Melbourne EdTech Summit 2021

17 - 20 August 2021

Virtual

Free

Day 1 & 2

Innovators fuelling education

Day 3 & 4

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.

Principal Partners

EduGrowth Melbourne EdTech Summit 2021 Partner - Global Victoria
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Summit Partners

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EduGrowth Melbourne EdTech Summit Partner - Curio
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MES21 SPEAKERS

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’ve curated an exceptional line-up of more than 50 global thought leaders.  

Headlining speakers include:

Geoff Masters AO

CEO

Australian Council for Educational Research

Liz Johnson

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education)

Deakin University

Martin Dougiamas

Founder & CEO

Moodle

Sherman Young

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (Interim)

RMIT University

Belinda Tynan

Provost

Australian Catholic University

Josh Nester

Managing Director (Education)

SEEK

Beverley Oliver

Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant

EduBrief

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

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MES21 Schedule

9.30am
Opening Remarks and Welcome to Country
9.45am

Keynote | Future of Student Assessment

Geoff Masters, CEO for Australian Council for Educational Research
David Linke, Managing Director of EduGrowth

What if the primary outcome of assessment was not a grade, but an estimate of the point an individual has reached in their learning? Assessment is a diagnostic tool, but too often it is treated as the end-point. This session will discuss how we need to rethink and redesign assessment to measure progression and inform teaching.

10.30am

Hear from our members

Hear from EdTech companies at the cutting edge of education innovation.

11.00am

The State of Education Innovation

Colette Rogers, Partner at Deloitte Australia
Maria Spies, Co-CEO of HolonIQ
David Linke, Managing Director of EduGrowth

In a borderless digital education world, the barriers to impacting learners around the world are reduced or even removed. Where does Australia sit on the global EdTech stage? Are we punching above our weight? What are the opportunities to impact an even greater number of learners here and the far-flung corners of the globe?

11.45am

Preparing for a world yet to be imagined: Inspiring careers of the future

Pauline Farrell, CEO of Skills 4 The Future
Jim Bright, Owner of Bright and Associates Career Management
Liv Pennie, CEO of BEcoME

The world is full of possibilities. But too often students are only exposed to a narrow path. We will explore how to connect learning with breadth of experiences and employment challenges that students will encounter. Through changes in curriculum, focus on new skills with technology and critical thinking we can help students expand their opportunities in life.

12.30am

Lunch-time guest performance

EduGrowth wants to celebrate the Australian entertainment industry with a virtual performance from a guest entertainer.

1.15pm

BREAK
3.00pm
Opening Remarks
3.05pm

Exporting Education: Delivering Australian education at a global scale

David Bowser, CEO of Curio
Tom Crombie, CEO of My Online Schooling
David Linke, Managing Director at EduGrowth

Technology affords the opportunity to look beyond the traditional school environment and think about how we can expand the Australian school campus to students around the world. Hear about how visionaries in K12 schools are using digital tools to educate cohorts of students across the globe.

3.40pm

Using data to support whole-school wellbeing

Richard Clark, Head of Secondary School of the Springfield Anglican College
Nicole Archard, Principal of Loreto College
Joe Thurbon, Co-Founder & CTO of Educator Impact

Supporting the wellbeing of a whole-child takes a whole school approach. The wellbeing of staff and students is interconnected. Hear from two innovative school leaders about how data helps them drive whole-school wellbeing improvements for their staff and students, both strategically and every day in the classroom.

4.20pm

New Tools – New Possibilities: Classrooms enhanced with technology

Zoe Milne, Co-Founder and Director of LoopLearn
Lauren Sayer, Executive Director Research and Innovation at Melbourne Girls Grammar
Joe Thurbon, Co-Founder & CTO of Educator Impact

High tech, leading edge, bleeding edge! Can these things coexist in a K12 classroom whilst navigating student privacy, data sovereignty and data protection? Let’s explore cutting edge technology to support the modern classroom achieve all that’s possible.

5.00pm

SESSION CLOSE
9.00am
Opening Remarks
9.15am

Listening to the Student Voice

Michelle Demirel, Deputy Principal-Instructional Leader & Accredited Lead Teacher at Leichhardt Public School
Kerry Weston, Principal of Guildford West Public School
Nikki Bonus, Founder & CEO of Life Skills Go

Learner agency is important to ensuring engagement. The first step to empowering students is to listen. How do we ensure the voice of the student is central to learning and what role does technology and design have in supporting this pedagogy.

9.45am

Connecting with industry to build skills of the future

Marteen Burger, Co-Founder & Director of Jaunt Motors + Bendigo Tech School Teacher and 2 Students
Graeme Wiggins, Director of Bendigo Tech School

Industry partnerships are creating innovative opportunities of student engagement. The cutting edge industry technologies of today are engaging learners for the future. In this session hear from the students at Bendigo Tech School working alongside Jaunt Motors to build an Electric Car.

