school and would like to reserve a table at the fair, please contact Helen Resor ([masked]). -- We, the Boston EdTech Meetup team, be attending this event as well, hope to see you all there!
- EdTech Connect Night
The Boston Edtech Meetup is partnering with Venture Cafe to host the EdTech Connect Night 2018! We will examine the shifts happening in innovative education. There will be lots of activities so make sure you save the date for August 30. Agenda at a Glance: 3:00 – 5:00 PM Special Office Hours 4:00 – 5:00 PM Youth Night – Student Pitches 4:15 – 5:15 PM Future of Boston EdTech Cluster 5:00 – 6:00 PM Youth Night, Student Entrepreneurship Workshop 5:30 – 6:30 PM Teachers’ Perspective on EdTech 5:30 – 7:00 PM Book Signing – Sarah Boisvert, “The New Collar Workforce” 5:30 – 8:30 PM Youth Night, Student Demos 5:30 – 8:30 PM EdTech Demos 6:45 – 7:45 PM UX Within The Context of Education 6:45 – 8:00 PM Shark Tank For more information, please visit the official event page at vencaf.org/edtechconnect. Directions & Parking Venture Cafe, CIC 1 Broadway Street, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 Parking, https://bostonparking.spplus.com/Boston-Kendall-Square-Parking.html T red line, Kendall Square Stop We hope to see you there!
- Boston EdTech - Digital Learning: Opportunities and relevance
Boston EdTech Meetup group is organizing a talk on Digital Learning. Mr. Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer at McGraw-Hill Education, will be the speaker. This session will cover Digital Learning's opportunities, its relevance and the key role it plays in learning. Stephen will also broadly cover the following: - ideas around creating and designing compelling digital learning experiences - an expected measure of quality - keys to success and workarounds for typical challenges - future trends in digital learning Agenda: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Networking and Dinner 7:00 pm - 7:05 pm: Speaker introduction 7:05 pm - 8:00 pm: Talk on Digital Learning by Stephen Laster followed by Q&A 8:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Closing announcements and wrap-up Speaker bio: Stephen Laster has been the Chief Digital Officer of McGraw-Hill Education since August 2012. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Stephen led Intelligent Solutions, LLC, a firm that engages with universities and businesses to leverage their digital technology and collaborative tools. At the same time, he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer of the Harvard Business School and as a member of the HBS administrative leadership team, overseeing the school’s academic, research and administrative computing teams. Prior to joining Harvard, Stephen held several leadership positions at Babson College, including Chief Technology Officer for Babson’s for-profit eLearning company and Director of Curriculum Innovation and Technology. Earlier, he held leadership positions at a number of companies where he was responsible for information technology, technology product development, and major re-engineering and implementation efforts. Stephen serves on the board of IMS Global, served on the board of the Sloan Consortium for Online Learning and is a former trustee of Babson College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
- Boston EdTech - Student Data Privacy in the Internet era
Join us at this free EdTech event hosted by the Boston EdTech Meetup Group! This event is free to attend, but we do not have a dinner sponsor and recommend a donation of $5 for pizza, fruit and veggies! This month, the Boston EdTech Foundation is collaborating with the Cambridge Public Schools for a panel discussion on the importance of the student data privacy the Internet era. The panelist: Mr.Steve Smith, has 20+ years of CIO/CTO experience in rural, urban, large and small, school districts in New England. The last 10 years as CIO of Cambridge Public Schools. Recently Mr. Smith has spent a great deal of time navigating student privacy issues. He has represented Maine and Massachusetts on the National Forum on Education Statistics and has contributed to Forum's Education Data Privacy, Civil Rights Data Reporting, Longitudinal Data Systems, SCED Working Group, Virtual Education, Facilities Data Management, Technology Suite, and Metadata working groups. In addition, Mr Smith is a contributing member to the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment project and the Founder of the Student Data Privacy Consortium. Leah A. Plunkett is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a faculty & leadership team member at University of New Hampshire School of Law. As part of the interdisciplinary Youth and Media team at Berkman Klein, she researches and writes about young people's digital lives, with a focus on student privacy, digital citizenship and educational equity. At UNH Law, Prof. Plunkett works with students on skill-building for success and teaches a course on Access to Justice. She also works with Law School data to manage the School's accreditation. Previously, Prof. Plunkett was the founder of the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which provides civil legal services to at-risk kids & teens. She has also done economic justice work at the National Consumer Law Center and taught at Harvard Law School. She is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Christie Smith is the founder of Privolution, where she helps school districts develop and implement student privacy programs while embracing educational technology. Prior to Privolution, Christie was the Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President of Legal and Administration at Kyruus, a healthcare big data company that provides search, scheduling and data management to match patients to the right provider. She started her career as a litigator at Baker & Hostetler and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault. She graduated from Harvard College, received a Master's from McGill University, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a CIPP/US certification from the IAPP. Aish Agrawal is the Sr. Director of Data Services at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). Aish and his teams work with K-12 school districts across the country and provide services around data analytics and reporting at district and state levels. Aish holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Duke University. Prior to joining HMH, Aish worked at Scholastic Education in the product management area helping build EdTech platforms. Aish also founded and ran a tutoring start-up for 3 years prior to joining business school and has also held a variety of software engineering roles focused on improving user experience at companies like Fidelity Investment, Intralinks and others. Moderators Pooja Prasanna, www.linkedin.com/in/poojaprasanna/ Adriana Heredia, www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-heredia/ Agenda 6:00 - Networking 7:00 - Announcements & Introductions 7:05 - Panel Discussion - Student Data Privacy 7:30 - Audience Q&A 7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking 8:30 - AfterParty Directions & Parking Google, 355 Main St., Cambridge. Room name: 3CC-4-Ada Lovelace Parking, https://bostonparking.spplus.com/Boston-Kendall-Square-Parking.html T red line, Kendall Square Stop Partners Special thanks to Cambridge Public School for helping put this event together and Google for hosting the event.