The Winter Festival 


Dec. 19

The show begins at 8:30 on Tuesday morning with Flocabulary's educational hip hop and Broadway performers, Telly Leung (Aladdin) as well as a surprise guest.


8:00 AM

Registration Opens

The show begins shortly after doors open, so come early, grab your badges, and snag those seats. You're not going to want to miss the performances and speakers we've lined up for you.

To you high-achievers and early-birds (we know you), you can skip this registration process by swinging by a day early to take advantage of Pre-Registration.


8:30 AM

The Show Begins

(SEATS LIMITED. First-Come-First-Serve)


Telly Leung is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He is known for his many musical theatre roles on Broadway, including Aladdin (current) and RENT, as well as for his role on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee.


Flocabulary is a wildly talented education-themed hip hop group that has been featured on MTV, The Today Show, ABC, and CNN.  




(SEATS LIMITED. First-Come-First-Serve)


Jeanne Allen

Founder & CEO
The Center for Education Reform

Michael Block

BASIS Curriculum Schools

Olga Block

BASIS Curriculum Schools

David Coleman

President & CEO
The College Board

Eric Gertler

Co-Chairman and CEO
US News and Ulysses Ventures

Alicia K. Glen

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development
City of New York

Jonathan Harber


Ted Magder

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
NYU Steinhardt

Elliott Masie

The Learning Consortium

Eva Moskowitz

CEO & Founder
Success Academy Charter Schools

Shaun C. Nelms EdD.

East High EPO; Center for Urban Education Success

Jeffrey Rosen

President & CEO
National Constitution Center
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DEC. 19

1:30 - 5:00 PM

Industry leaders come together for collaborative discussions on a wide range of topics, ranging from education via games to understanding the role of AI in learning.

3:30 - 5:00 PM

  • Importing & Exporting Education; Why And Why Not?
  • AI, Big Data, & Personalized Learning Or Just Plain-Old Common Sense? How Can We Improve Data-Based Decision Making From The Classroom To The Boardroom?
  • Will Adult Students Save Higher Ed?
  • Is the Lack of Efficacy, Evidence the “Fake News” of Ed Tech?

1:30 - 3:00 PM

  • Games, Learning, Kids — Panacea or Pandora’s Box?
  • What’s Working (And Not) In Higher Ed?
  • K12 Schools And Ed Tech: What We Have Here Is A “Failure To Communicate.”
  • Corporate Learning:  Same As It Ever Was?



1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Games, Learning, Kids — Panacea or Pandora’s Box?

We’ve heard the hopes and fears around kids, screen time, mobile devices, and learning. We’ve collected a unique and highly qualified set of experts to ponder:

  • Is technology improving children's lives, or — as some fear — turning them into zombies?
  • Is there any real evidence one way or another?
  • Is it possible to have a viable business making high-quality digital materials?



  • Warren Buckleitner (Moderator)
    Children's Technology Revew
  • Robin Raskin
    Living In Digital Times
  • Carolyn Strom
    Early Childhood Literacy Faculty
    NYU Steinhardt
  • Ben Sawyer
    Serious Games Initiative
  • Breeyn Mack
    Senior Director of Educational Content
    Teaching Strategies

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

What’s Working (And Not) In Higher Ed?

Question: Which is closer to the truth?

(A) American higher education is in a freefall, with most colleges and universities poised to be disrupted into oblivion by boot camps and made irrelevant by roboticization.

(B) American higher education remains the envy of the world, home to many of the best universities attracting the finest scholars and students on the planet. 
Answer: Both are caricatures, and the reality is that higher education is not nearly as broken as many critics suggest nor as viable as many college leaders pretend.

In this engaging and challenging think tank, we will move past the simple narratives and provide a sophisticated look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the U.S. postsecondary ecosystem.


  • Doug Lederman (Moderator)
    Editor & Co-Founder
    Inside Higher Ed
  • Ann Kirschner
    The City University of New York
  • Bob Johnson
    President & CEO
    The American College of Financial Services
  • Michael Hansen
    Cengage Learning
  • Ted Mitchell
    American Council on Education
  • Danial Jameel
    Founder & CEO
    OOHLALA Mobile

Sponsored By:


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

K12 Schools And Ed Tech: What We Have Here Is A “Failure To Communicate.”

Why haven’t ed tech products had a transformative impact similar to industries like medicine, entertainment, and consumer tech?

Providers and officials weigh in on how to position ed tech to also have the sweeping, large-scale impact on Americans’ lives other industries have had, the communication breakdown between technology providers and education officials that might be preventing this.