10.30am

Live Pitch Heat

An exciting pitch competition among some of the most innovative EdTech startups today. 

11.00am

Safety and Security for Technology in Schools

David Rosengrave, Education Industry Solutions Lead, APAC at Amazon Web Services
Peter Carpenter, APAC Director of Wonde
Dan Ingvarson, Founder and CEO of Aprina

By creating standards for data integration and safety we can ensure all that the software and technology used in schools maintains privacy, data sovereignty and academic integrity is preserved. Making it easier for teachers and schools to select and implement technology to support the classroom.

11.45am

Keynote
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Hear from the founder of Moodle, an Australian EdTech success story

Martin Dougiamas, CEO of Moodle
Jack Goodman, Founder & Executive Chair of Studiosity

Moodle is the most popular open source LMS in the world and has 110+ million users globally. Hear from Martin Dougiamas, the founder who built Moodle into the renowned EdTech solution it is today. We’ll find out about the future of Moodle in this new phase of EdTech opportunity.

12.30pm

Lunch-time guest performance

EduGrowth wants to celebrate the Australian entertainment industry with a virtual performance from a guest entertainer.

1.15pm

BREAK
3.00pm
Opening Remarks
3.05pm

Tools for EdTech

Trevor Furness, CRO at Octopus BI
Leon Young, CEO + R&D Lead at Cogniss
Camil Torabully, Program Manager – Asia Pacific + Japan at AWS EdStart

All EdTech founders set out to solve a problem for educators and their students. But the technical challenges and time to building a solution often takes you away from the founding vision. Through collaboration with other vendors you will be able to focus on the core of your product while maintaining quality outcomes for your users. Meet two companies that can support your EdTech journey with tools to enhance analytics and the student experience.

3.40pm

Entrepreneurship Interview

Scott Tonges, Founder of TeachStarter
Ange Alcock, Founder of Flohh

Hear from an EdTech entrepreneur that has made a dream into a reality. This session will bring together entrepreneurs to discuss the high’s and lows of making a start-up successful.

4.20pm

Live Pitch Heat

An exciting pitch competition among some of the most innovative EdTech startups today. 

5.00pm

SESSION CLOSE
9.00am
Opening Remarks
9.15am

Global Victorian EdTech Innovation Program

Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant of EduBrief
Caroline Hartnett, Deputy Director of International Education at Global Victoria

Education innovation on a global scale. Connecting EdTech entrepreneurs, educators and researchers to provide a competitive advantage locally and internationally. EdTech Innovation Alliances to drive the quality of EdTech innovation from Victoria.

9.45am

Keynote | Students demanding innovation: EdTech enabling new business models

Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education at Deakin University
Deanna Raineri, Senior Advisor to the President, Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy at Northeastern University
Tim Dodd, Higher Education Editor at The Australian

Education must be responsive to student needs. This simple statement has inspired leaders in education and technology to reimagine models for the delivery of education. This session will examine the evolution of education from the degree to the promise of MOOC’s and what comes next.

10.30am

Hear from our members

Hear from EdTech companies at the cutting edge of education innovation.

11.00am

Real Demand, Real Time: Technology enabling student outcomes

Chris Fitzpatrick, General Manager at Studiosity
Sherman Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (interim) at RMIT University

Cherie Diaz, Managing Director Australia of Open Learning

Student retention is a function of the everyday experience for learners, encompassing the social aspects of education, support available and how content is delivered. In an increasingly on-demand world, how do we meet the expectations of students when and where they are?

11.45am

Panicogy to Pedagogy: The Complete Reinvention of an Education Sector

Jake Foster, Chief Commercial Officer at AECC Global
Brett Blacker, CEO of English Australia
Kadi Taylor, Head Strategic Engagement & Government Relations at Navitas

The ELICOS sector stopped completely in March 2020. So if no one is in your course, your classroom or your school, do you still exist? The English language sector is an integral component of the Australian education story. The sector has gone through 10 years transformation in 12 months. Let’s look at the many positives that have come from having to move online in at incredible speed. What are we keeping, what are we discarding?

12.30pm

Lunch-time guest performance

EduGrowth wants to celebrate the Australian entertainment industry with a virtual performance from a guest entertainer.

1.15pm

BREAK
3.00pm
Opening Remarks
3.05pm

Amplify Learner Impact: Partnerships between institutions and industry

Dino Willox, Director, Student Employability at University of Queensland
Ryan O’Hare, CEO, Australia & Asia Pacific at KeyPath
Vivian Fan, Director of Global Education, Australia

The modern student has an increasing demand to learn on their own terms. Universities can take advantage of this opportunity through partnership with industry. We will discuss the support infrastructure required for success and the market leadership opportunity for taking education online into new global markets.

3.40pm

Enterprise innovation through the start up

Josh Nestor, Managing Director (Education) at SEEK
Georgia McDonald, Chief Operating Officer of LaunchVIC
Tim Praill, Non-Executive Director of Global Study Partners

The innovation ecosystem needs many actors. Potential partners and stakeholders can be found across the entire spectrum including capital, enterprise customers, governments and the founders with bold visions. We’ll deep dive into the role that enterprise and government can play in building the education innovation of tomorrow.

