Melbourne EdTech Summit 2021

17 - 20 August 2021



Amplifying education innovation: Innovators fuelling education and visionaries accelerating education

Australia’s premier education technology summit

The Melbourne EdTech Summit 2021 is Australia’s premier education technology summit. It is a space for passionate educators, some of the greatest education technology companies, and education innovation thought leaders from across Australia and the globe.

The theme: Amplifying Education Innovation will be at the very core of the 2021 summit.

The keynote speakers, panel discussions and fireside chats will update you on the key trends in the world of EdTech, educate you on how to maximise today’s technology to enhance student outcomes, and inspire you to embrace the speed of change in education innovation.

Four days of bold ideas, fuelling industry intelligence, and connecting the wider education technology and innovation ecosystem.

Have a look at our speaker line-up below and get ready to amplify your knowledge.

The line-up was incredible. It was inspiring to hear from EdTech founders and educators who had a bold idea and nailed the execution.

Liv Pennie, Become


MES21 speakers are thought leaders in education innovation. They have started successful companies, led the digital transformation strategy at global universities, assisted schools in incorporating a hybrid model of education delivery, and invested early in now-established education technology solutions.

We’re selecting a line-up of more than 50 global thought leaders. Below are some of the headlining speakers confirmed so far. 

Geoff Masters


Australian Council for Educational Research

Liz Johnson

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education)

Deakin University

Josh Nester

Managing Director (Education)


Beverley Oliver

Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant


Sherman Young

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (Interim)

RMIT University




Where education innovation is amplified

Join MES21 to connect with educators, industry
and education innovation thought leaders. Listen
to their bold vision for education. Tap into their
knowledge. Be inspired by their passion for the
learning experience.

Where education and technology intersect

What we’ll explore

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Innovators fuelling education

17 & 18 August 2021

K-12 & EdTech Entrepreneurship focus

  • Classrooms enhanced with technology
  • Reimagining the school setting
  • Future of student assessment
Victorian Global Education and Innovation Expo EdTech Industry Business Matching
Victorian Global Education and Innovation Expo EdTech Industry Business Matching
Victorian Global Education and Innovation Expo EdTech Industry Business Matching
Visionaries accelerating education

19 & 20 August 2021

Higher Education & Workforce focus

  • Partnerships between institutions and industry
  • Student demands for innovation
  • Developing life-long skills through technology

It is a unique space, where else can you listen to senior education leaders discussing what they are looking for from EdTech solutions to help improve student outcomes?

Ben Hallet, Vygo

Where educators and industry connect

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Insights, ideas and strategies that empower learners

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MES21 Schedule

We are finalising the full schedule. 
Get excited — this will include hours of keynote presentations, fireside chats, company pitches, and more. 

MES21 Program Breakdown

The Melbourne EdTech Summit 2021: where educators and industry connect.

Speakers passionate about amplifying education innovation, now and into the future, will lead the discussions. From the school classroom to the workplace, the Summit will envision how technology can complement curriculums and support educators.

This is thought leadership of the highest calibre. Through conversation, we are fuelling our collective understanding of the possibilities for learners — together.

The Summit has two main components: a K12 and EdTech Entrepreneurship focus on 17 and 18 August, and a Higher Education, Workforce and VET focus on 19 and 20 August.


K-12 and EdTech Entrepreneurship

When: 17 and 18 August 2021
Theme: Innovators fuelling education

On the first two days of the Summit, we will invite innovators fuelling education to reimagine the school classroom. 

You can look forward to connecting with startups who have developed K-12 solutions, viewing a startup pitch competition, and listening to sector leaders discuss the most exciting solutions and digital transformation strategies today. In these discussions, the speakers will focus on innovations in K-12 education and opportunities for EdTech entrepreneurs

What will the future of student assessment look like? How can we use technology to enhance student outcomes? What could be the role of gamification in learning?

Our topics are relevant and optimistic about the future of the education technology sector. We’ll think big about what learning could look like for primary and secondary school students.


Higher Education, Workforce and Skills

When: 19 and 20 August 2021
Theme: Visionaries accelerating education

From the mechanics of a hybrid education model to technology’s role in lifelong learning, the speakers will make sense of what’s possible. This part of the Summit program will be led by visionaries accelerating education in Higher Education, Workforce and Skills. 

In our digital world, tertiary and vocational learners expect sophisticated technology from the delivery of their courses through to completing exams. No longer is it when, but which product and how do we optimise our technology stack? 

And employees? They want to expand their skill sets, viewing their careers as dynamic and agile. Learning doesn’t end at graduation.

Hear from speakers that understand the nuances of integrating education technology in these education segments — and what it takes to truly enhance learner outcomes.

Exhibiting EdTech Companies

On Days 1 and 2, dozens of companies will exhibit their innovative solutions. You can connect with them directly — right at their own virtual exhibitor booths!

This is part of Melbourne EdTech Summit’s program at EduTECH 2021. Here, you can look forward to connecting with startups who have developed K-12 solutions and watching a start-up pitch competition.

MES is where educators and education technology creators collide with a mutual focus; learner benefit. We need each other to help improve student outcomes in Australia and globally.

Grainne Oates, Quitch

Who should attend?

This is a tailored event experience: each part of the program has a particular audience in mind. We want you to acquire new, relevant information and insights. Not general — the agenda topics are specific and focused. 

Below are the key industry professionals that will benefit most from Days 1-2 and Days 3-4.

17 & 18 August 2021

Innovators fuelling education

K-12 and EdTech Entrepreneurship

  • K-12 Educators
  • EdTech Entrepreneurs
  • Policy Makers
  • Investors
19 & 20 August 2021
Visionaries accelerating education

Higher Education, Workforce and Skills

  • Higher Education Educators
  • VET Educators
  • Workforce
  • Policy Makers
  • EdTech Industry

Get your free ticket

Register below to attend the 2021 Melbourne EdTech Summit as a delegate. We will notify you of final program details including speakers, exhibiting companies, the agenda and all other important updates.

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