SIIA held its 10th Annual Ed Tech Industry Summit last week, themed “Navigating Next,” in San Francisco. Attended by more than 350 educational technology leaders, the Summit featured strategies, cases studies, and success stories about best business practices on topics including game-based learning, going global and mobile, market data and trends, OER and commercial publishers, leveraging social media, and more.
Conference activities, which launched Sunday, May 5, with speed networking, concluded Tuesday, May 7, with a closing reception and happy hour with attendees of the Ed Market 101, a new event co-located with the Summit, and whose attendees include education industry start-ups.
Included below are key highlights from the Summit:
- The Opening Keynote was moderated by Elizabeth (Betsy) Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer, EdSurge, with a panel composed of John Backus, managing partner at New Atlantic Ventures; Kevin Custer, founding partner at Arc Capital Development; Anita Givens, associate commissioner at Texas Education Agency; and Diana Rhoten, CSO at Amlify. See the full list of speakers and their bios.
- On Monday, May 8, SIIA announced the winners of the 2013 CODiE Awards in education technology during an awards reception and dinner. Overall, 28 winners were recognized for their products and services deployed specifically for the education technology market. View the full list of winners.
- On Tuesday, May 8, SIIA recognized four education technology solutions with five key awards for their originality, innovation, and industry promise during a special luncheon. During SIIA’s bi-annual Innovation Incubator Program, simCEO and See.Touch.Learn. were voted by 350 attendees as being the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed, respectively. Citelighter was voted runner-up for Most Innovative, and scrible was voted runner-up for Most Likely to Succeed. Citelighter also earned the Educator’s Choice Award based on votes from educators across the country. Learn more about all of the Innovators.
- On Tuesday, SIIA also honored two education technology industry veterans with its Lifetime Achievement and Ed Tech Impact Awards at the awards ceremony and luncheon. SIIA honored Dr. Dustin (Dusty) Hull Heuston, chairman of the Waterford Institute, with its prestigious Education Lifetime Achievement Award. SIIA also presented its Ed Tech Impact Award to Lillian Kellogg, vice president of client services for Education Networks of America (ENA). Learn more about the awards winners.
In addition, SIIA launched its inaugural Ed Market 101, a separate event held Tuesday, May 7, in conjunction with the Ed Tech Industry Summit. Attendees included education industry start-ups. The Pearson Foundation and Whitestone Communications were lead sponsors for the daylong event, which featured sessions that will help startups learn more about their customers: who they really are, how to reach them and what it takes to “sell” to them.
For complete Ed Tech Industry Summit, please visit http://www.siia.net/etis.
Upcoming annual SIIA Education events include:
- Ed Tech Business Forum 2013, December 10-11, McGraw-Hill Conference Center, New York City
- Ed Tech Industry Summit 2014, May 12-14, The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
Karen Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA. Follow the SIIA Education Team on Twitter at @SIIAEducation