Cultivating collaboration at Reimagine Education

Intersectoral international collaboration top of the agenda at the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education conference in San Francisco from 29th-30th November

Educational leaders from HarvardGoogleIBMCaltechMicrosoft, and the University of Cambridge will convene at the event alongside academic faculty and edtech founders from across the world.

The initiative, co-organized by QS Quacquarelli Symonds – compilers of the QS World University Rankings – and the Wharton Business School, will also offer attendees both a global overview of outstanding pedagogical innovation and a range of professional development opportunities designed to empower those aiming to offer more effective tech-driven learning experiences.

“Reimagine has become, since its inception, the epitome of a broad church,” said Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO of QS Quacquarelli Symonds. “In bringing together the university professor, the edtech founder, the investor, the major tech company, and the Chief Innovation Officer, we’re encouraging these different groups to come together, converse, share perspectives and best practices – above all, to collaborate. We’re not a trade show – we’re a forum whose goal is better learning experiences, stronger graduate employability, and better education technology.”

In support of these aims, the Steering Committee recently confirmed the participation of Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito, who will chair a panel examining pathways by which universities and employers can effectively collaborate. Salcito will speak alongside Kathy Pugh, representing pioneering MOOC provider edX; and Paul Carlile of Boston University.

Nor will Salcito be the only representative from a leading technology company. Heading up the second day is Google’s Jaime Casap, who will discuss the challenges observed and lessons derived from his work to advocate for the transformative power of new technology. Intersectoral collaboration is at the heart of Casap’s work, who is charged with offering a bridge between one of the world’s major technology companies and school systems across the United States.

Our programme is designed to create the conditions by which all of these outcomes can be brought to life, and new connections can be forged. Reimagine is not a moment – it’s the movement.
– Jack Moran, Reimagine Education

Beyond carefully crafting a range of expert-led keynotes and panels, the conference organizers are also keen that attendees leave the conference with the new perspectives, understanding, and networks conducive to reimagining education at their institution.

To this end, David Roselle will offer departmental and institutional leaders a workshop on how design futures thinking can allow faculty and leadership alike to strategize effectively. Clifford Tironi, co-founder of The Leadership Analytics Group, will offer all attendees the tools needed to incorporate data analytics into their pedagogical frameworks. Sarah Toms, Executive Director of Wharton Interactive, will run a panel outliningthe process by which attendees can make open source a reality in colleges and universities – and passionately advocating for the importance of doing so. The first day will feature 120 showcases from the strongest applications to the Reimagine Education Awards: those behind the finest edtech products and pedagogical solutions in the world.

“We want our delegates to leave Reimagine feeling inspired and engaged, yes,” said Jack Moran, Programme Manager for Reimagine Education. “But we also want all attendees to go away feeling that they’ve gained something more enduring: an introduction to a new edtech solution that could benefit their students. A new pedagogical research collaborator they’d never have met otherwise. Lessons from educational innovators across the world, that they can take back to their institution. Or, for the edtech founder, a new investor that can help their solution scale to new learners. Our programme is designed to create the conditions by which all of these outcomes can be brought to life, and new connections can be forged. Reimagine is not a moment – it’s the movement.”

The 2018 Reimagine Education Conference will take place at San Francisco’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on November 29th and 30th. To reserve your place, and to discover the full agenda, visit