4.20pm

Innovation in the institution

Chris Campbell, Senior Lecturer Learning Innovation at Griffith University & President of ASCILITE
Rob Thomason, Executive Director of VETASSES
Herk Kailis, CEO of Cadmus

Many of the greatest innovations in Australia come out of our higher education sector. But our TAFEs and Universities are also an incubator for technology to support teaching and learning informed by their deep understanding of the needs of students. This session will examine new ways that innovation can be leveraged beyond the walls of the institution.

5.00pm

SESSION CLOSE
9.00am
Opening Remarks
9.15am

Regulation: Innovation Friend or Foe?

Andrea Cornwell, Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Government Relations at Digital Skills Organisation
Sally Kift, President of Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows
Lindy Richardson, Partner at Maddocks

Education is heavily regulated at every level. Does this regulation accelerate or stymie innovation? There are huge opportunities in the regulatory process for innovation. New regulations means new solutions need to be imagined, built and implemented.

9.45am

Keynote | The War for Talent: EdTech enabling industry growth

Belinda Tynan, Provost of Australian Catholic University
Sally Curtain, CEO at Bendigo Kangan Institute

Claire Field, Principal at Claire Field & Associates

Job ready graduates is the goal. But what jobs are we preparing these graduates for? The jobs that exist today, the jobs we think might be there tomorrow, the jobs that we hope will be there. What is the intersection between education and industry in a rapidly evolving labour market.

10.30am

Hear from our members

Hear from EdTech companies at the cutting edge of education innovation.

11.00am

Hybrid Learning: A Rio Tinto case of what exceptional looks like

Alan Cook, Principal Advisor Reconciliation at CoE OBK
Lynn Olssen, Chief Advisor OBK Technical Assurance at Rio Tinto
Barbara Harvey, Head of Learning & Culture at Cahoot Learning

There has been significant criticism of the shortcomings of online education over the last 18 months. The assumption that face to face is the gold standard of learning denies the reality that the online environment has so much to offer students. We will discuss the value that online learning contributes to student outcomes with the aid of data, new modes of delivery and where it improves face to face education.

11.45am

The Stackable World: Life-long skills curated through technology

Andrew Barnes, CEO & Co-Founder of Go1
Brad Birt, Director of Learning Partnerships at Curtin University

Cherie Diaz, Managing Director Australia of OpenLearning

Learning does stop at the end of school or university. Successful engaged employment needs life long learning. As the employee of the future traverses the many jobs and careers they will need to acquire new skills and refresh existing ones to be be connected to work into the future.

12.30pm

Lunch-time guest performance

EduGrowth wants to celebrate the Australian entertainment industry with a virtual performance from a guest entertainer.

1.15pm

BREAK
3.00pm
Opening Remarks
3.05pm

Fuelling life-long learning: Technology supporting rapid reskilling and upskilling to ensure career relevance

Sally-Anne Browner, CEO of Goanna Solutions
Jonathon Tanner, CEO & Co-Founder of Social Media College
Alexander Tran, CEO of Lumaway

Employment has changed and the employee of the future needs to constantly be learning. Neither the employee nor the employer can wait for 2-4 year accredited courses. Rapid, regular and relevant learning is needed to ensure individuals and their employers are most relevant.

3.40pm

The New Scale: Capital Amplifying Education Impact

Gill Cashion, Director of PWC Australia
Marc Washbourne, CEO of ReadyTech
Maria Spies, Co-CEO of HolonIQ

EdTech investment is not new, but the global focus on the sector as a pandemic free space is. With billions of learners forced online because of COVID EdTech investment is enjoying a focus not seen before. What are the factors we need to consider in raising capital for EdTech companies? How do we find the right investors and what does that even mean? Should we be thinking about capital from different sources?

4.20pm

Shark Tank Final (Live)

Judges | Jonathan Warrand, Senior Investment Partner at Greenwich Capital Ventures; Tom Matthews, Partner at Pemba Capital; Rachael Neumann, Founding Partner at Flying Fox Ventures
Moderator | David Linke, Managing Director of EduGrowth

The top 4 pitch presenters will return for a final pitch and Q&A from our shark tank of judges. From there, judges will decide which finalist deserves to win the grand prize. 

5.00pm

SESSION CLOSE

EduGrowth’s Innovation Precinct at EduTECH 2021

EduTECH is ”Australia’s biggest EdTech expo”

The largest gathering of education, EdTech and related professionals in the southern hemisphere.

The Innovation Stage-

The Melbourne EdTech Summit program on days 1 & 2 will be simulcast via EduTECH Conference & Expo in 2021.

Innovation Alley-

EduGrowth’s Innovation Precinct will showcase some of Australia’s most innovative EdTech companies transforming the way we learn.

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

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