Confirmed SPEAKERS

  • Sean Cavanagh (Moderator)
    Senior Editor
    Education Week
  • Darryl Ford
    Head of School
    Willam Penn Charter School
  • Phyllis Lockett
    Leap Innovations
  • Vikas Gupta
    Wonder Workshop
  • Stuart Udell
  • Adam Fried
    Harrington Park School District

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Corporate Learning:  Same As It Ever Was?

Learning at and for work involves more money and more learners than the former system, the environment is much less regulated than either K12 or higher ed, and the workplace adopted ed tech almost a generation before the formal system.

That said, there has been less deal-flow in the corporate space than one would expect though it seems to be warming up. What are the issues, opportunities, and obstacles in this space?



  • Lorri Freifeld (Moderator)
    Training Magazine
  • Dan Silverburg
    VP & GM, Learning & Workforce
    Burningglass Technologies
  • Todd Tauber
    VP Product Marketing
  • Mark Cousino
    Director of Technical & Professional Learning Solutions
  • Victoria Marsick
    Professor of Education
    Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Paul Fama
    Corporate Learning Leader

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Importing & Exporting Education; Why And Why Not?

In a knowledge economy nothing is more of a comparative advantage than education and as a nearly perfect “good” Ed is the logical strategy for countries that want to grow. Finally, “tech” has gotten to the point where access to education ought to be ubiquitous. Yet while certain countries actually do “export” a lot of education the VAST majority of Ed tech is local. Why? Shouldn’t tech suggest scale and a flat world?



  • Bill Ridgers (Moderator)
    Business Education Editor
    The Economist
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • Charles Fadel
    Founder & Chairman
    Center for Curriculum Redesign
  • Guiseppe Aurichio
    Executive Director, Learning Innovation
    IESE Business School
  • Luyen Chou
    Chief Product Strategy Officer
  • Patrick Brothers
    Navitas Ventures

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

AI, Big Data, & Personalized Learning Or Just Plain-Old Common Sense? How Can We Improve Data-Based Decision Making From The Classroom To The Boardroom?

For the last twenty years, schools and districts have been challenged with using data in the best possible ways. Whether it’s assessments at the classroom level or operational decisions at the systems level, knowing what kinds of data to use for what purpose is never easy. Do we have too much data or not enough? Perhaps we don’t have the right kinds of data, or we just don’t know how to use it well. Josh Starr, CEO of PDK International, will lead a panel discussion of experts in a conversation exploring these issues.



  • Joshua P. Starr (Moderator)
    PDK International Family of Associations
  • Satya V. Nitta
    Global Head of AI Solutions for Learning
  • Chris Rush
    Co-Founder & Chief Program Officer
    New Classrooms
  • Jon Supovitz
    Consortium for Policy Research in Education
  • Phil Dunn
    Greenwich Public Schools
  • Maia Sharpley
    Founder & CEO
    Odonata Ventures

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Will Adult Students Save Higher Ed?

Colleges are under increasing pressures in terms of revenue and tuition is the "go to" strategy; shifting demographics suggest that "non-traditional" students will continue to make up the large majority of college students. This is nothing new, but how much has higher ed “shifted” to meet this market and do they need to? Are they really different? Let’s explore how much have things changed in terms of business models, policy, pedagogy, and student services to meet these students needs. What are the opportunities? What are the obstacles. Join an eclectic group of folks grappling with these issues as we workshop these issues.



  • Goldie Blumenstyk (Moderator)
    Senior Writer
    The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Becky Takeda-Tinker
    Colorado State University - Global Campus
  • Iris Palmer
    Senior Policy Analyst
    New America | Education Policy Program
  • Gail Mellow
    LaGuardia Community College
  • Ulrik Juul Christensen
    Executive Chairman
    Area9 Group
  • Jonathan Finkelstein
    Founder & CEO
  • Sharon Szymanski
    Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean
    The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, NYC – SUNY/Empire State College

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Is the Lack of Efficacy, Evidence the “Fake News” of Ed Tech?

Policy makers, schools, and solution providers spout statistics on efficacy and improved learning outcomes. Investors and EdTech entrepreneurs boast disruptive business models that can revolutionize learning. Are any of these numbers or models real? Or are they "Fake Ed" ? This engaging discussion will explore the claims, language and data that are used to describe success and failure in education. Who and what can we trust? Does the market care about research? Do investors scrutinize the relevance of internet metrics in the education marketplace? With billions of dollars pouring in to create new schools and Edtech products - where do we turn to separate hype from help? Come join the Fake Ed think tank and workshop this problem!



