TECH

Transforming Education Conference for Humanity

TECH brings together a community of teachers, students, researchers, developers and policy makers to explore connections between social & emotional learning and digital pedagogies, and discuss their implementation strategies to create learning spaces that build peace.
This is done through breakfast meetings, keynotes, deep-dive sessions, hands-on workshops and pool-side chats that allow cross-fertilization of ideas.

December 10-12, 2019

Visakhapatnam, India

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What to expect?

The third edition of TECH will witness educational pre-conference workshops, debates on digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies, and a variety of speaker formats including keynotes, catalytic sessions and breakout sessions.

Training Workshops

Several highly educational pre-conference training workshops will be delivered by experts prior to TECH 2019, providing teachers, students and educators with insights into transformative pedagogies & social and emotional learning, re-imagining learning spaces for planetary citizenship and the role of artificial intelligence in education.

Keynotes

Rub shoulders with stalwarts from the fields of digital learning, social and emotional learning, education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, artificial intelligence, games for learning and more this year at TECH 2019!

Catalytic Sessions

TECH 2019 will witness some of the most original thinkers and pedagogues from across the globe who will share their ideas at Vizag.!

TECH talk

You don't want to miss Anantha Duraiappah's (Director, UNESCO MGIEP) short but powerful TECH talk on the role of digital technologies in enabling a shift from “transmissive pedagogies” to “transformative pedagogies” to create more peaceful and sustainable societies.

Breakout Sessions

Presenter Sessions by the best submissions that made it to TECH 2019 on themes related to digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies.

Cultural Events and AMAs

There's never a dull moment at TECH conference! When you're not busy networking or attending expert sessions, experience authentic cultural performances, rock shows and more at TECH 2019.

Who should attend?

TECH 2019 is open for experts and practitioners in the field of education technology and education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship comprising of Ministers of Education, senior policy makers, education technology specialists, educators and teachers, curriculum designers, researchers, learners, students, game designers, ed-tech exhibitors and more.

Educators & Academics

Educators in the formal, informal and non-formal spaces from around the world working in early childhood through to post-graduate levels. Academics working and researching in the field of education and technology.

Innovators, Games Designers & experts in Gaming

Innovators, technocrats, experts and professionals working and interested in the field of game design, game development and games for learning.

Students

Students interested and experimenting in the field of EdTech for peace & sustainable development, artificial intelligence, games for learning, virtual reality, machine learning and more.

Policymakers

Ministers of Education, representatives from governments, diplomats and governing bodies from around the world.

Themes

Transformative Pedagogies for Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Present research evidence, share good practices and provide hands-on training to deliver SEL in traditional and digital spaces.

Reimagining Learning Spaces for Planetary Citizenship

Showcase innovative practices integrating diverse approaches such as ESD, GCED, SEL etc. for peace and sustainability.

Data, Learning & Education - Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Apply design thinking, data science and machine learning to create scalable AI solutions for 21st century learning.

Speakers

Transformative Pedagogies for SEL Reimagining Learning Spaces for Planetary Citizenship Data, Learning & Education - Role of AI

Richard Davidson

William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl

Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor, University of British Columbia

Susanna Pollack

President, Games for Change

Bhishmadev Chakrabarti

Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health, University of Reading

Mila Thomas Fuller

Assistant Director of Online Learning (College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Elliot Soloway

Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Michigan

Shelja Sen

Child & Adolescent Psychologist & Family Therapist, Children First

Olivier Houdé

Administrateur de l’Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)

Kristian Berg Harpviken

Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Maryse Lassonde

President, Conseil supérieur de l’Éducation, Government of Quebec

Eve Ekman

Director of Training, The Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley

Emiliana Rodriguez

Co-Founder and Education Director, AtentaMente, Mexico

Tyralynn Frazier

Lead Research Scientist, SEE Learning Program, Emory University

Jesse Stommel

Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Mary Washington

Elisa Navarro Chincilla

Lead Designer, Gargamel Estudio

Zigor Hernandorena

Senior Project Manager – Fun Learning Department, Ubisoft

Vipul Redey

Head of School Enablement, Khan Academy

Paul Darvasi

Educator and Researcher, York University, Canada

Michelle Hancic

Head of IO Psychology, APAC, Pymetrics

Matthew Farber

Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado

Olivier Crouzet

Head of Pedagogy, 42

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Kavita Rao

Professor of Special Education at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Nirmal Govindaraju

