Is Connectivity a 21st century Human right?

How is education changing around the world? How are mobile technology and innovative pedagogy impacting learning? What role are policy makers, corporations, business and technology leaders, non-profit social entrepreneurs playing in bridging the digital divide and empower through education?

The developing world is increasingly described as, « book-poor but mobile device-rich ». According to UNESCO, in poor countries, on average there is just one book to every 19 children. Even in the UK, one in 3 children do not have a single book in their home. What people do have, more and more, is access to a mobile device, even people in the most remote and poor areas. (There are more than 6 billion mobile subscriptions in the world today!) « No other technology has been in the hands of so many people, in so many countries, in such a short period of time. » World Bank

  • Lisa Griffin, Stanford Ph.D., Head of Program Development – Seeds of Empowerment (non-profit, spin-off of Stanford Graduate School of Education)
  • Noah Freedman, Princeton graduate, Head of Technology Development – Seeds of Empowerment
  • Erwan Le Quentrec, Bourgogne Univ Ph.D., Manager Research and Development, Education Innovation for Africa Region – Orange Labs
  • Jonghwi Park, McGill Ph.D., Programme Specialist, ICT in Education – UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
  • Martina Roth, Ph.D. Univ Jena (Germany), INSEAD, UC Berkeley, Senior Director Global Strategy, Research and Policy – Intel (tbc)
  • Steve Vosloo, Univ of Cape Town graduate, Stanford Digital Vision fellow, Head Mobile Innovation Lab – Pearson South Africa. Formerly with UNESCO Paris (UNESCO-Nokia Partnership)