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enlightED 2022: experts on edtech and digital education gather in Madrid to address the future

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Written by Stefano De Marzo

enlightED, the global conference on education, technology, and innovation returns in a face-to-face format on November 16th and 17th at the Telefónica District’s Central Building. This fifth edition also has the support of the “la Caixa” Foundation, which joins Fundación Telefónica, IE University, and South Summit as organizers of the event.

This year’s panel of speakers includes some of the most brilliant minds at the international and national levels, such as the prestigious psychologist Susan David; Bisila Bokoko, founder of African Literacy Project; Ousman Umar, founder of Nasco Feeding Minds; Alok Kanojia, co-founder of Healthy Gamer, and Kenneth Cukier, an authority on emerging technology, among the most prominent.

Throughout the two days, a total of 20 presentations will take place distributed in 12 panels, 7 keynotes, and a workshop on the mathematical adventure from the perspective of equity and inclusion.

On Wednesday, November 16th at 10:30 am, the institutional opening will be held by Carmen Morenés, CEO of Fundación Telefónica; Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University; Liz Fleming, Director of Ecosystems at South Summit; and Xavier Bertolín, Corporate Director of Education and Marketing at “la Caixa” Foundation, who will give way to the different panels and workshops that will take place during the two days.

Brightest minds in education

Ikhlaq Sidhu, dean of IE School of Science & Technology and Kenneth Cukier, best-selling author and authority on emerging technology and digital disruption, will give the first presentation of the conference about the challenges on the future of EdTech. Also during the first day, other presentations will take place, such as the Keynote and Q&A ‘Feeding Minds through Digital Education’ by Ousman Umar, founder of NASCO Feeding Minds and CEO of NASCO Tech, and Magdalena Brier, CEO of ProFuturo; the Keynote and Q&A ‘Social Entrepreneurship for Inclusion’, with the participation of Bisila Bokoko, founder and CEO of BBES and Liz Flemming, director of Ecosystems at South Summit, will also be among the most outstanding.

In addition, during this first day, enlightED 2022, has designed its 24h Challenge, an immersive 24-hour non-stop experience at the headquarters of 42 Madrid, one of the most innovative campuses in the world. Attendees will be able to learn about its disruptive teaching methodology and all the possibilities it offers its students to train for free in one of the most demanded professions in the labor market.

The second day will start with the Keynote and Q&A ‘Technology and Mental Health’ with the participation of Alok Kanojia, renowned psychiatrist, president and founder of Healthy Gamer, and María Zabala, journalist, writer and communication consultant specializing in technology and digital society.

There will also be other presentations such as the panel ‘Digital skills for today and tomorrow’ conducted by Luis Miguel Olivas, director of the Employability and Educational Innovation Area of Fundación Telefónica; María Lillstrom, project manager of Astrazeneca; Joao Amaral, director of Development of Sonae; and Marco Dondei, an expert on the future of work and the panel ‘Evidence-based education: Keys to reducing educational inequity’ where Marta Ferrero, Vice-Dean for Research and Teaching Transfer at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at UAM; and Kim Bohling, head of Evaluation at the Education Endowment Foundation, among others, will speak.

The final presentation will be given by Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president of the European Commission, who will give way to the closing ceremony at 2.10 p.m. with the presence of Pilar Alegría, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, and José María Álvarez-Pallete, executive chairman of Telefónica.

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Stefano De Marzo

Stefano De Marzo is the editor of Novobrief.