  • Elizabeth Rich (Moderator)
    Commentary Editor
    Education Week
  • Bart Epstein
    Founding CEO
    Jefferson Education Accelerator
  • Frederick (Rick) Hess
    Director of Education Policy Studies
    American Enterprise Institute
  • John Katzman
    Noodle Education
  • Lauren Henderson
  • Ruth Neild
    Director of PERC
    Research for Action
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DEC. 19 - 20

Get out of the building and attend intimate Open Labs at innovative education organizations and landmarks around New York City.


  • December 19, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, NYU Kimmel 905
    Enabling Student Success
    A panel made of representives from Student Opportuntity Center, Student Connections, and DXtera Institute discussing the issues hampering student success in higher ed institutions and the solutions these organizations are developing to encourage success. Register here
  • December 19, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, NYU Kimmel 907
    The Future of Work
    What does doing your life's work mean in the future? What does the work look like in the future? How will businesses change as they attract and retain talent? A panel discussion on the present and future. Register here.
    • Moderated by Marcela Escobari, Visiting Fellow Brookings Institute
    • Ronit Avni, CEO and Founder Localized
    • Sam Lee, Global Head of Sales and Operations WeWork
    • Katheryn Minshew, CEO and Co-founder The Muse
    • Ajay Rajani, CEO and Co-founder Core Labs


  • December 20, 10 AM - 12 PM, NYU Kimmel 914

OPEN LAB: Blockchain as a Tool for Education

Come join Impact Chain Lab on December 20th to explore how this technology could facilitate a more effective and equitable education system. Register here.


  • December 20,  1:30 - 3:00 PM, NYU Kimmel 802

Pearson Pitch Competition at NY EDTECH WEEK
Do you have a venture that provides underserved learners with better access to quality education products and services? Pitch your venture to judges in front of a live audience on December 20, 2017.

Finalists pitching on Wednesday:

  • Edquity
  • InferCabulary
  • Affordable College
  • Smart Professions
  • Mira Educação


  • December 20, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, New York Academy of Sciences

The Future of Research
How can we leverage scientific Big Data and technology to accelerate research and innovation? Register here. (advanced registration required)

  • Nicole Bishop, CEO Quartolio
  • Janis Eells, Director of Pharmacology/Toxicology Lab at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Rania El-Khawam, NICU Neonatologist
  • Raffi Holzer, CEO Avvir
  • Gemma Milne, Co-founder Science: Disrupt


  • December 20, 3:30-5:00 PM, NYU Kimmel 907
    Pioneering Next-Gen Learning
    Come discover how NYU and Harvard University are making their own VR learning experiences using affordable and creative technologies. A hands on interactive session with the faculty and the founders of Wonda VR (StartEd '17) Register here
    • Arnaud Dressen, CEO of Wonda VR
    • Nicole Mills, Harvard University

    • Nicholas Lanzieri, NYU Silver School

    • Mike Cuales, NC State University


  • December 20, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Grand Central Tech
    OER: Low Cost Alternative or New Model for Learning?
    Open Educational Resources (OER)—free materials that can be remixed, revised, and shared with anyone—are now emerging as a compelling low-cost alternative to commercial textbooks. This panel will discuss whether that cost-lowering is their primary value and purpose or whether it is an entry point for a radically new way of thinking about pedagogy and teaching materials. Are OER, in other words, more like generic versions of drugs or like the open source software that changed the world? Limited seating;  RSVP required to attend Register here. (advanced registration required)

    Presented by:
    • Doug Lederman (Moderator)
      Editor in Chief, Inside Higher Ed
    • Sharon Leu
      Senior Policy Advisor, US DOE
      Office of Education Technology
    • David Harris
      Editor in Chief, OpenStax
    • Cheryl Costantini
      VP Content Strategy, Cengage
    • Brian Jacobs
      Founder & CEO, PanOpen
    • Mark McBride
      Senior Library Strategist, SUNY


  • December 20, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, NYU Kimmel 914
    Open Lab: My First Computer: Creativity & Computing in K-5 education
    If computer code is the Lego block of our time – a tool of creation – how do we teach curiosity, joy, and wonder to our kids? And what does Jean Piaget or Montessori have to do with coding? Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of how to bring creative, unplugged technology education to your classroom by the Finnish Hello Ruby methodology that’s in partnership with CS4All's Blueprint. 

