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)