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Education technology thought leadership platform EdTechXAsia 2016 Summit and Expo will be held for the first time in Singapore, at the Singapore EXPO @ MAX Atria from 8 to 9 November 2016. With technology at the heart of the event and education startups a key focus, EdTechXAsia will power conversations to transform education and the lifelong learning needs of Asia.

Themed “21st Century Education and Skills”, EdTechXAsia will comprise two programmes, namely EdTechXAsia Summit and EdTechXAsia Expo. Over 600 global EdTech experts, investors, educators and innovators will convene to explore current and forward-looking themes in the industry. This exchange of ideas will ignite the ecosystem and result in a roadmap centred on meeting the future demands for education.

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal and Partner at IBIS Capital said, “What is 21stCentury Education and what are 21st Century Skills? This is the US$10 trillion question that our 100+ education thought leaders, CEOs, investors and innovators will try to answer at EdtechXAsia!”

CEO of IBIS Capital and Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal, Charles McIntyre continued: “The future of education clearly lies with Asia, with more than US$2.3bn being invested into EdTech startups in Asia, ranking second only to North America. This was the catalyst that led to the launch of EdTechXAsia 2016 by IBIS Capital and SingEx Exhibitions, to be the pre-eminent event enabling dialogue among key stakeholders on the evolving role of education.”

General Manager of SingEx Exhibitions, Adrian Sng added, “Leveraging EdTechXGlobal’s knowledge in the education technology field, and combining the insights we have harnessed on education technology in Asia, we are well-positioned to launch EdTechXAsia. We have chosen Singapore as the inaugural launch location because of her long-standing reputation as a regional educational hub, and the vast education community here. And we aim to be the platform for the community in Asia to generate ideas and business collaboration opportunities through the conference and exhibition.”

EdTechXAsia Summit

EdTechXAsia Summit is the anchor programme and will see over 100 CEOs, innovators, investors and decision-makers sharing insights on three key tracks: “Now and Next of EdTech”, “International EdTechPerspectives” and “Global EdTech All Stars”. These tracks will highlight topics such as the impact of STEAM education, and experiential learning through virtual reality, global investment trends and the role of technology in emerging markets.

The summit features a panel of renowned speakers including: Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Institute of Management; Richard Culatta, Former Director of Educational Technology, US Department of Education; Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong; and T.T Nguyen Duc, Head of Southeast Asia, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund. The EdTechXAsia summit will also bring together 100+ CEOs and founders from local and global EdTech startups to discuss innovation and digital in the international education industry.

EdTechXAsia Expo

Meanwhile, the Expo is geared towards interactivity, ranging from panel discussions to live product demonstrations from exhibitors such as English learning application TapKids, provider of e-learning solutions Prep2Go and leading Japanese Learning Management System Codetakt, provider of digital resources for teaching STEM Twig. Inventive education startups will also be part of the Expo, with a dedicated “Innovation Alley” in the Expo which will allow tech startups to showcase their innovative products to educators, corporates and training organisations.

In conjunction with the event is the EdTechXAsia Global Startup Awards, putting the spotlight on the top performing 20 edtech companies in Asia. The award winners will be determined by a panel of judges, evaluating various factors such as revenue growth, scale, innovation and market impact; to be announced on the final day of the EdTechXAsia Summit.