    Presented by HundrED, a Finnish non-profit that seeks and shares some of the world’s most inspiring K12 innovations will show elementary school teachers how to easily implement innovations including Hello Ruby into their classroom through its digital platform that also offers 24/7 support, for free. Register here.

  • December 20, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, NYU Kimmel 802
    Ready, Set, Read. Frameworks for Reading Practice.
    Expert panelists explore the ways educators, families and communities employ frameworks to support the art of reading. Presented by: MOXIEREADER. Register here.

    With Panelists:
  • Becca Garrison (Facilitator)
    Director of School Partnerships,
  • Charlotte Danielson (virtual)
    The Danielson Group 
  • Esther Klein Friedman, Ph.D.
    Executive Director,  
    Dept. of Literacy and Academic Intervention Services,
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Monica Burns, Ed.D.
    EdTech & Curriculum Consultant,
  •  Founder of Class Tech Tips
  • Andrew Fletcher
    Director of Early Literacy, 
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Amber Peterson
    Director of Program Innovation
    LitWorld and World Read Aloud Day


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DEC. 19 - 20

Never stop learning.

2-hour seminars for up to 20 individuals presented by an in-demand expert or rockstar faculty member.


Jan L. Plass

Paulette Goddard Professor in Digital Media and Learning Sciences

Five Ways to Use Emotional Design to Enhance your App

December 20, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Most app developers understand the need for a carefully designed user experience. But approaches of how to achieve a successful UI/UX design differ, sometimes in fundamental ways. In this class, we will investigate one specific approach, Emotional Design. Coined in 2004 by design guru Donald Norman, Emotional Design focuses on the emotions experienced by users, and is concerned with ways to design products that elicit emotions that create a positive experience for the user. Based on research conducted in my CREATE lab at NYU, we will discuss the foundations of emotional design and explore five ways of using emotional design to enhance your app.

Bottom-up Analysis and Evidence-Centered Design

December 20, 1:00-3:00PM

This masterclass in EdTech Analytics focuses on the uses of data to make decisions and draw inferences. Which one leads the way, the data or the question? Exploratory dives into data logs can indeed be revealing (and fun, for some). However, the structure and selection of log data—often from accidental rather than deliberate design decisions—may lead to questions of convenience rather than consequence. As John Turkey said, “better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.”

On the flip side, clearly articulated objectives regarding the uses of data can help guide the design of technology on both the back- and front-end.The class will include a brief discussion of evidence-centered design, Bayesian networks, and statistical inference that will help frame a workshop in small groups. Participants should bring examples and case studies from their own projects to workshop in addition to the set that will be offered for consideration by the instructor. Those attending this masterclass should come away with a refined understanding of how designers, data scientists, and developers can work together to improve outcomes for EdTech users.

Yoav Bergner

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences/Educational Technology

Maaike Bouwmeester

Clinical Assistant Professor

Differentiating your Product through Learning Experience (LX) Design

December 20, 1:00-3:00 PM

Learning Experience Design (LX) is an emerging design discipline that embraces the values and goals of User Experience Design (UX) in creating memorable and meaningful experiences, only with a dedicated focus on the design of learning experiences. LX encompasses the design thinking and human-centered design approaches typically associated with UX design while simultaneously integrating what we know about how people learn (as best we know it!).

In this workshop, participants will learn valuable design practices that lead to effective and enjoyable learning experiences - whether the focus is on the core function of a product or the peripheral learning that needs to occur to be able to use interfaces and interactivity in purposeful ways. Just as a great user experience can differentiate a product in the marketplace, Learning Experience Design can help a product stand out by enhancing learnability, and in creating theoretically grounded designs that draw from a range of well-established disciplines.

Is it ever OK to throw a chalk eraser at a sleeping student?
The importance of assessing teachers' social intelligence.

December 19, 1:30 AM-3:30 PM

The question of how best to select and educate future teachers is of utmost importance. Remarkably, both traditional teacher education programs and newer alternative teacher preparation programs tend to ignore the important role of teachers’ social intelligence in both selection and training. My research program has demonstrated empirically that teachers differ greatly in their social intelligence and that these differences can not only be quantified, but that they also predict success in teaching.

Furthermore, such skills can and should be taught in the context of teacher education programs. Therefore, in this Masterclass, I will provide participants with theoretical background concerning the importance of teachers’ social intelligence in the classroom, describe ways in which I have assessed and quantified these skills, and discuss how these skills translate cross-culturally. Finally, I will reflect on the important and emerging role that technologies, such as virtual reality, can play in significantly advancing our understanding of this vital area.


