ETIN of SIIA to Host Symposium on Learning Ecosystems July 25-27, 2016

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ETIN of SIIA to Host Symposium on Learning Ecosystems July 25-27, 2016
Conference to address challenges of aligning next gen content, assessments, analytics and management systems

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2016) – The Education Industry Symposium (EIS), hosted by the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), will be held July 25-27 at The Marriott Hotel City Center in Denver, Colorado. This conference will bring together 250-300 representatives from ed tech companies, publishers, start-ups, the financial community, professional associations, K-20 education institutions and the federal and state governments. It will also bring together member companies from ETIN and the former Education Industry Association (EIA).

The conference theme is “Building the Next Gen Learning Ecosystem.” The Ecosystem sessions will focus on the key components of content, data, analytics and management systems, addressing the challenges and solutions in three formats:

  •  Insight Panels, to explore the current landscape through the expertise and points of view from both industry and education
  • Trendsetters with Traction, selected companies to present products that solve a problem within the learning ecosystem schools are building
  • Critical Conversations, to address key questions and challenges within facilitated working groups and discuss best practices in product development and implementation

After the Symposium, ETIN will produce a report that summarizes challenges of bringing these components together and next steps to addressing those challenges. It will also include Critical Conversations summaries, case studies and success stories.

David Hoverman, Managing Director and leader in Parthenon-EY’s education and private equity practices will keynote EIS at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25. At Parthenon-EY, David focuses on M&A and growth strategy across the education landscape, spanning pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary schools. His presentation “Effective EdTech:  Agent of Change or Reflection of Practice?” will provide an overview of the current ed tech landscape and address specific challenges and opportunities for ed tech businesses.

The other key strand at the Symposium includes sessions focused on Hot Topics such as:

  • What ESSA Means for Your Company
  • Trends in Higher Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Trends in Tutoring Business
  • Competency-based Education
  • Product Merit over Marketing
  • Technical Standards for Interoperability
  • Leveraging OER for Business
  • State RoundUp on Policy and Funding
  • Leveraging Video in Learning and Teaching
  • Ed Tech Market the World
  • Implementation Case Studies
  • Building Privacy Safeguards

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in speed networking, One-to-One Business Connections, attend the CODiE Awards Dinner and Celebration Party, and meet the honorees of the 2016 Ed Tech Impact and Education Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Attendees of EIS can use the mobile conference app to set up meetings while at the conference, create a customized schedule and view the attendees list, among other features.

Conference Details

Who:     The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA

What:     Education Industry Symposium

When:    July 25-27, 2016

Where:   Marriott City Center, Denver, CO

To register for the conference:

Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information or to register for the conference, members of the media should contact Allison Bostrom at

SIIA thanks all 2016 Education Industry Symposium sponsors, and especially the Host sponsors: Promethean and SchoolMessenger. To learn more about this year’s sponsors, visit,

For a complete schedule of events, visit:

About the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 of SIIA’s 800 member companies worldwide that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. SIIA-ETIN shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, government relations, corporate education, intellectual property protection, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit