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Transforming Education
Through emerging technologies

An immersive 5-day program for executives

Available Online and In Person

Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2024

What Is An Executive Immersion Program?

The digital disruption of telecommunications is already underway, with even more radical changes just around the corner. As 5G becomes more widespread, the technology will power the internet of things, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. But even before we get to that stage, meeting a growing need for mobile data and seamless customer experiences will remain priorities for established telecoms providers. Startups, meanwhile, continue to innovate, building the products and services that answer to other key market demands such as expanding internet connectivity to underserved geographies.Our immersion program will educate you in all of these trends, connect you with the companies pioneering groundbreaking solutions and inspire you to turn your own company into a leading innovator capable of long-term growth.  

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What Will I Learn?

Our immersion program will show you how, why and by whom the traditional model of education is being disrupted. It will also teach you how to capitalize on the trends and technologies driving this digital transformation so that you can achieve innovation within your own organization. We cover topics such as:


Digital platforms are among the biggest disruptors of the education sector. Many of these portals cut out legacy institutions, using the scale made possible by the web to offer thousands of courses to anyone with an internet connection for a fraction of the cost of traditional providers. This new model of education challenges established academic organizations to adapt through building their own digital alternatives to the classroom or partnering with nascent tech companies.

Artificial intelligence

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) to education is making it possible to provide every student with a responsive, personalized learning experience. A powerful tool for teachers and independent learners, AI-powered platforms adjust to each student, providing them with a tailored program to increase engagement and improve outcomes.

The Evolution of Video

Although not a disruptive technology in its own right, video is proving to be one of the key mediums in the transformation of education. It is the delivery channel for thousands of online courses and is also often combined in innovative new ways with other digital media to create interactive experiences. Online video learning is now a major industry, with several companies vying to lead the sector.

Analytics and Big Data

Measuring and analyzing the learning process from all sides has become a key focus of digital education efforts. Data-intensive software-as-a-serivce (SaaS) applications are transforming many aspects of the educational sector, including administration of schools, student performance and parent-teacher communication. These platforms often work alongside other technologies such as artificial intelligence and video to provide a fundamentally new classroom experience.

Program Agenda

This schedule is tentative and features past speakers and participating companies.
Subject to change without prior notice

Day 1

The Digital Disruption of Education

How is the education sector changing under the influence of digital technologies and where is this journey taking us? Why is the digital revolution happening now and what are the forces driving its expansion? These are the questions we answer on day 1 of our immersion program *The Future of Education* We explain how startups have capitalized on industry trends, new technologies and the ready availability of venture funding to create companies that replace or supplement traditional institutions and channels of learning. We visit companies such as: Coursera, an online learning platform with 30 million users; Altschool, a network of institutions designed by educators, technologists and entrepreneurs that offers personalized learning; and Booktrackone of the leaders in the AI-for-education subsector, having raised some $10 million in venture funding to date. The company’s technology automatically creates soundtracks to match any text or voice. Other possible participating companies: UdemyUdacityWikimedia FoundationMasterClassThe Minerva Project

Day 2

Exploring Market Niches

The journey continues on day two with an exploration of the limits of the disruption to the education sector as they exist today. How many areas are seeing radical change? What is the nature of this change and how fast is it moving? We answer these questions through visits to startups operating in a wide range of niches. Potential meetings include: Degreedan online learning platform for individuals and organizations; Edmodoa portal for communication and collaboration between educators and learners; and ClassDojo, a communication app for primary schools that helps parents, teachers and students share feedback, messages, photos and videos about what’s happening at school and at home. Other possible participating companies: Remind, QuisicBrightBytesEpic!Clever

Day 3

The Technologies behind ‘Edtech’

Day three of the immersion program is dedicated to the technologies fueling the disruption of the education sector. We hear from experts in artificial intelligencemobileinternet of thingsand big data analytics to learn what these technologies can currently do and what they will offer in the future. We visit companies such as Betterup, UniversityNow and Kidaptive to see how they use emerging technologies to create competitive advantages and provide innovative, market-disrupting products and services.    Other possible participating companies: PresenceLearning, AchievaBrightwheelQuizletTeachScape