Steven Stemler

Associate Professor of Psychology
Wesleyan University

Mary Elizabeth Wilson

Chief Learning Officer

Exploring Global Education

December 19, 3:00-5:00 PM 

Global Education itself is not a new concept, however, recent world events necessitate the importance of preparing educators, teachers and school leaders, to create learning environments where students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to live and thrive as global citizens. At The Education Partners and GEMS America, our work is grounded in the dualism of Global Education.

Firstly, we see Global Education as a mechanism that actions our deeply held commitment that all children across the world must have equitable access to high quality education-- that education is equitably accessed globally. Across the globe, education is broadly accepted as the means to empower children and adults to fully participate in government, civics, community and the economy, while escaping poverty, compromised health, and other societal woes. Education is critically important for the success of nations which explains why governments (federal, state and local) take on the programmatic and fiscal responsibilities for educating their children and youth.

Secondly, and perhaps more commonly, Global Education is broadly defined as curriculum that engages students in understanding the many ways in which our lives are interconnected with other people throughout the world. This definition of Global Education tends to emphasize cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors that influence our lives and others. This humanistic focus to education is grounded in human rights, social justice, inclusion, and collective responsibility, while providing a way for children and youth to further their global competency - to act on their understanding of how their lives are interconnected with others across the globe.

For the purposes of our work, we use the term Global Education to mean the former and Global Citizenship Education to mean the later. Taken together, both Global Education and Global Citizenship Education provide a powerful catalyst to change the world. To do this, educators themselves must become globally competent in order to best develop these capacities in their students.

There's Nothing Virtual About Online Teaching 

December 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Faculty guide their students towards evolving competence in a particular content area by creating relationships through which they impart knowledge, build skills and instill faith and confidence until students develop the ability to do this for themselves. Pedagogy is the process and practice by which we intentionally catalyze learning.

For online educators, pedagogy requires all of this and an understanding of the ways in which the various technological tools that instructors have at their disposal engage students in an active and dynamic learning enterprise regardless of any constraints imposed upon them by the platform.

This master class will simulate a faculty development workshop in parallel process. While the audience at NYU is engaged in a professional development workshop, faculty who teach online will be joining via adobe connect to participate in a faculty activity workshop of their own. The facilitator will be stopping and starting the faculty activity workshop online to engage in Q&A with the NYU-based audience and to ask them questions for reflection as they watch what is occurring in the adobe room. The facilitator will demonstrate activities that although are rooted in the available technology serve essential pedagogic purposes. 

Register here.

Dana Grossman Leeman

Associate Professor of Practice, Program Director
Simmons College

Start-up pitches and growth stage presentations in front of industry experts.


8:10AM - 8:15AM

Welcome to NY EDTECH WEEK with Jeff McLean
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)


8:15AM - 9:00AM

Avoiding Angel Investing Pitfalls in EdTech
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

What to look for and avoid when investing in early stage startups and what is unique about investing in ed tech.

Presented by:

  • Angela Lee, Founder of 37 Angels

9:00AM - 9:20AM

Welcome Keynote & Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Pitches
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear from the three WINNING high school students, graduates of NFTE's summer entrepreneurship program, as they pitch their startups like the pros.


9:20AM - 9:55AM

Pitch Frenzy: Global EdTech Startups
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear pitches from innovative edtech startups from around the world.


10:00AM - 10:40AM

Seed, Accelerator and VC Deal Flow in EdTech
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear from veterans and leaders in the industry about market trends, opportunities, and risks.

Presented by:

  • Michelle Dervan (Moderator)
    ReThink Education
  • George Straschnov
    Bisk Ventures
  • Patrick Brothers
    Navitas Ventures
  • Jean Hammond
  • Deborah Quazzo
    GSV Acceleration

Shark Cages #1
Shark Cage (RM. 405)

See how leading investors make investment decisions live at NY EDTECH WEEK. Follow the startups that just pitched as they are individually questioned off stage in the Shark Cages.


  • Sean Ahlum
  • Nasir Qadree
  • Brian Cohen
    New York Venture Partners
  • Marissa Lowman
    Village Capital

Shark Cages #2
Shark Cage (RM. 406)

See how leading investors make investment decisions live at NY EDTECH WEEK. Follow the startups that just pitched as they are individually questioned off stage in the Shark Cages.


