Day three at the High Touch High Tech (HTHT) 2021 conference about AI in Education, co-hosted by Riiid, leading Korean AI education company, Education Commission Asia, and TV Chosun, highlighted entrepreneurship and emergence of Edtech startups. HTHT 2021, started on June 29th, focusing on leveraging AIEd to narrow the achievement gap in education.
The HTHT 2021 Conference is hosting 150 speakers and panelists from ten nations across the EdTech ecosystem–global organizations, governments, academia, foundations, EdTech innovators, schools, parents, and students–to discuss the potential of AI in addressing the global learning crisis further exacerbated by COVID19.
MindCET EdTech Innovation Center led the sessions
The event began on July 1st, with keynote speeches from Susan Hopgood, President of Education International and Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, moderated by Ju Lo Hee, Chairman of the Asian Education Association. The women leaders talked about the transformation in the education system in the pandemic era and the importance of adapting to digital change.
“We learned during the pandemic and also post-pandemic that we have to be resilient. We have to overcome the digital divide because otherwise so many of our students will be simply left behind,” said Susan Hopgood. “What really fosters system change we work on collective leadership. Only government leadership is not enough. We need leadership from students, teachers, parents and everyone in the education ecosystem,” said Wendy Kopp.
The sessions on HTHT 2021 day three were focused on entrepreneurship and startups in the field of education. The talks were led by MindCET EdTech Innovation Center, an Israel based global company, which brings together educators, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs in order to accelerate innovation. There were talks on topics like ‘Entrepreneurial thinking principles and their potential to influence education’ in which Avi Warshavsky, CEO of MindCET EdTech Innovation Center, Jinyoung Choi SMI CEO and Yoon Seong-hye, Let’s Lab CEO, participated. Maria Spies, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of HolonIQ, Avi Warshavsky, CEO of MindCET EdTech Innovation Center and Norihisa Wada, Executive Vice President & COO of EduLab, talked about the global business ecosystem of educational startups in the next session. Warshavsky emphasized on allowing innovation in the field of education and bringing in more startups. Another topic on entrepreneurship and startups included talk on ‘thebusiness ecosystem of startups in the field of education (landscape, trends, and investments).’
Later, Cecilia Waismann, Vice President of Research & Development at MindCET EdTech Innovation Center, gave a talk on ‘Unboxing School Movement: The Post Covid-19 Educational Transformation’ followed by Ilan Ben Yaakov, Vice President of Learning Experiences at MindCET EdTech Innovation Center, who touched the topic of ‘Entrepreneurship of teachers and its impact on education.’
There were two country-specific sessions on day three for Pakistan and Brazil that included stakeholders in the field of education from the countries. They discussed the challenges faced in education, the digital divide in education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how technology changes the educational landscape in their respective countries. Other topics that were discussed on July 1st included,
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