Research Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Shadi Abou-Zahra

Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, World Wide Web Consortium

Dan Shefet

Founder, Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy

Michael Witbrock

Professor, Broad AI, The University of Auckland

Cathie Norris

Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas

Harri Ketamo

Founder, HeadAI

Ehsan Hoque

Assistant professor of Computer Science and the Asaro-Biggar ('92) Family fellow, University of Rochester

Julien Mercier

Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal, Education and Specialized Training Department

Gregoire Borst

Professor of Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Education, LaPsyDE

Kavita Rao

Professor of Special Education at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Amit Goyal

Business Head - South East Asia, edX

Michael Preston

Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Vipul Redey

Head of School Enablement, Khan Academy

Shane O'Connor

CIT Facilitator, CCISE, Life University

Agenda

Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12
9:30AM

Q&A session with kids

10:00AM

TECH Talk

Anantha Duraiappah, Director (UNESCO MGIEP)

10:30AM

How can SEL protect the vulnerable adolescent being?

Kimberley Schonert Reichl, Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor (University of British Columbia)

RS Mann, Professor

11:00AM

Keynote: Well being is a skill

Richard Davidson, Professor (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

11.30AM

TECH Opening Ceremony

12:00PM

Keynote: Common sense in the age of AI

Michael Witbrock, Professor, Broad AI (The University of Auckland)

1.00PM

Lunch

2.00PM

Video + Plenary Game: What are the great challenges humanity faces today and how do they influence our decision making?

3.00PM

Challenges around exploring inclusivity in virtual environment

Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist (World Wide Web Consortium)

3.30PM

Break

4.00PM

Hate Speech & the obligations of teachers to educate students in consideration of the moral and regulatory framework

Dan Shefet, Founder (Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy)

4.30PM

Disruptor’s Panel: Agenda for Rethinking Education

Speaker details to be released soon

5.30PM

Ask Me Anything (AMA) session

6.30PM

End of Day 1

8:30AM

Elevator pitch (invite only)

9:30AM

Keynote

Eve Ekman, Director of Training (GGSC, UC Berkeley)

10.00AM

Networking break

10:30AM

Catalytic Session : The social and emotional brain and its role in learning

Bhishmadev Chakrabarti, Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health (University of Reading)

Kimberley Schonert Reichl, Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor (University of British Columbia)

Nandini Chatterjee, Programme Specialist - Science of Learning (UNESCO MGIEP)

Olivier Houde, Professor of Psychology (University of Paris)

Catalytic Session : Redesigning Learning Spaces

Kavita Rao, Professor (University of Hawai‘i, College of Education)

Olivier Crouzet, Head of Pedagogy (42)

Vipul Redey, Head of School Enablement (Khan Academy)

Catalytic Session : Individualized Learning at Scale

Cathie Norris, Regents Professor (University of North Texas)

Harri Ketamo, Founder (HeadAI)

Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist (World Wide Web Consortium)

11.30AM

Breakout sessions

One for each theme

12.30PM

Lunch

1:30PM

Keynote: Learning Spaces

Sasha Barab, Executive Director (Center for Games and Impact)

2:15PM

Catalytic Session : SEL for teachers – empowering teachers with SEL for self and the classroom

Elliot Soloway, Professor (University of Michigan)

Shelja Sen, Child & Adolescent Psychologist & Family Therapist (Children First)

Emiliana Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Education Director (AtentaMente, Mexico)

Tyralynn Frazier, Lead Research Scientist, SEE Learning Program (Emory University)

Catalytic Session : Fostering Learner Agency

Sasha Barab, Executive Director (Center for Games and Impact)

Monisha Bajaj, Professor (University of San Francisco)

Paul Darvasi, Educator

Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (University of Mary Washington)

Catalytic Session : Technology with Emotions - But we are talking about Bots right?

Michael Witbrock, Professor, Broad AI (The University of Auckland)

Ehsan Hoque, Assistant professor of Computer Science (University of Rochester)

Shane O'Connor, CIT Facilitator (CCISE, Life University)

3:15PM

Catalytic Session : SEL programs can address anxiety, stress and violence in the classroom – the case for adolescents

Kimberley Schonert Reichl, Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor (University of British Columbia)

Kristian Berg Harpviken, Research Professor (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway)

Maryse Lassonde, President (Superior Council of Education , Quebec Government)

RS Mann, Professor

Catalytic Session : Rethinking Assessment

Michelle Hancic, Head of IO Psychology, APAC (Pymetrics)

Matthew Farber, Assistant Professor (University of Northern Colorado)

Roy Saurabh, Chief Technology Officer (UNESCO MGIEP)

Catalytic Session : Is Technology socially, educationally & cultural agnostic?