  • Jason Palmer
    New Markets Venture Partners
  • Gus Schmedlen
    HP, Inc
  • Rick Segal
    ReThink Education
  • Cameron Hedrick
  • Anne Huntington
    Huntington Learning Center

10:45AM - 11:20AM

Pitch Frenzy: NYU Steinhardt EdTech Accelerator Powered by StartEd
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear pitches from the graduates of the 2017 NYU EdTech Accelerator powered by StartEd cohort


11:25AM - 12:05PM

M&A and Strategic Deal Flow in EdTech
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear from veterans and leaders in the industry about market trends, opportunities, and risks

Presented by:

  • Michael Bijaoui (Moderator)
    East Wind Advisors
  • Meredith Finn
    Salesforce Ventures
  • Seong Kim
  • Jon Moser
  • Joy Chen
    TAL Education Group

Shark Cages #3
Shark Cage (RM. 405)

See how leading investors make investment decisions live at NY EDTECH WEEK. Follow the startups that just pitched as they are individually questioned off stage in the Shark Cages.


  • Seth Reynolds
  • Aanand Radia
    University Ventures
  • Erica Duignan Minnihan
    1000 Angels
  • Matthew Hanson
    Runway Growth Credit
  • Greg Gunn
    Lingo Ventures

Shark Cages #4
Shark Cage (RM. 406)

See how leading investors make investment decisions live at NY EDTECH WEEK. Follow the startups that just pitched as they are individually questioned off stage in the Shark Cages.


  • Jean Hammond
  • Charlie O'Donnell
    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
  • Amit Patel
    Owl Ventures
  • Jonathan Hakakian
    Soundboard Angels
  • Michael Letta
    Human Ventures

12:05PM - 12:10PM

ReThink Impact Award (Eisner & Lubin)
The Rethink Education Impact Award recognizes a promising early stage company annually that is leveraging existing research to impact an urgent problem in education in a measurable and scalable way.

12:10PM - 12:15PM

Company Profile: LiveEdu (Eisner & Lubin)
World's First Blockchain Project Learning Platform for Future Technologies


12:10pm - 1:20PM

Lunch Intermission


12:20PM - 12:55PM

Lunch and Learn Pitches
RM. 405
Hear pitches from innovative edtech startups from around the world.

Lunch and Learn Pitches
RM. 406
Hear pitches from innovative edtech startups from around the world.


1:30PM - 1:35PM

Global EdTech Landscape
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

An overview of the global research project that has now mapped 15,000 EdTech companies representing over $50bn of investment. The Global EdTech Landscape Project has identified 26 clusters of innovation which have been organized into eight stages of the ‘learner lifecycle’. Based on the research, each stage has measured on scale, investment, traction and disruptive potential.

Presented by:

  • Maria Spies, Head of Digital Learning Futures at Navitas Ventures

1:35pm - 2:20PM

Private Equity Deal Flow in EdTech
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear from and leaders in the industry about market trends, opportunities, and risks

Presented by:

  • Susan Wolford (Moderator)
  • Richard Sarnoff
  • Bradley Twohig
    Insight Venture Partners
  • Fletcher Gregory
    Bridge Growth Partners

Company Profiles #1
Shark Cage (RM. 405)

For later stage and public market investors, hear the progress of leading companies as they approach the growth, private equity, and public markets. Presentations by three later stage companies with Q&A for 15 min each. 

Presenting companies:

Company Profiles #2
Shark Cage (RM. 406)

For later stage and public market investors, hear the progress of leading companies as they approach the growth, private equity, and public markets. Presentations by three later stage companies with Q&A for 15 min each. 

Presenting companies:


2:35pm - 3:20PM

Banking Deal Flow in EdTech
Main Stage (Eisner & Lubin)

Hear from leaders in the industry about market trends, opportunities, and risks

Presented by:

  • Yvan-Claude Pierre (Moderator)
  • Joshua Schwartz
    East Wind Advisors
  • Nathan Graf
  • Michael Moe
    GSV Asset Management

Company Profiles #3
Shark Cage (RM. 405)

For later stage and public market investors, hear the progress of leading companies as they approach the growth, private equity, and public markets.

Presenting companies:

Company Profiles #4
Shark Cage (RM. 406)

For later stage and public market investors, hear the progress of leading companies as they approach the growth, private equity, and public markets.

Presenting companies:


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Marquee Reception

Join Strada and Strada partners Dxtera, Student Connections, and Inside Track in celebrating the future of technology and education at the Marquee reception on Tuesday, December 19. All NY EDTECH WEEK attendees are invited to join the reception to be held in the Rosenthal hall of NYU’s Kimmel Center overlooking Washington Square Park.