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Co-located Conference September 25-26 Boston, MA

Preliminary Schedule

The co–located conference kicks off with LearnLaunch’s Investor Summit, an event that connects edtech investors, philanthropists and senior strategic partners seeking to discuss global investment trends, discover new investment opportunities and create new partnerships. Leading angel, venture, and impact investors will also meet individually with emerging startups and network with senior education and learning thought leaders.

Time Description
9:00 am – 2:30 pm LearnLaunch Investor Summit
8:00 am – 5:00 pm EDchannels Registration
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDchannels/LearnLaunch Keynote: EDtech Distribution in an Evolving Marketplace
  • K-12 classrooms are in the midst of an unprecedented transition from print to digital learning products. Education Market Association's 2017 study in conjunction with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education set out to define the landscape for the Edtech distribution. Learn from this distinguished panel as they discuss the research and share a clearer understanding of the marketplace while connecting publishers to new and existing channels.

Moderator & Speakers

Angela Nelson
President, Stages Learning Materials
Jack Lynch
President & CEO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Renee Foster
President, Curriculum Associates
Jason Palmer
General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDchannels & LearnLaunch Combined Networking Reception
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDchannels Speed-Dining Networking Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm LearnLaunch Public Investor Summit Publisher Demos Open to Public
Time Description
8:00 am – 5:00 pm EDchannels Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am EDchannels Keynote: EDtech Distribution Strategies That Work
  • Developers and publishers seek ways to bring their products to market and determine sales channels in a dynamic environment. As new digital product channels of distribution emerge, established channels continue to evolve. Discover product-to-market strategies generating the best return on investment from a panel of high-level thought-leaders: including startup tactics to achieve early-stage profitability without raising institutional capital, what market leaders seek in distribution partnerships, and what models have resulted in solid growth plans.

Moderator & Speakers

Jim McGarry
President/CEO, EDmarket
Gary Mainor
SVP Business Development, Pearson
Mike Fee
Co-founder, Spotlight Education
Elliott Levine
HP Distinguished Technologist & Director of Education, Hewlett Packard
10:30 am – 1:00 pm EDchannels Breakout Theater
  • The Breakout Theater features a full range of channel partners available to publishers and developers in search of distribution for their digital products. In this “reverse tradeshow” format, distribution partners serve as the home-base, and publishers and content developers can tour the room with representatives seated at tables. Attend five presentations from channel partners of choice who will answer questions and discuss strategies for success; enjoy lunch while networking with peers. (5 concurrent 20-minute presentations with 10-minute breaks)
  • Single Sign On Platforms

    SPEAKERS
    Berj Akian Founder and CEO, Classlink
    Sally Searby VP Strategic Partnerships, Renaissance Learning

  • Education Service Agencies

    SPEAKERS
    Mark Hagerty Kent ISD
    Dr. Kevin Singer Executive Director, Central Sesquahanna Intermediate Unit
  • Vendor Marketplaces
    SPEAKER
    Andyshea Saberioon CEO & Cofounder, PledgeCents
    Brent Lomas Director of Marketing, Noodle Markets

  • Consultants and Independent Sales Agents
    SPEAKERS
    Jim McChesney The McChesney Group
    Mitch Weisburgh Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors, LLC
  • Value Added Resellers and Distributors
    SPEAKERS
    Lisa Taylor Staples
    Brad Summersell Executive Vice President, Educators Resource
    Jennifer Solomon Director, Market Development, Vital Source

  • Buying Cooperatives
    SPEAKERS
    Thomas Richards Executive Director, Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum
    Keith Fowlkes, M.A., M.B.A. Vice President, E&I Technology Category, E&I Cooperative
  • Review Platforms / Research
    SPEAKERS
    Hal Friedlander Co–Founder & CEO Technology for Education Consortium
    Dr. Jenny Hooie CEO, Global Educators Institute
    Ellen Bialo Interactive Educational Systems Design
  • Social Media Outlets
    SPEAKERS
    Lisa Schmucki edWeb.net
    Jacob Hanson PR with Panache
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Box Lunch served in Breakout Theater
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm EDchannels Keynote: EDtech Procurement Challenges and Successes
  • In the current climate, providers must be prepared to compete aggressively for schools district contracts. Alignment of emerging information technology and education reform often focuses on the procurement, implementation, and utilization of education technology products, programs, and services. At this session, attendees will gain unique insight from school business officials from a variety of school types about how education technology vendors can best demonstrate their value to the market.

Moderator & Speakers

John Phillipo
Center for Educational Leadership and Technology
Mike Haggerty
Kent ISD
Joey Wise
Distinctive Schools
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Closing Plenary: Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft: How 4 Tech Titans Are Reshaping the Ed-Tech Landscape
  • EdWeek Market Brief recently produced a special report that examines how four of the largest technology companies in the world are influencing the use of ed tech in K-12 schools. As part of that special report, Market Brief conducted an exclusive survey of 1,000 teachers and school district leaders to take stock of their perceptions of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The survey results show how the four companies stack up against each other and in relation to four major education-focused companies: Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Scholastic. Join us for a presentation of the survey data and a discussion of how these four tech giants are reshaping K-12 educational technology.

Speaker

Sean Cavanagh
EdTech Market Brief
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDchannels Farewell Reception
  • Channel Partners set up at tables and Publishers/Developers stop by to reserve appointments for virtual meetings and to discuss business relationships.
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