Julien Mercier, Professor (University of Quebec at Montreal)

Gregoire Borst, Professor (LaPsyDE)

Kavita Rao, Professor (University of Hawai‘i, College of Education)

Monisha Bajaj, Professor (University of San Francisco)

4.15PM

Break

4.45PM

Breakout sessions

Workshops

5:45PM

Ask Me Anything (AMA) session

7.00PM

TECH Official Dinner and Cultural Show

9.00PM

End of Day 2

8:30AM

Investor pitch and networking breakfast (invite only)

9.30AM

Breakout sessions

Paper presentation

10.30AM

Breakout sessions

Workshops

12.00PM

Catalytic Session : SEL through Digital Games – harnessing the power of digital interaction and play to teach and assess SEL

Susanna Pollack, President (Games for Change)

Susan Rivers, Co-founder and Research Scientist (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)

Mila Thomas Fuller, Assistant Director of Online Learning (College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Devesh Kumar, Programme - Games for Learning (UNESCO MGIEP)

Catalytic Session : Innovative pedagogies for SDGs

Elisa Navarro Chinchilla, Lead Designer (Gargamel Estudio)

Nirmal Govindaraju, Research Assistant Professor (Oklahoma State University)

Zigor R Hernandorena, Senior Project Manager – Fun Learning Department (Ubisoft)

Catalytic Session : Big Entry Barriers - Battle of Perceptions (Data Privacy & Ownership)

Amit Goyal, Business Head - South East Asia (edX)

Dan Shefet, Founder (Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy)

Michael Preston, Executive Director (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)

1.00PM

Lunch

2.00PM

Breakout sessions

Paper presentation

3:15PM

Solutions for the community (teachers, parents and the school environment).

Eve Ekman, Director of Training (GGSC, UC Berkeley)

Shelja Sen, Child & Adolescent Psychologist & Family Therapist (Children First)

RS Mann, Professor

3:45PM

Scaling Learning leveraging Technology: Opportunities & Challenges

Amit Goyal, Business Head - South East Asia (edX)

Vipul Redey, Head of School Enablement (Khan Academy)

4:15PM

Universal Design for Learning

Kavita Rao, Professor (University of Hawai‘i, College of Education)

4.45PM

Closing ceremony

5.00PM

End of Day 3

Workshops

All Pre Conference Workshops will be held at GITAM University.

Teacher Capacity Building on Project Based Learning and Socio-Emotional Learning by MGIEP

7th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Compassion Integrity Training (CIT)

7th - 9th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Microsoft Workshop on Building 21st Century Skills by Juana Technologies

8th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Teacher Capacity Building on use of Digital Technology for Learning by MGIEP

8th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Adobe Digital Disha (ADD): Spark to Foster Digital Literacy & Creativity Skills

8th - 9th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Minecraft Workshop - Building Design Thinking and Pedagogical Innovation through Gamified Learning delivered by De pedagogics

9th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00 IST

Policy Hack Finale Workshop by DELL

9th Dec

Teacher Capacity Building Workshop on MGIEP’s Global Citizenship and Digital Intercultural Exchange Programmes

9th Dec, 10.00 - 17.00

Sponsors

Meet our partners and sponsors for the third edition of UNESCO MGIEP'S international ed-tech conference!

Microsoft: Education Technology Partner Dell: Digital Learning Partner Adobe: Digital Creativity Partner Samsung SchoolSkies: EdTech Partner Learning Curve Foundation: EdTech Partner Chimple Learning Foundation: EdTech Partner Life University Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics Andhra University LaPsyDE | CNRS Gitam

Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprises renowned experts in the field of social and emotional learning, data science & artificial intelligence, and education for peace, global citizenship and sustainable development. The IAB oversees the TECH 2019, providing guidance on the content and curation of the Conference.

Sri Aditya Nath Das

Special Chief Secretary to Government, Department of School and Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl

Applied Developmental Psychologist and Professor, University of British Columbia

Mila Thomas Fuller

Assistant Director of Online Learning (College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Prof. Krithi Ramamritham

Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engg, IIT Bombay

Harri Ketamo

Founder, HeadAI

Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe

Diplomat

Susanna Pollack

President, Games for Change

Venue

TECH 2019 will be held at the beautiful seafront facing Novotel Varun Beach Hotel in Visakhapatnam, offering you dazzling views of the Bay of Bengal.

Visakhapatnam is a coastal port city in India, often known as The Jewel of the East Coast, situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats by the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam offers the best of India’s vibrant culture, fascinating architecture, jewel-like beaches, gastronomic delights and more.