Day 4

Corporate Innovation for Education

Having seen and heard how digital is disrupting the education sector on days 1 to 3, on day 4 of our immersion program we challenge attendees to turn words into action. Participatory workshops with leading Silicon Valley experts on design thinking, design sprintsventure capital and open innovation provide executives with the blueprints and frameworks they need to deliver innovation within their own organization. We analyze how traditional educational institutions are adapting to digital and survey the industry’s success in collaborating with the startup ecosystem. We visit companies such as Kno, now acquired by Intel, as well as Hotchalk and Rafter, two Silicon Valley companies that have been working with the education sector for more than a decade.  Other potential meetings include the big tech companies such as AmazonGoogleApple and Oracle to see what role they will play in digitization of education and learn how they maintain cultures of continuous innovation. Other possible participating companies: RaiseMePowerSchoolSimplilearnCurious.comDeclara

Day 5

The Future of Education

What’s next for the digital disruption of education? Day 5 brings the program to a close with its sights firmly set on the future. We learn about trends still in their infancy and meet the companies seeking to capitalize on those trends. Possible visits include: Lambda School, where a radically new model for education is helping uncover untapped sources of talent; Roboterra, where AI is being combined with robotics in products designed to stimulate student creativity whilst simultaneously building the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates; and Volley, an enterprise education company whose AI platform automatically generates and recommends learning and research for knowledge workers. Other possible participating companies: ThriveCashStriveTeachFXPathriseStick

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Why Should I Join?


Meet the Silicon Valley innovators passionate about using the latest technologies to create new value. Learn the frameworks and methodologies of the experts and embrace innovation with confidence.

Long-term value

Apply newly learned innovation skills to your own company to ensure its survival and prosperity in times of technological disruption.


Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.   

Technology insights

See the disruptive power of the latest technologies and learn how they are being applied to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.


Gain insight into the digital disruption of the education sector and see how startups are applying emerging technologies to redesign how we teach and learn.

New perspectives

Challenge your thinking on what it means to run an enterprise in the 21st century. Make innovation part of your personal mission and commit to the future of your business.

What Companies Will I Meet?

Coursera is an online education company that serves over 20 million learners from around the world.

AltSchool is a network of schools with an interdisciplinary team aimed at offering experimental learning.

Booktrack is an artificial intelligence soundtrack company.

Udemy is an online learning destination that helps students, companies, and governments gain the skills to compete in today’s economy.

Wikimedia Foundation encourages the development and distribution of free educational content with projects such as Wikipedia.

MasterClass offers online classes from the world's best.

The Minerva Project is designed to prepare students for leadership and innovation, combining liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

Degreed is an online service helping 3+ million people at over 150 organizations build the skills they need to invent the future.

Remind is a communication platform that helps every student succeed.

Quisic Corporation is engaged in the design and development of online learning programs.

BrightBytes is a SaaS-based data analytics platform that measures and links the use of technology to learning outcomes.

Clever builds the platform for modern learning software after extracting student data from school legacy data systems.

UniversityNow is engaged in developing learning technologies and building universities to back post-secondary education across the globe.

Brightwheel is the first all-in-one software platform for preschools and childcare providers.

Kidaptive is a media and technology company creating entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn.

Quizlet is a consumer learning platform that uses activities and games to help students practice and master what they're learning.

Rafter is redesigning and transforming course materials management in higher education with its innovative textbooks-in-tuition solution.

RaiseMe is reinventing financial aid.

PresenceLearning delivers live online speech and occupational therapy sessions for k-12 students and school districts across the U.S.

HotChalk helps great universities be great online.

Kno is an education software company that develops interactive ebooks packed with assessments and social sharing tools.

Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products.

Declara makes is easy to discover, collect, and share knowledge with a community of like-minded people.

Simplilearn helps professionals around the world acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy.

Epic! is a digital library for kids

Edmodo is a global education network that connects all learners with the people and resources they need to reach their full potential.

ClassDojo is the leading communication app for primary schools around the world.

BetterUp is a mobile-based leadership development platform used by Fortune 500 companies.

PowerSchool is the leading K12 education technology provider of solutions that improve the education experience for 100 million users

Bessemer Venture Partners manages more than $4 billion of venture capital invested in over 130 companies around the world.

Lambda School trains people to be software engineers for free in exchange for a share of future income.

RoboTerra Inc. is a robotics company aiming to inspire creativity & innovation via AI & Robotics education to everyone worldwide.

Strive invests in early stage (Seed to Series A) internet and mobile companies in Asia.

TeachFX is an application that provides automated feedback to teachers on the dialogue that's happening in their classroom.

Udacity provides and promotes digital education services.

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